Democracy Building and Democracy Erosion by Eberhard Kienle

Democracy Building and Democracy Erosion
  • Title : Democracy Building and Democracy Erosion
  • Author : Eberhard Kienle
  • Publisher : Saqi
  • ISBN Code : 0863565956
  • Pages : 256
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  • Language : English
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The promotion of political reform, participation, human rights and democracy on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean was a key objective for the European Union as it prepared the Barcelona conference in 1995. Today it is clear that these policies have failed to prompt an end to authoritarian rule. The authors of Democracy Building and Democracy Erosion analyse why EU policies have not produced major political impact, while remaining sensitive to changes that may translate into greater participation and respect for civil liberties. The question at the heart of this volume is whether the erosion of democracy in the north, compounded by the effects of 9/11, has affected the promotion of democracy in the south. The failure of democracy in the south may well be linked to authoritarian trends on a global scale. Contributors include Mustapha Kamel al-Sayyid, Gilles Massardier, Eric Gobe, Oliver Schlumberger, Isabel Schäfer, Robert Springborg, Holger Albrecht, Virginie Collombier, Marc Lazar and Mohamed Mouaquit.


The Crisis of Democracy? Chances, Risks and Challenges in Japan (Asia) and Germany (Europe) by Carmen Schmidt,Ralf Kleinfeld

The Crisis of Democracy? Chances, Risks and Challenges in Japan (Asia) and Germany (Europe)
  • Title : The Crisis of Democracy? Chances, Risks and Challenges in Japan (Asia) and Germany (Europe)
  • Author : Carmen Schmidt,Ralf Kleinfeld
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN Code : 1527542416
  • Pages : 499
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  • Language : English
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“Is democracy in crisis?” Against the background of a visible loss of trust in political, economic, religious and other institutions in Japan and Germany, this question is being posed with increasing urgency. This volume brings together contributions from political sciences, sociology, economics, psychology, history, law, and educational science to shed light on the future of our democracies, economies, educational systems, party politics, national policies, and social-structural changes, as well as socialization in the family and school, and related value changes. By focusing on Japan and Germany, and including examples from Western Europe and East Asia, this publication will determine transnational tendencies and provide an understanding of the different consequences of development from country to country against the background of different historical-cultural traditions and institutional realities.


The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life by Roger Owen

The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life
  • Title : The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life
  • Author : Roger Owen
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0674504895
  • Pages : 282
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Monarchical presidential regimes in the Arab world looked as though they would last indefinitely—until events in Tunisia and Egypt made clear their time was up. This is the first book to lay bare the dynamics of a governmental system that largely defined the Arab Middle East in the twentieth century, and the popular opposition they engendered.


How to Save a Constitutional Democracy by Tom Ginsburg,Aziz Z. Huq

How to Save a Constitutional Democracy
  • Title : How to Save a Constitutional Democracy
  • Author : Tom Ginsburg,Aziz Z. Huq
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 022656438X
  • Pages : 320
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Democracies are in danger. Around the world, a rising wave of populist leaders threatens to erode the core structures of democratic self rule. In the United States, the election of Donald Trump marked a decisive turning point for many. What kind of president calls the news media the "enemy of the American people," or sees a moral equivalence between violent neo-Nazi protesters in paramilitary formation and residents of a college town defending the racial and ethnic diversity of their homes? Yet, whatever our concerns about the current president, we can be assured that the Constitution offers safeguards to protect against lasting damage--or can we? How to Save a Constitutional Democracy mounts an urgent argument that we can no longer afford to be complacent. Drawing on a rich array of other countries' experiences with democratic backsliding, Tom Ginsburg and Aziz Z. Huq show how constitutional rules can either hinder or hasten the decline of democratic institutions. The checks and balances of the federal government, a robust civil society and media, and individual rights--such as those enshrined in the First Amendment--do not necessarily succeed as bulwarks against democratic decline. Rather, Ginsburg and Huq contend, the sobering reality for the United States is that, to a much greater extent than is commonly realized, the Constitution's design makes democratic erosion more, not less, likely. Its structural rigidity has had the unforeseen consequence of empowering the Supreme Court to fill in some details--often with doctrines that ultimately facilitate rather than inhibit the infringement of rights. Even the bright spots in the Constitution--the First Amendment, for example--may have perverse consequences in the hands of a deft communicator, who can degrade the public sphere by wielding hateful language that would be banned in many other democracies. But we--and the rest of the world--can do better. The authors conclude by laying out practical steps for how laws and constitutional design can play a more positive role in managing the risk of democratic decline.


Russia's Transition to Democracy and U.S.-Russia Relations by United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on Europe,United States

Russia's Transition to Democracy and U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Title : Russia's Transition to Democracy and U.S.-Russia Relations
  • Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on International Relations. Subcommittee on Europe,United States
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  • Pages : 54
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108-1 Hearing: Russia's Transition To Democracy and U.S. - Russia Relations: Unfinished Business, September 30, 2003, * by N.A

108-1 Hearing: Russia's Transition To Democracy and U.S. - Russia Relations: Unfinished Business, September 30, 2003, *
  • Title : 108-1 Hearing: Russia's Transition To Democracy and U.S. - Russia Relations: Unfinished Business, September 30, 2003, *
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
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Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave by Paulina Pospieszna

Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave
  • Title : Democracy Assistance from the Third Wave
  • Author : Paulina Pospieszna
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • ISBN Code : 0822979233
  • Pages : 276
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The role of Western NGOs in the transition of postcommunist nations to democracy has been well documented. In this study, Paulina Pospieszna follows a different trajectory, examining the role of a former aid recipient (Poland), newly democratic itself, and its efforts to aid democratic transitions in the neighboring states of Belarus and Ukraine. Belarus is widely regarded as the most authoritarian state in the region, while Ukraine is witnessing a slow, if often troubled, democratic consolidation. Each state presents a different set of challenges to outside agencies. As Pospieszna shows, Poland is uniquely positioned to offer effective counsel on the transition to democracy. With similarities of language and culture, and a shared history, combined with strong civic activism and success within the European Union, Poland’s regional policies have successfully combined its need for security and a motivation to spread democracy as primary concerns. Pospieszna details the founding, internal workings, goals, and methods of Poland’s aid programs. She then compares the relative degrees of success of each in Belarus and Ukraine and documents the work yet to be done. As her theoretical basis, Pospieszna analyzes current thinking on the methods and effectiveness of NGOs in transitions to democracy, particularly U.S.- and European-led aid efforts. She then views the applicability of these methods to the case of Poland and its aid recipients. Overwhelmingly, Pospieszna finds the greatest success in developmental programs targeting civil society—workers, intellectuals, teachers, students, and other NGO actors. Through extensive interviews with government administrators and NGO workers in Poland and the United States, coupled with archival research, Pospieszna assembles an original perspective on the mitigation of the ‘postcommunist divide’. Her work will serve as a model for students and scholars of states in transition, and it provides an overview of both successful and unsuccessful strategies employed by NGOs in democracy assistance.


The Third Wave by Samuel P. Huntington

The Third Wave
  • Title : The Third Wave
  • Author : Samuel P. Huntington
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • ISBN Code : 0806186046
  • Pages : 384
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Between 1974 and 1990 more than thirty countries in southern Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe shifted from authoritarian to democratic systems of government. This global democratic revolution is probably the most important political trend in the late twentieth century. In The Third Wave, Samuel P. Huntington analyzes the causes and nature of these democratic transitions, evaluates the prospects for stability of the new democracies, and explores the possibility of more countries becoming democratic. The recent transitions, he argues, are the third major wave of democratization in the modem world. Each of the two previous waves was followed by a reverse wave in which some countries shifted back to authoritarian government. Using concrete examples, empirical evidence, and insightful analysis, Huntington provides neither a theory nor a history of the third wave, but an explanation of why and how it occurred. Factors responsible for the democratic trend include the legitimacy dilemmas of authoritarian regimes; economic and social development; the changed role of the Catholic Church; the impact of the United States, the European Community, and the Soviet Union; and the "snowballing" phenomenon: change in one country stimulating change in others. Five key elite groups within and outside the nondemocratic regime played roles in shaping the various ways democratization occurred. Compromise was key to all democratizations, and elections and nonviolent tactics also were central. New democracies must deal with the "torturer problem" and the "praetorian problem" and attempt to develop democratic values and processes. Disillusionment with democracy, Huntington argues, is necessary to consolidating democracy. He concludes the book with an analysis of the political, economic, and cultural factors that will decide whether or not the third wave continues. Several "Guidelines for Democratizers" offer specific, practical suggestions for initiating and carrying out reform. Huntington's emphasis on practical application makes this book a valuable tool for anyone engaged in the democratization process. At this volatile time in history, Huntington's assessment of the processes of democratization is indispensable to understanding the future of democracy in the world.


State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa by Pierre Du Toit

State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa
  • Title : State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa
  • Author : Pierre Du Toit
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  • Pages : 355
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Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy by Trevor C.W. Farrow

Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy
  • Title : Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy
  • Author : Trevor C.W. Farrow
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN Code : 144269503X
  • Pages : 400
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Privatization is occurring throughout the public justice system, including courts, tribunals, and state-sanctioned private dispute resolution regimes. Driven by a widespread ethos of efficiency-based civil justice reform, privatization claims to decrease costs, increase speed, and improve access to the tools of justice. But it may also lead to procedural unfairness, power imbalances, and the breakdown of our systems of democratic governance. Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy demonstrates the urgent need to publicize, politicize, debate, and ultimately temper these moves towards privatized justice. Written by Trevor C.W. Farrow, a former litigation lawyer and current Chair of the Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, Civil Justice, Privatization, and Democracy does more than just bear witness to the privatization initiatives that define how we think about and resolve almost all non-criminal disputes. It articulates the costs and benefits of these privatizing initiatives, particularly their potential negative impacts on the way we regulate ourselves in modern democracies, and it makes recommendations for future civil justice practice and reform.


Sri Lanka's New Capitalism and the Erosion of Democracy by Colvin R. De Silva

Sri Lanka's New Capitalism and the Erosion of Democracy
  • Title : Sri Lanka's New Capitalism and the Erosion of Democracy
  • Author : Colvin R. De Silva
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  • Pages : 172
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Democratic Peace-building and Conflict Prevention by Luc Reychler

Democratic Peace-building and Conflict Prevention
  • Title : Democratic Peace-building and Conflict Prevention
  • Author : Luc Reychler
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  • Pages : 176
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Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy by Michael Albertus,Victor Menaldo

Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy
  • Title : Authoritarianism and the Elite Origins of Democracy
  • Author : Michael Albertus,Victor Menaldo
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1107199824
  • Pages : 322
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Provides an innovative theory of regime transitions and outcomes, and tests it using extensive evidence between 1800 and today.


Routledge Handbook of Democratization by Jeffrey Haynes

Routledge Handbook of Democratization
  • Title : Routledge Handbook of Democratization
  • Author : Jeffrey Haynes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1136513329
  • Pages : 450
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This exciting new handbook provides a global overview of the process of democratization, offering chapter by chapter discussion at both the country and regional levels and examining the interaction between the domestic and external factors that affect the progression of countries from authoritarian to democratic rule. Bringing together 29 key experts in the field, the work is designed to contrast the processes and outcomes of democratic reform in a wide range of different societies, evaluating the influence of factors such as religion, economic development, and financial resources. It is structured thematically into four broad sections: Section I provides a regional tour d’horizon of the current state of democratisation and democracy in eight regions around the world Section II examines key structures, processes and outcomes of democratisation and democracy Section III focuses on the relationship between democratisation and international relations through examination of a range of issues and actors including: the third and fourth waves of democracy, political conditionality, the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union and the Organisation of African States Section IV Examines the interaction between democratisation and development with a focus on poverty and inequality, security, human rights, gender, war, and conflict resolution. A comprehensive survey of democratization across the world, this work will be essential reading for scholars and policy-makers alike.


Asset Building and Community Development by Gary Paul Green,Anna Haines

Asset Building and Community Development
  • Title : Asset Building and Community Development
  • Author : Gary Paul Green,Anna Haines
  • Publisher : SAGE
  • ISBN Code : 1412951348
  • Pages : 301
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Can residents work together to improve the quality of life in their community? Asset Building and Community Development examines the promise and limits of community development and explores how communities are building on their key assets such as physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political and cultural capital.


Transitions to Democracy by Geoffrey Pridham

Transitions to Democracy
  • Title : Transitions to Democracy
  • Author : Geoffrey Pridham
  • Publisher : Dartmouth Publishing Company
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 639
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'Transitions to Democracy' is divided into five parts - liberal democracy - conceptual issues for regime change; theoretical and comparative interpretations of transition and authoritarian collapse; national case-studies in the three areas of Southern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe; the international context of transition; and, looking towards democratic consolidation. Throughout the emphasis is on comparative essays which may have a lasting relevance to further processes of democratisation rather than detailed empirical national case-studies which may be easily outdated where not historical. While the essential focus is on European experience, some comparative essays on Latin America are included to strengthen the basis for inter-regional comparisons of of the democratic transitions - which has been a priority in recent research on this theme undertaken by Bristol University’s Centre for Mediterranean Studies. This is important in helping us to understand the dynamics of the different waves of democracy that have occurred in past decades. 'Transitions to Democracy' confronts, therefore, a problem of great contemporary relevance; and it is one that interests both the academic specialist but also the general reader. This volume offers a stimulating guide to the work of the principle comparative experts on this subject.


Market Building, Polity Building, and Community in the European Union by Josef Melchior

Market Building, Polity Building, and Community in the European Union
  • Title : Market Building, Polity Building, and Community in the European Union
  • Author : Josef Melchior
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  • Pages : 81
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Democracy, Pluralism, and Nation-building by Anwarul Haque Haqqi

Democracy, Pluralism, and Nation-building
  • Title : Democracy, Pluralism, and Nation-building
  • Author : Anwarul Haque Haqqi
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  • Pages : 496
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The Processes Of Democracy And Development Usually Tend To Generate New Tensions And Fresh Patterns Of Power Continually. In A Participatory Democracy Like Ours Committed To Planned Economic Development And Distributive Social Justice, Interregional And Inter-Communal, And Oftentimes Sectarian Rivalaries And Petry Jealousies For The Loaves And Fishes Of Office And Similar Other Advantages Are Inevitable. Likewise When Regional And Sub-Regional Forces Become More Articulate, Assertive And Sometimes Aggressive And Even Confrontationist, They Are Often Dubbed Anti-National And Their Demands Are Looked Upon As Constituting A Threat To National Unity And Integration By The Powers That Be. In The Context Of The Rise Of Non-Congress And Anti-Centre Forces In Parts Of India, Particularly In The Non-Hindi-States Of The South And Their Demands For Greater State Autonomy, The Editor Of This Book Organized Two All-India Inter-Disciplinary Seminars On (A) Democracy, Pluralism And Nation-Building And (B) Sub-Nationalism And National Integration. This Book Contains Selected Papers Presented At These Seminars And Others Specially Written For This Volume, Provides Theoretical Perspectives On The Problems Of Nation-Building And Focuses Attention On The Consequent Challenges And Encounters Facing The Establishment In Its Struggle To Maintain National Unity And Independence With Simultaneous Promotion Of Regional And Socio-Cultural Wedded To Autonomy Through A Democratic Set-Up Orderly Planned Economic Development And A Loose Federal Structure. An Outstanding Book For Academics And Planners Alike. A Practical Guide To Students And Researchers In Political Science.


Literacy, Popular Education, and Democracy by International Council for Adult Education

Literacy, Popular Education, and Democracy
  • Title : Literacy, Popular Education, and Democracy
  • Author : International Council for Adult Education
  • Publisher : International
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 144
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Between Fear and Hope by Andrew L. Barlow

Between Fear and Hope
  • Title : Between Fear and Hope
  • Author : Andrew L. Barlow
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN Code : 9780742516199
  • Pages : 213
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This book provides a structural analysis of race, and a methodology for connecting global to national and local racial processes. Visit our website for sample chapters!


Civil Society, Democracy and State-building in South Africa by Pierre Du Toit

Civil Society, Democracy and State-building in South Africa
  • Title : Civil Society, Democracy and State-building in South Africa
  • Author : Pierre Du Toit
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  • Pages : 32
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Globalising Democracy by Peter Burnell

Globalising Democracy
  • Title : Globalising Democracy
  • Author : Peter Burnell
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 1134143885
  • Pages : 228
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This volume brings together expert contributors to explore the intersection of two major contemporary themes: globalization, and the contribution that both domestic party politics and international party support make to democratization. Globalising Democracy clearly shows what globalization means for domestic and international efforts to build effective political parties and competitive party systems in new and emerging democracies. Contrasting perspectives are presented through fresh case studies of European post-communist countries, Africa and Turkey. The reader is clearly shown how international party assistance is a manifestation and vehicle of globalization, and explores how it may be assessed in terms of: global economic integration the growth of global communications the development and implications for party politics of multi-level governance. This is the first book to analyze the impact of globalization on democracy and will be of great interest to all students of international relations, governance and politics.


Building Democracy in One-party Systems by Michael A. Maggiotto,Michael A. Kelley,Donald E. Whistler

Building Democracy in One-party Systems
  • Title : Building Democracy in One-party Systems
  • Author : Michael A. Maggiotto,Michael A. Kelley,Donald E. Whistler
  • Publisher : Praeger Pub Text
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 282
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This edited collection addresses theoretical and practical aspects of building democracy in one-party systems, drawing upon analysis of Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and China.


Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint by Research Professor Kenneth Dyson,Klaus Goetz,Kenneth Dyson,Senior Lecturer in German Department of Government Klaus H Goetz

Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint
  • Title : Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Constraint
  • Author : Research Professor Kenneth Dyson,Klaus Goetz,Kenneth Dyson,Senior Lecturer in German Department of Government Klaus H Goetz
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780197262955
  • Pages : 438
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The process of European integration is marked both by continued deepening and widening, and by growing evidence of domestic disquiet and dissent. Against this background, this volume examines three key themes: the challenge to the power of member states - as subjects of European integration - to determine the course of the integrationist project and to shape European public policies; the increasing constraints in the domestic political arena experienced by member states as objects of European integration; and the contestation over both the 'constitutive politics of the EU' and specific policy choices. These three themes - power, constraint and contestation - and their interdependence are explored with specific reference to contemporary Germany. The main findings call for a revision of the 'conventional wisdom' about Germany's Europeanization experience. First, while Germany continues to engage intensively in all aspects of the integration process, its power to 'upload' - 'hard' and 'soft', 'deliberate' or 'unintentional', 'institutional' or 'ideational' - appears in decline. Germany's capacity to 'shape its regional milieu' is challenged by both changes in the integration process and the ever more apparent weaknesses of the 'German model'. The traditional regional core milieu is shrinking in size and importance in an enlarging Europe, and Germany's milieu-shaping power is being challenged. Second, the coincidence of enabling and constraining effects is being progressively replaced by a discourse that notes unwelcome constrictions associated with EU membership. The book's findings suggest that key political institutions and processes in the Federal Republic have not co-evolved with the integration process, but lead an, at times, uncomfortable co-existence. Third, domestic contestation over both everyday EU policy and the constitutional politics of integration seems set to increase. There are, as yet, no indications that these domestic conflicts will reach an intensity comparable to that of the 1950s. However, both the 'permissive' mass consensus and, perhaps more importantly, élite consensus are being tested to their limits. This volume is essential reading for students of comparative European politics and German studies.


Popular Perceptions of Democracy and Political Governance in Nigeria by Okechukwu Ibeanu

Popular Perceptions of Democracy and Political Governance in Nigeria
  • Title : Popular Perceptions of Democracy and Political Governance in Nigeria
  • Author : Okechukwu Ibeanu
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  • Pages : 286
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The Electronic Erosion of Democracy by James H. Billington

The Electronic Erosion of Democracy
  • Title : The Electronic Erosion of Democracy
  • Author : James H. Billington
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  • Pages : 23
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Building Democracy by N.A

Building Democracy
  • Title : Building Democracy
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : 101
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Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Developing World by Clifford E. Griffin

Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Developing World
  • Title : Democracy and Neoliberalism in the Developing World
  • Author : Clifford E. Griffin
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  • ISBN Code : 9781859726457
  • Pages : 239
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This study of comparative political development provides insights into the likelihood that the liberal-democratic system of government will become institutionalized in industrializing and non-industrialized countries in the wake of neoliberalism - the global economic and political changes currently underway. It argues that over the near to medium term, liberal-democratic governance will plant roots of systematic stability only in that subset of developing countries in which preconditions for democracy already exist. In addition, the author argues that some liberal-democratic governmental institutions and processes, such as parliaments, legislatures, and general elections, will become established in other developing countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and eventually Cuba - countries in which the cultural and attitudinal preconditions for democracy remain absent or underdeveloped, and undermined by the fragile base upon which these new democracies rest.


Democracy and Classical Greece by John Kenyon Davies

Democracy and Classical Greece
  • Title : Democracy and Classical Greece
  • Author : John Kenyon Davies
  • Publisher : Fontana Press
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 284
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Conserving Natural Resources, Principles and Practice in a Democracy by Shirley Walter Allen

Conserving Natural Resources, Principles and Practice in a Democracy
  • Title : Conserving Natural Resources, Principles and Practice in a Democracy
  • Author : Shirley Walter Allen
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  • Pages : 347
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Reframing the International by Richard A. Falk,Lester Edwin J. Ruiz,R. B. J. Walker

Reframing the International
  • Title : Reframing the International
  • Author : Richard A. Falk,Lester Edwin J. Ruiz,R. B. J. Walker
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780415931762
  • Pages : 258
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Re-Framing the International insists that, if we are to properly face the challenges of the coming century, we need to re-examine international politics and development through the prism of ethics and morality. International relations must now contend with a widening circle of participants reflecting the diversity and uneveness of status, memory, gender, race, culture and class.


Democratic Nation-building in South Africa by N. J. Rhoodie,Ian Liebenberg

Democratic Nation-building in South Africa
  • Title : Democratic Nation-building in South Africa
  • Author : N. J. Rhoodie,Ian Liebenberg
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  • Pages : 466
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This book is a collection of essays by 50 eminent experts/analysts representing a broad range of ideological perspectives and interest groups. Its aim is to contribute to the process of democratic nation-building and the creation of a culture of tolerance by educating South Africans about the intricacies of community reconciliation and nation-building. Following a section featuring information about each of the contributing authors, the book is divided into 11 sections, which are further divided into 47 chapters. The main sections are: (1) "Nation-Building as a Democratic Means of Reconciling National Unity with Ethnic and Cultural Diversity"; (2) "The Role of Ethnic Nationalism in Nation-Building"; (3) "The Constitutional and Institutional Bases of Democratic Government in South Africa"; (4) "The Sociopolitical Conditions for Democratic Nation-Building and Intercommunity Reconciliation"; (5) "Key Socioeconomic Determinants of Democratic Nation-Building in South Africa"; (6) "The Transition from Apartheid to Democracy"; (7) "Gender Equality as a Precondition for Democratic Nation-Building"; (8) "Violence--A Pervasive Inhibitor of Nation-Building"; (9) "The Role of the Security Institutions"; (10) "International Involvement in Nation-Building"; and (11) "Concluding Overview: the Prospects for Democratic Nation-Building in South Africa." (LAP)


Power and Architecture by Michael Minkenberg

Power and Architecture
  • Title : Power and Architecture
  • Author : Michael Minkenberg
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • ISBN Code : 1782380108
  • Pages : 320
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Capital cities have been the seat of political power and central stage for their state's political conflicts and rituals throughout the ages. In the modern era, they provide symbols for and confer meaning to the state, thereby contributing to the "invention" of the nation. Capitals capture the imagination of natives, visitors and outsiders alike, yet also express the outcomes of power struggles within the political systems in which they operate. This volume addresses the reciprocal relationships between identity, regime formation, urban planning, and public architecture in the Western world. It examines the role of urban design and architecture in expressing (or hiding) ideological beliefs and political agenda. Case studies include "old" capitals such as Rome, Vienna, Berlin and Warsaw; "new" ones such as Washington DC, Ottawa, Canberra, Ankara, Bonn, and Brasília; and the "European" capital Brussels. Each case reflects the authors' different disciplinary backgrounds in architecture, history, political science, and urban studies, demonstrating the value of an interdisciplinary approach to studying cities.


Argentine Democracy by Steven Levitsky,Maria Victoria Murillo

Argentine Democracy
  • Title : Argentine Democracy
  • Author : Steven Levitsky,Maria Victoria Murillo
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • ISBN Code : 0271027169
  • Pages : 325
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  • Language : English
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During the 1990s Argentina was the only country in Latin America to combine radical economic reform and full democracy. In 2001, however, the country fell into a deep political and economic crisis and was widely seen as a basket case. This book explores both developments, examining the links between the (real and apparent) successes of the 1990s and the 2001 collapse. Specific topics include economic policymaking and reform, executive-legislative relations, the judiciary, federalism, political parties and the party system, and new patterns of social protest. Beyond its empirical analysis, the book contributes to several theoretical debates in comparative politics. Contemporary studies of political institutions focus almost exclusively on institutional design, neglecting issues of enforcement and stability. Yet a major problem in much of Latin America is that institutions of diverse types have often failed to take root. Besides examining the effects of institutional weakness, the book also uses the Argentine case to shed light on four other areas of current debate: tensions between radical economic reform and democracy; political parties and contemporary crises of representation; links between subnational and national politics; and the transformation of state-society relations in the post-corporatist era. Besides the editors, the contributors are Javier Auyero, Ernesto Calvo, Kent Eaton, Sebasti&án Etchemendy, Gretchen Helmke, Wonjae Hwang, Mark Jones, Enrique Peruzzotti, Pablo T. Spiller, Mariano Tommasi, and Juan Carlos Torre.


Democratic Phoenix by Pippa Norris,McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics Pippa Norris

Democratic Phoenix
  • Title : Democratic Phoenix
  • Author : Pippa Norris,McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics Pippa Norris
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780521010535
  • Pages : 290
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Conventional wisdom suggests that citizens in many countries have become disengaged from the traditional channels of political participation. Commentators highlight warning signs including sagging electoral turnout, rising anti-party sentiment, and the decay of civic organizations. But are these concerns justified? This book compares systematic evidence for electoral turnout, party membership, and civic activism in countries around the world and suggests good reasons to question assumptions of decline. Not only is the obituary for older forms of political activism premature, but new forms of civic engagement may have emerged in modern societies to supplement traditional modes. The process of societal modernization and rising levels of human capital are primarily responsible, although participation is also explained by the structure of the state, the role of agencies, and social inequalities.


Law, Society, and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives by Richard D. Schwartz

Law, Society, and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
  • Title : Law, Society, and Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
  • Author : Richard D. Schwartz
  • Publisher : SAGE Publications, Incorporated
  • ISBN Code : 9781412940115
  • Pages : 328
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In George Bush's Second Inaugural Address, he stated, "so it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture ..." Along with such a formidable challenge, comes the essential need for scholars and policy makers alike to gain a deeper understanding of the interrelationship between law, society, and culture. Collected from the successful 2005 Syracuse conference of the same name, the papers in this unique issue of The ANNALS zero in on critical studies that focus on other societies – which are evolving toward (or away from) constitutional democracy and a rule of law. Not to be confused with Social Darwinism, the term legal evolution in this context refers to the development or changes of law; and the papers included here demonstrate value-free objectivity – not labeling the results as either "good" or "bad." Rather than offering a prescriptive or claiming a precise forecast, this collection of thoughtful research examines the sociocultural foundations on which law is built, constructing the groundwork for the advancement of policy and further exploration in this intriguing area of study. The intense research conducted by these authors shines through as they elucidate the patterns of legal development and governmental change in societies abroad. Their reports and analysis will help readers understand the diversity of sociolegal systems and divergent paths that have been followed as laws have developed in a wide variety of societies, including South Africa, Germany, Latin America Sudan, Saudi-Arabia, and China. Terrorism remains an underlying issue in both a domestic and global perspective. Can law contribute to the control of terrorism? Are we moving toward global rules of law? What are the consequences of transitioning toward democracy? The thoughtful papers in this issue address these and other timely topics. How can legal evolution be a useful tool for analyzing social change? How well does law in any society express and implement the needs of the population? What effect do social mores have on the effectiveness of law? The complexity of these questions cannot be easily answered. However, after carefully reviewing the rich collection of ideas gathered in this single issue, scholars and policy makers will gain a deeper understanding of the evolution of law and constitutional democracy.


State Building, Security and Social Change in Afghanistan by N.A

State Building, Security and Social Change in Afghanistan
  • Title : State Building, Security and Social Change in Afghanistan
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : 203
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  • Language : English
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Building Democratic Institutions by G. Shabbir Cheema

Building Democratic Institutions
  • Title : Building Democratic Institutions
  • Author : G. Shabbir Cheema
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 271
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Annotation Bridges the gap between theoretical literature and the tools and practices needed to strengthen or rebuild democratic institutions and reform governance systems. Through case studies and examples of good practices of governance, Cheema assesses the conditions that make democracy work.


Shaping the Democratic Order by Anna van der Meer Krok-Paszkowska

Shaping the Democratic Order
  • Title : Shaping the Democratic Order
  • Author : Anna van der Meer Krok-Paszkowska
  • Publisher : Garant Uitgevers N V
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 316
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Challenges to Democracy in the New Era by N.A

Challenges to Democracy in the New Era
  • Title : Challenges to Democracy in the New Era
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : 117
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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