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The Authoritarian Interlude
The Authoritarian Interlude
Peter Marden

The Authoritarian Interlude

Democracy, Values and the Politics of Hubris

The Authoritarian Interlude extends debates on democracy by critically examining the key role of values often associated with neo-liberalism and the traditions of thought concerning public conceptions of democratic life. Within the volume various normative arguments from prominent political theorists are addressed, particularly those associated ...

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Germany After the 2013 Elections
Germany After the 2013 Elections
Edited by Gabriele D'Ottavio and Thomas Saalfeld

Germany After the 2013 Elections

Breaking the Mould of Post-Unification Politics?

Germany After the 2013 Elections provides a comprehensive analysis of the German elections of 2013, and their wider consequences for both German and European politics. International specialists on German and EU politics provide expert analysis on the election result and its consequences. Germany’s European policy and the potential consequences ...

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Government of Peace
Government of Peace
Edited by Ranabir Samaddar

Government of Peace

Social Governance, Security and the Problematic of Peace

Government of Peace addresses a major question in world politics today: how does post-colonial democracy produce a form of governance that copes with conflicts, insurgencies, revolts, and acute dissents? The contributors view social governance as a crucial component in answering this question and their narratives of governance aim to show ...

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Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China
Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China
Edited by Lisheng Dong, Hanspeter Kriesi, Daniel Kübler

Urban Mobilizations and New Media in Contemporary China

The question of how and to what extent the internet can be used for mobilizing popular resistance in China is hotly debated. The government, virtual social organizations, and individual netizens both cooperate and compete with each other on the web. New media both increases the scope of the mobilizers and the mobilized (thereby creating new social capital), and provides the government with new means of social control (thereby limiting the political ...

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Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement
Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement
Edited by Filippo Tronconi

Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement

Organisation, Communication and Ideology

In 2009 Beppe Grillo, a well known Italian comedian, established the Five Star Movement with the aim of sending a handful of citizens to municipal councils to act as the watchdog of a professional political class often perceived as corrupt and self-interested. However, in the Italian general elections of February 2013, despite still largely ...

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Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia
Edited by Anastassia Obydenkova and Alexander Libman

Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia

Bringing together literatures on the external influences of democratization, the post-Soviet space and support for autocracy Obydenkova and Libman provide a comprehensive overview of the interaction of domestic and international politics during times of regime transition. Demonstrating the interplay of these forces the book explores the rich variation in motives and channels of autocratic and democratic influences. International scholars consider ...

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The Individual and Utopia
The Individual and Utopia
Edited by Clint Jones and Cameron Ellis

The Individual and Utopia

A Multidisciplinary Study of Humanity and Perfection

Interdisciplinary in scope and bringing together work from around the world, The Individual and Utopia enquires after the nature of the utopian as citizen, demonstrating the inherent value of making the individual central to utopian theorizing and highlighting the methodologies necessary for examining the utopian individual. The various approaches ...

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Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa
Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa
Samantha Balaton-Chrimes

Ethnicity, Democracy and Citizenship in Africa

Political Marginalisation of Kenya's Nubians

This book explores two kinds of citizenship deficits: those experienced by the Nubians in Kenya and, more centrally, those which represent the limits of citizenship theories. The author argues for an understanding of citizenship as made up of multiple component parts: status, rights and membership, which are often disaggregated through time ...

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