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Democracy

  • The Spirit of Compromiseby Amy Gutmann; Dennis Frank Thompson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 16.95

    To govern in a democracy, political leaders have to compromise. When they do not, the result is political paralysis?dramatically demonstrated by the gridlock in Congress in recent years. In The Spirit of Compromise , eminent political thinkers Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson show why compromise is so important, what stands in the way of achieving... more...

  • South Africa - The Present as Historyby John S. Saul; Patrick Bond

    Boydell & Brewer 2014; US$ 70.00

    Analyses the roots of power, patriarchy, ecological destruction and capitalist dynamics, of anti-apartheid resistance and of on-going movements against inequality and injustice in contemporary South Africa, to show how its contemporary realities are rooted in its past history and earlier struggles for independence. more...

  • Tragedy in the Commonsby Alison Loat; Michael Macmillan

    Random House of Canada 2014; US$ 29.95

    In Tragedy in the Commons , Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara, draw on an astonishing eighty exit interviews with former Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada.   Though Canada is at the top of international... more...

  • This Noble Landby James A. Michener

    Random House Publishing Group 2014; US$ 12.95

    In such modern classics as Chesapeake, Centennial, Hawaii, Alaska, and Texas, James A. Michener proved time and again that his understanding of and love for his country was unparalleled. This Noble Land is Michener?s most personal statement about America, an examination of the issues that threaten to fragment and undermine the nation?racial conflict,... more...

  • The Rise of the American Corporate Security Stateby Beatrice Edwards

    Berrett-Koehler Publishers 2014; US$ 16.95

    Take Back Our Civil Liberties! Beatrice Edwards, executive director of the organization representing Edward Snowden and four other NSA whistleblowers, argues that we now live in a Corporate Security State, where the government is more interested in protecting the companies that serve it than the citizens who support it. Hheavy domestic surveillance,... more...

  • American Democracyby Andrew J. Perrin

    Wiley 2014; US$ 24.95

    In this groundbreaking book, sociologist Andrew Perrin shows that rules and institutions, while important, are not the core of democracy. Instead, as Alexis de Tocqueville showed in the early years of the American republic, democracy is first and foremost a matter of culture: the shared ideas, practices, and technologies that help individuals combine... more...

  • Understanding Tahrir Squareby Stephen R. Grand

    Brookings Institution Press 2014; US$ 32.95

    Amid the current turmoil in the Middle East, Understanding Tahrir Square sounds a rare optimistic note. Surveying countries in other parts of the world during their transitions to democracy, author Stephen Grand argues that the long-term prospects in many parts of the Arab world are actually quite positive. If the current polarization and political... more...

  • The Lost Waveby Molly Tambor

    Oxford University Press, USA 2014; US$ 54.99

    As Italy emerged from World War II, the first women entered the national government. The 45 women who became parliamentarians when Italian women were first entitled to vote in 1946 represented a "lost wave" of feminist action, argues Molly Tambor. In this work, Tambor reconstructs the role that these female politicians played in Italy's... more...

  • Democracy and Myth in Russia and Eastern Europeby Alexander Wöll; Harald Wydra

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 49.95

    In the absence of democratic state institutions, eastern European countries were considered to possess only myths of democracy. Working on the premise that democracy is not only an institutional arrangement but also a civilisational project, this book argues that mythical narratives help understanding the emergence of democracy without ?democrats?.... more...

  • Political Representation in the European Unionby Sandra Kröger

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    In recent years the financial and economic crisis of 2008?9 has progressed into an equally important political and democratic crisis of the EU. These troubled times have set the framework to re-assess a number of important questions in regard to representative democracy in the EU, such as the normative foundation of political representation, the institutional... more...