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The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country

by Richard Nelson

A Chekhovian quartet of plays examining the contemporary American experience.


Point of View 2-Book Bundle: Irresponsible Government / Time Bomb

by Brent Rathgeber, Douglas L. Bland & Andrew Coyne

This bundle collects two books that analyze problems in Canada's political and social sphere and ways to prevent further conflict and breakdown of founding Canadian values.


Imagination in Politics: Freedom or Domination?

by Mihaela Czobor-Lupp

Imagination is a complex and ambiguous culture-making power that is a rather marginal concept in contemporary political theory. This book addresses how imagination can be both a source of freedom and domination...


Trust in the Capacities of the People, Distrust in Elites

by Kenneth Good

Democratization is conceived as an unending struggle by the poor majority against the small elite of wealth, status, and power. This book is a critical, comparative, and global approach to the study of democratization...


Moroccan Women, Activists, and Gender Politics: An Institutional Analysis

by Eve Sandberg & Kenza Aqertit

This book explores, through a feminist and institutionalist approach, how Moroccan women activists altered their national gender institution to improve the lives of all Moroccan women. The authors offer a template...


Freedom and Order: How Democratic Governments Restrict Civil Liberties after Terrorist Attacks_and Why Sometimes They Don't

by Gabriel Rubin

This book forwards the debate on how to respond to terror attacks. It compares legislative responses to terrorism in the United States, United Kingdom, and Israel finding that government centralization and abridgement...


Democratic Anxieties: Same-Sex Marriage, Death, and Citizenship

by Mario Feit

Democratic Anxieties: Same-Sex Marriage, Death, and Citizenship takes contemporary opposition to same-sex marriage as a starting point to consider anxieties about sex and death within conceptions of democratic...


Globalization and Democracy

by Stephen J. Rosow & Jim George

Combining theory with compelling case studies, this book examines the globalizing world of democracy. Noted critical scholars Stephen J. Rosow and Jim George argue that democracy must be understood not as a...


The Violence of Organized Forgetting: Thinking Beyond America's Disimagination Machine

by Henry A. Giroux

A sweeping criticism of neoliberalism, public amnesia, inequality, and the rise of an authoritarian surveillance state.


Participatory Democracy in Southern Europe: Causes, Characteristics and Consequences

by Joan Font, Donatella Della Porta & Yves Sintomer

Using a highly original multi-method approach, this book examines a wide range of innovative institutional participatory processes across Spain, Italy and France.


Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs: A Midterm Report on My Generation and the Future of Our Super Movement

by William Upski Wimsatt

Best-selling author and activist William Upski is back with a blueprint for political activists in 2010.


The President and His Inner Circle: Leadership Style and the Advisory Process in Foreign Policy Making

by Thomas Preston

Few would argue that presidential policies and performance would have been the same whether John F. Kennedy or Richard Nixon became president in 1960, or if Jimmy Carter instead of Ronald Reagan had won the...


On Democracy's Doorstep

by J. Douglas Smith

Winner of the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government

A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction

A Slate Best Book of 2014

The inside story of the Supreme Court decisions that...


Challenges to Democratic Participation: Antipolitics, Deliberative Democracy, and Pluralism

by José Gomes André, Andre Santos Campos, Volkan Gül & Christian Blum et al.

Challenges to Democratic Participation focuses on three major trends of contemporary theoretical challenges to participatory democracy: antipolitics, deliberative democracy, and pluralism. It is accessible and...


Examining Human Rights Issues and the Democracy Project in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Theoretical Critique and Prospects for Progress in the Millennium

by E. Ike Udogu

This book emphasizes the symbiotic relation between the practice of human rights and democracy. In short, human rights practice furthers democracy, and the successful implementation of both promotes stability...


Public Opinion

by Walter Lippmann

A penetrative study of democratic theory and the role of citizens in a democracy, this classic by a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner offers a prescient view of the media's function in shaping public perceptions....


Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation

by Jason Mattera

In 2008, Barack Obama lobotomized a generation.

For an entire year, otherwise clear-thinking members of the most affluent, over-educated, information-drenched generation in American history fell prey to the...


Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

by Susan Clark & Woden Teachout

Reconnecting with the sources of decisions that affect us, and with the processes of democracy itself, is at the heart of 21st-century sustainable communities.

Slow Democracy chronicles the ways in which ordinary...


Occupy: Reflections on Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity

by Noam Chomsky

Another vital contribution from Chomsky to the literature of defiance and protest, a tribute to Howard Zinn and democracy's power


The Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieu: Humanitarian Despotism and the Conditions of Modern Tyranny

by Maurice Joly & John S. Waggoner

John Waggoner's superb translation of and commentary on Joly's Dialogue-the first faithful translation in English-seeks not only to update the sordid legacy of the The Protocols of the Elders of Zion but to...