The Ayatollahs' Democracy: An Iranian Challenge

By Hooman Majd

"One of America's such a lot astute revealers of Iranian tradition and identity."-Reza Aslan, The Atlantic

Hailed as one of many year's top international coverage books, Hooman Majd's most up-to-date deals dramatic viewpoint on a rustic with international pursuits, an complicated political tradition, and rules with huge, immense implications for international peace. Drawing on privileged entry to the Iranian strength elite, Majd "gives a harrowing description of the aftermath of the 2009 presidential elections in Iran" (Haleh Esfandiari). This "nimble tackle Iran's fraught political panorama" (Kirkus Reviews) "sounds a dire caution to these within the West who desire a democratic Iran. . . . allow us to wish the President is listening" (Reza Aslan, The Atlantic).

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Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil

By Timothy Mitchell

Does oil wealth result in political poverty? It frequently appears that means, yet Carbon Democracy tells a extra advanced tale. during this magisterial research, Timothy Mitchell rethinks the background of power, bringing into his seize as he does so environmental politics, the fight for democracy, and where of the center East within the glossy world. 

With the increase of coal strength, the manufacturers who oversaw its construction bought the power to close down power structures, a possibility they used to construct the 1st mass democracies. Oil provided the West an alternate, and with it got here a brand new type of politics. Oil created a denatured political existence whose imperative item – the financial system – seemed able to endless development. What used to be a Western democracy depending on an undemocratic heart East. We now stay with the implications: an impoverished political perform, incapable of addressing the crises that threaten to finish the age of carbon democracy – specifically, the disappearance of inexpensive power and the carbon-fueled cave in of the ecological order.

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Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By Raymond Wacks

The idea that of legislations lies on the center of our social and political existence, shaping the nature of our group and underlying matters from racism and abortion to human rights and foreign struggle. felony philosophy, or jurisprudence, explores the idea of legislations and its function in society, illuminating its which means and its relation to the common questions of justice, rights, and morality.

In this Very brief Introduction Raymond Wacks analyzes the character and goal of the felony procedure, and the perform through courts, attorneys, and judges. Wacks unearths the interesting and demanding nature of felony philosophy with readability and exuberance, offering an enlightening advisor to the primary questions of criminal theory.

In this revised variation Wacks makes a couple of updates together with new fabric on felony realism, adjustments to the method of the research of legislations and felony thought, and makes updates to ancient and anthropological jurisprudence.

About the Series:
Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence deals concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary conception to background, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, each one quantity during this sequence offers trenchant and provocative--yet consistently balanced and complete--discussions of the valuable matters in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief creation supplies a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has constructed and the way it has motivated society. ultimately, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, supplying all scholars an obtainable and ample reference library. regardless of the quarter of analysis that one deems very important or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap consultant that might most probably end up indispensable.

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Active Liberty: Interpreting Our Democratic Constitution

A super new method of the structure and courts of the USA through perfect court docket Justice Stephen Breyer.For Justice Breyer, the Constitution’s fundamental position is to maintain and inspire what he calls “active liberty”: citizen participation in shaping govt and its legislation. As this publication argues, selling lively liberty calls for judicial modesty and deference to Congress; it additionally skill spotting the altering wishes and calls for of the population. certainly, the Constitution’s lasting brilliance is that its ideas could be tailored to deal with unanticipated occasions, and Breyer makes a robust case opposed to treating it as a static advisor meant for a global that's useless and long gone. utilizing modern examples from federalism to privateness to affirmative motion, it is a important contribution to the continuing debate over the position and gear of our courts.

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Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico: The Other Half of the Centaur

Mexico is at present present process a difficulty of violence and lack of confidence that poses critical threats to democratic transition and rule of legislations. this can be the 1st e-book to place those advancements within the context of post-revolutionary state-making in Mexico and to teach that violence in Mexico isn't the results of kingdom failure, yet of state-making. whereas so much bills of politics and the country in fresh a long time have emphasised procedures of transition, institutional clash answer, and neo-liberal reform, this quantity lays out the more and more vital position of violence and coercion via quite a number kingdom and non-state armed actors. additionally, by way of going past the fast issues of latest Mexico, this quantity pushes us to reconsider longterm approaches of state-making and recast influential interpretations of the so-called golden years of PRI rule. Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico demonstrates that obtained knowledge has lengthy avoided the concerted and systematic learn of violence and coercion in state-making, not just over the last a long time, yet through the post-revolutionary interval. The Mexican nation used to be equipped even more on violence and coercion than has been acknowledged—until now.

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Democracy: An American Novel (Penguin Classics)

By Henry Adams

An fast bestseller while first released in 1880, Democracy is the vital American political novel. At its middle is Madeleine Lee, a tender widow who involves Washington, D.C., to appreciate the workings of energy. Pursued through Silas Ratcliffe, the main influential member of the Senate, Madeleine quickly sees adequate of energy and its corrupting effect to final her a lifetime.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the prime writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the simplest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts better via introductions and notes by means of unusual students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations through award-winning translators.

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Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America

By Mark R. Levin

In his acclaimed no 1 New York Times bestseller, Mark R. Levin explores the psychology, motivations, and background of the utopian stream, its architects—the Founding Fathers, and its modern day disciples—and how the person and American society are being wolfed via it.

Levin asks, what's this utopian strength that either allures a unfastened humans and destroys them? Levin digs deep into the earlier and attracts astoundingly proper parallels to modern the US from Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto, in addition to from the severe works of John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Alexis de Tocqueville, and different philosophical pioneers who brilliantly clinically determined the character of guy and govt. As Levin meticulously pursues his topic, the reader joins him in an enlightening and compelling trip. And after all, Levin’s message is apparent: the yank republic is in nice peril. the folks needs to now choose from utopianism or liberty.

President Ronald Reagan warned, “freedom isn't multiple new release clear of extinction.” Levin consents, and with Ameritopia, supplies one other smooth political vintage, an critical advisor for the US in our time and sooner or later.

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Political Philosophy

This finished advent to the foremost thinkers and issues in political philosophy explores the philosophical traditions which proceed to notify our political judgements.
Dudley Knowles introduces the information of key political thinkers together with Hobbes, Locke, Marx and Mill and influential modern thinkers resembling Berlin, Rawls and Nozick. He outlines primary difficulties in political philosophy and encourages the reader to significantly have interaction with all of the matters discussed.
The person chapters talk about and analyse:
* utilitarianism
* liberty
* rights
* justice
* obligation
* democracy
Political Philosophy is excellent to scholars taking introductory classes in political conception and philosophy.

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A Kingdom in Crisis: Thailand's Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (Asian Arguments)

Struggling to emerge from a despotic earlier, Thailand stands at a defining second in its background. ratings were killed at the streets of Bangkok. Freedom of speech is normally denied. Democracy seems to be more and more far-off. lengthy dreaded via Thais, the dying of King Bhumibol Adulyadej is anticipated to unharness even larger instability.

Yet despite the influence of the concern, and the extreme significance of the royal succession, they've got by no means been comprehensively analyzed, simply because Thailand's draconian lese majesté legislation has silenced such a lot dialogue - in the past. Breaking Thailand's draconian lese majesté Andrew MacGregor Marshall is without doubt one of the merely reporters overlaying modern Thailand who tells the complete tale. He offers a entire rationalization that is sensible of the main issue for the 1st time, revealing the unacknowledged succession clash that has develop into entangled with the fight for democracy in Thailand.

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Buying Time: The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism

The monetary and financial trouble that all started in 2008 nonetheless has the area on tenterhooks. The gravity of the location is matched by way of a normal paucity of knowing approximately what's occurring and the way it started. 

In this e-book, in accordance with his 2012 Adorno Lectures given in Frankfurt, Wolfgang Streeck locations the main issue within the context of the lengthy neoliberal transformation of postwar capitalism that begun within the Seventies. He analyses the next tensions and conflicts regarding states, governments, citizens and capitalist pursuits, as expressed in inflation, public debt, and emerging inner most indebtedness. Streeck lines the transformation of the tax country right into a debt nation, and from there into the consolidation country of this present day. on the centre of the research is the altering courting among capitalism and democracy, in Europe and somewhere else, and the advancing immunization of the previous opposed to the latter.

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