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  • Rising powers and peacebuilding breaking the mold? / edited by Charles T Call, Cedric de Coning

  • Re-emerging Russia Structures, Institutions and Processes

  • Think tanks and global politics key spaces in the structure of power / Alejandra Salas-Porras, Georgina Murray, editors

  • Ideal Islamic Economy An Introduction

  • Professional Authority After the Global Financial Crisis Defending Mammon in Anglo-America

  • Voices of the UK Left rhetoric, ideology and the performance of politics / Judi Atkins, John Gaffney, editors

  • Migrant Integration in Times of Economic Crisis : Policy Responses from European and North American Global Cities

  • Peacebuilding in Deeply Divided Societies Toward Social Cohesion?

  • Nigeria's 2015 general elections : continuity and change in electoral democracy / Ladi Hamalai, Samuel Egwu, J. Shola Omotola

  • R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions edited by Nils Petter Gleditsch

  • Ethnic Conflict in Developing Societies Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Fiji, and Suriname

  • Coordinating Global Health Policy Responses : From HIV/AIDS to Ebola and Beyond

  • The global society and its enemies : liberal order beyond the Third World War / Ludger Kühnhardt

  • Science and diplomacy : a new dimension of international relations / Pierre-Bruno Ruffini

  • The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries : First Do No Harm? / by Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers

  • Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism : a Cost-Benefit Analysis / by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson, John Chatwin, Natasha Tyler

  • Unlikely Partners? : China, the European Union and the Forging of a Strategic Partnership / by Anna Michalski, Zhongqi Pan

    This book provides an in-depth analysis of the relations between China and the EU, tracing the development of this complex, yet intriguing, relationship between two substantially different actors. To uncover a deeper understanding of this unlikely partnership, the authors analyze the partnership through the prism of contending norms and worldviews. The China-EU strategic partnership has evolved through fits and starts but despite continuous trade disputes and severe diplomatic misunderstandings, the EU and China pledge to uphold, even deepen, the partnership. Policy experts and scholars will learn how such contending bilateral relationships can be managed and establish a better understanding of deep-seated conceptual differences between these two entities.

  • Ethnic Mobilization, Violence, and the Politics of Affect The Serb Democratic Party and the Bosnian War / by Adis Maksić

  • The Russian challenge to the European Security Environment / edited by Roger E. Kanet

  • Beyond bureaucracy : towards sustainable governance informatisation / Alois A. Paulin, Leonidas G. Anthopoulos, Christopher G. Reddick, editors

  • Overconfidence and risk taking in foreign policy decision making : the case of Turkey's Syria policy / Imran Demir
    JZ 1253 D46 2017eb

  • Economic Transformation and Government Reform in Georgia 2004 2012 Practical Economics
    This book is open access under a CC BY license. In this book, Nika Gilauri reveals his formulas for government reform and economic recovery, including how to fight against corruption, reform fiscal policy and tax systems, privatize state-owned enterprises, build a welfare system for those most in need, create a competitive education and healthcare system, and streamline procurement. All formulas are corroborated by practical experience and empirical evidence gathered during Mr Gilauri's term as a cabinet member (2004-2009) and prime minister (2009-2012) of Georgia, and provide an in-depth view of what worked in the case of Georgia since 2003, and how lessons learned could be applied in other parts of the world.

  • The quality of democracy in Africa : opposition competitiveness rooted in legacies of cleavages / Jonathan van Eerd
    JQ 1879 A15 E37 2017eb

  • Peacebuilding The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1997-2017

  • Nation, Class and Resentment The Politics of National Identity in England, Scotland and Wales / by Robin Mann, Steve Fenton

  • Corruption and Governance in Africa Swaziland, Kenya, Nigeria / by Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr

  • Social Movements in Chile : Organization, Trajectories, and Political Consequences / edited by Sofia Donoso, Marisa von Bülow
    This book presents rich empirical analyses of the most important movements in Chile's post-transition era: the Student Movement, the Mapuche Movement, the Labor Movement, the Feminist Movement, and the Environmental Movement. The chapters illuminate the processes that led to their emergence, and detail how actors developed new strategies, or revisited old ones, to influence the political arena. The book also offers contributions that situate these cases both in terms of the general trends in protest in Chile, as well as in comparison to other countries in Latin America. Emphasizing various facets of the debate about the relationship between "institutional" and "non-institutional" politics, this volume not only contributes to the study of collective action in Chile, but also to the broader social movement literature.

  • Iran's Nuclear Program : a Study in Proliferation and Rollback / by Farhad Rezaei

  • Unconventional Conflict A Modeling Perspective / by Dean S. Hartley III

  • Economic and Social Impacts of Food Self-Reliance in the Caribbean / by Ekaterina Dorodnykh

  • Geographies, genders and geopolitics of James Bond / Lisa Funnell, Klaus Dodds
    JC 319 F866 2017eb
    This book discusses the representational geographies of the Bond film franchise and how they inform our reading of 007 as a hero. Offering a new and interdisciplinary lens through which the franchise can be analyzed, Funnell and Dodds explore a range of topics that have been largely, if not entirely, overlooked in Bond film scholarship. These topics include: the shifting and gendering of geopolitical relations; the differing depiction and evaluation of vertical/modern and horizontal/pre-modern spaces; the use of classical elements in defining gender, sexuality, heroic competency, and geopolitical conflict; and the ongoing importance of haptics (i.e. touch), kinesics (i.e. movement), and proxemics (i.e. the use of space) in defining the embodied and emotive world of Bond. This book is comprehensive in nature and scope as it discusses all 24 films in the official Bond canon and theorizes about the future direction of the franchise.

  • Independent commissions and contentious issues in post-Good Friday Agreement Northern Ireland / Dawn Walsh

  • Reforming civil-military relations in new democracies democratic control and military effectiveness in comparative perspectives / Aurel Croissant, David Kuehn, editors

  • Muslim History and Social Theory A Global Sociology of Modernity

  • Reinventing Development The Sceptical Change Agent

  • Cybernetics, Warfare and Discourse The Cybernetisation of Warfare in Britain

  • Exclusion and forced migration in central America : no more walls / Carlos Sandoval García ; translated by Kari Meyers

  • European Union Policy-Making The Regulatory Shift in Natural Gas Market Policy
    This book furthers the ongoing theoretical development of the multiple streams framework, assessing its applicability to European Union (EU) policy-making processes. It systematically defines and identifies functional equivalents for all of the framework's core concepts at the EU level and extends the framework in order to explain agenda-setting and decision-making. Furthermore, the book derives a set of explicit hypotheses to empirically assess the extent to which the (modified) framework is able to explain timing, agenda prominence, and policy change (or a lack thereof) for the EU natural gas directives passed in 1998, 2003, and 2009. The analysis documents that the framework is well-suited to explain the EU policy process in general and reveals where additional theoretical refinements are required.

  • The consequences of American nuclear disarmament : strategy and nuclear weapons / Christine M. Leah

  • Prioritization theory and defensive foreign policy : systemic vulnerabilities in international politics / Hanna Samir Kassab
    This book studies systemic vulnerabilities and their impact on states and individual survival. The author theorizes that the structure of the international system is a product of the distribution of capabilities and vulnerabilities across states. States function or behave in terms of these systemic threats. The author examines a number of specific case-studies focusing on military, economic, environmental, political and cyber vulnerabilities, and how different states are impacted by them. Arguing that current attempts to securitize these vulnerabilities through defensive foreign policies are largely failing, the books makes the case for prioritizing economic development and human security. 

  • Policy Agendas in Australia / by Keith Dowding, Aaron Martin

    This book contributes to and expands on the major international Comparative Policy Agendas Project. It sets the project in context, and provides a comprehensive assessment of the changing policy agenda in Australia over a forty-year period, using a unique systematic dataset of governor-general speeches, legislation and parliamentary questions, and then mapping these on to media coverage and what the public believes (according to poll evidence) government should be concentrating upon. The book answers some important questions in political science: what are the most important legislative priorities for government over time? Does the government follow talk with action? Does government attend to the issues the public identifies as most important? And how does media attention follow the policy agenda? The authors deploy their unique dataset to provide a new and exciting perspective on the nature of Australian public policy and the Comparative Policy Agendas Project more broadly.

  • Technology and the End of Authority : What Is Government For?
    This book provides a critical survey of Western political philosophy from a classical liberal perspective, paying particular attention to knowledge problems and the problem of political authority. Its central argument is that the state is a tool for solving a historically changing set of problems, and that, as a tool, the state is frequently deficient on both moral and practical grounds. Government action can be considered as a response to a set of problems, all of which may conceivably be solved in some other manner as well. The book examines in particular the relationship between the state and technology over time. Technological developments may make the state more or less necessary over time, which is a consideration that is relatively new in the history of political philosophy, but increasingly important. The book is organized chronologically and concludes with an essay on trends in the history of political philosophy, as well as its surprisingly bright prospects for future development.

  • Cycles in US foreign policy since the Cold War / Thomas H. Henriksen
    This book describes how American international policy alternates between engagement and disengagement cycles in world affairs. These cycles provide a unique way to understand, assess, and describe fluctuations in America's involvement or non-involvement overseas. In addition to its basic thesis, the book presents a fair-minded account of four presidents' foreign policies in the post-Cold War period: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. It suggests recurring sources of cyclical change, along with implications for the future. An engaged or involved foreign policy entails the use of military power and diplomatic pressure against other powers to secure American ends. A disengaged on noninvolved policy relies on normal economic and political interaction with other states, which seeks to disassociation from entanglements.  

  • Democratic legitimacy in the European Union and global governance : building a European demos / Beatriz Perez de las Heras, editor
    JN 30 D4497 2017eb

    This book addresses one of the most relevant challenges to the sustainability of the European Union (EU) as a political project: the deficit of citizens' support. It identifies missing elements of popular legitimacy and makes proposals for their formal inclusion in a future Treaty reform, while assessing the contribution that the EU may make to global governance by expanding a credible democratic model to other international actors. The contributors offer perspectives from law, political science, and sociology, and the 15 case studies of different aspects of the incipient European demos provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of these pertinent questions. The edited volume provides a truly interdisciplinary study of the citizens' role in the European political landscape that can serve as a basis for further analyses of the EU's democratic legitimacy. It will be of use to legal scholars and political scientists interested in the EU's democratic system, institutional setup and external relations.

  • Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development : Killing Me Softly?

  • Rethinking security in the twenty-first century : a reader / Edwin Daniel Jacob, editor
    This edited volume helps bridge the elusive gap between theory and practice in dealing with the issue of "security" broadly conceived. A quarter of a century has passed since the crumbling of the Berlin Wall. Yet our notions of security remain mired in Cold War thinking whose realist ethos is predicated on holding the nation state's power, interests, and survival as the guiding unit of analysis in international relations. Security is ever changing. Confronting new dangers to the individual, the state, and the international order calls for new categories that speak to the new influence of globalization, international institutions, and transnational threats. Composed of original essays by a cosmopolitan mix of leading figures inside and outside the academy, this book proves relevant to any number of classes and courses, and its controversial character makes it all the more necessary and appealing.

  • Transitional justice in practice : conflict, justice, and reconciliation in the Solomon Islands / Renée Jeffery, editor
    JC 599 S575 T73 2017eb

  • The ACP Group and the EU development partnership : beyond the North-South debate / edited by Annita Montoute, Kudrat Virk

  • Transitioning to a post-carbon society : degrowth, austerity and wellbeing / edited by Ernest Garcia, Mercedes Martinez-Iglesias and Peadar Kirby

  • Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan : life and politics during the Soviet era / Timur Dadabaev, Hisao Komatsu, editors
    This volume offers perspectives from the general public in post-Soviet Central Asia and reconsiders the meaning and the legacy of Soviet administration in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.  This study emphasizes that the way in which people in Central Asia reconcile their Soviet past to a great extent refers to the three-fold process of recollecting their everyday experiences, reflecting on their past from the perspective of their post-Soviet present,  and re-imagining. These three elements influence memories and lead to selectivity in memory construction. This process also emphasizes the aspects of the Soviet era people choose to recall in positive and negative lights.  Ultimately, this book demonstrates how Soviet life has influenced the identity and understanding of self among the population in post-Soviet Central Asian states.

  • Lobbying in the European parliament : the battle for influence / Maja Kluger Dionigi

    This book explains when and how interest groups are influential in the European Parliament, which has become one of the most important lobbying venues in the EU. Yet we know little about the many ways in which interest groups and lobbyists influence parliamentary politics. The author offers insights on four key cases of lobbying, based on the analysis of EU documents, lobbying letters, and 150 interviews. She argues that lobbying success depends on a number of factors, most notably the degree of counter-lobbying, issue salience, and committee receptiveness. These factors are brought together in the framework of "Triple-I" - interests, issues, and institutions - to determine the success or failure of lobbying. This book will be of use to students and scholars interested in EU politics and governance, EU decision-making, and interest group politics, along with policy-makers and practitioners. 

  • Inequality and governance in the metropolis : place equality regimes and fiscal choices in eleven countries / Jefferey M. Sellers, Marta Arretche, Daniel Kübler, Eran Razin, editors
    JS 241 I47 2017eb

    This book undertakes the first systematic, multi-country investigation into how regimes of place equality, consisting of multilevel policies, institutions and governance at multiple scales, influence spatial inequality in metropolitan regions. Extended, diversified metropolitan regions have become the dominant form of human settlement, and disparities among metropolitan places figure increasingly in wider trends toward growing inequality. Regimes of place equality are increasingly critical components of welfare states and territorial administration. They can aggravate disparities in services and taxes, or mitigate and compensate for local differences. The volume examines these regimes in a global sample of eleven democracies, including developed and developing countries on five continents. The analyses reveal new dimensions of efforts to grapple with growing inequality around the world, and a variety of institutional blueprints to address one of the most daunting challenges of twenty-first century governance. 

  • Partnerships in international policy-making : civil society and public institutions in European and global affairs / Raffaele Marchetti, editor
    This book analyzes how international organizations and the European Union engage with civil society to pursue their policy goals. Multi-stakeholder initiatives, private-public partnership, sub-contracting, political alliances, hybrid coalitions, multi-sectoral networks, pluralist co-governance, and indeed foreign policy by proxy are all considered. Bringing together the most advanced scholarship, the book examines trade, environment, development, security, and human rights with reference to both EU and global institutional settings such as the WTO, UN Climate Summits, FAO, IFAD, ICC, UNHRC, UNSC, and at the EU level the DG FISMA, TRADE, CLIMA, DEVCO, HOME and ECHO. The book also studies the use of NGOs in the foreign policy of the EU, USA, and Russia. This changing politics and the polarized debate it has generated are explored in detail.

  • Citizenship, democracies, and media engagement among emerging economies and marginalized communities / Emmanuel K. Ngwainmbi, editor

  • Environmental history of modern migrations edited by Marco Armiero and Richard Tucker
    JV 6225 E68 2017eb

  • Toward Kantian cosmopolitanism / Lorena Cebolla Sanahuja

  • Measuring regional specialisation a new approach / Katarzyna Kopczewska, Paweł Churski, Artur Ochojski, Adam Polko
    JF 197 K67 2017eb

  • Decentralization and development of Sri Lanka within a unitary state N.S. Cooray, Sirimal Abeyratne, editors

  • Familial foundations of the welfare state : building the national health insurance systems in South Korea and Taiwan / Hye Suk Wang

  • Transnational family communication : immigrants and ICTs / Sondra Cuban
    JV 6035 C83 2017eb

  • Reimagining class in Australia : Marxism, Populism and Australian sociology / Henry Paternoster

  • African immigrant traders in inner city Johannesburg deconstructing the threatening other / Inocent Moyo

  • The politics of anxiety / edited by Emmy Eklundh, Andreja Zavnik and Emmanuel-Pierre Guittet
    JA 74.5 P6444 2017eb

  • Realizing human rights through government budgets / United Nations, Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner ; International Budget Partnership
    JC 571 R425 2017
    This publication explores the linkages between obligations under international human rights law and budget policies and processes. It seeks to sensitize government officials to better understand their human rights obligations as they decide budget allocations, implement planned expenditures, and assess the budget's impact on the realization of human rights. And, it aims to provide non-governmental actors with information about the relationship of human rights to budget processes and specific budget decisions, so that they are better able to hold their governments to account. This is especially important for the poorest and most marginalized groups, because they are more dependent on government programmes to realize their rights than those who are better off.

  • The land of open graves : living and dying on the migrant trail / Jason De Leon ; with photographs by Michael Wells
    JV 6475 D4 2015eb
    In his gripping and provocative debut, anthropologist Jason De Le#65533;n sheds light on one of the most pressing political issues of our time--the human consequences of US immigration policy. The Land of Open Graves reveals the suffering and deaths that occur daily in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona as thousands of undocumented migrants attempt to cross the border from Mexico into the United States.

    Drawing on the four major fields of anthropology, De Le#65533;n uses an innovative combination of ethnography, archaeology, linguistics, and forensic science to produce a scathing critique of "Prevention through Deterrence," the federal border enforcement policy that encourages migrants to cross in areas characterized by extreme environmental conditions and high risk of death. For two decades, this policy has failed to deter border crossers while successfully turning the rugged terrain of southern Arizona into a killing field.

    In harrowing detail, De Le#65533;n chronicles the journeys of people who have made dozens of attempts to cross the border and uncovers the stories of the objects and bodies left behind in the desert.

    The Land of Open Graves will spark debate and controversy.

  • The Oxford handbook of political communication / edited by Kate Kenski and Kathleen Hall Jamieson
    JA 85 P6527 2017
    As a field of rich theoretical development and practical application, political communication has expanded over the past fifty years. Since its development shaped by the turmoil of the World Wars and suspicion of new technologies such as film and radio, the discipline has become a hybrid fieldlargely devoted to connecting the dots between political rhetoric, politicians and leaders, voters' opinions, and media exposure to better understand how any one aspect can affects the others. The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication provides contexts for viewing the field of political communication, examines political discourse, media, and considers political communication's evolution inside the altered political communication landscape. Kate Kenski and Kathleen Hall Jamieson bringtogether some of the most groundbreaking scholars in the field to reflect upon their areas of expertise to address the importance of their areas of study to the field, the major findings to date, including areas of scholarly disagreement, on the topics, the authors' perspectives, and unansweredquestions for future research to address. Their answers reveal that political communication is a hybrid with complex ancestry, permeable boundaries and interests that overlap with those of related fields such as political sociology, public opinion, rhetoric, neuroscience and the new hybrid on thequad, media psychology. This comprehensive review of the political communication literature is designed to become the first reference for scholars and students interested in the study of how, why, when, and with what effect humans make sense of symbolic exchanges about sharing and shared power. The sixty-two chapters in The Oxford Handbook of Political Communication contain an overview of past scholarship while providing critical reflection of its relevance in a changing media landscape and offering agendas for future research and innovation.

  • From fascism to populism in history / Federico Finchelstein
    JC 481 F518 2017
    What is fascism and what is populism? What are their connections in history and theory, and how should we address their significant differences? What does it mean when pundits call Donald Trump a fascist, or label as populist politicians who span left and right such as Hugo Ch#65533;vez, Juan Per#65533;n, Rodrigo Duterte, and Marine Le Pen? Federico Finchelstein, one of the leading scholars of fascist and populist ideologies, synthesizes their history in order to answer these questions and offer a thoughtful perspective on how we might apply the concepts today. While they belong to the same history and are often conflated, fascism and populism actually represent distinct political and historical trajectories. Drawing on an expansive history of transnational fascism and postwar populist movements, Finchelstein gives us insightful new ways to think about the state of democracy and political culture on a global scale.

  • Unequivocal justice / Christopher Freiman
    JC 11 F69 2017

    Unequivocal Justicechallenges the prevailing view within political philosophy that broadly free market regimes are inconsistent with the basic principles of liberal egalitarian justice. Freiman argues that the liberal egalitarian rejection of free market regimes rests on a crucial methodological mistake. Liberal egalitarians regularly assume an ideal "public interest" model of political behavior and a nonideal "private interest" model of behavior in the market and civil society. Freiman argues that this asymmetrical application of behavioral assumptions biases the analysis and undercuts ideal theoretical treatments of every major liberal egalitarian principle, including political liberty, economic sufficiency, fair opportunity, and social equality. This book reexamines the institutional implications of each of these principles in nonideal conditions, making novel philosophical use of political psychology and public choice economics along the way.

  • In search of a better world : a human rights odyssey / Payam Akhavan
    JC 571 A343 2017

    A work of memoir, history, and a call to action, In Search of a Better World is a powerful and essential work on the major human rights struggles of our times.

    Renowned UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan has encountered the grim realities of contemporary genocide throughout his life and career. He argues that deceptive utopias, political cynicism, and public apathy have given rise to major human rights abuses: from the religious persecution of Iranian Bah#65533;'#65533;s that shaped his personal life, to the horrors of ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the rise of contemporary phenomena such as the Islamic State. But he also reflects on the inspiring resilience of the human spirit and the reality of our inextricable interdependence to liberate us, whether from hateful ideologies that deny the humanity of others or an empty consumerist culture that worships greed and self-indulgence.

    A timely, essential, and passionate work of memoir and history, In Search of a Better World is a tour de force by an internationally renowned human rights lawyer.

  • Liberalism as utopia : the rise and fall of legal rule in post-colonial Mexico, 1820-1900 / Timo H. Schaefer
    JS 2107 S33 2017
    Liberalism as Utopia challenges widespread perceptions about the weakness of Mexico's nineteenth-century state. Schaefer argues that after the War of Independence non-elite Mexicans - peasants, day laborers, artisans, local merchants - pioneered an egalitarian form of legal rule by serving in the town governments and civic militias that became the local faces of the state's coercive authority. These institutions were effective because they embodied patriarchal norms of labor and care for the family that were premised on the legal equality of male, adult citizens. The book also examines the emergence of new, illiberal norms that challenged and at the end of the century, during the dictatorship of Porfirio D#65533;az, overwhelmed the egalitarianism of the early-republican period. By comparing the legal cultures of agricultural estates, mestizo towns and indigenous towns, Liberalism as Utopia also proposes a new way of understanding the social foundations of liberal and authoritarian pathways to state formation in the nineteenth-century world.

  • Bureaucratic intimacies : translating human rights in Turkey / Elif M. Babül
    JC 599 T9 B33 2017

    Human rights are politically fraught in Turkey, provoking suspicion and scrutiny among government workers for their anti-establishment left-wing connotations. Nevertheless, with eyes worldwide trained on Turkish politics, and with accession to the European Union underway, Turkey's human rights record remains a key indicator of its governmental legitimacy. Bureaucratic Intimacies shows how government workers encounter human rights rhetoric through training programs and articulates the perils and promises of these encounters for the subjects and objects of Turkish governance.

    Drawing on years of participant observation in programs for police officers, judges and prosecutors, healthcare workers, and prison personnel, Elif M. Bab#65533;l argues that the accession process does not always advance human rights. In casting rights as requirements for expertise and professionalism, training programs strip human rights of their radical valences, disassociating them from their political meanings within grassroots movements. Translation of human rights into a tool of good governance leads to competing understandings of what human rights should do, not necessarily to liberal, transparent, and accountable governmental practices. And even as translation renders human rights relevant for the everyday practices of government workers, it ultimately comes at a cost to the politics of human rights in Turkey.

  • Handbook of policy formulation / edited by Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee
    JF 1525 P6 H36 2017
    This Handbook represents a pioneering effort to consolidate the state of knowledge on policy formulation. An invaluable resource for scholars and students of policy studies, this Handbook provides a set of analytical discussions that help scholars, students and practitioners better understand the multiple dimensions of what policy formulation has come to mean in contemporary public policy-making and governance. In attempting to resolve pressing public problems, governments devise, deploy and develop policy tools in many different ways in different sectors and jurisdictions. Knowledge of these processes has been fragmented, however, spanning a multitude of different approaches, perspectives and case studies. By critically and systematically analysing both the processes and agents of policy formulation, this Handbook provides the first comprehensive overview of the formulation activities that are undertaken by governments in order to match their policy goals with the means of achieving them. The Handbook unites a wide range of expert contributors who examine the roles played by policy actors, institutions and ideas in answering fundamental questions about policy formulation such as who undertakes it, how, when, where and why. Through seven thematic sections this Handbook discusses a wide range of topics related to formulation such as the nature of policy design, instrument choice, policy appraisal, policy advice and the politics of defining and resolving policy problems.

  • Scaling identities : nationalism and territoriality / edited by Guntram H. Herb and David H. Kaplan
    JC 311 S26888 2018
    This comprehensive book examines the crucial connections between national identity, territory, and scale. Providing a powerful theoretical and organizational framework, the volume identifies four ways in which scale operates dynamically in the formation and maintenance of national identity. Consolidating identities considers the strategies necessary to keep all parts within the fold through educational systems, minority policies, immigration controls, and other forms of traditional state power. Magnifying identities examines the consequences of shifting the scale up and unifying territories that have a sense of a larger, supranational identity. Connecting identities assesses how nations can bridge physical distance, water barriers, or sovereign boundaries. Fragmenting identities looks into the disintegration of national identities and those forces that have the potential to unravel a nation or block its effective formation. Nationalism and national identity remain critical flashpoints in the geopolitical order, as we have seen in the development of a quasi-independent Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, the resurgence of Native American identities in response to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Chinese crackdown on its minority regions. Offering a rich set of case studies from around the world, this essential book affirms the global importance of national identity and scale.

  • Dangerous diplomacy : bureaucracy, power politics, and the role of the UN Secretariat in Rwanda / Herman T. Salton
    JZ 4997.5 R95 S35 2017
    Dangerous Diplomacy reassesses the role of the UN Secretariat during the Rwandan genocide. With the help of new sources, including the personal diaries and private papers of the late Sir Marrack Goulding - an Under-Secretary-General from 1988 to 1997 and the second highest-ranking UN officialduring the genocide - the book situates the Rwanda operation within the context of bureaucratic and power-political friction existing at UN Headquarters in the early 1990s. The book shows how this confrontation led to a lack of coordination between key UN departments on issues as diverse asreconnaissance, intelligence, and crisis management. Yet Dangerous Diplomacy goes beyond these institutional pathologies and identifies the conceptual origins of the Rwanda failure in the gray area that separates peacebuilding and peacekeeping. The difficulty of separating these two UN functionsexplains why six decades after the birth of the UN, it has still not been possible to demarcate the precise roles of some key UN departments.

  • Tug of war : surveillance capitalism, military contracting, and the rise of the security state / Jocelyn Wills
    JZ 5588 W55 2017
    Selling Earth observation satellites on their abilities to predict and limit adverse environmental change, politicians, business leaders, the media, and technology enthusiasts have spent sixty years arguing that space exploration can create a more peaceful, prosperous world. Capitalist states have also socialized the risk and privatized the profits of the commercial space industry by convincing taxpayers to fund surveillance technologies as necessary components of sovereignty, freedom, and democracy. Jocelyn Wills's Tug of War reminds us that colonizing the cosmos has not only accelerated the arms race but also encouraged government contractors to compete for the military and commercial spoils of surveillance. Although Canadians prefer to celebrate their role as purveyors of peaceful space applications, Canada has played a pivotal part in the expansion of neoliberal policies and surveillance networks that now encircle the globe, primarily as a political ally of the United States and component supplier for its military-industrial complex. Tracing the forty-five-year history of Canada's largest space company - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) - through the lens of surveillance studies and a trove of oral history transcripts, government documents, trade journals, and other sources, Wills places capitalism's imperial ambitions squarely at the centre of Canada-US relations and the privatization of the Canadian political economy. Tug of War confronts the mythic lure of technological progress and the ways in which those who profess little interest in war rationalize their leap into military contracting by avoiding the moral and political implications of their work.

  • Rule breaking and political imagination / Kenneth A. Shepsle
    JA 71 S436 2017
    "Imagination may be thought of as a 'work-around.' It is a resourceful tactic to 'undo' a rule by creating a path around it without necessarily defying it. . . . Transgression, on the other hand, is rule breaking. There is no pretense of reinterpretation; it is defiance pure and simple. Whether imagination or disobedience is the source, constraints need not constrain, ties need not bind."

    So writes Kenneth A. Shepsle in his introduction to Rule Breaking and Political Imagination . Institutions are thought to channel the choices of individual actors. But what about when they do not? Throughout history, leaders and politicians have used imagination and transgression to break with constraints upon their agency. Shepsle ranges from ancient Rome to the United States Senate, and from Lyndon B. Johnson to the British House of Commons. He also explores rule breaking in less formal contexts, such as vigilantism in the Old West and the CIA's actions in the wake of 9/11. Entertaining and thought-provoking, Rule Breaking and Political Imagination will prompt a reassessment of the nature of institutions and remind us of the critical role of political mavericks.

  • Mothers and others : the role of parenthood in politics / edited by Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner
    JA 76 M65 2017

    The first major comparative analysis of parenthood in politics, Mothers and Others brings together leading scholars of gender and politics to discuss the role of parental status in political life. Examining three main areas of citizen engagement within the political system - parenthood and political careers, parenthood and the media, and parenthood and political behaviour - they argue that being a parent is a gendered identity that influences how, why, and to what extent women (and men) engage with politics. This raises important questions about how career politicians, voters, and the media navigate the intersection of gender, parental status, and politics.

  • The culturalist challenge to liberal republicanism / Michael Lusztig
    JC 423 L87 2017
    It is tempting to think of liberal democracy in terms of immortality. Democracies have survived wars and depressions, Nazis and communists - so much so that at the end of the Cold War Francis Fukuyama famously declared the "end of history." In The Culturalist Challenge to Liberal Republicanism, Michael Lusztig assesses the risks that multiculturalism and other forms of culturalism pose to liberal democracy. Establishing the nature of the current regime and exploring the emergence of a cogent theory of justice grounded in both liberal and republican theory, Lusztig demonstrates the inconsistencies between liberal republicanism and culturalist theories of justice. Exploring both the institutional and cultural effects of the tension between culturalism and liberal republicanism, he seeks a balanced view that falls somewhere between Fukuyama's optimism for regime mortality and the pessimism inherent in the work of more conservative theorists like Samuel Huntington. Lusztig concludes that the narrowness of liberal republican justice is ameliorated by multiculturalism, but the hidden danger is that multiculturalism can serve as a stalking horse for more pernicious agendas. Given the increasing cultural diversity faced by North American and European nations, The Culturalist Challenge to Liberal Republicanism has important implications for political stability in the twenty-first century.

  • Urban poverty and party populism in African democracies / Danielle Resnick, United Nations University, Helsinki
    JQ 1879 A15 R47 2014
    When and why do the urban poor vote for opposition parties in Africa's electoral democracies? The strategies used by political parties to incorporate the urban poor into the political arena provide a key answer to this question. This book explores and defines the role of populism in Africa's urban centers and its political outcomes. In particular, it examines how a populist strategy offers greater differentiation from the multitude of African parties that are defined solely by their leader's personality, and greater policy congruence with those issues most relevant to the lives of the urban poor. These arguments are elaborated through a comparative analysis of Senegal and Zambia based on surveys with informal sector workers and interviews with slum dwellers and politicians. The book contributes significantly to scholarship on opposition parties and elections in Africa, party linkages, populism, and democratic consolidation.

  • Turning parliament inside out : practical ideas for reforming Canada's democracy / edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart
    JL 136 T87 2017
    For years, the prospect of parliamentary reform has been a hot-button issue in Canada. More and more Canadians find themselves frustrated with how Parliament works (or doesn't) and end up increasingly checked out from politics as a whole, feeling like their voices don't matter to those in power. When he introduced the "Reform Act" bill in 2013, Conservative MP Michael Chong brought the issue of parliamentary reform to the forefront, proposing changes that would empower MPs and hold party leadership accountable to their caucus--and therefore, to all Canadians. Although the changes required for such reforms are modest, the effects they would have on the Canadian democratic process would be revolutionary.

    In Turning Parliament Inside Out , Chong joins Kennedy Stewart (NDP) and Scott Simms (Liberal) in organizing a collaboration between MPs from all of Canada's major political parties, representing ridings from across the country. They join together in an across-the-aisle effort to make these changes a reality, explaining why reform is so urgently needed and proposing practical, achievable suggestions for making it happen. With the Trudeau government promising sweeping reforms, the opportunity is now ripe for making long-needed changes and restoring Canadians' faith in the political process, reassuring voters that their voices are heard. Turning Parliament Inside Out provides a road map for how to get there.
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