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Comparative politics

See below for a selection of the latest books from Comparative politics category. Presented with a red border are the Comparative politics 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 Comparative politics books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

What's the Matter with Liberalism?

What's the Matter with Liberalism?

Author: Ronald Beiner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1992.

What's the Matter with Liberalism?

What's the Matter with Liberalism?

Author: Ronald Beiner Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1992.

Local Power in the Japanese State

Local Power in the Japanese State

Author: Michio Muramatsu Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1997.

Local Power in the Japanese State

Local Power in the Japanese State

Author: Michio Muramatsu Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1997.

Religion's Sudden Decline

Religion's Sudden Decline

Mass attachment to religion is rapidly declining in most of the world; Why, and What comes next? The world is becoming less religious. Since 2007, there has been a pervasive decline in religious belief and most of the world's people now say that God is less important in their lives than they said He was in the quarter century before 2007. The American public showed the most dramatic shift of all. The United States, which for many years stood as a highly religious outlier among the world's high-income countries, now ranks as the 12th least religious country for which data are available. Many factors contributed to this dramatic worldwide shift, but as Inglehart shows, certain ones stand out. For centuries, virtually all major religions encouraged women to stay home and produce as many children as possible; and they sternly discouraged divorce, abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and any other form of sexual behavior not linked with reproduction. These norms were necessary for societies to survive when facing high infant mortality and low life expectancy: societies that didn't instill them tended to die out. Recent technological advances have greatly increased life expectancy and cut infant mortality to a tiny fraction of its historic levels, making these norms no longer necessary for societal survival. These norms require repressing strong natural urges, but, since they present traditional norms as absolute values, most religions strongly resist change. The resulting tension, together with the fact that rising existential security has made people less dependent on religion, opened the way for an exodus from religion. Utilizing a massive global data base, Inglehart analyzes the conditions under which religiosity collapses, and explores its implications for the future.

Religion's Sudden Decline

Religion's Sudden Decline

Mass attachment to religion is rapidly declining in most of the world; Why, and What comes next? The world is becoming less religious. Since 2007, there has been a pervasive decline in religious belief and most of the world's people now say that God is less important in their lives than they said He was in the quarter century before 2007. The American public showed the most dramatic shift of all. The United States, which for many years stood as a highly religious outlier among the world's high-income countries, now ranks as the 12th least religious country for which data are available. Many factors contributed to this dramatic worldwide shift, but as Inglehart shows, certain ones stand out. For centuries, virtually all major religions encouraged women to stay home and produce as many children as possible; and they sternly discouraged divorce, abortion, homosexuality, contraception, and any other form of sexual behavior not linked with reproduction. These norms were necessary for societies to survive when facing high infant mortality and low life expectancy: societies that didn't instill them tended to die out. Recent technological advances have greatly increased life expectancy and cut infant mortality to a tiny fraction of its historic levels, making these norms no longer necessary for societal survival. These norms require repressing strong natural urges, but, since they present traditional norms as absolute values, most religions strongly resist change. The resulting tension, together with the fact that rising existential security has made people less dependent on religion, opened the way for an exodus from religion. Utilizing a massive global data base, Inglehart analyzes the conditions under which religiosity collapses, and explores its implications for the future.

Administrative Traditions

Administrative Traditions

Contemporary public administration reflects its historical roots, as well as contemporary ideas about how the public bureaucracy should be organized and function. This book argues that there are administrative traditions that have their roots centuries ago but continue to influence administrative behaviour. Further within Western Europe, North America, and the Antipodes there are four distinctive administrative traditions: Anglo-American, Napoleonic, Germanic, and Scandinavian. These are not the only traditions however, and the book also explores administrative traditions in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Islamic world. In addition, the book contains a discussion of how administrative traditions of the colonial powers influenced contemporary administration in Africa, and how they continue to interact with traditional forms of governance. These discussions of tradition and persistence are also discussed in light of the numerous attempts to reform and change public administration. Some administrative traditions have been more capable than others of resisting attempts at reform, especially those associated with the New Public Management.

Workers and Change in China

Workers and Change in China

Author: Manfred Elfstrom Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2021

Strikes, protests, and riots by Chinese workers have been rising over the past decade. The state has addressed a number of grievances, yet has also come down increasingly hard on civil society groups pushing for reform. Why are these two seemingly clashing developments occurring simultaneously? Manfred Elfstrom uses extensive fieldwork and statistical analysis to examine both the causes and consequences of protest. The book adopts a holistic approach, encompassing national trends in worker-state relations, local policymaking processes and the dilemmas of individual officials and activists. Instead of taking sides in the old debate over whether non-democracies like China's are on the verge of collapse or have instead found ways of maintaining their power indefinitely, it explores the daily evolution of autocratic rule. While providing a uniquely comprehensive picture of change in China, this important study proposes a new model of bottom-up change within authoritarian systems more generally.

Rechtsterrorismus

Rechtsterrorismus

Author: Jan Schedler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/01/2021

Die Morde des Nationalsozialistischen Untergrunds (NSU) haben nicht nur Sicherheitsbehoerden, Politik und OEffentlichkeit schockiert, sondern gemeinsam mit den blutigen Attentaten des Norwegers Anders Behring Breivik auch in der Wissenschaft zahlreiche Fragen aufgeworfen. Was sind die Motive fur diese extremen Taten? Welche Ziele werden damit verbunden? Welche Rolle spielen radikale Milieus? Erste Antworten gibt eine vergleichende Untersuchung zu NSU und Breivik. Wahrend der NSU in der Regel auf das sogenannte Trio Mundlos, Boehnhardt und Zschape reduziert wird, gilt Breivik vielen als wirrer Einzeltater. Unter Anwendung eines multi-dimensionalen Erklarungsansatzes, der verschiedene Theorien aus der Forschung zu sozialen Bewegungen vereint, werden hier stattdessen beide Falle in breiteren Bewegungen verortet. In diesen wurden sie politisch sozialisiert, durch sie erfuhren sie Unterstutzung und hier sind Deutungs- und Handlungsmuster bedeutsam, die uber die konkreten Falle hinaus das Phanomen Rechtsterrorismus erklaren koennen.

Access All Areas

Access All Areas

Author: Lenny Henry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Sir Lenny Henry rang up the Office for National Statistics to confirm something he'd been thinking about for a long time. They told him that only 29.5% of the United Kingdom's population is made up of white, heterosexual, able-bodied men; so, he wonders, why do they still make up the vast majority of people we see in our media? Joining forces with the former Chair of the Royal Television Society's Diversity Committee Marcus Ryder, he draws on decades of experience to reveal why recent efforts to diversify media have been thus far ineffective, and why they are simply not enough. With wit, humour and unflinching gravitas they analyse the flaws of current diversity initiatives, point out the structural and financial imbalances working against the cause, and provide clear solutions to get the media industry back on track. Access All Areas is an urgent, actionable manifesto that will dramatically shift the debate around diversity and the media.

Minority Integration and State-Building

Minority Integration and State-Building

This book examines the political and social transformation of post-communist states. With a focus on minority integration, the author evaluates the interaction between state and society, illustrating how successful dialogue between the two can result in successful state-building. Current studies of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe tend to view minorities as recipients of integration rather than actors. As a result, minority agency is largely unrecognised in state- and nation-building processes. In contrast, this book analyses both institutional and actor perspectives to understand how political institutions and societal structures constrain but also generate minority group agency. Providing up-to-date analyses of most recent developments in integration policies in European liberal nation-states at the national, sub-state and European level policymaking, the author compares the cases of Estonia and Hungary to develop a framework to critically evaluate minority and interethnic relations with the state and society more widely. This book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, comparative politics, sociology, Central and Eastern European politics, post-communism, and minority politics.