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See below for a selection of the latest books from Politics & government category. Presented with a red border are the Politics & government books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Politics & government books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Venezuela, the Present as Struggle

Venezuela, the Present as Struggle

Author: Cira Pascual Marquina Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Today more than ever, we need to listen to critical voices from the Venezuelan grassroots, and this is exactly what Venezuela, the Present as Struggle gives us. Cira Pascual Marquina and Chris Gilbert have gathered the tools we need to navigate the treacherous straits between state and movements, economic crisis and sanctions, and to chart a radical course toward socialism. -George Ciccariello-Maher, author, Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela Venezuela has been the stuff of frontpage news extravaganzas, especially since the death of Hugo Chavez. With predictable bias, mainstream media focus on violent clashes between opposition and government, coup attempts, hyperinflation, U.S. sanctions, and massive immigration. What is less known, however, is the story of what the Venezuelan people - especially the Chavista masses - do and think in these times of social emergency. Denying us their stories comes at a high price to people everywhere, because the Chavista bases are the real motors of the Bolivarian revolution. This revolutionary grassroots movement still aspires to the communal path to socialism that Chavez refined in his last years. Venezuela, the Present as Struggle is an eloquent testament to their lives. Comprised of a series of compelling interviews conducted by Cira Pascual Marquina, professor at the Bolivarian University, and contextualized by author Chris Gilbert, the book seeks to open a window on grassroots Chavismo itself in the wake of Chavez's death. Feminist and housing activists, communards, organic intellectuals, and campesinos from around the country speak up in their own voices, defending the socialist project and pointing to what they see as revolutionary solutions to Venezuela's current crisis. If the Venezuelan government has shown an impressive capacity to resist imperialism, it is the Chavista grassroots movement, as this book shows, that actually defends socialism as the only coherent project of national liberation.

Pitch Battles

Pitch Battles

Author: Peter Hain, Andre Odendaal Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

There will be a black Springbok over my dead body. -- Dr Danie Craven, President of the South African Rugby Board, 1969 Just a year after the controversial D'Oliveira affair, the organised disruption of the all-white 1969/70 South African rugby and cricket tours to Britain represented a significant challenge to apartheid politics. Led by future cabinet minister Peter Hain, the 'Stop the Seventy Tour' campaign brought about the cancellation of both tours, presaging white South Africa's expulsion from the Olympics and the end of apartheid sport altogether. With his brand of attention-grabbing, direct action sports protest, the 19-year-old Hain emerged as a hero to some and enemy to others. Now, reflecting on these experiences with fifty years of hindsight, Lord Hain, together with South Africa's foremost sports historian and fellow anti-apartheid activist Andre Odendaal, shows how decades of relentless international and domestic campaigning for equality led to a Springbok team captained by black athlete Siya Kolisi winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Interspersing a wide range of examples with personal testimony, Pitch Battles explores the themes of sport, globalisation and resistance from the deep past to the present day. Published in the same year as the Stop The Tour documentary from acclaimed director Louis Myles, this compelling story of sacrifice, struggle and triumph reveals how sport should never be divorced from politics or society's values.

Pitch Battles

Pitch Battles

Author: Peter Hain, Andre Odendaal Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

There will be a black Springbok over my dead body. - Dr Danie Craven, President of the South African Rugby Board, 1969 Just a year after the controversial D'Oliveira affair, the organised disruption of the all-white 1969/70 South African rugby and cricket tours to Britain represented a significant challenge to apartheid politics. Led by future cabinet minister Peter Hain, the 'Stop the Seventy Tour' campaign brought about the cancellation of both tours, presaging white South Africa's expulsion from the Olympics and the end of apartheid sport altogether. With his brand of attention-grabbing, direct action sports protest, the 19-year-old Hain emerged as a hero to some and enemy to others. Now, reflecting on these experiences with fifty years of hindsight, Lord Hain, together with South Africa's foremost sports historian and fellow anti-apartheid activist Andre Odendaal, shows how decades of relentless international and domestic campaigning for equality led to a Springbok team captained by black athlete Siya Kolisi winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Interspersing a wide range of examples with personal testimony, Pitch Battles explores the themes of sport, globalisation and resistance from the deep past to the present day. Published in the same year as the Stop The Tour documentary from acclaimed director Louis Myles, this compelling story of sacrifice, struggle and triumph reveals how sport should never be divorced from politics or society's values.

China's Influence and the Centre-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beyond

China's Influence and the Centre-periphery Tug of War in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Beyond

Author: Brian C. H. (The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR) Fong Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Bringing together a team of cutting-edge researchers based in Hong Kong, Taiwan and other Asia-Oceania countries, this book focuses on the tug of war between China's influence and forces of resistance in Hong Kong, Taiwan and selected countries in the surrounding regions. China's influence has met growing defiance from citizens who fear the extinction of their valued local identities. However, the book shows that resistance to China's influence is a global phenomenon, varying in motivation and intensity from region to region and country to country depending on the forms of China's influence and the balances of forces in each society. The book also advances an integrated theoretical framework for broadly operationalizing different forms of offshore Chinese influence mechanisms, ranging from economic, military and diplomatic influences to united front operations. This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of comparative politics, international relations, geopolitics, Chinese politics, Hong Kong-China relations, Taiwan, and Asian politics.

Political Advocacy and American Politics

Political Advocacy and American Politics

Author: Sean (Georgia State University, USA) Richey, J. Benjamin Taylor Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Political Advocacy in American Politics: Why People Fight So Often Politics explains the rise in conflict in American politics by showing that citizens engage in interpersonal advocacy more often now. Sean Richey and Benjamin Taylor eloquently show how the confluence of competitive elections and contentious politics in the last 20 years makes citizens more likely to push candidates in everyday discussions, which leads to more fighting about politics. Using original qualitative, survey and experimental studies, Richey and Taylor demonstrate the causes of political advocacy overtime in the political environment and at the individual level. While some worry about the incivility in American politics, Richey and Taylor argue political talk where conflict is common is caused by high-activity democratic processes and normatively beneficial individual attributes. They demonstrate how campaigns, social media, personality, and partisanship has additionally affected everyday political arguments, in addition to impacting one's propensity to advocate for individual candidates. Furthermore, Richey and Taylor argue that advocacy-when conceptualized as a democratic release valve -is exactly the kind of conflict we might expect in a vibrant democracy. Political Advocacy in American Politics: Why People Fight So Often Politics is ideal for university students and researchers, yet also accessible to any reader looking to learn more about the role campaigns and personal attributes play in the decision to advocate.

Political Advocacy and American Politics

Political Advocacy and American Politics

Author: Sean (Georgia State University, USA) Richey, J. Benjamin Taylor Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Political Advocacy in American Politics: Why People Fight So Often Politics explains the rise in conflict in American politics by showing that citizens engage in interpersonal advocacy more often now. Sean Richey and Benjamin Taylor eloquently show how the confluence of competitive elections and contentious politics in the last 20 years makes citizens more likely to push candidates in everyday discussions, which leads to more fighting about politics. Using original qualitative, survey and experimental studies, Richey and Taylor demonstrate the causes of political advocacy overtime in the political environment and at the individual level. While some worry about the incivility in American politics, Richey and Taylor argue political talk where conflict is common is caused by high-activity democratic processes and normatively beneficial individual attributes. They demonstrate how campaigns, social media, personality, and partisanship has additionally affected everyday political arguments, in addition to impacting one's propensity to advocate for individual candidates. Furthermore, Richey and Taylor argue that advocacy-when conceptualized as a democratic release valve -is exactly the kind of conflict we might expect in a vibrant democracy. Political Advocacy in American Politics: Why People Fight So Often Politics is ideal for university students and researchers, yet also accessible to any reader looking to learn more about the role campaigns and personal attributes play in the decision to advocate.

The Arab Spring Between Transformation and Capture

The Arab Spring Between Transformation and Capture

Author: Oana Parvan Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

The Tunisian revolution raises important questions regarding the articulation of resistance and political subjectivity in the context of global governmentality. By drawing from political theory, philosophy, ethnography and readings of local street art, this book restores the radical significance of the political event as an instance of possible collective action. Using the 2011 Tunisian revolution as a starting point for a broader discussion, this book analyses the processes of Orientalisation of non-Western examples of collective action and critiquing the narrative frame of the 'Arab Spring'. By focusing on the aspect of autonomous mobilities and transformations, occurred within a beyond the Tunisian space, Oana Parvan is able answer key questions including, how moments of political rupture (such as revolutions) are interpreted by the wider public and how mobility across the Mediterranean rearticulates the distribution and recomposition of political theory categories such as class. She narrates how the Tunisian revolution can be inscribed into a long history of dispossession (colonial, regional, neoliberal) and resistance; and the culture and practices of the Tunisian revolutionaries have spread in the country and abroad (seen as a way to think beyond the methodological framework of the nation-state). This work builds on research fieldwork and the analysis of Tunisian street art (mostly of the Ahl Al Kahf collective), drawing from migration-centred ethnographic work in order to suggest a reconstruction of the event. By applying theoretical reflections inspired by continental philosophy, media theory and autonomy of migration theory, this work develops an event-based theoretical reflection able to contribute towards rethinking contemporary Orientalism, self-representation and political subjectivity.

Let My People Vote

Let My People Vote

Author: Desmond Meade Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/12/2020

Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Author: Przemyslaw Osiewicz Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Providing a well-balanced and impartial perspective on the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this book contributes to a better understanding of the current foreign policy of Iran, especially its internal and external determinants. Combining theoretical and practical aspects, it provides readers with a short analysis of Iranian foreign policy. The first part is dedicated to the Pahlavi era between 1925-1979. The second consists of three chapters covering issues related to ideological and institutional aspects of Iranian foreign policy after 1979. The last part incorporates eight case studies which best present both regional and global dimensions. This comprehensive study contains a synthesis of views and opinions of commentators and scholars who often represent contradictory perspectives. Serving as a key reference and starting point for further studies, this book will be of interest to students and researchers studying Iranian foreign policy, internationl relations and Middle Eastern studies.

Forging the Trident

Forging the Trident

Author: William Leeman, John B. Hattendorf Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Although Theodore Roosevelt has been the subject of numerous books, there has not been a single volume that traces Roosevelt's interaction with the U.S. Navy from his work as a naval historian in the 1880s through his leadership of the Navy as president in the early twentieth century. The editors of this volume fill in this gap in the historical literature. Each essay in this collection by leading historians of American naval history will cover one aspect of Roosevelt's relationship with the Navy while addressing the unifying theme of his use of history and America's naval heritage to advocate for strengthening and modernizing the Navy during his own lifetime. In addition to the book editors, contributors are: Sarah Goldberger, James R. Holmes, David Kohnen, Branden Little, Jon Scott Logel, Edward J. Marolda, Kevin D. McCranie, Matthew Oyos, Jason W. Smith, and Craig L. Symonds.

Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Foreign Policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Author: Przemyslaw Osiewicz Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Providing a well-balanced and impartial perspective on the foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, this book contributes to a better understanding of the current foreign policy of Iran, especially its internal and external determinants. Combining theoretical and practical aspects, it provides readers with a short analysis of Iranian foreign policy. The first part is dedicated to the Pahlavi era between 1925-1979. The second consists of three chapters covering issues related to ideological and institutional aspects of Iranian foreign policy after 1979. The last part incorporates eight case studies which best present both regional and global dimensions. This comprehensive study contains a synthesis of views and opinions of commentators and scholars who often represent contradictory perspectives. Serving as a key reference and starting point for further studies, this book will be of interest to students and researchers studying Iranian foreign policy, internationl relations and Middle Eastern studies.

Humanity's Last Stand

Humanity's Last Stand

Author: Mark Schuller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020