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Becoming Kim Jong Un

Becoming Kim Jong Un

Author: Jung H. Pak Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

The mysterious, brutal, and calculating Kim Jong Un has risen to become the unchallenged dictator of a nuclear rogue state. He now possesses weaponry capable of threatening America and its allies, and his actions have already significantly changed global politics. It's believed that Kim Jong Un is in his thirties, only a few years into what will likely be decades of leadership. He is in the news almost every day, and yet we still know almost nothing about him and how he became the supreme leader of the hermit kingdom. Former CIA analyst and North Korea expert Jung H. Pak reveals the explosive story of Kim Jong Il's third son: the spoilt and impetuous child, the mediocre student, the ruthless murderer, the shrewd grand strategist.

The Fabulists

The Fabulists

Author: Michael Peel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Demagogues and authoritarians are flourishing in this modern age of political myth. They exploit our fears and fantasies. Exposing the fictions that these new rulers use to take and keep control has never been more urgent - and people risk their careers, liberty or even their lives to do so. In this revealing and richly reported book, international correspondent Michael Peel illuminates the surprising parallels between leaders, movements and their supporters who have thrived using potent but questionable stories. From Aung San Suu Kyi's Myanmar to Rodrigo Duterte's bloody drugs crackdown in the Philippines, and from Britain's struggle over Brexit to Syria's civil war, he probes the patterns in narratives that too often serve the interests of the chosen few. Above all, Peel shows the extraordinary and sometimes dangerous steps courageous people take to challenge these fabulists - and the treacherous paths they lead us down.

Venizelos

Venizelos

Author: Michael Llewellyn-Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2021

Eleftherios Venizelos (1864-1936) was the outstanding Greek statesman of the first half of the twentieth century. Michael Llewellyn-Smith traces his early years, political apprenticeship in Crete, and energetic role in that island's emancipation from both Ottoman rule and the arbitrary rule of Prince George of Greece. Summoned to Athens in 1910 by a cabal of officers, Venizelos mastered the Greek political scene, sent the military back to barracks, and led the country through a glorious period of constitutional and political reform, ending in a Balkan alliance waging successful war against Ottoman rule in Europe. By 1914, Greece had doubled in territory and population, and was about to face the challenges of European war. Tensions were rising between the king and the prime minister, foreshadowing political schism. This book illuminates Venizelos' political mastery, liberalism and nationalism, and traces his fateful friendship with David Lloyd George. A second volume will complete his story, with the Great War, the post-war peace settlement, Greece's Asia Minor disaster, and Venizelos' late years of renewed prime ministerial office, political polarisation and exile in Paris.

The Partisan Presidency

The Partisan Presidency

Author: Richard Skinner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Since the 1980s the American chief executive has shifted from a paradigm of the modern presidency to the partisan presidency, argues Richard Skinner. This timely and engaging account of how the president relates to political parties helps us understand how contemporary presidents have polarized the electorate, helped drive a wedge between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, put a strong partisan imprint upon the executive branch, and seek to get their message out through partisan media outlets. Partisan presidents in the new era are far less interested in neutral competence and instead use the national party committees as tools of governance. The book balances the development of the partisan presidency through recent history, with a thorough understanding of how Barack Obama fits into this polarized environment. Despite Obama's rhetoric of bridging the partisan divide, his governing style has shown more continuity with than change from previous partisan presidents. Political parties-far from being on the decline, as political scientists used to argue-are undergoing a strong revitalization in American politics. This creates some positive effects on the American political system, but is also associated with a number of dysfunctional features. Ultimately the U.S. separation of powers structure prevents an unbridled partisan presidency, but current trends suggest that strong partisan polarization is at some level a constant in American history and the mid-twentieth century was the anomaly. The Partisan Presidency is essential reading for students of American politics.

Routledge Handbook of Political Leadership

Routledge Handbook of Political Leadership

Author: David (University of Leeds, UK.) Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

This Handbook offers a state of the art overview of political leadership. Bell draws from not only the fields of political science and international relations but also from organization and management studies, anthropology and psychology. It focuses on the theory, history of the study, the techniques of leadership, its discourse and the moral basis for leadership. Drawing together contributions from leading researchers in the field from the US, UK & Europe, this work will be of great interest to all students and scholars of political leadership, political psychology and leadership studies.

The Partisan Presidency

The Partisan Presidency

Author: Richard Skinner Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Since the 1980s the American chief executive has shifted from a paradigm of the modern presidency to the partisan presidency, argues Richard Skinner. This timely and engaging account of how the president relates to political parties helps us understand how contemporary presidents have polarized the electorate, helped drive a wedge between Republicans and Democrats in Congress, put a strong partisan imprint upon the executive branch, and seek to get their message out through partisan media outlets. Partisan presidents in the new era are far less interested in neutral competence and instead use the national party committees as tools of governance. The book balances the development of the partisan presidency through recent history, with a thorough understanding of how Barack Obama fits into this polarized environment. Despite Obama's rhetoric of bridging the partisan divide, his governing style has shown more continuity with than change from previous partisan presidents. Political parties-far from being on the decline, as political scientists used to argue-are undergoing a strong revitalization in American politics. This creates some positive effects on the American political system, but is also associated with a number of dysfunctional features. Ultimately the U.S. separation of powers structure prevents an unbridled partisan presidency, but current trends suggest that strong partisan polarization is at some level a constant in American history and the mid-twentieth century was the anomaly. The Partisan Presidency is essential reading for students of American politics.

The Deputy to the British Prime Minister

The Deputy to the British Prime Minister

The post of deputy to the UK prime minister is perhaps the most mysterious in the British constitution, possessing 'no set or binding role', 'responsibility without power' and once not acknowledged to exist at all. Today, however, the post is generally recognised, and, as this book elaborates, in some circumstances deputies have played a crucial role in the running of the country, not least most recently where Nick Clegg extended it for the first time beyond the whim of the Prime Minister. Illustrated by archive work, contemporary newspaper accounts, Hansard, assorted secondary sources, elite level interviews, this book addresses the significance of this under-researched role. Arranged chronologically, it creates a typology of deputies and a list of factors with which to benchmark performances of deputyship . It examines the uneven evolution of the position of deputy, from its nebulous origins to a generally much more effective and positive role today, and looks at how incumbents successfully interact with, and influence their political environment and colleagues. This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of British Politics and political history.

Whitlam

Whitlam

Author: Brian Carroll Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2020

Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act

Presidential Privilege and the Freedom of Information Act

Author: Kevin M. Baron Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

Tells the story behind the development of the Freedom of Information Act and explores its legacy today The Freedom of Information Act, developed at the height of the Cold War, highlighted the power struggles between Congress and the president in that tumultuous era. By drawing on previously unseen primary source material and exhaustive archival research, this book reveals the largely untold and fascinating narrative of the development of the FOIA, and demonstrates how this single policy issue transformed presidential behaviour. The author explores the policy's lasting influence on the politics surrounding contemporary debates on government secrecy, public records and the public's 'right to know', and examines the modern development and use of 'executive privilege'. Key Features Draws on extensive archival research conducted at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, the John E. Moss Archives, The National Archives in Washington, DC, the Carl Albert Center Archives and the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library Provides deep insights into contemporary debates surrounding issues of government secrecy, freedom of information and public records Creates a new multidimensional model to rethink our understanding of the politics of policymaking

Begum Khaleda Zia

Begum Khaleda Zia

Author: Q. M. Jalal Khan Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

This book is about Bangladesh's first female prime minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, who served three terms in office and achieved enormous popularity. Her charisma inexorably emanates from her sense of dignity, integrity, uncompromising principles, and commitment to freedom, independence, and sovereignty of Bangladesh--a new and small country bordering the larger India, which is always up to its hegemonic designs. Begum Zia (and her husband, President Ziaur Rahman) were able to foreign conspiracies at bay. Begum Zia's incredible success in government and overwhelming struggle for democracy, against the dictatorship of Ershad in the 1980s and the fascism of Hasina since 2009, have made her into a national political leader of true greatness. Khaleda Zia received little respite from her enemies while in office but was able to make great accomplishments for the country. Uncomfortable with her prominence and outspokenness, Hasina orchestrated, in collaboration with partisan prosecutors and judges, to send the aging and ailing former Prime Minister to jail terms in a solitary cell. Nevertheless, she remained greatly revered by dint of her devotion and dedication to her people and the nation and to her insurmountable sufferings at the hands of her enemies.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Author: Richard C. Thornton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

The point of departure for distinguished historian Richard C. Thornton's insightful new assessment of the Reagan administration is Reagan's overwhelming re-election in 1984. His first-term policies had placed the United States in the ascendancy over the Soviet Union, and he sought to capitalize on that success by bringing the Cold War to an end on favorable terms. The Soviet Union, on the other hand, proved increasingly unable to bear the costs of supporting its empire and client state and adopted a strategy of detente. Its new leader Mikhail Gorbachev personified the new stance, and his rise to power in 1985 galvanized the U.S. administration's detente faction in renewed opposition to Reagan's strategy and advocacy of accommodation with Moscow.

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan

Author: Richard C. Thornton Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980, he found America's economy, defense, and global position weakened to the point of collapse. The previous seven years of attempted detente with the Soviet Union had resulted in the worst foreign policy failures in American history. As the distinguished diplomatic historian Richard C. Thornton shows in this thorough reassessment of Reagan's presidency, written for the 40th anniversary of his election, the new president was determined to rebuild American economic and military power and to restore the Western Alliance. Reagan's Victory Program supported anti-Soviet resistance movements in communist countries, attacked the financial underpinnings of the Soviet economy, and boldly challenged the Soviet Union's forward positions around the world. The deployment of Pershing II missiles to Europe in 1983 restored the balance of power in Europe and, combined with the U.S. military buildup, reestablished strategic equilibrium between the United States and the Soviet Union by the end of Reagan's first term. As America faces a host of new challenges in the world today, this reexamination will be of interest to students, scholars, and practitioners alike.