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Practical Politics

  • De Valera Volume 1by David McCullagh

    Gill Books 2017; US$ 18.99

    Éamon de Valera was the single most consequential Irish figure of the twentieth century. He was a leader in the Easter Rising, the figurehead of the anti-Treaty rebels during the dark days of the Civil War and, later, as the founder of Fianna Fáil and president of Ireland, the pivotal figure in the birth of the Republic. In this, the first volume... more...

  • The Third Electoral System, 1853-1892by Paul Kleppner

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 39.99

    This analysis of the contours and social bases of mass voting behavior in the United States over the course of the third electoral era, from 1853 to 1892, provides a deep and rich understanding of the ways in which ethnoreligious values shaped party combat in the late nineteenth century. It was this uniquely American mode of "political confessionals"... more...

  • Economic Democracy: The Political Struggle of the 21st Centuryby J. W. Smith

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 49.95

    This title was first published in 1999: The author contends that economic democracy is the economic system the U.S. purports to have, but has thus far failed to achieve because it, like all the economic powers that have gone before, seeks to control the economies of weaker nations. It is the shocking lack of economic democracy, and the efforts of so... more...

  • Military Reform and Democratisationby Karabekir Akkoyunlu

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 36.95

    There is no recipe for democratisation that can be readily applied to all countries. Every country presents unique factors that influence the fate of its democratic reforms, which must therefore be evaluated within their specific socio-political, cultural and historical context. Building on this premise, this paper examines military reform and democratisation... more...

  • The Virtues of Exitby Jennet Kirkpatrick

    The University of North Carolina Press 2017; US$ 19.99

    Successful democracies rely on an active citizenry. They require citizens to participate by voting, serving on juries, and running for office. But what happens when those citizens purposefully opt out of politics? Exit—the act of leaving—is often thought of as purely instinctual, a part of the human "fight or flight" response, or, alternatively, motivated... more...

  • The New Middle East: What Everyone Needs to Know®by James L. Gelvin

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 10.99

    In the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse, the 2003 American invasion of Iraq, and the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011, a new Middle East took shape. In this book, James L. Gelvin explores these changes, offering a succinct overview of the region's recent political and cultural historical developments. He focuses particularly on the uprisings and their... more...

  • Democracy Promotion and the Challenges of Illiberal Regional Powersby Nelli Babayan; Thomas Risse

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 37.95

    This book examines Western efforts at democracy promotion, reactions by illiberal challengers and regional powers, and political and societal conditions in target states. It is argued that Western powers are not unequivocally committed to the promotion of democracy and human rights, while non-democratic regional powers cannot simply be described as... more...

  • Black Electoral Politicsby Lucius J. Barker

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 44.95

    The official publication of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS), this annual publication includes significant scholarly research reflecting the diverse interests of scholars from various backgrounds who use a variety of models, approaches, and methodologies. The central focus is on politics and policies that advantage or... more...

  • A Better Guide Than Reasonby M.E. Bradford

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 57.99

    In this seminal volume, M. E. Bradford defines the Old Whig political tradition in American thought, showing that the inheritance of the prescriptive anti-federalists still lives. For Bradford, important elements in our heritage from the American Revolution have been systematically hidden from our view by anachronistic and partisan scholarship. He... more...

  • Technocracy in the European Unionby Claudio M. Radaelli

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 79.95

    One of the most common and strongest criticisms of the EU is that power is held by a select few who are unaccountable technocrats sitting in Brussels who without consultation formulate policies. A fresh and innovative new series, written by leading authorities, providing students and researchers with a concise analysis of key topics relating to the... more...