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Democratization and the European Union: Comparing Central and Eastern European Post-Communist Countries

Democratization and the European Union: Comparing Central and Eastern European Post-Communist Countries

1st Edition

Leonardo Morlino, Wojciech Sadurski
December 09, 2015

This book examines in depth the impact of the EU on aspects of the quality of democracy in eight selected post-communist countries. Considering both the political and legal aspects of the dynamics among institutions and focussing on inter-institutional accountability, the book analyses how...

Comparative Metropolitan Policy: Governing Beyond Local Boundaries in the Imagined Metropolis

Comparative Metropolitan Policy: Governing Beyond Local Boundaries in the Imagined Metropolis

1st Edition

Jen Nelles
September 29, 2015

How are metropolitan regions governed? What makes some regions more effective than others in managing policies that cross local jurisdictional boundaries? Political coordination among municipal governments is necessary to attract investment, rapid and efficient public transit systems, and to...

The Politics of Public Sector Performance: Pockets of Effectiveness in Developing Countries

The Politics of Public Sector Performance: Pockets of Effectiveness in Developing Countries

1st Edition

Michael Roll
August 18, 2015

It is widely believed that the state in developing countries is weak. The public sector, in particular, is often regarded as corrupt and dysfunctional. This book provides an urgently needed corrective to such overgeneralized notions of bad governance in the developing world. It examines the...

The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing advocacy

The Organization of Political Interest Groups: Designing advocacy

1st Edition

Darren R. Halpin
August 14, 2015

Interest groups form an important part of the development of political and social systems. This book goes beyond current literature in examining the survival and ‘careers’ of such groups beyond their formation. The author introduces the concept of organizational form and develops a framework to...

Protecting Immigrant Rights in Mexico: Understanding the State-Civil Society Nexus

Protecting Immigrant Rights in Mexico: Understanding the State-Civil Society Nexus

1st Edition

Laura Valeria González-Murphy
June 23, 2015

The state-civil society relationship to migration policy is an area both largely unexplored and little understood in current scholarly literature. Laura González-Murphy offers a timely analysis of the changing role played by civil society in the formulation and implementation of government policies...

Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies

Immigration and Public Opinion in Liberal Democracies

1st Edition

Gary P. Freeman, Randall Hansen, David L. Leal
May 21, 2015

Although ambivalence characterizes the stance of scholars toward the desirability of close opinion-policy linkages in general, it is especially evident with regard to immigration. The controversy and disagreement about whether public opinion should drive immigration policy are among the factors...

Young People and Politics: Political Engagement in the Anglo-American Democracies

Young People and Politics: Political Engagement in the Anglo-American Democracies

1st Edition

Aaron Martin
April 27, 2015

This book examines young people’s political engagement in the Anglo-American democracies. It is often alleged that young people are disengaged from politics on a number of levels. The commonly held view is that young people don’t vote, they do not trust politicians and have low levels of political...

Rewards for High Public Office in Europe and North America

Rewards for High Public Office in Europe and North America

1st Edition

Marleen Brans, B.Guy Peters
April 27, 2015

Anyone observing the recent scandals in the United Kingdom could not fail to understand the political importance of the rewards of high public office. The British experience has been extreme but by no means unique, and many countries have experienced political over the pay and perquisites of public...

Parties, Elections, and Policy Reforms in Western Europe: Voting for Social Pacts

Parties, Elections, and Policy Reforms in Western Europe: Voting for Social Pacts

1st Edition

Kerstin Hamann, John Kelly
April 27, 2015

Social pacts – policy agreements between governments, labor unions and sometimes employer organizations – began to emerge in many countries in the 1980s. The most common explanations for social pacts tend to focus on economic factors, influenced by industrial relations institutions such as highly...

The Globalization of Motherhood: Deconstructions and reconstructions of biology and care

The Globalization of Motherhood: Deconstructions and reconstructions of biology and care

1st Edition

Wendy Chavkin, JaneMaree Maher
April 10, 2015

The convergence of dramatic declines in birth rates worldwide, aside from sub-Saharan Africa, the rise of untrammelled global movement of capital, people and information, and the rapid-fire dissemination of a host of new medical technologies has led to the "globalization of motherhood". This book...

African Parliamentary Reform

African Parliamentary Reform

1st Edition

Frederick Stapenhurst, Rasheed Draman, Andrew Imlach, Alexander Hamilton, Cindy Kroon
October 29, 2014

Some of the most far-reaching and innovative parliamentary reform is occurring in Africa. While these reforms are not yet widespread across the continent, parliaments in some African countries are asserting their independence as policymakers, as overseers of government and as the guardian of...

International Security, Conflict and Gender: 'HIV/AIDS is Another War'

International Security, Conflict and Gender: 'HIV/AIDS is Another War'

1st Edition

Hakan Seckinelgin
September 12, 2014

This book challenges the conventional security-based international policy frameworks that have developed for dealing with HIV/AIDS during and after conflicts, and examines first-hand evidence and experiences of conflict and HIV/AIDS. Since the turn of the century international policy agenda on...

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