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Non-Governmental Public Action and Social Justice (Hardcover): J Howell Non-Governmental Public Action and Social Justice (Hardcover)
J Howell
R2,734 Discovery Miles 27 340 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The Arab Spring put non-governmental public action centre-stage in the drive for greater social justice. Governments, politicians and international institutions increasingly court non-governmental public actors, engaging them in policy dialogue, inviting them to participate in the delivery of social services, and looking to them to re-invigorate democratic politics. This unique collection explores the different organizational forms, strategies and tactics that activists adopt to pursue social justice goals and analyses how histories of resistance impinge on contemporary activism in both positive and negative ways. The authors examine how established corporatist trades unions struggle to reform as new forms of labour resistance challenge their legitimacy and proximity to government. They analyse how non-governmental public actors negotiate various 'civil society dilemmas' that emerge in the new spaces for collaboration opened up by government, focusing particularly on threats to their values, autonomy and legitimacy. They also explore the efforts of non-governmental public actors to secure greater justice in the sphere of production and distribution, be that through co-operatives or through consumer rights activism around access to essential drugs.

Texts 1997-2010 (Paperback): V. Surkov Texts 1997-2010 (Paperback)
V. Surkov
R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The collection of articles and speeches presented here to the reader is foremost a collection of political texts, with an important clarification from the author. Vladislav Surkov insists that politics itself is a text. Today, politicians' texts are written by anonymous groups of speechwriters; that's already tradition. Surkov, however, is breaking this tradition. He addresses the reader as both the author of his texts and the concepts they convey.

The Ten Commandments of Propaganda (Paperback): Brian Anse Patrick The Ten Commandments of Propaganda (Paperback)
Brian Anse Patrick
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

There is no escape from propaganda. Propagandists shape the informational sociology of our time. The Ten Commandments of Propaganda serves two purposes: offense and defense. It dispels mistaken, trivializing ideas about what propaganda is, and it is also a comprehensive guide to using and understanding propaganda effectively. The term propaganda holds a negative connotation in many people's minds due to its historical associations with totalitarianism and ideological crusades, but in fact the same methods and techniques of propaganda are employed by all types of political systems, social movements, and commercial or non-profit enterprises. In essence, propaganda is the scientific art of interpreting someone else's reality for them in order to benefit the propagandist. Propaganda is junk food for the mind. Like purveyors of junk food, propagandists thrive upon your lack of time and energy, and your need for instant gratification. They are more than willing to do your thinking for you. In equal parts theoretical discourse and practical guidebook, whether the reader desires to be an informed user, consumer or critic of propaganda, this work provides much-needed lessons about one of the most subtle, but vital, forces of our information-saturated age. The Ten Commandments, although easy to understand, have profound ramifications. "Employing humor and otherwise charming prose that students will find enlightening and amusing, Patrick weaves a compelling story of persuasive elements that define and drive propaganda. In addition, he uses contemporary and historical examples to clearly and precisely explain complex ideas. This text is a keeper!" --Prof. Bruce L. Plopper, School of Mass Communication, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Brian Anse Patrick is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Toledo. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Communication Research from the University of Michigan, he is the author of Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming America's Concealed Weapon Carry Movement and The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage. Prof. Patrick is nationally recognized as an expert on American gun culture and on the history and technique of propaganda.

Letters to Power - Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals (Paperback, New): Samuel McCormick Letters to Power - Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals (Paperback, New)
Samuel McCormick
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Although the scarcity of public intellectuals among today's academic professionals is certainly a cause for concern, it also serves as a challenge to explore alternative, more subtle forms of political intelligence. Letters to Power accepts this challenge, guiding readers through ancient, medieval, and modern traditions of learned advocacy in search of persuasive techniques, resistant practices, and ethical sensibilities for use in contemporary democratic public culture. At the center of this book are the political epistles of four renowned scholars: the Roman Stoic Seneca the Younger, the late-medieval feminist Christine de Pizan, the key Enlightenment thinker Immanuel Kant, and the Christian anti-philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. Anticipating much of today's online advocacy, their letter-writing helps would-be intellectuals understand the economy of personal and public address at work in contemporary relations of power, suggesting that the art of lettered protest, like letter-writing itself, involves appealing to diverse, and often strictly virtual, audiences. In this sense, Letters to Power is not only a nuanced historical study but also a book in search of a usable past.

My Thoughts - Four Essays (Hardcover): Dale D. Cannady My Thoughts - Four Essays (Hardcover)
Dale D. Cannady
R569 Discovery Miles 5 690 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Born in Gering, Nebraska on May 2, 1920, Dale Cannady has witnessed a dramatically changing world. Using the GI Bill to gain his college education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dale rose to be Assistant City Planning Director in Portland, Oregon. My Thoughts is the culmination of 92 years of experience and observation.

My Thoughts - Four Essays (Paperback): Dale D. Cannady My Thoughts - Four Essays (Paperback)
Dale D. Cannady
R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Born in Gering, Nebraska on May 2, 1920, Dale Cannady has witnessed a dramatically changing world. Using the GI Bill to gain his college education at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dale rose to be Assistant City Planning Director in Portland, Oregon. My Thoughts is the culmination of 92 years of experience and observation.

Interest Groups in American Politics - Pressure and Power (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Anthony J. Nownes Interest Groups in American Politics - Pressure and Power (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Anthony J. Nownes
R3,831 Discovery Miles 38 310 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Americans rail against so-called special interests but at the same time many members of society are themselves represented in one form or another by organized groups trying to affect the policymaking progress. This concise but thorough text demonstrates that interest groups are involved in the political system at all levels of government federal, state, and local and in all aspects of political activity, from election campaigns to agenda setting to lawmaking to policy implementation. Rather than an anomaly or distortion of the political system, it is a normal and healthy function of a pluralist society and democratic governance. Nonetheless, Nownes warns of the dangers of unwatched interest group activity, especially in the realms of the electoral process and issue advocacy.

Interest Groups in American Politics, Second Edition, is grounded by the role of information in interest group activity, a theme that runs through the entire book. This much anticipated revision of Nownes s text retains a student friendly tone and thoroughly updates the references to interest group research, as well as adds a new chapter on the connections between interest groups and political parties. Numerous figures and tables throughout the book help students visualize important trends and information.

Urgent Message from Mother - Gather the Women, Save the World (16pt Large Print Edition) (Paperback): Jean Shinoda Bolen Urgent Message from Mother - Gather the Women, Save the World (16pt Large Print Edition) (Paperback)
Jean Shinoda Bolen
R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Environmental Activism in China (Paperback): Lei Xie Environmental Activism in China (Paperback)
Lei Xie
R1,335 Discovery Miles 13 350 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Major environmental degradation is a serious problem for China as the country's economy continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In recent years environmental organisations have begun to emerge in China, and in some cases have had remarkable success in affecting policies which would have had significant adverse impacts on the environment. This book, based on extensive original research, adopts a multi-disciplinary research approach to examine environmental activism in China, focusing on four cities. It analyses the nature, characteristics, strategies, organizational modes and influence of what could be labeled a Chinese environmental movement in-the-making. In particular, this volume highlights the specificities of Chinese environmental activism in an increasingly globalizing world, along with a comparison to the environmental movement in Western Europe and North America.

Improper Influence - Campaign Finance Law, Political Interest Groups, and the Problem of Equality (Paperback, New edition):... Improper Influence - Campaign Finance Law, Political Interest Groups, and the Problem of Equality (Paperback, New edition)
Thomas Gais
R651 Discovery Miles 6 510 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Why is there still so much dissatisfaction with the role of special interest groups in financing American election campaigns, even though no aspect of interest group politics has been so thoroughly regu-lated and constrained? This book argues that part of the answer lies in the laws themselves, which prevent many hard-to-organize citizen groups from forming effective political action committees (PACs), while actually helping business groups organize PACs.
Thomas L. Gais points out that many laws that regulate group involvement in elections ignore the real difficulties of political mobilization, and he concludes that PACs and the campaign finance laws reflect a fundamental discrepancy between grassroots ideals and the ways in which broadly based groups actually get organized.
." . . . of fundamental scholarly and practical importance. The implications for 'reform' are controversial, flatly contradicting other recent reform proposals . . . . I fully expect that "Improper Influence" will be one of the most significant books on campaign finance to be published in the 1990s." --Michael Munger, "Public Choice"
"It is rare to find a book that affords a truly fresh perspective on the role of special interest groups in the financing of U.S. elections. It is also uncommon to find a theoretically rigorous essay confronting a topic usually grounded in empirical terms. . . . "Improper Influence" scores high on both counts and deserves close attention from students of collective action, campaign finance law, and the U.S. political process more generally." --"American Political Science Review"
Thomas L. Gais is Senior Fellow, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, StateUniversity of New York.

Refounding America - A Field Manual for Patriot Activists (Paperback): Terry Easton, Ashton Ellis Refounding America - A Field Manual for Patriot Activists (Paperback)
Terry Easton, Ashton Ellis
R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

America is fighting a Civil War today. Between the Citizen and the State. On one side are the Patriots, people who support the Constitution and our system of government: limited in its power over your life. A system of checks and balances and small government where the important decisions are made by the States, not Washington. A system where 'We the People' has real meaning, where Rights apply to individuals, and where the Government has only duties. Patriots trust the people. On the other side are the Progressives, people who believe that ethics and morality and law come not from God but from the Government. Their vision is for a system where the Government becomes the Nanny State, and in the process Big Brother, taking care of them from Cradle to Grave. All you have to give up for this Utopia is your personal freedom and all your Rights - which turn out to be not so inalienable after all. Progressives trust the State. Refounding America is about fighting this Patriotic War against the Progressives who would have their State take over every aspect of our lives. Their prescription for "hope" and "change" is Socialism, the first step on the slippery slope to Marxism. Over 60 years ago, George Orwell warned us about this coming totalitarian dystopia in his works 1984 and Animal Farm. In the latter, all the animals were equal - except the elitist Pigs, who were more equal. Sound familiar? Refounding America is the field manual for the other animals in the barnyard who want their own personal freedoms back and are sick and tired of the Pigs telling them what to do. Refounding America is the handbook loaded with practical, tactical strategies to "Take Back America Now," and win the battle against the Progressives.

Political Ideals (Paperback): Bertrand Russell Political Ideals (Paperback)
Bertrand Russell
R149 Discovery Miles 1 490 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

An unabridged edition to include: Political Ideals - Capitalism and the Wage System - Pitfalls in Socialism - Individual Liberty and Public Control - National Independence and Internationalism

Be Your Own Lobbyist - How to Give Your Small Business Big Clout with State and Local Government (Hardcover): Amy Handlin Be Your Own Lobbyist - How to Give Your Small Business Big Clout with State and Local Government (Hardcover)
Amy Handlin
R1,255 Discovery Miles 12 550 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This book is the businessperson's guide to influencing government decisions without incurring the cost of a professional lobbyist, at a time when those decisions are, increasingly, a key to survival. When big corporations want to influence the government, they hire pricey lobbyists. But little guys have been on their own-until now. Equally useful to entrepreneurs and established owner/managers, Be Your Own Lobbyist: How to Give Your Small Business Big Clout with State and Local Government is a businessperson's guide to getting heard by government decision-makers by using the same tactics professionals employ. Readers will learn how to lobby in a compelling, sophisticated way through a comprehensive approach that will work at any level, but the book is especially suited to state and local government where routine decisions can mean life or death for small- and medium-sized businesses. The book not only explains the building blocks of advocacy-targeting, tools, and tactics-but also applies them to specific, common challenges like seeking a variance or fighting an ordinance. Packed with examples and easily adaptable models, Be Your Own Lobbyist shows how even a small business can get a fair shake in the halls of government. Real-world advocacy examples Tip sheets, including "How to Work a Public Meeting," "Setting Expectations for Your Lobbying Effort," and "Don't Waste Your Money" "For Example" sidebars, such as "Time-Wasters and Turnoffs" and "The 5 Biggest Mistakes" "You Try It" exercises Model advocacy materials, including letters, emails, scripts, testimony, press releases, and more Sample laws, policies, and forms A "Learn the Language" glossary decoding some of the key jargon used in local and state government Resource guides for small businesses seeking government contracts

Gay and Lesbian Rights - A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): David E Newton Gay and Lesbian Rights - A Reference Handbook, 2nd Edition (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
David E Newton
R1,867 Discovery Miles 18 670 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

This thoroughly updated edition provides readers with the background and resources needed to understand one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. When it was first published in 1994, Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Reference Handbook was acclaimed in School Library Journal for taking "a sober and balanced approach in addressing this emotionally charged and complex topic." The new edition shows just how far the nation has come in securing legal protections regardless of sexual orientation-and how far we still have to go. Gay and Lesbian Rights: A Reference Handbook, Second Edition provides a history of the gay liberation and gay rights movements in the United States and other parts of the world. Maintaining the careful approach of the first edition, it addresses a range of current issues from housing and employment discrimination to military service to same-sex marriage and adoption laws. Wholly rewritten, with almost 80 percent new material, it is the ideal introduction to one of the most important civil rights issues in the world today. Includes selections from laws and court cases relating to various aspects of the gay/lesbian civil rights movement Chronicles an exhaustive list of important events in the gay and lesbian civil rights movement in the United States and Europe

The Invisible Man - Awakening the Human Consciousness (Hardcover, 3rd ed.): James Leonard Nobles The Invisible Man - Awakening the Human Consciousness (Hardcover, 3rd ed.)
James Leonard Nobles
R870 Discovery Miles 8 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

What happened to the usage of common sense in the decision making process? In "The Invisible Man" writer James Leonard Nobles offers some new perspectives on and insightful resolutions for the challenges confronting modern society in the 21st century. And he refuses to submit to the political correctness being forced upon us by the "Powerbrokers of Hypocrisy." Through persuasive arguments and satire, Mr. Nobles takes on the "Institutions" that have betrayed the American people. He says, ""The history that is written is not always the history that was, and the truth is often hidden beneath ideological propaganda."" With candor seldom shown today, Jim openly discusses the controversial issues tearing at the hearts and souls of most decent men and women. "The Invisible Man" examines the declining social values and the consequences of our choices. For we stand at the fork of fate. One path is the end and the other path is a new beginning. Choose wisely for there is no going back.

About the Author:
Author James Leonard Nobles is a new voice from a section of the population often forgotten by society. But he represents the majority of Americans who are fed up with their government, both political parties, irresponsible corporations, and the greed of a few. Born with congenital cataracts in 1960, he knows firsthand how difficult the struggles in life can be. After dropping out of college, Jim returned at the age of 40, where he became the first college graduate in his family. Graduating in August of 2005 with a B.S. in Communications and Information Technology ("New Media"), he has been working tirelessly on "The Invisible Man" for close to four years (first year writing; last three years editing and publishing).

The Invisible Man - Awakening the Human Consciousness (Paperback, 3rd ed.): James Leonard Nobles The Invisible Man - Awakening the Human Consciousness (Paperback, 3rd ed.)
James Leonard Nobles
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

What happened to the usage of common sense in the decision making process? In "The Invisible Man" writer James Leonard Nobles offers some new perspectives on and insightful resolutions for the challenges confronting modern society in the 21st century. And he refuses to submit to the political correctness being forced upon us by the "Powerbrokers of Hypocrisy." Through persuasive arguments and satire, Mr. Nobles takes on the "Institutions" that have betrayed the American people. He says, ""The history that is written is not always the history that was, and the truth is often hidden beneath ideological propaganda."" With candor seldom shown today, Jim openly discusses the controversial issues tearing at the hearts and souls of most decent men and women. "The Invisible Man" examines the declining social values and the consequences of our choices. For we stand at the fork of fate. One path is the end and the other path is a new beginning. Choose wisely for there is no going back.

About the Author:
Author James Leonard Nobles is a new voice from a section of the population often forgotten by society. But he represents the majority of Americans who are fed up with their government, both political parties, irresponsible corporations, and the greed of a few. Born with congenital cataracts in 1960, he knows firsthand how difficult the struggles in life can be. After dropping out of college, Jim returned at the age of 40, where he became the first college graduate in his family. Graduating in August of 2005 with a B.S. in Communications and Information Technology ("New Media"), he has been working tirelessly on "The Invisible Man" for close to four years (first year writing; last three years editing and publishing).

Ethnic Lobbies and US Foreign Policy (Hardcover, New ed.): David M. Paul Ethnic Lobbies and US Foreign Policy (Hardcover, New ed.)
David M. Paul
R1,823 R1,318 Discovery Miles 13 180 Save R505 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Dozens of ethnic groups work determinedly to achieve specific policy goals in Washington, but to what degree do they actually wield power? Which groups are the most influential, and why? David Paul considers the relative impact of 38 ethnic lobbies to determine whether - and if so, how - they affect the course of US foreign policy.Paul systematically examines the impact of ethnic-group influence in six policy areas: aid, immigration, human rights, security, trade, and energy. He also compares the influence of ethnic lobbies to that of other actors, including business groups, the media, and foreign lobbyists. Challenging the conventional wisdom, he effectively draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods to shed needed light on this often heatedly contentious subject.Systematically investigates the relative impact of 38 ethnic lobbies to determine whether - and if so, how - they affect the course of US foreign policy.

Comrade or Brother? - A History of the British Labour Movement (Paperback, 2nd edition): Mary Davis Comrade or Brother? - A History of the British Labour Movement (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Mary Davis
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A revised, updated and expanded edition of this classic feminist account of British labour history Critical and iconoclastic, Comrade or Brother? traces the history of the British Labour Movement from its beginnings at the onset of industrialisation through its development within a capitalist society, up to the end of the twentieth-century. Written by a leading activist in the labour movement, the book redresses the balance in much labour history writing. It examines the place of women and the influence of racism and sexism as well as providing a critical analysis of the rival ideologies which played a role in the uneven development of the labour movement.

Lobbying the European Union - Institutions, Actors, and Issues (Hardcover): David Coen, Jeremy Richardson Lobbying the European Union - Institutions, Actors, and Issues (Hardcover)
David Coen, Jeremy Richardson
R3,114 Discovery Miles 31 140 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

It is universally accepted that there has been a huge growth in EU lobbying over the past few decades. There is now a dense EU interest group system. This entirely new volume, inspired by Mazey & Richardson's 1993 book Lobbying in the European Community, seeks to understand the role of interest groups in the policy process from agenda-setting to implementation. Specifically, the book is interested in observing how interest groups organize to influence the EU institutions and how they select different coalitions along the policy process and in different policy domains.
In looking at 20 years of change, the book captures processes of institutional and actor learning, professionalization of lobbying, and the possible emergence of a distinct EU public policy style. More specifically, from the actors' perspective, the editors are interested in assessing how the rise of direct lobbying and the emergence of fluid issue-based coalitions has changed the logic of collective action, and what is the potential impact of 'venue-shopping' on reputation and influence. From an institutional perspective, the contributors explore resource and legitimacy demands, and the practical impact of consultation processes on the emergence of a distinct EU lobbying relationship. It will be essential reading for academics and practitioners alike.

Information and Liberation - Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship (Paperback): Shiraz Durrani Information and Liberation - Writings on the Politics of Information and Librarianship (Paperback)
Shiraz Durrani
R1,024 Discovery Miles 10 240 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Environmental Activism in China (Hardcover): Lei Xie Environmental Activism in China (Hardcover)
Lei Xie
R3,770 Discovery Miles 37 700 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Major environmental degradation is a serious problem for China as the country's economy continues to grow at a phenomenal pace. In recent years environmental organisations have begun to emerge in China, and in some cases have had remarkable success in affecting policies which would have had significant adverse impacts on the environment. This book, based on extensive original research, adopts a multi-disciplinary research approach to examine environmental activism in China, focusing on four cities. It analyses the nature, characteristics, strategies, organizational modes and influence of what could be labeled a Chinese environmental movement in-the-making. In particular, this volume highlights the specificities of Chinese environmental activism in an increasingly globalizing world, along with a comparison to the environmental movement in Western Europe and North America.

How Would God Really Vote - A Jewish Rebuttal to David Klinghoffer's Conservative Polemic (Paperback, New): Larry D.... How Would God Really Vote - A Jewish Rebuttal to David Klinghoffer's Conservative Polemic (Paperback, New)
Larry D. Yudelson, Yori Yanover
R423 Discovery Miles 4 230 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Long-time Forward columnist David Klinghoffer argues in a new book that "God commands you to be a conservative." This book begs to differ, offering deeper readings of the Torah and Talmud to make the case for voting liberal this election. Controversial issues addressed include gay marriage, abortion, drug policy, taxation and capital punishment.

Justice on the Grass - Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes and a Nation's Quest for Redemption... Justice on the Grass - Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes and a Nation's Quest for Redemption (Paperback)
Dina Temple-Raston
R492 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R49 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which more than 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were massacred in just 100 days, was an unparalleled modern-day slaughter. How does a nation pick up the pieces after the killing has stopped? In a gripping narrative that examines the power of the press and sheds light on how the media turned tens of thousands of ordinary Rwandans into murderers, award-winning author and journalist Dina Temple-Raston traces the rise and fall of three media executives -- Ferdinand Nahimana, Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, and Hassan Ngeze. From crime to trial to verdict, Temple-Raston explores the many avenues of justice Rwanda pursued in the decade after the killing. Focusing on the media trial at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, she then drops down to the level of the hills, where ordinary Rwandans seek justice and retribution, and examines whether politics in the East African nation has set the stage for renewed violence. In the months leading up to the killing, two local media outlets, Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM) and the tabloid newspaper Kangura, warned that a bloody confrontation was brewing. No one would be spared, they said. Observers said later that fearmongering from RTLM and Kangura played a key role in igniting the genocide, so much so that the three men behind the media outlets became the first journalists since Nuremberg to be tried in an international court for crimes against humanity. Drawing on extensive interviews with key players, Dina Temple-Raston brings to life a cast of remarkable characters: the egotistical newspaper editor Hassan Ngeze; hate radio cofounders, the intellectual Ferdinand Nahimana and the defiant legal scholar Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza; an American-led prosecution team wary of a guilty verdict that might bring a broadly written judgment muzzling the press the world over; the bombastic American defense attorney John Floyd; heroic Damien Nzabakira, who risked his life to drive forty orphans to safety only to spend eight years in prison accused of their murder; and Bonaventure Ubalijoro, a Rwandan diplomat and politician who believed in miracles. An extraordinary feat of reporting and narrative, Justice on the Grass reveals a Rwanda few have seen. A searing and compassionate book, Justice on the Grass illustrates how, more than a decade later, a country and its people are still struggling to heal, to forgive, and to make sense of something that defies credibility and humanity."

Political Power in Alabama - The More Things Change... (Paperback): Carl Grafton, Anne Permaloff Political Power in Alabama - The More Things Change... (Paperback)
Carl Grafton, Anne Permaloff
R819 Discovery Miles 8 190 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"Political Power in Alabama" is the sequel to Anne Permaloff and Carl Grafton's "Big Mules and Branchheads," a biography of the populist governor "Big Jim" Folsom. Encompassing the years from 1958 to 1970 and the gubernatorial terms of John Patterson, George Wallace, Lurleen Wallace, and Albert Brewer, the present volume offers a full account of the breakup of the Big Mule Alliance, the elite coalition of Alabama's largest industrial and agricultural interests, and the subsequent effects on the state's political environment.

Dominating Alabama politics for most of the century through disenfranchisement and control of the legislature, the "Big Mules" wanted low taxes, a minimally effective school system, no effective labor unions, a small electorate, and racial segregation. By 1958, however, the Big Mules' urban and rural elements had grown disaffected with one another, and outside forces were driving them apart. In a few years, the legislature and the electorate would be drastically restructured. Although this period could have been a time to set new policy directions for the state, say Permaloff and Grafton, many opportunities for change were squandered, establishing the politics of Alabama today and the problems facing the state.

"Political Power in Alabama" covers an extraordinarily complex set of issues and events, including the civil rights struggle, urban-rural disparities, the lack of party competition, the structure of the tax system, and the economic and cultural gaps separating Alabama and the rest of the South from the nation.

Healthcare, Guaranteed - A Simple, Secure Solution for America (Paperback): Victor Fuchs, Ezekiel Emanuel Healthcare, Guaranteed - A Simple, Secure Solution for America (Paperback)
Victor Fuchs, Ezekiel Emanuel; Introduction by Ezekiel Emanuel, Victor Fuchs
R359 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R36 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

America spends more than any other developed nation on healthcare--$2.1 trillion in 2007 alone. But 47 million Americans remain uninsured, and of those Americans who are insured, many suffer from poor health. In his ground-breaking proposal, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel offers up a plan to comprehensively restructure the delivery and quality of our healthcare. By eliminating employer-healthcare and establishing an independent program to evaluate healthcare plans and insurance companies, he offers a no-nonsense guide to how government can institute private insurance options that will allow each of us a choice of doctor and plan. With the rate of healthcare costs rapidly outpacing our gross domestic product, we can no longer afford to maintain our fragmented delivery of care, or entertain reforms that seek to patch, rather than cure, a fractured system. Accessible, straightforward, and revolutionary in its approach, "Healthcare, Guaranteed" is an inarguable guide to lasting healthcare reform.

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