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Achieving Democracy

Author : Mary Fran T. Malone
ISBN : 9781441183255
Genre : Political Science
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Democracy is the ability to participate freely and equally in the political and economic affairs of the country. Americans have relied on philosophical pragmatism and on the impulse of political progressivism to express those creedal democratic values. Achieving Democracy argues that, in the last 30 years, however, by focusing on free markets and small government, America has since lost its grasp on these crucial democratic values. Economically, the vast majority of Americans have been made worse off due to a historically unprecedented redistribution of wealth from the lower and middle classes to the top one percent. Politically, partisan gridlock has hampered efforts to seek fairer taxes, responsive and effective regulation, reliable health care, and better education, among other needs. Achieving Democracy critiques the history of the last 30 years of neoliberal government in the United States, and enables an understanding of the dynamic and changing nature of contemporary government and the future of the regulatory state. Sidney A. Shapiro and Joseph P. Tomain demonstrate how lessons from the past can be applied today to regain essential democratic losses within the successful framework of a progressive government to ultimately construct a good society for all citizens.

Democracy

Author : Sanford A Lakoff
ISBN : 9780429973611
Genre : Political Science
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Comparative Politics Structures And Choices

Author : Lowell Barrington
ISBN : 9780618493197
Genre : Political Science
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Taking a unique hybrid approach to comparative government, the exciting new COMPARATIVE POLITICS: STRUCTURE AND CHOICE begins each chapter by introducing relevant concepts and then ties those concepts together by applying them to the governments of ten countries: Mexico, China, Russia, the UK, Nigeria, Iran, India, Germany, France, and Brazil. This model allows instructors to easily compare and contrast the structures and choices of like governments--and helps students put chapter concepts into the context of today’s political climate. The text emphasizes real-world application throughout. Comparative exercises model what a comparativist actually does, while features such as the brief In theory/In Practice boxes give students hands-on experience at putting theory into action. Make It Yours! Create your own customized version of Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices, 1e using only the chapters you need. Visit http://cengage.com/custom/makeityours/barrington/ to get started. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Consolidating Democracies

Author : Svetlozar A. Andreev
ISBN : OCLC:1023584990
Genre : Europe, Eastern
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Democratic Institution Performance

Author : Edward R. McMahon
ISBN : 0275977889
Genre : Political Science
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Contributors address the roles of democratic institutions--civil society, elections, globalization, international assistance, and public opinion in supporting and sustaining democratic governance--and how they can be consolidated and strengthened.

Climate Crisis And The Democratic Prospect

Author : Frank Fischer
ISBN : 9780192525741
Genre : Political Science
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Can contemporary democratic governments tackle climate crisis? Some argue that democracy has to be a central part of a strategy to deal with climate change. Others argue that experience shows it not to be up to the challenge in the time frame available-that it will require a stronger hand, even a form of eco-authoritarianism. A question that does not lend itself to an easy assessment, this volume seeks to out and assess the competing answers. While the book supports the case for environmental democracy, it argues that establishing and sustaining democratic practices will be difficult during the global climate turmoil ahead, especially in the face of state of emergencies. This inquiry undertakes a search for an appropriate political-ecological strategy for preserving a measure of democratic governance during hard times. Without ignoring the global dimensions of the crisis, the analysis finds an alternative path in the theory and practices participatory environmental governance embodied in a growing relocalization movement, and global eco-localism generally. Although such movements largely operate under the radar of the social sciences, the media and the political realm generally, these vibrant socio-ecological movements not only speak to the crisis ahead, but are already well established and thriving on the ground, including ecovillages, eco-communes, eco-neighborhoods, and local transition initiatives. With the help of these ideas and projects, the task is to influence the discourse of environmental political theory in ways that can be of assistance to those who will face climate crisis in its full magnitude.

The Brazilian Voter

Author : Kurt von Mettenheim
ISBN : 9780822977148
Genre : History
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The dramatic transition from military to civilian rule in Brazil between 1974 and 1985 raises critical questions about voters, competitive party politics, and democracy at the end of the twentieth century. This book argues that whereas military government stifled democratic activity, public opinion quickly revived when the military liberalized electoral politics in 1974. Voters rapidly aligned themselves with parties for and against military government, acquired new views on major issues, judged leaders by their performance and policies, and grounded their beliefs in concepts of social justice. Kurt von Mettenheim examines how Brazilian voters make choices and cast their ballots runs counter to long-held liberal theories about how democracy works.

Democratization In The South

Author : Robin Luckham
ISBN : 0719049423
Genre : Political Science
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Democracy And The Rule Of Law In China

Author : Keping Yu
ISBN : 9789004182127
Genre : Political Science
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Democracy and the Rule of Law in China is intended to make debates among prominent Chinese intellectuals and academics over issues of political, constitutional, and legal reform; modes of governance in urban and rural China; and culture and cultural policy available to English-language readers. The writers included in this book are individuals whose views have drawn some attention in the formulation of party and government policy, including the editor, Yu Keping, a prominent party intellectual and vice-director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau.

The United Nations Democracy Agenda

Author : Kirsten Haack
ISBN : 9781847797483
Genre : Political Science
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The United Nations Democracy Agenda is a critical, conceptual-historical analysis of democracy at the United Nations, detailed in four 'visions' of democracy: civilization, elections, governance and developmental democracy. "I know it when I see it" were the famous words of US Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart on defining obscenity. It is with the same conviction and (un)certainty with which liberal peacebuilders and democracy promoters have used democracy to achieve both the immediate goals of peacekeeping and the broader, global mission of the United Nations. Today democracy may have gained an international dimension, yet its success as an organizational practice depends on how democracy has been defined. Drawing on political theory and democratization scholarship, The United Nations Democracy Agenda questions the meaning of this well-'known' idea. The book analyses the way in which the UN, through its Secretary-General, relevant agencies and organizational practices, have thought about, conceptualized and used democracy. The United Nations Democracy Agenda shows that while the idea of democracy's 'civilizing' nature has played a prominent part in its use by the UN, an early focus on sovereignty and self-determination delayed the emergence of the democracy agenda until the 1990s. Today, a comprehensive democracy agenda incorporates not only elections but a broad range of liberal democratic institutions. Despite this, the democracy agenda is at an impasse, both practically and philosophically. The United Nations Democracy Agenda questions whether an extension of the UN democracy agenda to include 'developmental democracy' is feasible.

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