Politics round-up

September 18, 2008

Class and Stratification

Author: Rosemary Crompton

Edition: Third

Publisher: Polity

Pages: 304

Price: £55.00 and £17.99

ISBN 9780745638690 and 8706

This edition has been extensively revised, expanded and updated, incorporating discussions of contemporary economic and social change. Crompton, professor of sociology at City University London, includes discussions of political and economic neoliberalism and its impacts as well as developments in social theory, such as the emphasis on "individualisation" and the "cultural turn". New to this edition is a chapter focusing on "cultural" approaches to class analysis, which with established approaches are used to explore new developments in social mobility, educational opportunity and social polarisation.

Spanish Politics: Democracy after Dictatorship

Author: Omar G. Encarnacion

Edition: First

Publisher: Polity

Pages: 224

Price: £50.00 and £15.99

ISBN 9780745639925 and 9932

Encarnacion, associate professor of political studies and director of the political studies programme at Bard College, shows how a post-transition settlement anchored on intra-party consensus and collaboration made possible Spain's smooth transition from authoritarian to democratic rule, a modern and competitive economy and a multicultural identity.

Comparative Politics

Editor: Daniele Caramani

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 432

Price: £25.99

ISBN 9780199298419

Caramani, professor of comparative politics at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland, includes a wide range of countries and covers methods and theories, the nation-state and its institutions, processes and policies, and deals with recent changes such as globalisation and democratisation in Africa and the Middle East.

Global Democracy

Author: Torbjorn Tannsjo

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 352

Price: £40.00 and £12.99

ISBN 9780748634989 and 4996

The idea of a sovereign world government, as defended by Bertrand Russell and A.C. Ewing, has been eclipsed by less radical ideas such as peaceful co-operation between sovereign states. Tannsjo, who holds a chair in practical philosophy at Stockholm University and who has donated his royalties from this work to Oxfam, argues that such solutions cannot be effective. Not only is world government necessary to solve global problems, he says, it is desirable in its own right.

The Irish Voter: The Nature of Electoral Competition in the Republic of Ireland

Authors: Michael Marsh, Richard Sinnott, John Garry and Fiachra Kennedy

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 2

Price: £60 and £19.99

ISBN 9780719077319 and 7326

This work, by Dublin- and Belfast-based academics, contains reports on the first-ever Irish election study and claims to be the first comprehensive academic survey of the motives, outlook and behaviour of the Irish voter and the impact of the economy on electoral behaviour.

The Gender Question in Globalization

Authors: Tine Davids and Francien van Driel

Edition: First

Publisher: Ashgate

Pages: 246

Price: £25.00

ISBN 9780754673224

This book seeks to deconstruct the orthodox view that globalisation has the same features and impact everywhere. Davids and van Driel, both of the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, use a "gender lens" to join debates in international labour, sexuality, identity, feminism, peace studies and migration.

The New Economic Diplomacy: Decision-Making and Negotiation in International Economic Relations

Authors: Nicholas Bayne and Stephen Woolcock

Edition: Second

Publisher: Ashgate

Pages: 412

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780754670476 and 0483

Bayne and Woolcock, senior academics at the London School of Economics, explain how states conduct their external economic relations in the 21st century. It is suitable for students interested in the decision-making processes of foreign economic policy.

The Globalization Reader

Authors: Frank J. Lechner and John Boli

Edition: Third

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Pages: 520

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9781405155533

This edition seeks to make sense of globalisation by conveying its complexity, importance and contentiousness from diverse vantage points to the undergraduate. Lechner and Boli, respectively associate professor of sociology and professor of sociology at Emory University, offer broad coverage of political, economic, cultural and individual dimensions.

Ideology and Politics

Author: John Schwarzmantel

Edition: First

Publisher: Sage

Pages: 208

Price: £21.99

ISBN 9781412919739

The author, a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Leeds, presents an account of a new era of ideological politics, where the dominant neo-liberalism has spawned a diverse global range of "ideologies of opposition".

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