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Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2016): Gerry Stoker Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2016)
Gerry Stoker
R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Profound social changes have made governance and political leadership more challenging than ever. The result is that politics in the democratic world faces a crisis in the 21st century. The revised edition of this highly successful text reassesses the gap between citizen expectation and the realities of government in light of new developments.

Theory and Methods in Political Science (Paperback, 4th ed. 2018): Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh, Gerry Stoker Theory and Methods in Political Science (Paperback, 4th ed. 2018)
Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh, Gerry Stoker
R902 Discovery Miles 9 020 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A broad-ranging and pluralistic textbook which highlights the rich variety of approaches to studying politics. Written by an international team of experts, this fully revised fourth edition offers cutting-edge coverage from fundamental to contemporary issues. Integrating guides to further reading and clear examples of how research methods can be applied, it enables readers to feel confident about taking their study of politics forward. An ideal foundation for study and research in political science, this textbook will be essential to students at any stage of their degree. It serves as core reading on undergraduate and postgraduate political analysis, theory and method courses. In addition, in demonstrating how independent research is undertaken in political science, the book allows students and early career researchers to begin thinking about formulating their own research agendas.

Politics/Why Politics Matters Student Pack (Paperback): Andrew Heywood, Gerry Stoker Politics/Why Politics Matters Student Pack (Paperback)
Andrew Heywood, Gerry Stoker
R1,335 R1,228 Discovery Miles 12 280 Save R107 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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. -- .

The Good Politician - Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics (Paperback): Nick Clarke, Will... The Good Politician - Folk Theories, Political Interaction, and the Rise of Anti-Politics (Paperback)
Nick Clarke, Will Jennings, Jonathan Moss, Gerry Stoker
R713 R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Save R64 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Surveys show a lack of trust in political actors and institutions across much of the democratic world. Populist politicians and parties attempt to capitalise on this political disaffection. Commentators worry about our current 'age of anti-politics'. Focusing on the United Kingdom, using responses to public opinion surveys alongside diaries and letters collected by Mass Observation, this book takes a long view of anti-politics going back to the 1940s. This historical perspective reveals how anti-politics has grown in scope and intensity over the last half-century. Such growth is explained by citizens' changing images of 'the good politician' and changing modes of political interaction between politicians and citizens. Current efforts to reform and improve democracy will benefit greatly from the new evidence and conceptual framework set out in this important study.

British Local Government into the 21st Century (Paperback, 2004 ed.): Gerry Stoker, David Wilson British Local Government into the 21st Century (Paperback, 2004 ed.)
Gerry Stoker, David Wilson
R1,035 R980 Discovery Miles 9 800 Save R55 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What is the current state of local government in Britain and where is it going? Edited by two leading experts and with an all-star cast of contributors, British Local Government into the 21st Century brings together a set of specially-commissioned and tightly-edited chapters to provide a comprehensive assessment of the issues and challenges facing local authorities as they search for a new role in a new century.

Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences - Methods That Matter (Paperback): Gerry Stoker, Mark Evans Evidence-Based Policy Making in the Social Sciences - Methods That Matter (Paperback)
Gerry Stoker, Mark Evans
R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on the insights of some of the world's leading authorities in public policy analysis, this important book offers a distinct and critical showcase of emerging forms of discovery for policy-making. Chapter by chapter this expert group of social scientists showcase their chosen method or approach, showing the context, the method's key features and how it can be applied in practice, including the scope and limitations of its application and value to policy makers. Arguing that it is not just econometric analysis, cost benefit or surveys that can do policy work, the contributors demonstrate a range of other methods that can provide evidenced-based policy insights and how they can help facilitate progressive policy outcomes. The book will be ideal for upper level undergraduate students as well as Public Policy post-graduates, and can be used as the basis of an intensive learning experience for policy makers.

The Relevance of Political Science (Paperback): Gerry Stoker, B.Guy Peters, Jon Pierre The Relevance of Political Science (Paperback)
Gerry Stoker, B.Guy Peters, Jon Pierre
R931 Discovery Miles 9 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What does political science tell us about important real-world problems and issues? And to what extent does and can political analysis contribute to solutions? Debates about the funding, impact and relevance of political science in contemporary democracies have made this a vital and hotly contested topic of discussion, and in this original text authors from around the world respond to the challenge. A robust defence is offered of the achievements of political science research, but the book is not overly sanguine given its sustained recognition of the need for improvement in the way that political science is done. New insights are provided into the general issues raised by relevance, into blockages to relevance, and into the contributions that the different subfields of political science can and do make. The book concludes with a new manifesto for relevance that seeks to combine a commitment to rigour with a commitment to engagement.

Debating Institutionalism (Hardcover): Jon Pierre, Guy Peters, Gerry Stoker Debating Institutionalism (Hardcover)
Jon Pierre, Guy Peters, Gerry Stoker
R2,156 R1,943 Discovery Miles 19 430 Save R213 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Institutionalism has become one of the dominant strands of theory within contemporary political science. Beginning with the challenge to behavioural and rational choice theory issued by March and Olsen, institutional analysis has developed into an important alternative to more individualistic approaches to theory and analysis. This body of theory has developed in a number of ways, and perhaps the most commonly applied version in political science is historical institutionalism that stresses the importance of path dependency in shaping institutional behaviour. The fundamental question addressed in this book is whether institutionalism is useful for the various sub-disciplines within political science to which it has been applied, and to what extent the assumptions inherent to institutional analysis can be useful for understanding the range of behaviour of individuals and structures in the public sector. The volume will also examine the relative utility of different forms of institutionalism within the various sub-disciplines. The book consists of a set of strong essays by noted international scholars from a range of sub-disciplines within the field of political science, each analysing their area of research from an institutionalist perspective and assessing what contributions this form of theorising has made, and can make, to that research. The result is a balanced and nuanced account of the role of institutions in contemporary political science, and a set of suggestions for the further development of institutional theory. -- .

Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Paperback): Gerry Stoker Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Paperback)
Gerry Stoker
R1,150 Discovery Miles 11 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on the author's unrivalled experience and expertise in both research and policy-making, this important new book provides a systematic assessment of the changing nature of local governance in Britain and a conceptual framework for understanding the new governance of localities. The author analyzes in detail what New Labour has been trying to do to local governance and management and assesses how and why it has achieved only a mixed record of change. The book concludes by providing a vision of good local governance and an assessment of future challenges for research and reform.

Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016): Gerry Stoker Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016)
Gerry Stoker
R1,884 R1,541 Discovery Miles 15 410 Save R343 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Profound social changes have made governance and political leadership more challenging than ever. The result is that politics in the democratic world faces a crisis in the 21st century. The revised edition of this highly successful text reassesses the gap between citizen expectation and the realities of government in light of new developments.

Nuclear Power and Energy Policy - The Limits to Governance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Gerry Stoker, Keith Baker Nuclear Power and Energy Policy - The Limits to Governance (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Gerry Stoker, Keith Baker
R2,496 Discovery Miles 24 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explores how different governments have leveraged their capacity to advance a revival of nuclear power. Presenting in-depth case studies of France, Finland, Britain and the United States, Baker and Stoker argue that governments may struggle to promote new investment in nuclear power.

British Local Government into the 21st Century (Hardcover, 2004 ed.): Gerry Stoker, David Wilson British Local Government into the 21st Century (Hardcover, 2004 ed.)
Gerry Stoker, David Wilson
R3,011 Discovery Miles 30 110 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What is the current state of local government in Britain and where is it going? Edited by two leading experts and with an all-star cast of contributors, British Local Government into the 21st Century brings together a set of specially-commissioned and tightly-edited chapters to provide a comprehensive assessment of the issues and challenges facing local authorities as they search for a new role in a new century.

Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Hardcover, First): Gerry Stoker Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Hardcover, First)
Gerry Stoker
R3,003 Discovery Miles 30 030 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Drawing on the author's unrivalled experience and expertise in both research and policy-making, this important new book provides a systematic assessment of the changing nature of local governance in Britain and a conceptual framework for understanding the new governance of localities. The author analyzes in detail what New Labour has been trying to do to local governance and management and assesses how and why it has achieved only a mixed record of change. The book concludes by providing a vision of good local governance and an assessment of future challenges for research and reform.

Towards Holistic Governance - The New Reform Agenda (Paperback): Perri 6, Diana Leat, Kimberly Seltzer, Gerry Stoker Towards Holistic Governance - The New Reform Agenda (Paperback)
Perri 6, Diana Leat, Kimberly Seltzer, Gerry Stoker
R1,339 Discovery Miles 13 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The search for a more holistic approach to policy and management looks set to be as much a hallmark of public service reform in the early twenty first century as the changes introduced under the rubric of 'new public management' or 'reinventing government' were in the closing decades of the twentieth. Towards Holistic Governance presents an authoritative assessment of successes and failures to date and a new framework for analysis and implementation based on extensive research both in the UK - where the New Labour government has been an early enthusiast and pathfinder for 'joined-up government' just as its predecessors were for privatisation and contracting out - and elsewhere.

Towards Holistic Governance - The New Reform Agenda (Hardcover): Perri 6, Diana Leat, Kimberly Seltzer, Gerry Stoker Towards Holistic Governance - The New Reform Agenda (Hardcover)
Perri 6, Diana Leat, Kimberly Seltzer, Gerry Stoker
R3,265 Discovery Miles 32 650 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The search for a more holistic approach to policy and management looks set to be as much a hallmark of public service reform in the early twenty first century as the changes introduced under the rubric of 'new public management' or 'reinventing government' were in the closing decades of the twentieth. Towards Holistic Governance presents an authoritative assessment of successes and failures to date and a new framework for analysis and implementation based on extensive research both in the UK - where the New Labor government has been an early enthusiast and pathfinder for 'joined-up government' just as its predecessors were for privatization and contracting out - and elsewhere.

The New Politics of British Local Governance (Paperback, 2000 ed.): Gerry Stoker The New Politics of British Local Governance (Paperback, 2000 ed.)
Gerry Stoker
R1,276 Discovery Miles 12 760 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines the changing nature of local politics, drawing on the latest research from the ESRC Local Governance Programme. It assesses the emergence of new forms of elite organisations and changing power relations in the context of increasing roles for business and other partners. Public responses to changes in local governance are covered in depth including new forms of participation and protest. The book concludes with a consideration of the extent to which the emerging system of local governance can meet the social and economic challenges created by globalization.

The New Politics of British Local Governance (Hardcover): Gerry Stoker The New Politics of British Local Governance (Hardcover)
Gerry Stoker
R2,848 Discovery Miles 28 480 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book examines the changing nature of local politics, drawing on the latest research from the ESRC Local Governance Programme. It assesses the emergence of new forms of elite organisations and changing power relations in the context of increasing roles for business and other partners. Public responses to changes in local governance are covered in depth including new forms of participation and protest. The book concludes with a consideration of the extent to which the emerging system of local governance can meet the social and economic challenges created by globalization.

The New Management of British Local Governance (Paperback): Gerry Stoker The New Management of British Local Governance (Paperback)
Gerry Stoker
R1,275 Discovery Miles 12 750 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book presents a detailed analysis of the new management of public services at the local level, drawing on the work of the ESRC Local Governance Programme. The radical transformation of public service delivery is assessed in terms of its overall impact as well as its operation in particular service areas. Efficiency has improved and services have gained a user focus yet the new management appears to be full of contradictions and distortions, in many respects creating as many problems as it solves.

Rethinking Local Democracy (Paperback): D. King, Gerry Stoker, Desmond King Rethinking Local Democracy (Paperback)
D. King, Gerry Stoker, Desmond King
R1,317 Discovery Miles 13 170 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The transformation of British local government into a new and complex system of local governance raises fundamental theoretical questions as well as empirical ones. Rethinking Local Democracy argues that traditional defences of local government are no longer adequate and that the case for local autonomy and local democracy needs to be radically rethought. It brings together a set of specially-commissioned chapters by leading academics designed to stimulate and contribute to debate on these issues.

The Politics of Local Government (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Gerry Stoker The Politics of Local Government (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Gerry Stoker; Revised by Colin Fudge, Robin Hambleton
R1,347 Discovery Miles 13 470 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This text provides an up-to-date analysis of the changing world of local politics in Britain. Sections on local political parties, hung councils, the politics of non-elected local government, recent developments in privatization and the politics of the Poll Tax have been added to the original subjects covered in the first edition. The book also provides a systematic treatment of the Thatcher legacy in local politics, the philosophy and strategy which underpinned it and likely futures in the post-Thatcher era. "The Politics of Local Government" is aimed at undergraduate students pursuing courses in politics and local governemnt, politics, public administration, sociology, geography, planning and social administration/social policy. It should also prove of interest to individuals involved in professional courses in social work, housing, housing management and planning as well as to second year students of BTEC HND public administration courses.

The Relevance of Political Science (Hardcover): Gerry Stoker, B.Guy Peters, Jon Pierre The Relevance of Political Science (Hardcover)
Gerry Stoker, B.Guy Peters, Jon Pierre
R3,090 Discovery Miles 30 900 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

What does political science tell us about important real-world problems and issues? And to what extent does and can political analysis contribute to solutions? Debates about the funding, impact and relevance of political science in contemporary democracies have made this a vital and hotly contested topic of discussion, and in this original text authors from around the world respond to the challenge. A robust defence is offered of the achievements of political science research, but the book is not overly sanguine given its sustained recognition of the need for improvement in the way that political science is done. New insights are provided into the general issues raised by relevance, into blockages to relevance, and into the contributions that the different subfields of political science can and do make. The book concludes with a new manifesto for relevance that seeks to combine a commitment to rigour with a commitment to engagement.

Remaking Planning - The Politics of Urban Change (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Tim Brindley, Yvonne Rydin, Gerry Stoker Remaking Planning - The Politics of Urban Change (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Tim Brindley, Yvonne Rydin, Gerry Stoker
R1,719 Discovery Miles 17 190 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Remaking Planning challenges the common misconception that planning under the Conservative government has been dismantled and abandoned to market forces.
This new edition of a very well received text brings the original study up to date with an analysis of how planning in the 1990s has responded to continuing economic restructuring, political fragmentation and social change, and developed a new awareness of uncertainty and risk. The book illustrates how planning remains as a never-ending attempt to reconcile the demands of economic efficiency with those of democratic legitimacy.

The Politics of Local Government (Paperback, 1988 ed.): Gerry Stoker The Politics of Local Government (Paperback, 1988 ed.)
Gerry Stoker
R1,187 Discovery Miles 11 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The last decade has seen an increase in political and ideological conflict in local government. This book analyzes this context and examines both the operation of elected local authorities and the rise of a non-directly elected local governement.

Theory and Methods in Political Science (Hardcover, 4th ed. 2018): Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh, Gerry Stoker Theory and Methods in Political Science (Hardcover, 4th ed. 2018)
Vivien Lowndes, David Marsh, Gerry Stoker
R3,588 Discovery Miles 35 880 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A broad-ranging and pluralistic textbook which highlights the rich variety of approaches to studying politics. Written by an international team of experts, this fully revised fourth edition offers cutting-edge coverage from fundamental to contemporary issues. Integrating guides to further reading and clear examples of how research methods can be applied, it enables readers to feel confident about taking their study of politics forward. An ideal foundation for study and research in political science, this textbook will be essential to students at any stage of their degree. It serves as core reading on undergraduate and postgraduate political analysis, theory and method courses. In addition, in demonstrating how independent research is undertaken in political science, the book allows students and early career researchers to begin thinking about formulating their own research agendas.

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