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Contemporary Conspiracy Culture Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability

Contemporary Conspiracy Culture Truth and Knowledge in an Era of Epistemic Instability

Author: Jaron Harambam Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/05/2020

In this ethnographic study, the author takes an agnostic stance towards the truth value of conspiracy theories and delves into the everyday lives of people active in the conspiracy milieu to understand better what the contemporary appeal of conspiracy theories is. Conspiracy theories have become popular cultural products, endorsed and shared by significant segments of western societies. Yet our understanding of who these people are and why they are attracted by these alternative explanations of reality is hampered by their implicit and explicit pathologization. Drawing on a wide variety of empirical sources, this book shows in rich detail what conspiracy theories are about, which people are involved, how they see themselves, and what they practically do with these ideas in their everyday lives. The author inductively develops from these concrete descriptions more general theorizations of how to understand this burgeoning subculture. He concludes by situating conspiracy culture in an age of epistemic instability where societal conflicts over knowledge abound, and the Truth is no longer assured, but out there for us to grapple with. This book will be an important source for students and scholars from a range of disciplines interested in the depth and complexity of conspiracy culture, including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Communication Studies, Ethnology, Folklore Studies, History, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. More broadly, this study speaks to contemporary (public) debates about truth and knowledge in a supposedly post-truth era, including widespread popular distrusts towards elites, mainstream institutions and their knowledge.

The European Parliament in the Contested Union Power and influence post-Lisbon

The European Parliament in the Contested Union Power and influence post-Lisbon

Author: Edoardo (Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Italy) Bressanelli Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2020

The European Parliament in the Contested Union: Power and Influence Post-Lisbon provides a systematic assessment of the real influence of the European Parliament (EP) in policy-making. Ten years after the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon, which significantly empowered Europe's only directly elected institution, the contributions collected in this volume analyse whether, and under what conditions, the EP has been able to use its new powers and shape decisions. Going beyond formal or normative descriptions of the EP's powers, this book provides an up-to-date and timely empirical assessment of the role of the EP in the European Union, focusing on key cases such as the reforms of the EU's economic governance and asylum policy, the Brexit negotiations and the budget. The book challenges and qualifies the conventional view that the EP has become more influential after Lisbon. It shows that the influence of the EP is conditional on the salience of the negotiated policy for the Member States. When EU legislation touches upon 'core state powers', as well as when national financial resources are at stake, the role of the EP - notwithstanding its formal powers - is more constrained and its influence more limited. This book provides fresh light on the impact of the EP and its role in a more contested and politicised European Union. Bringing together an international team of top-scholars in the field and analysing a wealth of new evidence, The European Parliament in the Contested Union challenges conventional explanations on the role of the EP, tracking down empirically its impact on key policies and processes. It will be of great interest to scholars of the European Union, European Politics and Policy-Making. The chapters were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Integration.

Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Assessing the 2019 European Parliament Elections

Author: Sylvia (University of Vienna, Austria) Kritzinger Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2020

Informed by and against the backdrop of the 2019 European Parliament (EP) elections, this innovative book provides a critical assessment of where Europe stands in terms of the quest for achieving democratic legitimacy. Since the 2014 EP elections, the European Union (EU) has experienced multiple crises, which have arguably undermined its legitimacy. The 2019 EP elections were hence seen as a crucial moment in the EU's efforts to show resilience and regain trust. Using political science and legal frames of analysis, the book provides an understanding and assessment of the current politico-legal framework, and its impact on European elections. Furthermore, using original data, it provides a timely examination of public opinion issue priorities and voting behaviour at the 2019 EP elections in eight countries. Given the critical conjuncture that the 2019 EP elections represent, this volume provides a key contribution to understand both the dynamics surrounding the elections as well as voters' responses, and informs debates in European politics - for example, second-order elections, democratic legitimacy and political representation. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of EU Politics, public administration, European studies, European law, and sociology along with practitioners in politics, journalism, and policy analysts.

Tunisian Civil Society Political Culture and Democratic Function Since 2011

Tunisian Civil Society Political Culture and Democratic Function Since 2011

Author: Alexander P. Martin Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2020

Investigating the political transition after the 2011 Tunisian revolution, this book explores whether civil society is fulfilling its democratic functions. Examining the existence of a civil political culture, that is identified through the presence of the six criteria of Freedom, Equality, Pluralism, Tolerance, Trust and Transparency. The innovation of the volume lies in its critiques of the transitology literature, its illustration of the drawbacks of Culturalist and Orientalist narratives of Arab politics, and the complexity it notes with respect to civil society and its varied roles, especially that civil society is not always an unconditionally good or democratic force. Using a combination of survey, interview, and observation research approaches, these chapters engage with the development of democratic political culture and democratic knowledge in Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) by understanding how CSOs interact with the state, other CSOs, and its own members. Presenting both critical theoretical arguments and extensive empirical evidence to demonstrate why Tunisia is such an important case, this book will be of interest to students and researchers interested in political culture, civil society and Middle East and North African studies.

Key Government Reports Volume 63

Key Government Reports Volume 63

Author: Ernest Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) during the month of October, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Business & Finance; Economic Development; Natural Resources & Environment; Veterans.

Key Government Reports Volume 61

Key Government Reports Volume 61

Author: Ernest Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) during the month of September, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Education; Government Operations; Natural Resources & Environment; Worker and Family Assistance.

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part VII

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part VII

Author: Dominik Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the Congressional Research Service during the month of September, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Agriculture; Business & Finance; Environment; Law; National Government.

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part IX

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part IX

Author: Dominik Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the Congressional Research Service during the month of September, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Health Policy; International Relations; Military; National Defense; Social Policy.

Key Government Reports Volume 65

Key Government Reports Volume 65

Author: Ernest Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) during the month of October, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Education; Government Operations; Health Care; National Defense.

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part VIII

Key Congressional Reports for September 2019 Part VIII

Author: Dominik Muller Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the Congressional Research Service during the month of September, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Business & Finance; Homeland Security; International Relations; National Defense; Transportation.

Key Government Reports Volume 60

Key Government Reports Volume 60

Author: Ernest Clark Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/05/2020

This book is a comprehensive compilation of all reports, testimony, correspondence and other publications issued by the GAO (Government Accountability Office) during the month of September, grouped according to topics. This book is focused on the following topics: Education; International Affairs; Retirement Security; Veterans.