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The Ashgate Research Companion to Political Leadership

by Joseph Masciulli & Mikhail A. Molchanov

Discussing the major theories of political leadership with a focus on contemporary challenges that political leaders face worldwide, this research companion provides a comprehensive and up-to-date resource for...


Isolationist States in an Interdependent World

by Helga Turku

Using historical, comparative and inductive analysis, Helga Turku explains why states may choose to isolate themselves both domestically and internationally. The book examines extreme forms of self-imposed domestic...


Bloody Nations: Moral Dilemmas for Nations, States and International Relations

by Cherry Bradshaw

Placing the phenomenon of nationalism squarely within the continuing Enlightenment project, Cherry Bradshaw brings together political theory, history, anthropology and international relations in order to investigate...


Why Not Preempt?: Security, Law, Norms and Anticipatory Military Activities

by Rachel Bzostek

Anticipatory military activities, both preemptive and preventive, are at the centre of American strategic doctrine. Rachel Bzostek puts forward a full understanding of why states have or have not undertaken...


From Freedom Fighters to Terrorists: Women and Political Violence

by Paige Whaley Eager

The concept of women as active proponents and perpetrators of political violence and terrorism is not widely accepted. Case study rich, this informative book provides an indispensable guide to examining women's...


Encountering the Transnational: Women, Islam and the Politics of Interpretation

by Meena Sharify-Funk

When Muslim women from diverse national and cultural contexts meet one another through transnational dialogue and networking, what happens to their sense of identity and social agency? This is a compelling account...


EU Development Policy and Poverty Reduction: Enhancing Effectiveness

by Wil Hout

This inspiring collection analyzes the contribution of EU development policy to poverty reduction and provides suggestions to enhance its effectiveness. It focuses on various aspects of the policy - trade, agriculture...


Aspects of Enlightenment

by Thomas Osborne

Aspects of Enlightenment is an attempt to reconfigure the terrain of contemporary social theory. Critical of sociologistic approaches in that discipline and of vague concepts such as modernity and postmodernity,...


The New Progressive Era: Toward a Fair and Deliberative Democracy

by Peter Levine

A century ago, Americans launched a period of civic renewal and political reform. Today, amid deep dissatisfaction with our major institutions, there are signs that a new movement may revive the spirit of the...


Obama, Clinton, Palin: Making History in Election 2008

by Liette Gidlow

Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Sarah Palin smashed through some of the most enduring barriers to high political office, but their exceptional candidacies did not come out of nowhere. In these timely and...


Blue Laws and Black Codes: Conflict, Courts, and Change in Twentieth-Century Virginia

by Peter Wallenstein

Women were once excluded everywhere from the legal profession, but by the 1990s the Virginia Supreme Court had three women among its seven justices. This is just one example of how law in Virginia has been transformed...


An American Stand: Senator Margaret Chase Smith and the Communist Menace, 1948-1972

by Eric R. Crouse

An American Stand: Senator Margaret Chase Smith and the Communist Menace, 1948-1972 focuses on the unique perspective of a female Cold Warrior fascinated with the 'masculine' issue of national security. Avoiding...


Nations in Transit 2004: Democratization in East Central Europe and Eurasia

by Freedom House

Nations in Transit is Freedom House's incisive and authoritative assessment of post-Communist reform in 27 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In this annual research effort,...


Citizen-Soldiers and Manly Warriors: Military Service and Gender in the Civic Republican Tradition

by Claire R. Snyder

What happens in a tradition that links citizenship with soldiering when women become citizens? Citizen Soldiers and Manly Warriors provides an in-depth analysis of the theory and practice of the citizen-soldier...


The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government

by Eric Liu & Nick Hanauer

American democracy is informed by the 18th century’s most cutting edge thinking on society, economics, and government. We’ve learned some things in the intervening 230 years about self interest, social behaviors,...


Transnational Catholicism in Post-Communist Europe

by Timothy A. Byrnes

Through the use of three case studies-Poland, Croatia, and the Slovak Republic-Timothy Byrnes argues that the Catholic Church remains deeply involved in the central politics of this vital region over both governmental...


Signs, Solidarities, & Sociology: Charles S. Peirce and the Pragmatics of Globalization

by Blasco José|| Sobrinho

Signs, Solidarities, & Sociology addresses the formation and fragmentation of identity in today's postmodern world. Informed by the conceptual convergence in the theories of Durkheim, Peirce, Mead, and Lacan,...


Politics at the Turn of the Century

Instilling Ethics

by Norma Thompson & Stephen Salkever

Instilling Ethics casts a fresh light on both the historical sources and the contemporary issues of a major preoccupation of our time: ethics. Norma Thompson has compiled essays from prominent scholars in a...


Twilight's Last Gleaming: American Hegemony and Dominance in the Modern World

by Edmund Clingan

In Twilight’s Last Gleaming, Edmund Clingan uses economic measurements to establish measures of political and military power. Clingan examines the changes in these measurements over the last two hundred years...