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Rule Of Law Misrule Of Men

Author : Elaine Scarry
ISBN : 9780262265775
Genre : Political Science
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This book is a passionate call for citizen action to uphold the rule of law when government does not. Arguing that post-9/11 legislation and foreign policy severed the executive branch from the will of the people, Elaine Scarry in Rule of Law, Misrule of Men offers a fierce defense of the people's role as guarantor of our democracy. She begins with the groundswell of local resistance to the 2001 Patriot Act, when hundreds of towns, cities, and counties passed resolutions refusing compliance with the information-gathering the act demanded, showing that citizens can take action against laws that undermine the rights of citizens and noncitizens alike. Scarry, once described in the New York Times Sunday Magazine as "known for her unflinching investigations of war, torture, and pain," then turns to the conduct of the Iraqi occupation, arguing that the Bush administration led the country onto treacherous moral terrain, violating the Geneva Conventions and the armed forces' own most fundamental standards. She warns of the damage done to democracy when military personnel must choose between their own codes of warfare and the illegal orders of their civilian superiors. If our military leaders uphold the rule of law when civilian leaders do not, might we come to prefer them? Finally, reviewing what we know now about the Bush administration's crimes, Scarry insists that prosecution -- whether local, national, or international -- is essential to restoring the rule of law, and she shows how a brave town in Vermont has taken up the challenge.Throughout the book, Scarry finds hope in moments where citizens withheld their consent to grievous crimes, finding creative ways to stand by their patriotism.

Conflict In Ukraine

Author : Rajan Menon
ISBN : 9780262029049
Genre : Political Science
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The current conflict in Ukraine has spawned the most serious crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War. It has undermined European security, raised questions about NATO's future, and put an end to one of the most ambitious projects of U.S. foreign policy -- building a partnership with Russia. It also threatens to undermine U.S. diplomatic efforts on issues ranging from terrorism to nuclear proliferation. And in the absence of direct negotiations, each side is betting that political and economic pressure will force the other to blink first. Caught in this dangerous game of chicken, the West cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of stable relations with Russia.This book puts the conflict in historical perspective by examining the evolution of the crisis and assessing its implications both for the Crimean peninsula and for Russia's relations with the West more generally. Experts in the international relations of post-Soviet states, political scientists Rajan Menon and Eugene Rumer clearly show what is at stake in Ukraine, explaining the key economic, political, and security challenges and prospects for overcoming them. They also discuss historical precedents, sketch likely outcomes, and propose policies for safeguarding U.S.-Russia relations in the future. In doing so, they provide a comprehensive and accessible study of a conflict whose consequences will be felt for many years to come.

What We Know About Climate Change

Author : Kerry A. Emanuel
ISBN : 9780262018432
Genre : Science
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Offers an introduction to the scientific consensus on the human role in global warming.

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ISBN : UCI:31970031834143
Genre : Periodicals
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Resisting Representation

Author : Elaine Scarry
ISBN : 9780195089646
Genre : History
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Renowned scholar Elaine Scarry celebrates language as she deals with the complicated problems of representation in diverse and cultural genres--from her beloved sixth-century philosopher Boethius through the 19th-century novel to 20th-century advertising.

Confidentiality And Its Discontents

Author : Paul Mosher
ISBN : 9780823265091
Genre : Law
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Confidentiality and Its Discontents: Dilemmas of Privacy in Psychotherapy explores the human stories arising from the loss of confidentiality in psychotherapy. Freud promised his patients absolute confidentiality, regardless of what they revealed, but privacy in psychotherapy began to erode ahalf century ago. Psychotherapists are now "double agents" with a dual and often conflicting allegiance to patient and society. Some therapists now even go so far as to issue "Miranda" warnings, advising patients that what they say in therapy may be used against them.Confidentiality and Its Discontents discusses different types of psychotherapy breaches, beginning with the hazards of publishing a case study without the patient's knowledge or permission. Philip Roth was horrified when he learned that his psychoanalyst had written a thinly-veiled case study abouthim. Other breaches of privacy occur when the "duty to protect" compels a therapist to break confidentiality by contacting the police. Every psychotherapist has heard about "Tarasoff," but few know the details of this story of fatal attraction. Nor are most readers familiar with Jaffee, whichestablished the psychotherapist-patient privilege in the federal courts. The story of Robert Bierenbaum, a New York surgeon who was brought to justice fifteen years after he brutally murdered his wife, reveals how privileged communication became established in a state court. The bizarre story of NewYork Chief Judge Sol Wachtler shows how the fear of the loss of confidentiality may prevent a person from seeking treatment, with disastrous results.Confidentiality and Its Discontents affirms the importance of the psychotherapist-patient privilege. The book focuses on both the inner and outer stories of the characters involved in noteworthy psychotherapy breaches and the ways in which psychiatry and the law complement and sometimes clash witheach other.

The Rule Of Law

Author : Tom Bingham
ISBN : 9780141962016
Genre : Law
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'The Rule of Law' is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilisations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short book, Britain's former senior law lord, and one of the world's most acute legal minds, examines what the idea actually means. He makes clear that the rule of law is not an arid legal doctrine but is the foundation of a fair and just society, is a guarantee of responsible government, is an important contribution to economic growth and offers the best means yet devised for securing peace and co-operation. He briefly examines the historical origins of the rule, and then advances eight conditions which capture its essence as understood in western democracies today. He also discusses the strains imposed on the rule of law by the threat and experience of international terrorism. The book will be influential in many different fields and should become a key text for anyone interested in politics, society and the state of our world.

The Rule Of Law

Author : Christopher May
ISBN : 9781781008959
Genre : Law
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By building on and extending debates in socio-legal studies about the social role of law, and dealing with issues largely absent from international political economy this book will be of great interest to socio _ legal scholars and political economist&

Thinking In An Emergency

Author : Elaine Scarry
ISBN : 0393340589
Genre : Political Science
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Discusses the global ethics of increased executive power by invoking the idea of an emergency and cites philosophers, neuroscientists, and artists to prove that thinking and taking fast action are compatible.

Corruption Inequality And The Rule Of Law

Author : Eric M. Uslaner
ISBN : 9781139472371
Genre : Political Science
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Corruption flouts rules of fairness and gives some people advantages that others don't have. Corruption is persistent; there is little evidence that countries can escape the curse of corruption easily - or at all. Instead of focusing on institutional reform, in this book Eric M. Uslaner suggests that the roots of corruption lie in economic and legal inequality, low levels of generalized trust (which are not readily changed), and poor policy choices (which may be more likely to change). Economic inequality provides a fertile breeding ground for corruption, which, in turn, leads to further inequalities. Just as corruption is persistent, inequality and trust do not change much over time, according to Uslaner's cross-national aggregate analyses. He argues that high inequality leads to low trust and high corruption, and then to more inequality - an inequality trap - and identifies direct linkages between inequality and trust in surveys of the mass public and elites in transition countries.

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