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The New Institutional Politics: Outcomes and Consequences

by Svante Ersson & Jan-Erik Lane

The New Institutional Politics is a comparative study of the impact of political institutions upon outcomes, and covers some of the major themes in the new institutionalism. It looks at how various democratic...


Democratic Transformation and Obstruction: EU, US, and Russia in the South Caucasus

by Nelli Babayan

Although "democracy promotion" has become a popular term for policy makers and scholars, democratization is rarely a smooth or linear transition. While some countries quickly democratize, others lag behind despite...


Online Evaluation of Creativity and the Arts

by Hiesun Cecilia Suhr

Social media have dramatically popularized practices of evaluation, especially of cultural products and artistic expressions. The practices of "liking" and rating any shared contents such as music to blogs,...


Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction

by Peter Ferry

Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction is an interdisciplinary study that presents masculinity as a key thematic concern in contemporary New York fiction. This study argues that New York authors do not...


The Politics of Abolition Revisited

by Thomas Mathiesen

Originally published in 1974 and the recipient of the Denis Carroll Book Prize at the World Congress of the International Criminology Society in 1978, Thomas Mathiesen's The Politics of Abolition is a landmark...


The Russian Presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, 2008-2012: The Next Step Forward or Merely a Time Out?

by J. L. Black

The term "tandem" was used to describe the Putin-Medvedev combination which ruled Russia from 2008 to 2012, when Medvedev was president and Putin prime minister. Many people saw Putin as the real wielder of...


Explorations in Structural Analysis (RLE Social Theory): Dual and Multiple Networks of Social Interaction

by Ronald L. Breiger

At a time when most of the innovative techniques in empirical sociology concern themselves with networks of relations among variables (such as indices of occupational prestige, education and income), the central...


The Flaneur (RLE Social Theory)

by Keith Tester

Timely and original, this collection of essays from the leading figures in their fields throws new and valuable light on the significance and future of flânerie. The flâneur is usually identified as the 'man...


Sociological Theory in Use (RLE Social Theory)

by Kenneth Menzies

Central to most sociologists' self-image is the claim that their theories are based on research. However, using a random sample of 680 articles appearing in major American, British and Canadian journals, Dr...


Environmental Security and Gender

by Nicole Detraz

Over the past 20 years scholars, policymakers, and the media have increasingly recognized the links between both traditional and non-traditional security issues and the changing condition of the global environment....


Africa and the Expansion of International Society: Surrendering the Savannah

by Jr, John Anthony Pella

This book explores the West-Central African role in, and experience during, the expansion of international society.

Building upon theoretical contributions from the English School of international relations,...


Advances in Social Theory and Methodology (RLE Social Theory): Toward an Integration of Micro- and Macro-Sociologies

by Karin Knorr Cetina & A.V. Cicourel

After a period in which sociology was torn apart by the polarized claims of micro- and macro-methodology, an increasing number of sociologists are now attempting a fusion of the two approaches. In this volume,...


Agency and Structure (RLE Social Theory): Reorienting Social Theory

by Piotr Sztompka

A striking feature of the human condition is its dual, contradictory, inherently split character; on the one hand, autonomy and freedom; on the other, constraint and dependence on social structure. This volume...


Animals and Society (RLE Social Theory): The Humanity of Animal Rights

by Keith Tester

Animals and Society uses a variety of historical sources and a coherent social theory to tell the story of the invention of animal rights. It moves from incidents like the medieval execution of pigs to a discussion...


Back to the Future (RLE Social Theory): Modernity, Postmodernity and Locality

by Philip Cooke

Is modernity being replaced by an opposite culture of postmodernity, or is postmodernism simply an internal critique of modernist culture? This key question is central to this stimulating book which explores...


Baudrillard (RLE Social Theory): Critical and Fatal Theory

by Mike Gane

Baudrillard is widely recognised as a powerful new force in cultural and social criticism, and is often referred to as the 'High Priest of Postmodernism'. This study presents a detached assessment of his social...


Citizenship and Capitalism (RLE Social Theory): The Debate over Reformism

by Bryan S. Turner

In this study of politics in capitalist society Bryan Turner explores the development of citizenship as a way of demonstrating the effective use of political institutions by the working class and other subordinate...


Approaches to Sociology (RLE Social Theory): An Introduction to Major Trends in British Sociology

by John Rex

These essays, commissioned by John Rex, reflect the state of sociology in Britain today. Leading representatives of the diverse 'schools' provide lucid accounts of their own particular approaches to this complex...


Capitalism, Class Conflict and the New Middle Class (RLE Social Theory)

by Bob Carter

Non-manual workers are fast becoming the largest occupational category in Western capitalist countries. This is the first book to present a detailed socialist analysis of this much discussed change in the class...


Choice, Rationality and Social Theory (RLE Social Theory)

by Barry Hindess

Choice, Rationality and Social Theory is a powerful rebuttal of the remarkably influential theories underlying 'rational choice analysis'. Rational choice analysis maintains that social life is principally to...