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Books > Social sciences > Politics & government > Political activism > Pressure groups & lobbying

For a Left Populism (Paperback): Chantal Mouffe For a Left Populism (Paperback)
Chantal Mouffe
R257 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R38 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

What is the "populist moment" and what does it mean for the left?We are currently witnessing in Western Europe a "populist moment" that signals the crisis of neoliberal hegemony. The central axis of the political conflict will be between right- and left-wing populism. By establishing a frontier between "the people" and "the oligarchy," a left-populist strategy could bring together the manifold struggles against subordination, oppression and discrimination. This strategy acknowledges that democratic discourse plays a crucial role in the political imaginary of our societies. And through the construction of a collective will, mobilizing common affects in defence of equality and social justice, it will be possible to combat the xenophobic policies promoted by right-wing populism. In redrawing political frontiers, this "populist moment" points to a "return of the political" after years of postpolitics. A return may open the way for authoritarian solutions-through regimes that weaken liberal-democratic institutions-but it could also lead to a reaffirmation and extension of democratic values

The Populist Paradox - Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (Paperback): Elisabeth R Gerber The Populist Paradox - Interest Group Influence and the Promise of Direct Legislation (Paperback)
Elisabeth R Gerber
R862 R634 Discovery Miles 6 340 Save R228 (26%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Do small but wealthy interest groups influence referendums, ballot initiatives, and other forms of direct legislation at the expense of the broader public interest? Many observers argue that they do, often lamenting that direct legislation has, paradoxically, been captured by the very same wealthy interests whose power it was designed to curb. Elisabeth Gerber, however, challenges that argument. In this first systematic study of how money and interest group power actually affect direct legislation, she reveals that big spending does not necessarily mean big influence.

Gerber bases her findings on extensive surveys of the activities and motivations of interest groups and on close examination of campaign finance records from 168 direct legislation campaigns in eight states. Her research confirms what such wealthy interests as the insurance industry, trial lawyer associations, and tobacco companies have learned by defeats at the ballot box: if citizens do not like a proposed new law, even an expensive, high-profile campaign will not make them change their mind. She demonstrates, however, that these economic interest groups have considerable success in using direct legislation to block initiatives that others are proposing and to exert pressure on politicians. By contrast, citizen interest groups with broad-based support and significant organizational resources have proven to be extremely effective in using direct legislation to pass new laws. Clearly written and argued, this is a major theoretical and empirical contribution to our understanding of the role of citizens and organized interests in the American legislative process.

Rockmusik in Den 50er Und 60er Jahren - Von Der Jugendlichen Rebellion Zum Protest Einer Generation (German, Paperback, 2nd... Rockmusik in Den 50er Und 60er Jahren - Von Der Jugendlichen Rebellion Zum Protest Einer Generation (German, Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Matthias S Fifka
R1,284 Discovery Miles 12 840 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Right to Petition - A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools and Tips (Hardcover):... Right to Petition - A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools and Tips (Hardcover)
Nicole Tisdale
R541 R452 Discovery Miles 4 520 Save R89 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance - Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers (Paperback): Nandita Haksar, Sebastian... Kuknalim, Naga Armed Resistance - Testimonies of Leaders, Pastors, Healers and Soldiers (Paperback)
Nandita Haksar, Sebastian M Hongray
R699 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R88 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Climate Change Denial and Public Relations - Strategic communication and interest groups in climate inaction (Hardcover): Nuria... Climate Change Denial and Public Relations - Strategic communication and interest groups in climate inaction (Hardcover)
Nuria Almiron, Jordi Xifra
R3,781 Discovery Miles 37 810 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This is the first book on climate change denial and lobbying that combines the ideology of denial and the role of anthropocentrism in the study of interest groups and communication strategy. Climate Change Denial and Public Relations: Strategic Communication and Interest Groups in Climate Inaction is a critical approach to climate change denial from a strategic communication perspective. The book aims to provide an in-depth analysis of how strategic communication by interest groups is contributing to climate change inaction. It does this from a multidisciplinary perspective that expands the usual approach of climate change denialism and introduces a critical reflection on the roots of the problem, including the ethics of the denialist ideology and the rhetoric and role of climate change advocacy. Topics addressed include the power of persuasive narratives and discourses constructed to support climate inaction by lobbies and think tanks, the dominant human supremacist view and the patriarchal roots of denialists and advocates of climate change alike, the knowledge coalitions of the climate think tank networks, the denial strategies related to climate change of the nuclear, oil, and agrifood lobbies, the role of public relations firms, the anthropocentric roots of public relations, taboo topics such as human overpopulation and meat-eating, and the technological myth. This unique volume is recommended reading for students and scholars of communication and public relations.

Right to Petition - A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools and Tips (Paperback):... Right to Petition - A Practical Guide to Creating Change in Government with Political Advocacy Tools and Tips (Paperback)
Nicole Tisdale
R327 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R51 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Final Flight Final Fight - My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery (Hardcover): Erin Miller Final Flight Final Fight - My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery (Hardcover)
Erin Miller; Foreword by Martha McSally
R580 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R84 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Interest Group Design - The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause (Hardcover): Marcie L. Reynolds Interest Group Design - The Foundation and Evolution of Common Cause (Hardcover)
Marcie L. Reynolds
R3,808 Discovery Miles 38 080 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

In Interest Group Design, Marcie L. Reynolds examines the evolution of Common Cause, the first national government reform lobby. Founded in 1970 by John W. Gardner, the organization gained influence with Congress and established an organizational culture that lasted several decades. External and internal environmental changes led to mounting crises and by 2000 Common Cause's survival was in question. Yet fifteen years later Common Cause is a renewed organization, with evidence of revival across the United States. Empirical evidence suggests how Common Cause changed its interest group design but kept its identity in order to survive. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach to frame and analyze the history of Common Cause, Reynolds provides a lens for studying how key aspects of the U.S. political system-interest groups, collective action, lobbying, and representation-work as environments change. She extends work by previous scholars Andrew S. McFarland (1984) and Lawrence Rothenberg (1992) creating a sequence of analytical research about one interest group spanning almost fifty years, a unique contribution to political science. This thoroughly researched and comprehensive book will be of great interest to those who study political participation and organizational change.

Final Flight Final Fight - My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery (Paperback): Erin Miller Final Flight Final Fight - My grandmother, the WASP, and Arlington National Cemetery (Paperback)
Erin Miller; Foreword by Senator Martha McSally
R352 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R44 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Political Organizations - Updated Edition (Paperback, Revised edition): James Q Wilson Political Organizations - Updated Edition (Paperback, Revised edition)
James Q Wilson
R1,586 R1,273 Discovery Miles 12 730 Save R313 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A major work by one of America's most eminent political scientists, "Political Organizations" has had a profound impact on how we view the influence of interest groups on policy making. James Q. Wilson wrote this book to counter two ideas: that popular interests will automatically generate political organizations and that such organizations will faithfully mirror the opinions and interests of their members. Moreover, he demonstrated that the way in which political organizations (including parties, business groups, labor unions, and civil rights associations) are created and maintained significantly affects the opinions they represent and the tactics they use. Now available for the first time in paperback, this book has broadened its scope to include recently developed organizations as it addresses many of today's concerns over the power of such groups as special-interests lobbies.

In 1973, when this book was first published, the press and public were fascinated by the social movements of the 1960s, thinking that the antiwar and civil rights movements might sweep aside old-fashioned interest-group lobbies. Wilson argued, however, that such movements would inevitably be supplanted by new organizations, ones with goals and tactics that might direct the course of action away from some of the movement's founding principles. In light of the current popular distress with special-interest groups and their supposed death-grip on Congress, Wilson again attempts to modify a widely held view. He shows that although lobbies have multiplied in number and kind, they remain considerably restrained by the difficulty they have in maintaining themselves. His approach charts a useful middle course between the pluralist and the rational-choice schools of thought.

Annex One to: In Defence of Justice: Israel and the Palestinians: The Identification of Truth (Hardcover): Malcolm D. Sinclair Annex One to: In Defence of Justice: Israel and the Palestinians: The Identification of Truth (Hardcover)
Malcolm D. Sinclair
R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"Annex One is an Interesting, Well-Researched and Well-Argued Book. It Deals with Pressing Matters of Great Public Interest." A.W. September 2018. Observations of In Defence of Justice - Israel And The Palestinians: The Identification Of Truth O.H. 3-9-2013. "An amazing and excellent book. Simply written producing a clear overall picture..." P.R. 3-9-2013. "Fascinating book. I thought I was well informed but the book clearly showed up my lack of knowledge..." M.S. 3-9-2013. "At long last a book which properly identifies and uses the truth against the propaganda machines of the West that seek to undermine the nation of Israel." M.A. 15-9-2013. "Only a barrister could write such a remarkable work...... The answer (to the) obvious question as Malcolm Sinclair has made clear..." W.G. 19-10-2014. "I found your book riveting, and I am sorry that it does not have a wider advertised publication, as it should. If I were in a position to do so financially, I would make sure it did. This book deserves far greater publicity."

The Populist Radical Left in Europe (Hardcover): Giorgos Katsambekis, Alexandros Kioupkiolis The Populist Radical Left in Europe (Hardcover)
Giorgos Katsambekis, Alexandros Kioupkiolis
R3,808 Discovery Miles 38 080 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Building on a comprehensive theoretical framework that draws on discursive and ideational approaches to populism, this volume offers a comparative mapping of the Populist Radical Left in contemporary Europe. It explores the novel discursive, political and organisational features of several political actors, as well as the conditions of their emergence and success, while being alert to the role of relevant social movements. Chapters feature case studies of the Greek party Syriza, the Spanish Podemos, the German Die Linke, Jean-Luc Melenchon and France Insoumise, the Dutch Socialist Party and the Slovenian Levica. Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of Labour in the UK and 'Momentum', the movement that supports him is also examined. A separate chapter is devoted to recent grassroots social movements that can be seen as instances of progressive populism, such as the 'squares movement' in Spain and Greece. This book fills a crucial gap in the literature on radical left politics and populism in Europe, contributing to the rapidly burgeoning field of populism studies.

Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Inclusion in America - Managing Equity in the 21st Century (Hardcover): Charles Washington Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Inclusion in America - Managing Equity in the 21st Century (Hardcover)
Charles Washington
R1,638 Discovery Miles 16 380 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Art after Money, Money after Art - Creative Strategies Against Financialization (Hardcover): Max Haiven Art after Money, Money after Art - Creative Strategies Against Financialization (Hardcover)
Max Haiven
R2,273 Discovery Miles 22 730 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually reproduces a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives. From the chaos unleashed by the 'imaginary' money in financial markets to the new forms of exploitation enabled by the 'creative economy' to the way art has become the plaything of the world's plutocrats, our era of financialization demands we question our romantic assumptions about art and money. By exploring the way contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Haiven identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today. Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.

Annex One to: In Defence of Justice: Israel and the Palestinians: The Identification of Truth (Paperback): Malcolm D. Sinclair Annex One to: In Defence of Justice: Israel and the Palestinians: The Identification of Truth (Paperback)
Malcolm D. Sinclair
R289 Discovery Miles 2 890 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"Annex One is an Interesting, Well-Researched and Well-Argued Book. It Deals with Pressing Matters of Great Public Interest." A.W. September 2018. Observations of In Defence of Justice - Israel And The Palestinians: The Identification Of Truth O.H. 3-9-2013. "An amazing and excellent book. Simply written producing a clear overall picture..." P.R. 3-9-2013. "Fascinating book. I thought I was well informed but the book clearly showed up my lack of knowledge..." M.S. 3-9-2013. "At long last a book which properly identifies and uses the truth against the propaganda machines of the West that seek to undermine the nation of Israel." M.A. 15-9-2013. "Only a barrister could write such a remarkable work...... The answer (to the) obvious question as Malcolm Sinclair has made clear..." W.G. 19-10-2014. "I found your book riveting, and I am sorry that it does not have a wider advertised publication, as it should. If I were in a position to do so financially, I would make sure it did. This book deserves far greater publicity."

Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Inclusion in America - Managing Equity in the 21st Century (Paperback): Charles Washington Ensuring Justice, Fairness, and Inclusion in America - Managing Equity in the 21st Century (Paperback)
Charles Washington
R1,265 Discovery Miles 12 650 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
'Democratic Knowledge' and Knowledge Production - Preliminary Reflections on Democratisation in North Africa... 'Democratic Knowledge' and Knowledge Production - Preliminary Reflections on Democratisation in North Africa (Paperback)
Larbi Sadiki
R1,335 Discovery Miles 13 350 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Sudden change in North Africa manifested through popular protests followed by the end of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya revitalised the scholarly concern with democracy in the region. Democratisation and democracy received fresh attention in the 'Arab Spring'. Arab citizens displayed their grasp and possession of 'democratic knowledge' in a bottom-up groundswell of activism against the wielding of power by authoritarian regimes. In this book, the investigation into democratic knowledge revolves around the idea that good government must be in the first instance rooted in a local system of knowledge. However, no privileging of the 'local' is offered here at the expense of the 'democratic'. Each chapter illustrates the context-specific experiences which provide political actors with the wherewithal in actively learning democracy. The countries examined with reference to a socially constructed democratic knowledge include Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. Critical focus on local agency in North Africa during the 'Arab Spring' enables a shift from democratisation as an ideology to a 'democratic learning turn'. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of North African Studies.

Postcolonial France - Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic (Hardcover): Paul Silverstein Postcolonial France - Race, Islam, and the Future of the Republic (Hardcover)
Paul Silverstein
R2,259 Discovery Miles 22 590 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

France is a bellwether for the postcolonial anxieties and populist politics emerging across the world today. This book explores the dynamics and dilemmas of the present moment of crisis and hope in France, through an exploration of recent moral panics. Taking stock of the tensions as they have emerged over the last quarter of a century, Paul Silverstein looks at urban racial violence, female Islamic dress and male public prayer, anti-system gangster rap, and sporting performances in and around which debates over France's multicultural future have arisen. It traces these conflicts to the unresolved tensions of an imperial project, the present-day effects of which are still felt by many. Despite the barriers, which include neo-nationalist racism and Islamophobia, French citizens of various backgrounds have found ways to build flourishing lives. Silverstein shows how they have responded to urban marginalisation, police violence and institutional discrimination in remarkably creative ways.

Friend of the Japanese People (Japanese, Paperback): Nadhim Al-Abadi Friend of the Japanese People (Japanese, Paperback)
Nadhim Al-Abadi
R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
A People's History of the German Revolution - 1918-19 (Hardcover): William Pelz A People's History of the German Revolution - 1918-19 (Hardcover)
William Pelz; Foreword by Mario Kessler
R2,256 Discovery Miles 22 560 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

In October 1918, war-weary German sailors mutinied when the Imperial Naval Command ordered their engagement in one final, fruitless battle with the British Royal Navy. This revolt, in the dying embers of the First World War, quickly erupted into a full scale revolution that toppled the monarchy and inaugurated a period of radical popular democracy. The establishment of the Weimar Republic in 1919 ended the revolution, relegating all but its most prominent leaders to a historical footnote. In A People's History of the German Revolution, William A. Pelz cuts against the grain of mainstream accounts that tend to present the revolution as more of a 'collapse', or just a chaotic interregnum that preceded the country's natural progression into a republic. Going beyond the familiar names of Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg or Clara Zetkins, Pelz explores the revolution from the bottom up, focusing on the active role that women, rank-and-file activists, and ordinary workers played in its events. Rejecting the depiction of agency as exclusively in the hands of international actors like Woodrow Wilson or in those of German elites, he makes the compelling case that, for a brief period, the actions of the common people shaped a truly revolutionary society.

Beyond the Messy Truth - How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (Paperback): Van Jones Beyond the Messy Truth - How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (Paperback)
Van Jones
R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Palestine (Arabic, Paperback): Dr Saida Seddik Palestine (Arabic, Paperback)
Dr Saida Seddik
R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Political Protest in Contemporary Africa (Hardcover): Lisa Mueller Political Protest in Contemporary Africa (Hardcover)
Lisa Mueller
R2,096 Discovery Miles 20 960 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

From spray-painted slogans in Senegal to student uprisings in South Africa, twenty-first century Africa has seen an explosion of protests and social movements. But why? Protests flourish amidst an emerging middle class whose members desire political influence and possess the money, education, and political autonomy to effectively launch movements for democratic renewal. In contrast with pro-democracy protest leaders, rank-and-file protesters live at a subsistence level and are motivated by material concerns over any grievance against a ruling regime. Through extensive field research, Lisa Mueller shows that middle-class political grievances help explain the timing of protests, while lower-class material grievances explain the participation. By adapting a class-based analysis to African cases where class is often assumed to be irrelevant, Lisa Mueller provides a rigorous yet accessible explanation for why sub-Saharan Africa erupted in unrest at a time of apparent economic prosperity.

NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE - Unabridged, with chronology, bibliography and map (Aziloth... NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE - Unabridged, with chronology, bibliography and map (Aziloth Books) (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Frederick Douglas
R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
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