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Developmental Regionalism and Economic Transformation in Southern Africa

Developmental Regionalism and Economic Transformation in Southern Africa

Author: Said Adejumobi Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2020

Interrogating the notion of developmental regionalism as applies to Southern Africa, this volume explores the policy options and interventions necessary to ensure a peaceful and stable regional development process. With a focus on the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the contributions explore how regional institutions such as this can be drivers of developmental regionalism. Institutional architecture, along with key policy priorities, and implementation strategies in areas such as trade, industry, agriculture, private sector development and conflict management are analysed, and the ramifications of regional interventions for peace building and regional security in post-conflict Southern African countries are explored. Drawing on this analysis the book then proffers key policy options and strategies for how developmental regionalism can be both consummated and sustained, ultimately driving economic transformation. Illustrating to policymakers and scholars how regional institutions can be engines or facilitators of regional development, the book will be of interest to researchers in a broad range of areas including development studies, public policy and African studies.

Saudi Interventions in Yemen A Historical Comparison of Ontological Insecurity

Saudi Interventions in Yemen A Historical Comparison of Ontological Insecurity

Author: Caroline F. Tynan Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

This book explains the Saudi decision to launch a direct military intervention in Yemen in 2015 by comparing it with the monarchy's response to Egyptian intervention into Yemen in 1962. It does so through the lens of domestic politics by tracing the monarchy's response to the opposition in both time periods, and how this was informed by the different regional contexts of the 1960s and the 2011 Arab Spring. The study argues that Saudi Arabia enhanced its own institutions, including a pan-Islamic ideological justification to rule, in response to aggression from Egypt and its revolutionary pan-Arab ideology. This contributed to a relatively cautious Saudi foreign policy in response to regional threats from Arab nationalism, along with a strategy of co-optation within the kingdom. In contrast, the non-ideological threat embodied in the Arab Spring posed a more existential threat to Saudi legitimacy. The new crown prince manipulated the regime's sense of anxiety from this to consolidate power through further scapegoating of the Shi'a minority, exacerbated tensions with foreign rivals, and, most blatantly, the 2015 intervention in Yemen. Comparing Saudi foreign policy changes from the Arab nationalist period to the post-Arab Spring period, this volume is a valuable resource for scholars and students interested in political science, history, international relations and Middle East politics.

African Queer Dialectics and Politics Simulation and Simulacra

African Queer Dialectics and Politics Simulation and Simulacra

Author: S. N. Nyeck Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

This book reflects on queer identity struggles through selected African films, Proteus, Touki Bouki & Karmen Gei, Round Trip & Madame Brouette. It focuses on the symbolic interactions, negotiation styles and strategies of queer characters in each film to develop the idea of queer politics as simulation and simulacra following Baudrillard's (1994) characterization of the postmodern condition in mass reproduction. In these selected works, queer characters negotiate desire and power in ways that embody and exhaust context-bound conditions of pain and rejection. Simultaneously, symbolic social interactions, even restrictive ones, provide all queer characters with the instruments of emancipation within and beyond queerness. That is, characters deploy strategic behaviors in everyday interactions to stretch the boundaries of the permissible in gender relations, to negotiate embodiment, and to reinvent instruments of knowledge construction in asymmetric power relations.

Regionalism and Multilateralism Politics, Economics, Culture

Regionalism and Multilateralism Politics, Economics, Culture

Author: Jose Luis de Sales Marques Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

This book discusses the impact of cultural diversities and identities on regional and interregional cooperation, as well as on multilateralism. Employing a comparative approach to organizations such as ASEAN, MERCOSUR, SAARC, and the African and European Unions, this volume seeks to understand their distinctive features and patterns of interaction. It also explores the diffusion of multidimensional interregional relations, including but not limited to the field of trade. Scholars from several disciplines and four continents offer insights concerning the consequences of both multiple modernities and the rise of authoritarian populism for regionalism, inter-regionalism, and multilateralism. Among alternative possible scenarios for global governance, the new multilateralism receives special attention. This book will be of key interest to European/EU studies, economics, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.

Regionalism and Multilateralism Politics, Economics, Culture

Regionalism and Multilateralism Politics, Economics, Culture

Author: Jose Luis de Sales Marques Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/07/2020

This book discusses the impact of cultural diversities and identities on regional and interregional cooperation, as well as on multilateralism. Employing a comparative approach to organizations such as ASEAN, MERCOSUR, SAARC, and the African and European Unions, this volume seeks to understand their distinctive features and patterns of interaction. It also explores the diffusion of multidimensional interregional relations, including but not limited to the field of trade. Scholars from several disciplines and four continents offer insights concerning the consequences of both multiple modernities and the rise of authoritarian populism for regionalism, inter-regionalism, and multilateralism. Among alternative possible scenarios for global governance, the new multilateralism receives special attention. This book will be of key interest to European/EU studies, economics, history, cultural studies, international relations, international political economy, security studies, and international law.

Piety & Power Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

Piety & Power Mike Pence and the Taking of the White House

Author: Tom LoBianco Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2020

MIKE PENCE: THE ULTIMATE POLITICAL SHAPE-SHIFTER I'm a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican . . . in that order. -Mike Pence As the impeachment of President Donald Trump remains a constant topic of discussion in political circles, the questions around our current vice president also continue to swirl, and in some ways, the puzzlement over his true nature has never truly been clear. Tom LoBianco, a longtime Pence reporter, cuts to the core of the nation's most enigmatic politician in this intimate yet expansive account of the vice president's journey to the White House. In Piety & Power, LoBianco follows Pence from his evangelical conversion in college to his failed career as a young lawyer, to his thwarted attempts at politics until he hitched his wagon to far-right extremism, becoming the Congressional poster boy for faith-based policy and Tea Party rhetoric. Giving readers a minute-by-minute account of the selection process that made him Donald Trump's unlikely running mate in 2016, Piety & Power traces Pence's personal and political life, painting a picture of a man driven by faith and conviction, yes, but also a hunger for power. LoBianco crafts a revealing portrait of the real Mike Pence-a politician whose understated style masks a drive for power, but also a surprising political acumen-by drawing on years of research, over one hundred exclusive interviews with those closest to the vice president, and deep ties both within the Beltway and Indiana state politics. Highlighting Pence's strained, at times obsequious, relationship with Trump; his marriage to Karen; his deeply repressed personality; his presidential aspirations and plans for America's future; and his deep-rooted faith in his country, in God, and ultimately himself; Piety & Power provides insights and answers as it sheds light on this ambitious Midwestern politician, his past, and his possible future.

Class, Gender and Migration Return Flows between Mexico and the United States in Times of Crisis

Class, Gender and Migration Return Flows between Mexico and the United States in Times of Crisis

Using a gender-sensitive political economy approach, this book analyzes the emergence of new migration patterns between Central Mexico and the East Coast of the United States in the last decades of the twentieth century, and return migration during and after the global economic crisis of 2007. Based on ethnographic research carried out over a decade, details of the lives of women and men from two rural communities reveal how neoliberal economic restructuring led to the deterioration of livelihoods starting in the 1980s. Similar restructuring processes in the United States opened up opportunities for Mexican workers to labor in U.S. industries that relied heavily on undocumented workers to sustain their profits and grow. When the Great Recession hit, in the context of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, some immigrants were more likely to return to Mexico than others. This longitudinal study demonstrates how the interconnections among class and gender are key to understanding who stayed and who returned to Mexico during and after the global economic crisis. Through these case studies, the authors comment more widely on how neoliberalism has affected the livelihoods and aspirations of the working classes. This book will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners in migration studies, gender studies/politics, and more broadly to international relations, anthropology, development studies, and human geography.

State Reconstitution in China, Japan and East Africa

State Reconstitution in China, Japan and East Africa

Author: Graham F. Odell Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2020

Presented through an investigation of Sengoku Japan and Republican China, this book proposes an innovative explanation of state formation that focuses on ideational and geographic factors. This study addresses the question; why are some collapsed states able to reconstitute themselves where others have not? Graham F. Odell employs two cases of successful state reconstitution - Republican China (1912-1949) and Sengoku Japan (1477-1615) - to derive a new theoretical framework around this question. These cases are distinct across several significant factors, making them ideal for a research design that seeks to formulate an original theoretical explanation for a phenomenon. Taken together, these two periods of Chinese and Japanese history are paradigmatic cases of state collapse and reconstitution and thus intrinsically compelling to the study of state formation. By developing a new theory of successful state reconstitution through emphasizing the roles of ideology, political symbolism and the geographical distribution of social power, this text provides an answer to the question that has not only scholarly and practical implications, but also a wide geographical applicability. This book will be key reading for scholars interested in matters of international politics, political science, and state formation, especially in East Asia.

India and China Economics and Soft Power Diplomacy

India and China Economics and Soft Power Diplomacy

Author: Geeta (Assistant Professor (Chinese) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi) Kochhar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2020

This book looks at the changing dynamics of diplomacy of the two emerging global powers-India and China. It examines trade relations, cultural ties and economic engagements of both countries and their shifting influence in the region surrounding them. This volume takes an in-depth look at the trade and economic strategies of India and China through the prism of soft power diplomacy. It reflects on the challenges the two countries face over bilateral trade negotiations, the BRICS, China's Silk Road project along with other issues of foreign policy. The book underlines the decisive role of the soft power approach and greater people-to-people contact in the global strategies of India and China and in fostering greater cooperation in the region. The book will be of great interest to researchers and students of international relations, political science, public policy and international communications. It will also be useful for think tanks, policy makers and general readers who are interested in the India-China relationship and the politics of soft power diplomacy.

Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir

Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir

Author: Reeta Chowdhari Tremblay Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/07/2020

This book examines the shifting, non-linear relationship between religion, nationalism, and politics in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. In the wake of the revocation of Article 370, the state's plural and relatively harmonious society has come under multiple strains, with religion often informing day-to-day politics. The essays in this volume: Trace the formation of the political entity of Jammu and Kashmir and the seemingly secular politics of its three regions; Discuss the rise of militancy and resistance movements in the Kashmir Valley; Highlight the intersection between everyday life, nationalism, and resistance through a study of the literary traditions of Kashmir, contemporary resistance photography, and everyday communalism located in the changing food practices of Hindu and Muslim communities. Religion and Politics in Jammu and Kashmir will be an indispensable read for students and researchers of religion and politics, democratisation and democracy, secularism, sociology, cultural studies, and South Asian studies.

India and China Economics and Soft Power Diplomacy

India and China Economics and Soft Power Diplomacy

This book looks at the changing dynamics of diplomacy of the two emerging global powers-India and China. It examines trade relations, cultural ties and economic engagements of both countries and their shifting influence in the region surrounding them. This volume takes an in-depth look at the trade and economic strategies of India and China through the prism of soft power diplomacy. It reflects on the challenges the two countries face over bilateral trade negotiations, the BRICS, China's Silk Road project along with other issues of foreign policy. The book underlines the decisive role of the soft power approach and greater people-to-people contact in the global strategies of India and China and in fostering greater cooperation in the region. The book will be of great interest to researchers and students of international relations, political science, public policy and international communications. It will also be useful for think tanks, policy makers and general readers who are interested in the India-China relationship and the politics of soft power diplomacy.

America's State Governments A Critical Look at Disconnected Democracies

America's State Governments A Critical Look at Disconnected Democracies

Author: Jennifer Bachner, Benjamin Ginsberg Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/07/2020

This timely and important new work takes a critical look at government in the American states and uses the underlying theme of disconnected democracies to illustrate the ways in which state government institutions-while democratic in form-lack the necessary firm connections with the citizens they should serve. The text illuminates three basic political problems of state governments: weak constitutional and institutional foundations; a lack of civic engagement; and long histories of public corruption unchecked by adequate ethics and conflict of interest rules. The authors base their critical look on an original national survey showing how little Americans know about state government. They also provide a careful analysis of state constitutions and illustrate how poorly many state governments serve their constituents. For students and citizens of state politics, the book concludes with a proposal aimed at civic literacy and action.