Politics round-up

February 25, 2010

Religion and Politics: Islam and Muslim Civilization

Authors: Jan-Erik Lane and Hamadi Redissi

Edition: Second

Publisher: Ashgate

Pages: 354

Price: £35.00

ISBN 9780754674184

Seeking to offer a fresh appraisal of the political and social impact of Islam, this text's updated second edition examines the impact of religious beliefs on societies to account for the political differences between major civilisations in a world shaped by global capitalism. The authors go on to consider whether the tenets of the Muslim faith can be reconciled with post-modernity.

Introduction to Politics of the Developing World

Authors: William A. Joseph, Mark Kesselman and Joel Krieger

Edition: Fifth international

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 408

Price: £33.99

ISBN 9781439041505

Focusing on countries including China, India, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and Iran, the authors consider civil liberties, security, political conflict, political identities and military policy in the post-9/11 landscape. In addition to a theoretical framework, Introduction to Politics of the Developing World offers a glossary of key terms and a wealth of maps, tables and charts for each nation considered.

International Politics: Power and Purpose in Global Affairs

Author: Paul D'Anieri

Edition: First international

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Pages: 512

Price: £41.99

ISBN 9780495800958

D'Anieri aims to present this complex subject as a set of intellectual puzzles in an effort to help students connect power and purpose, continuity and change and problems ranging from traditional to emerging. Theories including liberalism, economic structuralism, constructivism and feminism are explored and illustrative case studies helpfully based on real-world events are provided.

Anti-Americanism and the American World Order

Author: Giacomo Chiozza

Edition: First

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Pages: 256

Price: £31.00 and £13.00

ISBN 9780801892066 and 2080

Chiozza questions the received wisdom that anti-American opinion is as entrenched as it is widespread, contending that global public opinion is more diverse than believed. He bases his findings on public opinion surveys in the Islamic world, Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia, concluding that anti-Americanism is generally benign and shallow, with most people holding mixed views of the US.

British Politics Today: Essentials

Author: Bill Jones

Edition: First

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Pages: 256

Price: £60.00 and £9.99

ISBN 9780719079382 and 9399

Following on from British Politics Today, Jones digests UK politics into a manageable form for undergraduates, looking at the structure of the political system and its recent changes. Key topics include political parties and pressure groups, and the monarchy and the House of Lords.

International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity

Authors: Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki and Steve Smith

Edition: Second

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 392

Price: £25.99

ISBN 9780199548866

Diverse theoretical positions from conservative to critical are considered here, with background material and an examination of the relevance of each approach. Readers are encouraged to decide which theories are most useful. An online resource centre offers additional tools.

China From The Inside Out: Fitting The People's Republic Into The World

Author: Ronald C. Keith

Edition: First

Publisher: Pluto

Pages: 208

Price: £11.99

ISBN 9780745328546

Keith considers domestic and external perspectives on China's increasing global influence and challenges the assumption that China will follow the American model.

The Ethnicity Reader: Nationalism, Multiculturalism and Migration

Editors: Montserrat Guibernau and John Rex

Edition: Second

Publisher: Polity

Pages: 348

Price: £65.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780745647012 and 7029

Via a selection of readings, this volume aims to help students analyse the ethnic element in nationalism, multiculturalism and migration in order to understand its relevance as a global force. Selections look at ethnic integration and conflict in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Catalonia, Quebec and the US; contributors include Eric Hobsbawm, Tariq Modood, Benedict Anderson and James Clifford.

War, Conflict and Human Rights: Theory and Practice

Authors: Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega and Johanna Herman

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge

Pages: 256

Price £85.00 and £23.99

ISBN 9780415452052 and 2069

An interdisciplinary approach combines aspects of law, politics and conflict analysis, via theoretical and practical approaches. The extent of human rights violations in Sierra Leone, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and the former Yugoslavia are examined, as well as the post-9/11 "War on Terror".

Civil Wars: Internal Struggles, Global Consequences

Authors: Marie Olson Lounsbery and Frederic Pearson

Edition: First

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Pages: 180

Price: £30.00 and £16.99

ISBN 9781442601321 and 9780802096722

The authors aim to offer a comprehensive analysis of the motivation of citizens to take up arms against their government in the contemporary era, and examine the commonalities of states prone to such conflicts. They trace the impact of conflict, its processes, and the resolution and aftermath of such events.

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