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Political structure & processes

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Public Discourses and Attitudes in Greece during the Crisis Framing the Role of the European Union, Germany and National Governments

Public Discourses and Attitudes in Greece during the Crisis Framing the Role of the European Union, Germany and National Governments

Author: Dimitris (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) Katsikas Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

More than six years after the outbreak of the crisis, the Greek economy is still trapped into a deep depression, with devastating economic and social consequences. This has affected the public discourses and attitudes of Greeks regarding both the country itself and its place in the EU. This book presents the findings of new empirical research regarding shifts in public discourses and attitudes in Greek society as a result of the crisis. These have shown different shades of Euroscepticism and anti-German sentiments yet the reluctant acknowledgement of the need to stay in the Eurozone. It therefore serves as a case study of the impact of wider pressures and shifts weighing upon the EU and the way European societies perceive the integration process. It shows how economic crises have the potential to set in motion a fragmentation process, a new social and economic stratification also the result and resentment of strict policy conditionality, causing or deepening economic recession in the countries receiving it. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics, Greek and Southern European Studies, and more broadly to International Political economy and European Politics.

The American Congress

The American Congress

Author: Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts, Ryan J. Vander Wielen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The tenth edition of this respected textbook provides a fresh perspective and a crisp introduction to congressional politics. Informed by the authors' Capitol Hill experience and scholarship, the new edition reflects changes in Congress resulting from the 2018 elections and such developments as (a) a new majority party in the House; (b) new campaign spending numbers and election outcomes, rules, committees, leaders, and budget developments; and (c) recent political science literature that provides new perspectives on the institution. The text emphasizes the recent developments and includes important learning aids, including lists of key term, discussion questions and suggested further reading. Alongside clear explanations of congressional rules and the lawmaking process there are examples from contemporary events and debates that highlight Congress as a group of politicians as well as a lawmaking body.

The American Congress

The American Congress

Author: Steven S. Smith, Jason M. Roberts, Ryan J. Vander Wielen Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The tenth edition of this respected textbook provides a fresh perspective and a crisp introduction to congressional politics. Informed by the authors' Capitol Hill experience and scholarship, the new edition reflects changes in Congress resulting from the 2018 elections and such developments as (a) a new majority party in the House; (b) new campaign spending numbers and election outcomes, rules, committees, leaders, and budget developments; and (c) recent political science literature that provides new perspectives on the institution. The text emphasizes the recent developments and includes important learning aids, including lists of key term, discussion questions and suggested further reading. Alongside clear explanations of congressional rules and the lawmaking process there are examples from contemporary events and debates that highlight Congress as a group of politicians as well as a lawmaking body.

The Long Revolution of the Global South Toward a New Anti-Imperialist International

The Long Revolution of the Global South Toward a New Anti-Imperialist International

Author: Samir Amin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The final writings of Samir Amin--a mix of personal experiences and theoretical analysis of global challenges and movements In this second volume of his memoirs, Amin takes us on a journey to a dizzying array of countries, recounting the stages of his ongoing dialogue over several decades with popular movements struggling for a better future. As in his many works over the years, The Long Revolution of the Global South combines Amin's astute theoretical analyses of the challenges confronting the world's oppressed peoples with militant action. In these final writings based on his life, Amin presents us with theoretical interventions, analyses of political conjunctures, and narration of personal experiences. Amin's reminiscences of travels to places too often overlooked by the world at large are a joy to read. We even catch a glimpse of some of his memorable--and sometimes not so memorable--culinary adventures.

The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement Internet Activism and Social Justice

The New Campus Anti-Rape Movement Internet Activism and Social Justice

Author: Caroline Heldman, Alissa R. Ackerman, Ian Breckenridge-Jackson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

After 40 years of activists working to reduce sexual violence on college campuses, in 2014, the new Campus Anti-Rape Movement (CARM) finally put this issue on the national policy agenda. President Barack Obama credited an inspiring wave of student-led activism for catapulting campus rape into public consciousness. This book positions the new CARM within a long history of anti-sexual violence activism in the U.S. The authors describe the major events of this new movement and how it coalesced. The authors also analyze the new CARM through a social movement lens, and examine the role of new laws and social media in facilitating movement successes. The book argues that the new CARM laid the groundwork for the emergence of #MeToo, the highest profile campaign against sexual harassment/violence to date in U.S. history.

The Future of Election Administration Cases and Conversations

The Future of Election Administration Cases and Conversations

Author: Mitchell Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical responses to these changes from the national, state, and local levels. This book is designed to be a companion piece to The Future of Election Administration, which surveys these critical dimensions of elections from the perspectives of the most forward-thinking practitioner, policy, advocacy, and research experts and leaders in these areas today. Drawing upon principles of professionalism and the practical work that is required to administer elections as part of the complex systems, this book lifts up the voices and experiences of practitioners from around the country to describe, analyze, and anticipate the key areas of election administration systems on which students, researchers, advocates, policy makers, and practitioners should focus. Together, these books add to the emerging body of literature that is part of the election sciences community with an emphasis on the practical aspects of administration.

The Jeffords Switch Changing Majority Status and Causal Processes in the U.S. Senate

The Jeffords Switch Changing Majority Status and Causal Processes in the U.S. Senate

Author: Nathan Monroe, Chris Den Hartog Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/07/2019

Senator Jim Jeffords left the Republican Party in May 2001 and became an independent. Because he agreed to vote with the Democrats on organizational votes, this gave that party a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Using the 'Jeffords switch,' Chris Den Hartog and Nathan W. Monroe examine how power is shared and transferred in the Senate, as well as whether Democratic bills became more successful after the switch. They also use the data after the switch, when the Republican Party still held a majority on many Democratic Party-led committees, to examine the power of the committee chairs to influence decisions. While the authors find that the majority party does influence Senate decisions, Den Hartog and Monroe are more interested in exploring the method and limits of the majority party to achieve its goals.

Social Equity in the Asia-Pacific Region Conceptualizations and Realities

Social Equity in the Asia-Pacific Region Conceptualizations and Realities

Author: Morgen Johansen Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2019

This book examines the concept and public service value of social equity in public administration research and practice outside of the Western context, considering the influence that historical, cultural, and social trends of Asian and Pacific societies may have on how social equity is conceptualized and realized in the Asia-Pacific region. The book presents the results of an effort by a group of scholars from seven countries (Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, and Singapore), one American State (the Hawaiian Islands), and the Pacific Islands to discover what social equity means in their respective contexts. It concludes by synthesizing and analyzing the chapter authors' findings to advance a more global conceptualization of social equity.

Knowledge and Power in Public Bureaucracies From Pyramid to Circle

Knowledge and Power in Public Bureaucracies From Pyramid to Circle

Ever since Max Weber and Frederick Taylor, public organizations have been told that effective practice lies in maximizing rationality through science. Yet science-based management reforms have had only marginal impact on performance. People in entry-level positions posses knowledge from direct experience of the work, management knowledge is often science-based and distanced from the work, and appointed top executives struggle to join bureaucratic rationality with political exigencies. From Pyramid to Circle: Knowledge and Power in Public Bureaucracies offers fresh thinking about public organizations, arguing that conflicting forms of knowledge may be found within the bureaucratic pyramid. Answering the question of why management reforms over the past century have failed on their own terms, this book examines the existence of conflicting forms of knowledge within public bureaucracies, how these contradictory perspectives interact (or fail to interact), and the ways in which these systems preserve managerial efforts to control workers. Authors Carnevale and Stivers argue that bureaucratic rationality is not the one best way, as Taylor promised, and indeed, there is no one best way or model that can be deployed in all situations. The bureaucratic pyramid can, however, be made more effective by paying attention to circular processes that are widespread within the hierarchy, the authors argue, describing such circular processes as facework. This book will serve as an ideal supplement to introductory public administration and organizational theory courses, as well as courses for mid-career professionals, helping to frame their work experiences.

The Art of The Lie From Satan to Trump

The Art of The Lie From Satan to Trump

Author: Rick Cusick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

The Politics of Successful Governance Reforms

The Politics of Successful Governance Reforms

Author: Mark Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2019

This book examines the factors that give rise to successful governance reforms in developing countries, focusing on the importance of political commitment, supportive institutions, and the timing of reforms. It reviews the lessons arising from the design and implementation of successful governance reforms in Brazil, India, Uganda and other parts of Africa through comparative analysis of experience with public financial management, anti-corruption, civil service reform, and innovations in service delivery. The contributors suggest that three factors are critical in explaining positive outcomes: strong, consistent commitment from politicians to initiate and sustain reforms; a high level of technical capacity and some degree of insulation from societal interests, at least in the early phases, for designing and managing reforms; incremental approaches with cumulative benefits are more likely to produce sustainable results. Explicit attention to the political feasibility of reform, identifying and building incentives for reform, and a more gradual and piecemeal approach are all integral to the success of future governance reforms.

The Long Revolution of the Global South Toward a New Anti-Imperialist International

The Long Revolution of the Global South Toward a New Anti-Imperialist International

Author: Samir Amin Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2019

The final writings of Samir Amin--a mix of personal experiences and theoretical analysis of global challenges and movements In this second volume of his memoirs, Amin takes us on a journey to a dizzying array of countries, recounting the stages of his ongoing dialogue over several decades with popular movements struggling for a better future. As in his many works over the years, The Long Revolution of the Global South combines Amin's astute theoretical analyses of the challenges confronting the world's oppressed peoples with militant action. In these final writings based on his life, Amin presents us with theoretical interventions, analyses of political conjunctures, and narration of personal experiences. Amin's reminiscences of travels to places too often overlooked by the world at large are a joy to read. We even catch a glimpse of some of his memorable--and sometimes not so memorable--culinary adventures.