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Practical Politics

  • The Decline of Political Leadership in Australia?by Jan Pakulski; Bruce Tranter

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 45.00

    This book analyses the changing political recruitment of the Australian federal parliamentary elite. It argues that the elite's quality has been reduced to a worrisome degree, especially since the 1990s. It suggests that the declining quality of the Australian 'political class' is a major factor behind the declining public trust in politicians. more...

  • Scandalby Lanny Davis

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    Introduction * Part I: It Didn't Begin with Watergate * Revolutionary Venom, Its Progeny and The Gentlemen's Agreement from Harding to Kennedy * The 1960s: Seeds of the Culture Wars * Part II: Watergate Legacies * The Post-Watergate Media Revolution * The Scandal Cauldron: The 1980s * To Be "Borked" or "Gingriched" * Part III: The 1990s Scandal... more...

  • The Hain Diariesby Peter Hain

    Biteback Publishing 2015; US$ 21.88

    A selection of fascinating extracts from notes and digital recordings made by Peter Hain during his twelve years serving in government, The Hain Diaries offers an invaluable insight into the workings and workers of the New Labour Cabinet. Providing a unique record of the ups and downs of ministerial life, informed and enhanced by Peter?s experiences... more...

  • In-Your-Face Politicsby Diana C. Mutz

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    Americans are disgusted with watching politicians screaming and yelling at one another on television. But does all the noise really make a difference? Drawing on numerous studies, Diana Mutz provides the first comprehensive look at the consequences of in-your-face politics. Her book contradicts the conventional wisdom by documenting both the benefits... more...

  • White Backlashby Marisa Abrajano; Zoltan L. Hajnal

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    White Backlash provides an authoritative assessment of how immigration is reshaping the politics of the nation. Using an array of data and analysis, Marisa Abrajano and Zoltan Hajnal show that fears about immigration fundamentally influence white Americans? core political identities, policy preferences, and electoral choices, and that these concerns... more...

  • Blair Inc - The Man Behind the Maskby Francis Beckett; David Hencke; Nick Kochan

    John Blake Publishing 2015; US$ 14.57

    Since leaving office in 2007, the empire of Tony Blair has grown exponentially. As a businessman he has been unprecedentedly successful for a former public servant, with a large property portfolio and an estimated 80 million of earnings accrued in just a few short years. But how has he managed to achieve this? Being an ex-Prime Minister comes with... more...

  • The Purple Revolutionby Nigel Farage

    Biteback Publishing 2015; US$ 10.19

    How did Farage persuade Reckless and Carswell to ditch the Conservatives? Would UKIP ever do a deal with another party? How have three near-death experiences shaped Farage's politics? How does Nigel feel about controversial kippers and their high-profile gaffes? Twenty-one years after its formation as a single-policy protest party, and on the eve... more...

  • Making Things Happenby Gerald Frost

    Biteback Publishing 2015; US$ 24.78

    Before he was forty, Nigel Vinson inventor, entrepreneur, philanthropist and farmer had achieved what many struggle to achieve in a lifetime. He had created and built up a successful company based on his own ideas, floated it on the stock exchange and made more than enough money to never have to work again. But, instead of retiring, Vinson forged... more...

  • Running from Officeby Jennifer L. Lawless; Richard L. Fox

    Oxford University Press 2015; US$ 18.99

    The past two decades of politics in Washington have seen increased partisanship, prolonged stalemates, and numerous scandals. For today's teenagers and young adults, years of ineffective and inefficient political leadership have completely eroded any sense that politicians or government have the ability to do good or effect positive change. Worse,... more...