Senin, 06 September 2010

Belief and Leadership in World Politics: Methods and Applications of Operational Code Analysis

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Mark Schafer, Stephen G. Walker
Palgrave Macmillan, 2006 - 288pages

This book examines how beliefs shape leaders' perceptions of reality and lead to cognitive and motivated biases that distort, block, and recast incoming information from the environment. Using content analysis and formal modeling methods associated with quantitative operational code analysis, contributors analyze how beliefs affect policies related to international security and international political economy.

Complexity in World Politics: Concepts and Methods of a New Paradigm

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Neil E. Harrison
SUNY Press, 2007 - 213pages

Despite one hundred years of theorizing, scholars and practitioners alike are constantly surprised by international and global political events. The collapse of communism in Europe, the 1997 Asian financial crisis, and 9/11 have demonstrated the inadequacy of current models that depict world politics as a simple, mechanical system.

Constituting Human Rights: Global Civil Society and the Society of Democratic States

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Mervyn Frost
Routledge, 2002 - 161pages

Global civil society and the society of democratic states are the two most inclusive and powerful global practices of our time. In this book Frost claims that, without an understanding of hte role that individual human rights play in these practices, no adequate understanding of any major feature of contemporary world politics from "globlaization: to "new wars" is possible. Therefore,Constituting Human Rightsargues that a concern with human rights is essential to the study of international realtions.

Constructing the World Polity: Essays on International Institutionalization

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John Gerard Ruggie
Routledge, 1998 - 312pages

For the past quarter century, John Gerard Ruggie has made fundamental contributions to international relations theorizing, helping to establish what is now described as the "constructivist" approach to the field. This elegantly written collection of essays includes a substantial introduction that surveys the entire range of post-war IR theory and sets the constructivist project within it. Ruggie brings together his most influential theoretical ideas and their application to critical policy questions concerning the post-Cold War international order.

Contesting Global Governance: Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements

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Robert O'Brien
Cambridge University Press, 2000 - 260pages
The contest to shape global governance is increasingly being conducted on a number of levels and among a diverse set of actors. This book argues that increasing engagement between international institutions and sectors of civil society is producing a new form of international organization. The authors study the relationship between the IMF, World Bank, and World Trade Organisation, and environmental, labor, and women's movements, providing a rich analysis of the institutional response to social movement pressure.

Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes

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Jean Grugel, Nicola Piper
Routledge, 2007 - 189pages

The first in-depth analysis of how global governance impacts on the lives of ordinary people. This new volume includes four detailed case studies on labour, migration, children and development that explore the actual nature of governance policies in the GPE.

Critical Theory and World Politics

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Richard Wyn Jones
Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001 - 259 pages

Hamas: Politics, Charity, and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad

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Matthew Levitt, Dennis Ross
Yale University Press, 2007 - 324pages

How does a group that operates terror cells and espouses violence become a ruling political party? How is the world to understand and respond to Hamas, the militant Islamist organization that Palestinian voters brought to power in the stunning election of January 2006?

This important book provides the most fully researched assessment of Hamas ever written. Matthew Levitt, a counterterrorism expert with extensive field experience in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, draws aside the veil of legitimacy behind which Hamas hides. He presents concrete, detailed evidence from an extensive array of international intelligence materials, including recently declassified CIA, FBI, and Department of Homeland Security reports.

Levitt demolishes the notion that Hamas’ military, political, and social wings are distinct from one another and catalogues the alarming extent to which the organization’s political and social welfare leaders support terror. He exposes Hamas as a unitary organization committed to a militant Islamist ideology, urges the international community to take heed, and offers well-considered ideas for countering the significant threat Hamas poses.

Religion, Politics and Thomas Hobbes

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George Herbert Wright, Thomas Hobbes
Springer, 2006 - 348pages

This collection develops insight into the relation which Hobbes describes between his theory of government and the three-part division he draws with respect to religion. Pursuing the chain of causes that proves God's existence as first cause, Hobbes identifies and defines both "true religion" and such superstition as he found in the theology and practices of the Roman Catholic Church of his era. He then emphasizes the difference between natural religion and revealed religion in order to extinguish the claim of contemporary theologians to an authority in the state greater than that of the political sovereign.Although, according to the author, Hobbes falters in carrying out his politico/theological project, his careful, radical and innovative attempt to describe the relationship of religion and politics, church and state, has special relevance for us today, as forms of religious fundamentalism in many countries are increasingly claiming and, in some cases, winning control of political institutions.

Dyanimism in Islamic Activism: Reference Points for Democratization and Human Rights

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Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (Netherlands)
Amsterdam University Press, 2006 - 238 pages

Though the media frequently cover tensions surrounding radical Muslim communities within Western countries, coverage and understanding of similar tensions within Muslim nations themselves are far more limited. This study of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy analyzes developments in Islamic beliefs, political activism, society and law in twelve Islamic countries since the 1970s. Dynamism in Islamic Activism  is a penetrating, timely study that helps citizens and policy makers look beyond simplistic, stereotypical understandings of Islamic societies.

China: Economic, Political and Social Issues

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Jack M. Phillips, Logan J. Moore
Nova Science Publishers, 2008 - 307pages

China's economic, political and societal issues have become major points of interest to countries all over the globe. This book presents in-depth analyses of such issues such as foreign policy, political reform, and overall economic developments.

The Intellectual Property Debate: Perspectives from Law, Economics and Political Economy

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Meir Perez Pugatch
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2006 - 374 pages

The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and International Order

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Nicolas Guilhot
Columbia University Press, 2005 - 274 pages

-- Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics and Political Science