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The American Political Pattern: Stability and Change, 1932-2016

by Byron E. Shafer

Politicians are polarized. Public opinion is volatile. Government is gridlocked. Or so journalists and pundits constantly report. But where are we, really, in modern American politics, and how did we get there?...


Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today

by Tony Smith

The liberal internationalist tradition is credited with America’s greatest triumphs as a world power—and also its biggest failures. Beginning in the 1940s, imbued with the spirit of Woodrow Wilson’s efforts...


Four Crises of American Democracy

The American Dream: In History, Politics, and Fiction

by Calvin C. Jillson

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: these words have long represented the promise of America, a “shimmering vision of a fruitful country open to all who come, learn, work, save, invest, and play by...


How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System

by Wolfgang Streeck

The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper

After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to...


On the Duty of Civil Disobedience

by Henry David Thoreau

'On the Duty of Civil Disobedience' argues that citizens should not permit their government to overrule their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing their acquiescence to enable the government...


Negativity and Democracy: Marxism and the Critical Theory Tradition

by Vasilis Grollios

The current political climate of uncompromising neoliberalism means that the need to study the logic of our culture-that is, the logic of the capitalist system-is compelling. Providing a rich philosophical analysis...


Ordinary Democracy

Liberal Democracy and Liberal Education

by Daniel E. Cullen, James W. Ceaser & John Agresto

This book reflects on the paradoxical relationship of liberal education and liberal democracy. Contributors are critical of the way higher education typically interprets its responsibility for educating citizens,...


Honor in America?: Tocqueville on American Enlightenment

by Laurie M. Johnson

This book analyzes Tocqueville’s views on religion, family and gender roles, politics, relations with Native Americans, white southerners and slavery, and the military. It explores how these views can help...


Forged Through Fire: War, Peace, and the Democratic Bargain

by John Ferejohn & Frances McCall Rosenbluth

Peace, many would agree, is a goal that democratic nations should strive to achieve. But is democracy, in fact, dependent on war to survive?

Having spent their celebrated careers exploring this provocative question,...


Democracy for Hire

Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy

by Lewis H. Lapham

America’s leading essayist on the frantic retreat of democracy, in the fire and smoke of the war on terror

In twenty-five years of imperial adventure, America has laid waste to its principles of democracy....


The Right to Democracy in International Law: Between Procedure, Substance and the Philosophy of John Rawls

by Khalifa A Alfadhel

This book explores the right to democracy in international law and contemporary democratic theory, asking whether international law encompasses a substantive or procedural understanding of the notion. The book...


Sortition: Thoery and Practice

by Gil Delannoi & Oliver Dowlen

This volume reflects the up-and-coming academic interest in sortition. It is based on contributions to the first international conference dedicated to the subject held at the University of Political Science...


Japan: A Documentary History: A Documentary History

by David J. Lu

An updated edition of David Lu's acclaimed "Sources of Japanese History", this book presents in a student-friendly format original Japanese documents from Japan's mythological beginnings through 1995. Covering...


Human Rights and Democracy: Discourse Theory and Global Rights Institutions

by Eva Erman

This volume explores the relationship between human rights and democracy within both the theoretical and empirical field. It is a book within the tradition of deliberative democracy, although it focuses on global...


Politics in the New South: Republicanism, Race and Leadership in the Twentieth Century: Republicanism, Race and Leadership in the Twentieth Century

by Richard K. Scher

This edition of Politics in the New South takes the remarkable story of the transformation of southern politics in the twentieth century up through the virtual triumph of southern Republicanism in the mid-1990s....


Politactics: Political Conversations from Everyday Analysis

by EDA Collective

The everyday of politics is the politics of the everyday.


Capitalism's Crises: Class Struggles in South Africa and the World

by Vishwas Satgar

The global economic crisis is far from over and has been considered the worst in the history of modern capitalism. This second volume in the Democratic Marxism series breaks new ground in our understanding of...