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Einstein's Pacifism and World War I (Paperback): Virginia Iris Holmes Einstein's Pacifism and World War I (Paperback)
Virginia Iris Holmes
R702 R554 Discovery Miles 5 540 Save R148 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

To understand how Albert Einstein's pacifist and internationalist thought matured from a youthful inclination to pragmatic initiatives and savvy insights, Holmes gives readers access to Einstein in his own words. Through his private writings, she shows how Einstein's thoughts and feelings in response to the war evolved from horrified disbelief, to ironic alienation from both the war's violence and patriotic support for it by the German people, to a kind of bleak endurance. Meanwhile, his outward responses progressed, from supporting initiatives of other pacifists, to developing his own philosophy of a postwar order, to being the impetus behind initiatives. In the beginning of the postwar period, Einstein's writing reflected an optimism about Germany's new Weimar Republic and trust in the laudatory effects of military defeat and economic hardship on the German people. He clearly supported the principles in US President Woodrow Wilson's ""Fourteen Points"" speech. Yet Einstein's enthusiasm diminished as he became disappointed in the early Weimar Republic's leaders and as his aversion to the culture of violence developing in Germany grew. He also felt offended at the betrayal of Wilson's principles in the Treaty of Versailles. Drawing upon personal correspondence and public proclamations, Holmes offers an intimate and nuanced exploration of the pacifist thought of one of our greatest intellectuals.

Get Out the Vote - How to Increase Voter Turnout (Paperback, 2nd edition): Alan S. Gerber, Donald P. Green Get Out the Vote - How to Increase Voter Turnout (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Alan S. Gerber, Donald P. Green
R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The most important element in every election is the voters, and get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaigns can make the difference between winning and losing. With the first two editions of Get Out the Vote, Donald P. Green and Alan S. Gerber broke ground by introducing a new scientific approach to the challenge of voter mobilization and profoundly influenced how campaigns operate. Get Out the Vote has become the reference text for those who manage campaigns and study voter mobilization. In this expanded and updated edition, Green and Gerber incorporate data from more than 100 new studies, which shed new light on the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of various campaign tactics, including door-to-door canvassing, email, direct mail, and telephone calls. Two new chapters focus on the effectiveness of registration drives and messaging tactics. The new Get Out the Vote will be available as the country gears up for the 2016 presidential campaign. This readable, practical guide on voter mobilization is sure to be an important resource for consultants, candidates, and grassroots organizations, as well as a valuable teaching tool in courses on campaigns and elections.

Democratic Inclusion - Rainer BauboeCk in Dialogue (Paperback): Rainer Baubock Democratic Inclusion - Rainer BauboeCk in Dialogue (Paperback)
Rainer Baubock
R537 Discovery Miles 5 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Rainer Bauboeck is the world's leading theorist of transnational citizenship. He opens this volume with a question that is crucial to our thinking on citizenship in the twenty-first century: who has a claim to be included in a democratic political community? Bauboeck's answer addresses the major theoretical and practical issues of the forms of citizenship and access to citizenship in different types of polity, the specification and justification of rights of non-citizen immigrants as well as non-resident citizens, and the conditions under which norms governing citizenship can legitimately vary. This argument is challenged and developed in responses by Joseph Carens, David Miller, Iseult Honohan, Will Kymlicka and Sue Donaldson, David Owen and Peter J. Spiro. In the concluding chapter, Bauboeck replies to his critics. -- .

The Struggle for Recognition - The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts (Paperback, New Ed): Axel Honneth The Struggle for Recognition - The Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts (Paperback, New Ed)
Axel Honneth
R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this major book, Honneth argues that the 'struggle for recognition' is and should be at the center of social conflicts.

Honneth examines the arguments put forward by Hegel in his Jena writings and situates them against the background of modern philosophy's conception of human life as a struggle for existence. He shows how the notion of the struggle for recognition changes in Hegel's work as he moves from an intersubjective paradigm to one based on consciousness.

Drawing on Marx, Sorel and Sartre, he examines the importance of the struggle for recognition and of the moral basis of interaction in human conflicts. Finally, he discusses the relation between the recognition model and conceptions of modernity, the normative basis of social theory, and the possibility of mediating between Kant and Hegel.

"The Struggle for Recognition "draws together a wide variety of themes and concerns, moving smoothly between moral philosophy and social theory. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in this central aspect of Hegel's thought and, more broadly, in critical theory and social philosophy.

John Adams's Republic - The One, the Few, and the Many (Hardcover): Richard Alan Ryerson John Adams's Republic - The One, the Few, and the Many (Hardcover)
Richard Alan Ryerson
R1,267 R1,088 Discovery Miles 10 880 Save R179 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Scholars have examined John Adams's writings and beliefs for generations, but no one has brought such impressive credentials to the task as Richard Alan Ryerson in John Adams's Republic. The editor-in-chief of the Massachusetts Historical Society's Adams Papers project for nearly two decades, Ryerson offers readers of this magisterial book a fresh, firmly grounded account of Adams's political thought and its development. Of all the founding fathers, Ryerson argues, John Adams may have worried the most about the problem of social jealousy and political conflict in the new republic. Ryerson explains how these concerns, coupled with Adams's concept of executive authority and his fear of aristocracy, deeply influenced his political mindset. He weaves together a close analysis of Adams's public writings, a comprehensive chronological narrative beginning in the 1760s, and an exploration of the second president's private diary, manuscript autobiography, and personal and family letters, revealing Adams's most intimate political thoughts across six decades. How, Adams asked, could a self-governing country counter the natural power and influence of wealthy elites and their friends in government? Ryerson argues that he came to believe a strong executive could hold at bay the aristocratic forces that posed the most serious dangers to a republican society. The first study ever published to closely examine all of Adams's political writings, from his youth to his long retirement, John Adams's Republic should appeal to everyone who seeks to know more about America's first major political theorist.

Lectures on Public Economics - Updated Edition (Hardcover, Revised edition): Anthony B. Atkinson, Joseph E. Stiglitz Lectures on Public Economics - Updated Edition (Hardcover, Revised edition)
Anthony B. Atkinson, Joseph E. Stiglitz; Introduction by Anthony B. Atkinson, Joseph E. Stiglitz
R1,318 R960 Discovery Miles 9 600 Save R358 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This classic introduction to public finance remains the best advanced-level textbook on the subject ever written. First published in 1980, Lectures on Public Economics still tops reading lists at many leading universities despite the fact that the book has been out of print for years. This new edition makes it readily available again to a new generation of students and practitioners in public economics. The lectures presented here examine the behavioral responses of households and firms to tax changes. Topics include the effects of taxation on labor supply, savings, risk-taking, the firm, debt, and economic growth. The book then delves into normative questions such as the design of tax systems, optimal taxation, public sector pricing, and public goods, including local public goods. Written by two of the world's preeminent economists, this edition of Lectures on Public Economics features a new introduction by Anthony Atkinson and Joseph Stiglitz that discusses the latest developments in the field and areas for future research. * The definitive advanced-level textbook on public economics* Examines the effects of taxation on households and firms* Covers tax system design, optimal taxation, public sector pricing, and more* Includes suggestions for further reading* Additional resources available online

The Positive Second Amendment - Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Paperback): Joseph Blocher, Darrell A. H. Miller The Positive Second Amendment - Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Paperback)
Joseph Blocher, Darrell A. H. Miller
R684 R536 Discovery Miles 5 360 Save R148 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Second Amendment is among the most recognized provisions of the Constitution. It is also perhaps the most misunderstood. Common misconceptions about the amendment - what it forbids, what it permits, how it functions as law - distort the gun debate and America's constitutional culture. In The Positive Second Amendment, Blocher and Miller provide the first comprehensive post-Heller account of the history, theory, and law of the right to keep and bear arms. Their aim is not to pick sides in the gun debate, but rather to show how a positive account of the 'constitutional' Second Amendment differs from its political cousin. Understanding the right to keep and bear arms as constitutional law will challenge many deeply held beliefs. But it may also provide a better way to negotiate the seemingly intractable issues that afflict America's debate over gun rights and regulation.

Flattery and the History of Political Thought - That Glib and Oily Art (Hardcover): Daniel J. Kapust Flattery and the History of Political Thought - That Glib and Oily Art (Hardcover)
Daniel J. Kapust
R2,016 R1,873 Discovery Miles 18 730 Save R143 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Flattery is an often overlooked political phenomenon, even though it has interested thinkers from classical Athens to eighteenth-century America. Drawing a distinction between moralistic and strategic flattery, this book offers new interpretations of a range of texts from the history of political thought. Discussing Cicero, Pliny, Castiglione, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Mandeville, Smith, and the Federalist/Anti-Federalist debates, the book engages and enriches contemporary political theory debates about rhetoric, republicanism, and democratic theory, among other topics. Flattery and the History of Political Thought shows both the historical importance and continued relevance of flattery for political theory. Additionally, the study is interdisciplinary in both subject and approach, engaging classics, literature, rhetoric, and history scholarship; it aims to bring a range of disciplines into conversation with each other as it explores a neglected - and yet important - topic.

The Politics Presidents Make - Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition):... The Politics Presidents Make - Leadership from John Adams to Bill Clinton, Revised Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Stephen Skowronek
R790 R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Save R113 (14%) In stock

Stephen Skowronek's wholly innovative study demonstrates that presidents are persistent agents of change, continually disrupting and transforming the political landscape. In an afterword to this new edition, the author examines "third way" leadership as it has been practiced by Bill Clinton and others. These leaders are neither great repudiators nor orthodox innovators. They challenge received political categories, mix seemingly antithetical doctrines, and often take their opponents' issues as their own. As the 1996 election confirmed, third way leadership has great electoral appeal. The question is whether Clinton in his second term will escape the convulsive end so often associated with the type.

Tell Me How It Ends - An Essay in 40 Questions (Paperback): Valeria Luiselli Tell Me How It Ends - An Essay in 40 Questions (Paperback)
Valeria Luiselli; Introduction by Jon Lee Anderson
R320 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R49 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Humane yet often horrifying, Tell Me How It Ends offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis-and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." -Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books >"Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare thing: a book everyone should read." -Stephen Sparks, Point Reyes Books "Tell Me How It Ends evokes empathy as it educates. It is a vital contribution to the body of post-Trump work being published in early 2017."-Katharine Solheim, Unabridged Bookstore "While this essay is brilliant for exactly what it depicts, it helps open larger questions, which we're ever more on the precipice of now, of where all of this will go, how all of this might end. Is this a story, or is this beyond a story? Valeria Luiselli is one of those brave and eloquent enough to help us see."-Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company "Appealing to the language of the United States' fraught immigration policy, Luiselli exposes the cracks in this foundation. Herself an immigrant, she highlights the human cost of its brokenness, as well as the hope that it (rather than walls) might be rebuilt."-Brad Johnson, Diesel Bookstore "The bureaucratic labyrinth of immigration, the dangers of searching for a better life, all of this and more is contained in this brief and profound work. Tell Me How It Ends is not just relevant, it's essential."-Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (Paperback, 11th New edition): Terence Ball, Richard Dagger, Daniel I.... Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal (Paperback, 11th New edition)
Terence Ball, Richard Dagger, Daniel I. O'Neill
R2,326 Discovery Miles 23 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Political Ideologies and the Democratic Ideal analyzes political ideologies to help readers understand individual ideologies, and the concept of ideology, from a political science perspective. This best-selling title promotes open-mindedness and develops critical thinking skills. It covers a wide variety of political ideologies from the traditional liberalism and conservatism to recent developments in liberation politics, the emergence of the Alt-Right, and environmental politics. NEW TO THIS EDITION Focus on the recent rise of populism and an "illiberal democracy" and how this poses a real challenge to the pillars of Western Liberal democracy; A look at early Conservatives and the idea of "natural aristocracy" with focus on the thoughts of Edmund Burke; A new discussion on whether Donald Trump is really a conservative, and if so, to what extent this is true; An expanded look at Stalinism and the apparent rebirth of "Mao Zedong thought" in China through "Xi Jinping thought"; A more in-depth look at the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party and how "myth" was crucial to legitimizing both the man and the party; New section on the history of American Fascism, from its origins to the recent emergence of the "Alt-Right"; Expansion of the discussion around the recent protest movements Black Lives Matter, and #MeToo, along with the repercussions of these movements; Discussion on the obstacles facing transgender people implemented in recent years, including the bathroom laws and the ban from US military service; Account of how Donald Trump has galvanized the environmental movement like never before, through his ardent anti-environment policies and appointments; In-depth look at how the effects of climate change are increasingly turning people into "environmental migrants" and how the presence of these people has fueled far-right movements across Europe and the US; Additional photos throughout; An updated, author-written Instructor's Manual and Test Bank.

On Humane Governance - Toward a New Global Politics (Paperback): Richard Falk On Humane Governance - Toward a New Global Politics (Paperback)
Richard Falk
R519 Discovery Miles 5 190 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book contends that the forces of late modernity are trapped between a capital-driven globalization and a territorially rooted revival of tribalism and ultra-nationalism. Its critical focus is on global structures that are producing new patterns of North/South and rich/poor domination, as well as exerting dangerous pressures on the carrying capacities of the planet.


The volume argues that any hopeful response to these threatening developments requires the fundamental revision of such basic ideas as sovereignty, democracy and security. These organizing conceptions of political life are being reshaped during this era of transition from a state-centric world of geopolitics to a more centrally guided world of geogovernance. This book contends that geogovernance will have adverse consequences for the human condition unless it can be mainly constructed by transnational democratic forces animated by a vision of human governance. The character of this vision, and the politics of its realization, are set forth in the final chapters.


"On Humane Governance: Toward a New Global Politics "has been compiled as a report for the World Order Models Project (WOMP).

Thomas More (Paperback): Joanne Paul Thomas More (Paperback)
Joanne Paul
R437 Discovery Miles 4 370 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Thomas More remains one of the most enigmatic thinkers in history, due in large part to the enduring mysteries surrounding his best-known work, Utopia. He has been variously thought of as a reformer and a conservative, a civic humanist and a devout Christian, a proto-communist and a monarchical absolutist. His work spans contemporary disciplines from history to politics to literature, and his ideas have variously been taken up by seventeenth-century reformers and nineteenth-century communists. Through a comprehensive treatment of More's writing, from his earliest poetry to his reflections on suffering in the Tower of London, Joanne Paul engages with both the rich variety and some of the fundamental consistencies that run throughout More's works. In particular, Paul highlights More's concern with the destruction of what is held 'in common', whether it be in the commonwealth or in the body of the church. In so doing, she re-establishes More's place in the history of political thought, tracing the reception of his ideas to the present day. Paul's book serves as an essential foundation for any student encountering More's writing for the first time, as well as providing an innovative reconsideration of the place of his works in the history of ideas.

Entrenchment - Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies (Hardcover): Paul Starr Entrenchment - Wealth, Power, and the Constitution of Democratic Societies (Hardcover)
Paul Starr
R601 Discovery Miles 6 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An investigation into the foundations of democratic societies and the ongoing struggle over the power of concentrated wealth Much of our politics today, Paul Starr writes, is a struggle over entrenchment-efforts to bring about change in ways that opponents will find difficult to undo. That is why the stakes of contemporary politics are so high. In this wide-ranging book, Starr examines how changes at the foundations of society become hard to reverse-yet sometimes are overturned. Overcoming aristocratic power was the formative problem for eighteenth-century revolutions. Overcoming slavery was the central problem for early American democracy. Controlling the power of concentrated wealth has been an ongoing struggle in the world's capitalist democracies. The battles continue today in the troubled democracies of our time, with the rise of both oligarchy and populist nationalism and the danger that illiberal forces will entrench themselves in power. Entrenchment raises fundamental questions about the origins of our institutions and urgent questions about the future.

For the People - Left Populism in Spain and the US (Paperback): Jorge Tamames For the People - Left Populism in Spain and the US (Paperback)
Jorge Tamames
R482 Discovery Miles 4 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In For the People: Left Populism in Spain and the US Jorge Tamames offers a stimulating comparative study of Spain's Podemos and the Bernie Sanders movement in the US. Left populism emerges as a potential powerful antidote to rising inequality in both Europe and America. Recent years have witnessed dramatic challenges to established politics across Europe and America. Opposition to business-as-usual has not been limited to the radical right: left populist movements with transformative agendas offer a very different - if equally radical - response to the status quo. Focusing on left populist movements in the contrasting political landscapes of Spain and the US, For the People brings together insights from Karl Polanyi, Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe to offer a bold new explanatory framework for today's left populism. The book will be a key text for activists, students of politics, and anyone interested in the current political landscape of Europe and America. It grounds its insights in a careful excavation of recent political history in the two countries, tracing the emergence and advance of left parties and movements from the early days of neoliberalism in the 1970s, through the political landslides that followed the 2008 financial crisis and the post2011 protest cycle, up to the present day. In the age of Trump and Brexit, For the People offers an indispensable mix of theoretical, historical and practical insights for all those interested in and inspired by the radical potentials of left populism.

Coccarde Tricolori 2015 (Paperback): Paolo Valpolini, Luca Peruzzi Coccarde Tricolori 2015 (Paperback)
Paolo Valpolini, Luca Peruzzi; Riccardo Niccoli
R745 R560 Discovery Miles 5 600 Save R185 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With its XIII edition, our yearbookmagazine "Coccarde Tricolori" confirms its new format, introduced in 2014. Since last year, it deals not only with the aviation sector of the Italian Armed Forces and State Corps, but adds also the land and naval sectors, to become a complete publication on all the Italian Defence and Security forces, and its industry. An extraordinary work, a unique tool which allows all the enthusiasts, but also all the professional operators, to be informed and updated about all world of the Italian Defence sector, with a single publication. An extraordinary work, a unique tool which allows all the enthusiasts, but also all the professional operators, to be informed and updated about all world of the Italian Defence sector, with a single publication.

Comparative Political Thought - Theorizing Practices (Hardcover, New): Michael Freeden, Andrew Vincent Comparative Political Thought - Theorizing Practices (Hardcover, New)
Michael Freeden, Andrew Vincent
R2,833 Discovery Miles 28 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This edited book introduces students and scholars to Comparative Political Thought. Featuring contributions from an excellent international line-up of esteemed scholars it examines some of the following issues: Is political theory 'Western-centric'? What can we learn from non-Western traditions of political thought? How do we compare different strands of national and regional political thought? Political thought in China, India, the Middle East and Latin America Islamic political thought Political thought in the wake of post-colonialism This is a much-needed overview of this key emerging area and will be of interest to all tsudents of political theory, thought and philosophy.

The American School of Empire (Hardcover): Edward Larkin The American School of Empire (Hardcover)
Edward Larkin
R1,058 R1,005 Discovery Miles 10 050 Save R53 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Early American artists and political thinkers wrestled with the challenges of forming a cohesive, if not coherent, culture and political structure to organize the young republic and its diverse peoples. The American School of Empire shows how this American idea of empire emerged through a dialogue with British forms of empire, becoming foundational to how the US organized its government and providing early Americans with the framework for thinking about the relations between states and the disparate peoples and cultures that defined them. Edward Larkin places special emphasis on the forms of the novel and history painting, which were crucial vehicles for the articulation of the American vision of empire in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

The Cultural Politics of Human Rights - Comparing the US and UK (Paperback): Kate Nash The Cultural Politics of Human Rights - Comparing the US and UK (Paperback)
Kate Nash
R861 Discovery Miles 8 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How does culture make a difference to the realisation of human rights in Western states? It is only through cultural politics that human rights may become more than abstract moral ideals, protecting human beings from state violence and advancing protection from starvation and the social destruction of poverty. Using an innovative methodology, this book maps the emergent 'intermestic' human rights field within the US and UK in order to investigate detailed case studies of the cultural politics of human rights. Kate Nash researches how the authority to define human rights is being created within states as a result of international human rights commitments. Through comparative case studies, she explores how cultural politics is affecting state transformation today.

Aristotle - Democracy and Political Science (Hardcover): Delba Winthrop Aristotle - Democracy and Political Science (Hardcover)
Delba Winthrop; Edited by Harvey C. Mansfield
R1,336 R1,223 Discovery Miles 12 230 Save R113 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Today, democracy is seen as the best or even the only legitimate form of government--hardly in need of defense. Delba Winthrop punctures this complacency and takes up the challenge of justifying democracy through Aristotle's political science. In Aristotle's time and in ours, democrats want inclusiveness; they want above all to include everyone a part of a whole. But what makes a whole? This is a question for both politics and philosophy, and Winthrop shows that Aristotle pursues the answer in the Politics. She uncovers in his political science the insights philosophy brings to politics and, especially, the insights politics brings to philosophy. Through her appreciation of this dual purpose and skilled execution of her argument, Winthrop's discoveries are profound. Central to politics, she maintains, is the quality of assertiveness--the kind of speech that demands to be heard. Aristotle, she shows for the first time, carries assertive speech into philosophy, when human reason claims its due as a contribution to the universe. Political science gets the high role of teacher to ordinary folk in democracy and to the few who want to understand what sustains it. This posthumous publication is more than an honor to Delba Winthrop's memory. It is a gift to partisans of democracy, advocates of justice, and students of Aristotle.

Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (Paperback): Sara De Jong, Rosalba Icaza, Olivia U. Rutazibwa Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (Paperback)
Sara De Jong, Rosalba Icaza, Olivia U. Rutazibwa
R947 Discovery Miles 9 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning is a resource for teachers and learners seeking to participate in the creation of radical and liberating spaces in the academy and beyond. This edited volume is inspired by, and applies, decolonial and feminist thought - two fields with powerful traditions of critical pedagogy, which have shared productive exchange. The structure of this collection reflects the synergies between decolonial and feminist thought in its four parts, which offer reflections on the politics of knowledge; the challenging pathways of finding your voice; the constraints and possibilities of institutional contexts; and the relation between decolonial and feminist thought and established academic disciplines. To root this book in the political struggles that inspire it, and to maintain the close connection between political action and reflection in praxis, chapters are interspersed with manifestos formulated by activists from across the world, as further resources for learning and teaching. These essays definitively argue that the decolonization of universities, through the re-examination of how knowledge is produced and taught, is only strengthened when connected to feminist and critical queer and gender perspectives. Concurrently, they make the compelling case that gender and feminist teaching can be enhanced and developed when open to its own decolonization.

Afghanistan - The Mirage of Peace (Paperback, Updated Edition): Chris Johnson, Jolyon Leslie Afghanistan - The Mirage of Peace (Paperback, Updated Edition)
Chris Johnson, Jolyon Leslie
R745 Discovery Miles 7 450 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Widely portrayed as the 'success of the war on terror', Afghanistan is now in crisis. Increasingly detached from the people it is meant to serve, and unable to manage the massive amounts of aid that it has sought, the administration in Kabul struggles to govern even the diminishing areas of the country over which it has some sway. Whatever political progress that has been possible now takes place against a backdrop of mounting casualties among innocent Afghan civilians and NATO troops. Many Afghans feel themselves to be trapped, hostage between two forces, both of which claim to be their liberators. Perceived by some to be part of a wider struggle that extends to Iraq and Palestine, NATO's campaign in the south seems 'unwinnable'. Now, more than ever, it is important to understand Afghanistan and examine the recent experience of international engagement, and the myths and half-truths that abound. Drawing on long experience of living and working in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie examine what the changes of recent years have meant in terms of Afghans' sense of their own identity and hopes for the future. They argue that lasting peace and stability will only be brought about through a form of engagement that respects the rights of Afghans to determine their own political future, while delivering on the responsibilities that come with military intervention.

Resilience in Social, Cultural and Political Spheres (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Benjamin Rampp, Martin Endress, Marie Naumann Resilience in Social, Cultural and Political Spheres (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Benjamin Rampp, Martin Endress, Marie Naumann
R1,752 R1,355 Discovery Miles 13 550 Save R397 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Resilience is one of the most important concepts in contemporary sociology. This volume offers a broad overview over the different theories and concepts of this category focusing on the cultural and political aspects of resilience.

The Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Tom Cliff, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Shuge Wei The Living Politics of Self-Help Movements in East Asia (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Tom Cliff, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Shuge Wei
R2,081 Discovery Miles 20 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This collection elucidates the complexity of living politics in the 21st century, considering how self-help groups draw on shared regional traditions, and how they adapt their actions to the diverse formal political environments in which they operate. It considers the nexus between ideas and action in a world where the conventional 'right-left' divide has a decreasing hold on the political imagination. Examining grassroots self-help actions as responses to everyday life problems, it argues that whilst action may be initiated by encounters with ideas that come into the community from outside, often the flow of cause and effect works in the opposite direction. Focusing on countries both politically dynamic and with long-standing historical and cultural connections - China (including Inner Mongolia), Japan, Taiwan and Korea - this book fills a significant gap in the literature on social movements, demonstrating that survival itself is a political act.

Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think - Experimenting with Ways to Change Citizen Behaviour, (Paperback): Peter John, Sarah Cotterill,... Nudge, Nudge, Think, Think - Experimenting with Ways to Change Citizen Behaviour, (Paperback)
Peter John, Sarah Cotterill, Alice Moseley, Liz Richardson, Graham Smith, …
R555 R499 Discovery Miles 4 990 Save R56 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How can governments persuade their citizens to act in socially beneficial ways? This ground-breaking book builds on the idea of 'light touch interventions' or 'nudges' proposed in Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein's highly influential Nudge (2008). While recognising the power of this approach, it argues that an alternative also needs to be considered: a 'think' strategy that calls on citizens to decide their own priorities as part of a process of civic and democratic renewal. As well as setting out these divergent approaches in theory, the book provides evidence from a number of experiments to show how using 'nudge' or 'think' techniques works in practice. Updated and rewritten, this second edition features a new epilogue that reflects on recent developments in nudge theory and practice, introducing a radical version of nudge, 'nudge plus'. There is also a substantial prologue by Cass Sunstein. -- .

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