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Political Leadership, Parties and Citizens: The personalisation of leadership

Political Leadership, Parties and Citizens: The personalisation of leadership

1st Edition

Jean Blondel, Jean-Louis Thiebault
April 25, 2013

Social structure may historically have been of primary importance in accounting for the attitudes and behaviour of many citizens, but now changes in social structure have diminished the role played by class and religious affiliation, whilst the significance of personality in political leadership...

Post-communist Regime Change: A Comparative Study

Post-communist Regime Change: A Comparative Study

1st Edition

Jørgen Møller
April 15, 2013

This book seeks to explain the divergent political pathways of twenty six post-communist states, following the breakdown and eventual collapse of communism in 1989-1991. Considering the trajectories of individual states between 1990 – 2007, this book challenges two central bodies of theory...

Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies: Social Capital, Institutions and Politics

Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies: Social Capital, Institutions and Politics

1st Edition

Mariano Torcal, José Ramón Montero
December 04, 2012

Citizens of many democracies are becoming more critical of basic political institutions and detached and disaffected from politics in general. This is a new comparative analysis of this trend that focuses on major democracies throughout Latin America, Asia and Central Europe. It brings together...

Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan: A Path to Paradigmatic Policy Change

Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan: A Path to Paradigmatic Policy Change

1st Edition

Rie Watanabe
June 27, 2011

Climate Policy Changes in Germany and Japan compares two decades of climate policy development in Germany and Japan. It examines whether there is any difference between the types and levels of policy change in the two countries, and, if so, what factors account for the difference. Using a...

Consociational Theory: McGarry and O’Leary and the Northern Ireland conflict

Consociational Theory: McGarry and O’Leary and the Northern Ireland conflict

1st Edition

Rupert Taylor
May 20, 2011

Consociational power sharing is increasingly gaining ground, right around the world, as a means for resolving political conflict in divided societies. In this volume, edited by Rupert Taylor, nineteen internationally-respected scholars engage in a lively debate about the merits of the theory...

The International Politics of Democratization: Comparative perspectives

The International Politics of Democratization: Comparative perspectives

1st Edition

Nuno Severiano Teixeira
March 30, 2011

This book examines the international dimensions of democratization processes, showing the degree to which international actors, ranging from states to non-governmental players, have an influence on what were once thought of as exclusively domestic processes of political change. The contributors to...

The Politics of Charity

The Politics of Charity

1st Edition

Kerry O'Halloran
March 25, 2011

For the first time since 1601, a number of leading common law nations have almost simultaneously chosen to revise and place on the statute books the law relating to charity. The Politics of Charity examines the reasons for this and for the varying legislative outcomes. This book examines the...

Women and Representation in Local Government: International Case Studies

Women and Representation in Local Government: International Case Studies

1st Edition

Barbara Pini
March 04, 2011

Women and Representation in Local Government opens up an opportunity to critique and move beyond suppositions and labels in relation to women in local government. Presenting a wealth of new empirical material, this book brings together international experts to examine and compare the presence of...

Women in Executive Power: A Global Overview

Women in Executive Power: A Global Overview

1st Edition

Gretchen Bauer, Manon Tremblay
March 04, 2011

Women in Executive Power studies the participation of women in the political executive around the world—notably in cabinet positions as ministers and sub-ministers and as heads of government and state. Providing multiple case studies in each chapter, the book provides regional overviews of nine...

Social Democracy in Power: The Capacity to Reform

Social Democracy in Power: The Capacity to Reform

1st Edition

Wolfgang Merkel, Alexander Petring, Christian Henkes, Christoph Egle
February 10, 2011

Globalization, European integration, and social change have devaluated traditional social democratic policy instruments. This book compares and explores how social democratic governments have had to adapt and whether they have successfully managed to uphold old social democratic goals and values in...

Semi-Presidentialism Outside Europe: A Comparative Study

Semi-Presidentialism Outside Europe: A Comparative Study

1st Edition

Robert Elgie, Sophia Moestrup
February 10, 2011

This is the first academic study of the impact of semi-presidentialism in emerging democracies outside of Europe. Semi-presidentialism is where there is both a directly-elected fixed-term president and a prime minister who is responsible to the legislature. For the most part, semi-presidentialism...

Women's Movements: Flourishing or in abeyance?

Women's Movements: Flourishing or in abeyance?

1st Edition

Sandra Grey, Marian Sawer
February 02, 2011

Written by leading women's movement scholars, this book is the first to systematically apply the idea of social movement abeyance to differing national and international contexts. Its starting point is the idea that the women's movement is over, an idea promoted in the media and encouraged by...

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