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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
R523 R488 Discovery Miles 4 880 Save R35 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Politics/Why Politics Matters Student Pack (Paperback): Andrew Heywood, Gerry Stoker Politics/Why Politics Matters Student Pack (Paperback)
Andrew Heywood, Gerry Stoker
R1,103 R1,006 Discovery Miles 10 060 Save R97 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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, …
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 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. This second edition includes a substantial prologue by Cass Sunstein and an epilogue by Peter John, reflecting on recent developments in nudge theory and practice and introducing his radical new version of nudge, 'nudge plus'. -- .

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
R780 R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Save R63 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

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
R589 R506 Discovery Miles 5 060 Save R83 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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
R855 R781 Discovery Miles 7 810 Save R74 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

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
R810 R741 Discovery Miles 7 410 Save R69 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

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
R2,055 Discovery Miles 20 550 Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016): Gerry Stoker Why Politics Matters - Making Democracy Work (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2016)
Gerry Stoker
R1,557 R1,226 Discovery Miles 12 260 Save R331 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 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.

Debating Institutionalism (Hardcover): Jon Pierre, Guy Peters, Gerry Stoker Debating Institutionalism (Hardcover)
Jon Pierre, Guy Peters, Gerry Stoker
R1,716 Discovery Miles 17 160 Shipped within 7 - 12 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. -- .

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
R642 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R46 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Offering a detailed and critical account of the many ways in which policy can be evaluated and the innovative methods that can be applied to studying policy, contributions from experts on public policy analysis create a valuable guide for upper level undergraduate and postgraduate students, that can also be used as the basis of an intensive learning experience by policy makers.

Prospects for Citizenship (Hardcover): Gerry Stoker, Andrew Mason, David Owen, Chris Armstrong, Anthony G. McGrew, Graham... Prospects for Citizenship (Hardcover)
Gerry Stoker, Andrew Mason, David Owen, Chris Armstrong, Anthony G. McGrew, …
R1,382 Discovery Miles 13 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Is citizenship in decline due to globalisation and an erosion of civic participation and democratic representation? Or is it merely transformed and extended to new levels and larger scales? Should we assess these challenges and changes primarily from a perspective of global justice, or consider also membership in a democratic polity as itself a basic good? Prospects for Citizenship addresses these broad questions in a unique collaborative effort. The result is an impressive book that looks at the future of citizenship from multiple research perspectives while remaining coherent in its overall purpose. Rainer Bauboeck, European University Institute, Florence This book offers a perspicuous overview of the prospects for citizenship in our contemporary political context. The authorial team draw on a wide range of empirical and normative research in order to offer an incisive analysis of the problems and pressures of citizenship in the twenty-first century. The authors focus in particular on the apparent decline of traditional forms of civic engagement, the emergence of new forms of participation and the relationship between citizenship and globalization.

Governance Theory and Practice - A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Paperback): Vasudha Chhotray, Gerry Stoker Governance Theory and Practice - A Cross-Disciplinary Approach (Paperback)
Vasudha Chhotray, Gerry Stoker
R1,506 Discovery Miles 15 060 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Confusion about governance abounds. We lack appreciation of how different traditions of thought in the social sciences contribute to our understanding. Governance Theory and Practice tackles these issues head on, using a cross-disciplinary approach from political science, public administration, international relations, development studies, sociology and economics. Looking at collective decision making in societal systems or organisations, the book provides guidance on how power should be distributed, who should be involved in a decision, and how policy should be enforced.
The growing interest in governance is precisely because established institutional forms of governance appear under challenge and new forms appear to be emerging. This reality is compelling new ways of thinking about collective decision-making at a range of levels. This book explores three critical areas of practice: environmental, corporate and participatory governance. Knowledge of these extensive intellectual resources will enrich academic debate and enable those interested in reforming governance to move towards a wider vision.

Re-energizing Citizenship - Strategies for Civil Renewal (Hardcover): Tessa Brannan, Peter John, Gerry Stoker Re-energizing Citizenship - Strategies for Civil Renewal (Hardcover)
Tessa Brannan, Peter John, Gerry Stoker
R2,420 Discovery Miles 24 200 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

"Re-energizing Citizenship" examines the dual character of civil society. The malaise in civil society is seen as a key to understanding anti-social behaviour, the weaknesses of regeneration schemes and the divisions and antagonisms of our societies. Yet the resources and skills hidden away in civil society, if they could be unlocked, are seen as the key to effective intervention. The book provides a critical examination of attempts to re-energize citizenship in a range of contexts and offers insights into what works.

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
R2,452 Discovery Miles 24 520 Shipped within 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
R2,446 Discovery Miles 24 460 Shipped within 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.

Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Paperback): Gerry Stoker Transforming Local Governance - From Thatcherism to New Labour (Paperback)
Gerry Stoker
R1,015 Discovery Miles 10 150 Shipped within 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 (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
R2,583 Discovery Miles 25 830 Shipped within 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.

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
R1,071 Discovery Miles 10 710 Shipped within 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.

Models of Local Governance - Public Opinion and Political Theory in Britain (Hardcover): William L. Miller, Malcolm Dickson,... Models of Local Governance - Public Opinion and Political Theory in Britain (Hardcover)
William L. Miller, Malcolm Dickson, Gerry Stoker
R3,427 Discovery Miles 34 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From 1979 to 1997 Britain was a laboratory for experiments in local governance as the control and delivery of local services was switched from elected councils to appointed boards (guangos), private companies or self-management. This book is about four models of local governance: the traditional "localist" model, the New Right's "individualist" model, the New Left's "mobilization" model, and government's own "centralist" model. It tests them against public opinion as expressed in 2203 interviews with ordinary citizens, 788 with councilors, and 903 with members of appointed boards.

The New Politics of British Local Governance (Hardcover): Gerry Stoker The New Politics of British Local Governance (Hardcover)
Gerry Stoker; Foreword by R.A.W. Rhodes
R2,319 Discovery Miles 23 190 Shipped within 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 (Paperback, 2000 ed.): Gerry Stoker The New Politics of British Local Governance (Paperback, 2000 ed.)
Gerry Stoker; Foreword by R.A.W. Rhodes
R1,037 Discovery Miles 10 370 Shipped within 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
R1,037 Discovery Miles 10 370 Shipped within 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): Desmond S. King, Gerry Stoker Rethinking Local Democracy (Paperback)
Desmond S. King, Gerry Stoker
R1,071 Discovery Miles 10 710 Shipped within 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
R1,096 Discovery Miles 10 960 Shipped within 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.

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