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European Modernity - A Global Approach (Paperback): Bo Strath, Peter Wagner European Modernity - A Global Approach (Paperback)
Bo Strath, Peter Wagner
R691 Discovery Miles 6 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is often taken for granted that modernity emerged in Europe and diffused from there across the world. This book questions that assumption and re-examines the question of European modernity in the light of world history. Bo Strath and Peter Wagner re-position Europe in the global context of the 19th and 20th centuries. They show that Europe is less modern than has been assumed, and modernity less European and thus decentre Europe in a way that makes room for a wider historical perspective. Adopting a thematic structure, the authors reconceive the idea of European modernity in relation to key topics such as democracy, capitalism and market society, individual autonomy, religion and politics. European Modernity is an important addition to the literature that will be of interest to all students and scholars of modern European history.

Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity (Paperback): James Kaye, Bo Strath Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity (Paperback)
James Kaye, Bo Strath
R1,092 R830 Discovery Miles 8 300 Save R262 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Reflections on Europe - Defining a Political Order in Time and Space (Paperback): Hans-Ake Persson, Bo Strath Reflections on Europe - Defining a Political Order in Time and Space (Paperback)
Hans-Ake Persson, Bo Strath
R1,428 R1,111 Discovery Miles 11 110 Save R317 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Dutch and subsequently French voters rejected the Draft Treaty for a Constitutin for Europe in Spring 2005, many voices called for a pause for reflection. This book is, in part, a result of that moment of reflection. We wanted to contribute to the debate about Europe but crucially, we sought to do so by taking a step back from the problem formation and agenda-setting of Brussels. For the authors of this volume, one key to establishing critical distance has been the reappraisal of the historical perspective. Another has been the problematisation of 'Europe as a space' as opposed to looking for a definition of borders. The authors also seek critical distance through a focus on the tension between Europe as a culture, as a polity and as an economy. These tensions ahve often been neglected or even ignored and the relationships have been seen as more or less synonymous and harmonious. The aim of this volume, then, is two-fold. It wants, developing a critical distance to the present Euroope, to contribute to the vivid academic research and debate on Europe, which too often either develops distance without commenting on the present state of affairs or comments on the present without critical distance.

Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community - Historical Patterns in Europe and Beyond (Paperback): Bo Strath Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community - Historical Patterns in Europe and Beyond (Paperback)
Bo Strath
R1,549 R1,206 Discovery Miles 12 060 Save R343 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
From the Werner Plan to the EMU - In Search of a Political Economy for Europe (Paperback, 2nd edition): Lars Magnusson, Bo... From the Werner Plan to the EMU - In Search of a Political Economy for Europe (Paperback, 2nd edition)
Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath
R1,655 R1,288 Discovery Miles 12 880 Save R367 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The aim of this book is to explore the preconditions of a European political economy. The establishment of the monetary union and the European Central Bank constitutes a major step towards greater economic, social and political integration between the Member States of the European Union, and is therefore a momentous event in European history. What do the historically given preconditions of a European political economy mean in practice and theory in terms of future possibilities? With a historical perspective on European monetary integration, from the strains in the dollar-based Bretton Woods order in the 1960s and earlier, the Werner Plan around 1970, and the internal market in the 1980s to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, future prospects of EMU are discussed. The book is based on the reflections of a working group at the European University Institute in Florence in operation from 1999 to 2001. The fifteen chapters are organised in clusters on the historical and conceptual setting, on financial institutions and economic theory, on social practices and legal framework, and on future prospects. Historians, philosophers, economists, political scientists and sociologists contribute to this interdisciplinary attempt to come to terms with both the preconditions and the prospects of EMU. Contents: Lars Magnusson/Bo Strath: From the Werner Plan to the EMU: In Search of a European Political Economy. Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects--Hubert Zimmermann: The Fall of Bretton Woods and the Emergence of the Werner Plan--Amy Verdun: The Political Economy of the Werner and Delors Reports: Continuity amidst Change or Change amidst Continuity?--David Purdy: Economic Theory and Policy from theKeynesian Revolution to the Third Way--J. Peter Burgess/Bo Strath: Money and Political Economy: From the Werner Plan to the Delors Report and Beyond--Lars Magnusson/Jan Ottosson: The Political Transaction Costs of the Convergence Criteria--The EMU Compromise for the Delors Committee to Maastricht--Sheila C. Dow: The ECB, Banking, Monetary Policy and Unemployment--Roger Hammersland: We are arrogant because we are good--A Critical Appraisal of Central Banking versus Fiscal Policy in Accomplishing the Community Wide Convergence of the 1980s and 1990s--Ole Bjorn Roste: Labour Markets and the EMU: The Cases of Norway and Sweden--Barbara MacLennan: Finance, Gender and Structural Change in the European Union--Ulrike Liebert: Constructing EMU: Euro-Scepticism and the Emerging European Public Space--Diamond Ashiagbor: EMU and the Shift from a Social Policy Agenda to an Employment Policy Agenda in European Labour Law--Ton Notermans: The Werner Plan as a Blueprint for EMU?--Jos de Beus: Are Third Way Social Democrats Friends or Enemies of European Integration? A Tocquevillian Tale on the Politics of Administration--David Purdy: Welfare Reform, Social Citizenship and European Integration--Robert Salais: Filling the Gap between Macroeconomic Policy and Situated Approaches to Employment. A Hidden Agenda for Europe?--Lars Magnusson/Bo Strath: Postscript.

A European Social Citizenship? 2004 - Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective (Paperback, Illustrated... A European Social Citizenship? 2004 - Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath, Philippe Pochet
R1,419 R1,297 Discovery Miles 12 970 Save R122 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The aim of this book is to explore and reflect upon preconditions of a specific European social dimension, or more specifically of a European social citizenship. Welfare and social policies in Europe are deeply entrenched in state histories; the success of the welfare state stems from its ability during a fairly long historical period to unify social citizenship, full employment, mass education and a functional industrial relations system. The historical connection between welfare regimes built upon the nation state, and popular democracy founded in party voting, makes the deepening and widening of a common European project a highly risky undertaking and an open process with a radically uncertain outcome. The dilemma in the form of uneasy relationships among national welfare regimes and the evolutionary process of increased market integration--driven both by market forces (globalisation) and the European Union as a political project--is well known and has been demonstrated by different commentators, Every step of deepening market integration in Europe tends to threaten and put pressure on the existing national welfare regimes. As their own populations generally support them, the legitimacy of the EU is at risk. The book analyses the prospects of a coordinated social dimension at the European level, matching the market integration, and what role the concept of citizenship can play in such a scenario.

Identity and Justice, v. 24 - Conflicts, Contradictions and Contingencies (Paperback): Debbie Rodan, Bo Strath Identity and Justice, v. 24 - Conflicts, Contradictions and Contingencies (Paperback)
Debbie Rodan, Bo Strath
R1,008 R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Save R93 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Debbie Rodan adds breadth and depth to the field of literary, cultural and gender studies through a meticulous investigation of notions such as re-presentation, justice and legitimation. She examines their historical and philosophical trajectories as well as their politico-juridical underpinnings through an ambitious and timely recuperation of the Enlightenment projects of rationality and emancipation. The point of departure is a critical engagement with the theoretical work of John Rawls, Jurgen Habermas and Jean-Franois Lyotard. Rodan claims each can be read as foregrounding diverse ways of constituting identity within the social world. Recognition of other people's identity at the social, cultural and national level is crucial to the possibility of justice. Rodan tests the concepts of justice, legitimation and identity through detailed critical readings/analyses of a range of texts. The range includes the film East is East, a number of auto/biographical narratives as well as the Australian government report, Bringing Them Home, which is concerned with the removal of Aboriginal children from their families. She avoids polarising Aboriginal/non-Aboriginal notions of justice, identity etc. by including texts which raise and problematise questions of ethnicity and gender.

Homelands - Poetic Power and the Politics of Space (Paperback): Ron Theodore Robin, Bo Strath Homelands - Poetic Power and the Politics of Space (Paperback)
Ron Theodore Robin, Bo Strath
R1,474 R1,326 Discovery Miles 13 260 Save R148 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book historically surveys the contested poetics of space and place associated with the term homeland in the Middle East, Balkans, Ireland, South Africa and Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These cases of contested homeland discourses are contrasted with a case of non-contention in Sweden. The contributors do not narrate events preceding the conflicts in these divisive areas of the world, they offer and confront representations of homeland from multiple and, at times, unusual perspectives. Ambiguity and variety are one common denominator of this very uncommon collection. These scholarly representations of homeland are saturated with the contradictions of imagination and culture. They all contain a subtext concerning the role of the nation state and its relationships to multiple understandings of homeland in contemporary global cultures and politics. The different and sometimes incompatible opinions voiced here are bound by a common hope to affect the current discourse on nationalism, community, homeland and exile.

A European Memory - Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (Hardcover, New): Malgorzata Pakier, Bo Strath A European Memory - Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (Hardcover, New)
Malgorzata Pakier, Bo Strath
R2,572 Discovery Miles 25 720 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"As the most comprehensive scholarly venture to use the memory concept for a broad assessment of the dark legacies of Nazism, Communism, and World War II for a common European identity, the volume has no equal. It overwhelms the reader with a plethora of both new and well established information and reflection...The overall direction coincides with the current trend towards internationalization of national histories. It can be considered a strong contribution to this important and worthwhile trend." . Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania

An examination of the role of history and memory is vital in order to better understand why the grand design of a United Europe-with a common foreign policy and market yet enough diversity to allow for cultural and social differences-was overwhelmingly turned down by its citizens. The authors argue that this rejection of the European constitution was to a certain extent a challenge to the current historical grounding used for further integration and further demonstrates the lack of understanding by European bureaucrats of the historical complexity and divisiveness of Europe's past. A critical European history is therefore urgently needed to confront and re-imagine Europe, not as a harmonious continent but as the outcome of violent and bloody conflicts, both within Europe as well as with its Others. As the authors show, these dark shadows of Europe's past must be integrated, and the fact that memories of Europe are contested must be accepted if any new attempts at a United Europe are to be successful.

Ma gorzata Pakier has recently received a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Department of History and Civilization. She has published articles in Polish and English on discourses and images of the Holocaust in popular culture and film.

Bo Strath was Professor of Contemporary History at the European University Institute in Florence (1997-2007) and is currently Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor of Nordic, European and World History at Helsinki University. His research concentrates on questions of modernity and the use of history in a European and global perspective."

European Solidarities - Tensions and Contentions of a Concept (Paperback): Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath European Solidarities - Tensions and Contentions of a Concept (Paperback)
Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath
R1,270 R1,161 Discovery Miles 11 610 Save R109 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Europe was Western Europe and socially rather cohesive, the question of economic integration through free market exchanges for labour, commodities and services was not a major problem. The integration of markets was hardly recognised as a real threat to social cohesion. Europe became EU27 and may become EU30: the economic market integration underpins the social problems because of the much bigger differences in Europe in terms of social standards. Capital looking for cheap labour could of course mitigate the differences over time. Job opportunities in low wage parts of Europe might imply unemployment in the high wage part, but in the long run standard differences will decrease. Hence the theory. However, such a scenario will include difficulties which affect the legitimacy of building a European polity. What are - against the backdrop of these difficulties - the prospects of a European social polity where the growing European inequalities are confronted politically at a European level? This is the key question of this book. The book discusses the tensions between a market Europe and a social Europe, between politics of social dumping and politics of social protectionism, and between Europe as a possibility and as a threat. It examines the tensions and contentions of the concepts of solidarity and social Europe against the backdrop of the perceptions of dramatically growing social differences after the enlargements to EU25 and 27. And it reflects on the prospects of political management of the European economy.

Roman Law and the Idea of Europe (Hardcover): Kaius Tuori, Heta Bjoerklund Roman Law and the Idea of Europe (Hardcover)
Kaius Tuori, Heta Bjoerklund; Series edited by Bo Strath, Martti Koskenniemi
R3,079 Discovery Miles 30 790 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book is available as open access through the Bloomsbury Open Access programme and is available on www.bloomsburycollections.com. It is funded by the European Research Council. Roman law is widely considered to be the foundation of European legal culture and an inherent source of unity within European law. Roman Law and the Idea of Europe explores the emergence of this idea of Roman law as an idealized shared heritage, tracing its origins among exiled German scholars in Britain during the Nazi regime. The book follows the spread and influence of these ideas in Europe after the war as part of the larger enthusiasm for European unity. It argues that the rise of the importance of Roman law was a reaction against the crisis of jurisprudence in the face of Nazi ideas of racial and ultranationalistic law, leading to the establishment of the idea of Europe founded on shared legal principles. With contributions from leading academics in the field as well as established younger scholars, this volume will be of immense interests to anyone studying intellectual history, legal history, political history and Roman law in the context of Europe.

A European Memory? - Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (Paperback): Malgorzata Pakier, Bo Strath A European Memory? - Contested Histories and Politics of Remembrance (Paperback)
Malgorzata Pakier, Bo Strath
R952 Discovery Miles 9 520 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"As the most comprehensive scholarly venture to use the memory concept for a broad assessment of the dark legacies of Nazism, Communism, and World War II for a common European identity, the volume has no equal. It overwhelms the reader with a plethora of both new and well established information and reflection...The overall direction coincides with the current trend towards internationalization of national histories. It can be considered a strong contribution to this important and worthwhile trend." Frank Trommler, University of Pennsylvania

An examination of the role of history and memory is vital in order to better understand why the grand design of a United Europe-with a common foreign policy and market yet enough diversity to allow for cultural and social differences-was overwhelmingly turned down by its citizens. The authors argue that this rejection of the European constitution was to a certain extent a challenge to the current historical grounding used for further integration and further demonstrates the lack of understanding by European bureaucrats of the historical complexity and divisiveness of Europe's past. A critical European history is therefore urgently needed to confront and re-imagine Europe, not as a harmonious continent but as the outcome of violent and bloody conflicts, both within Europe as well as with its Others. As the authors show, these dark shadows of Europe's past must be integrated, and the fact that memories of Europe are contested must be accepted if any new attempts at a United Europe are to be successful.

Ma gorzata Pakier is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities, and is also active in planning the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. She received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Department of History and Civilization. Her research interests include the media of memory, especially film, museum, and city spaces, and Holocaust memory and representation.

Bo Strath was Professor of Contemporary History at the European University Institute in Florence (1997-2007) and is currently Academy of Finland Distinguished Professor of Nordic, European and World History at Helsinki University. His research concentrates on questions of modernity and the use of history in a European and global perspective.

European Discourses on Rights - The Quest for Statehood in Europe--The Case of Slovakia (Paperback): Lubica U cn ik European Discourses on Rights - The Quest for Statehood in Europe--The Case of Slovakia (Paperback)
Lubica U cn ik; Edited by Bo Strath
R1,332 Discovery Miles 13 320 Out of stock

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien. By tracing the theoretical genealogy of such ideas as reason, natural and historical rights, the individual, nation, and the state, Lubica Ucnik argues that we need to come to terms with the conceptual framework of the Enlightenment in order to understand the relationship between nationalism and liberalism. The author claims that the foundation of our knowledge is embedded in the modern concept of the individual. She argues that there are two different models of individualism. One is predicated on the mechanistic universe of causation and defined by the idea of negative liberty; the other theorises the individual as relational and hence social. These two conceptions of the individual are tied to different concepts of rights. The idea of nation is likewise contained in the notion of the individual. Once again, there are two possible approaches. Using the example of the splitting of Czecho-Slovakia, the concept of historical right theorised by the German Historical School of Recht is elaborated. After the First World War, the idea of natural right, as advanced by the Treaty of Versailles promised a sense of legality to all nations living in Central Eastern Europe. Now two concepts - natural right and historical right - provide a basis for the claim of each nation to its own state. The complexity of the political situation in Europe after 1989 thus has to be interpreted differently. Contents: The book aims to explain the theoretical heritage of the Enlightenment in the context of liberalism and nationalism. It presents clear conceptual accounts of the individual, rights, the nation, the state, as well as the relationshipbetween the individual and the state, sensus communis, rational and irrational nations. This discussion enables a change of focus in current debates about nationalism versus liberalism and draws upon the split of Czecho-Slovakia as an example.

The Organization of Labour Markets - Modernity, Culture and Governance in Germany, Sweden, Britain and Japan (Hardcover,... The Organization of Labour Markets - Modernity, Culture and Governance in Germany, Sweden, Britain and Japan (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Bo Strath
R3,911 Discovery Miles 39 110 Out of stock

There have been dramatic shifts in the behaviour of labour markets and the conduct of industrial relations in the last century. This volume explores these changes in the context of four very different societies: Germany, Sweden, Britain and Japan. However, despite their manifest differences, the author demonstrates that for long periods their labour markets were similar in many crucial respects. The book discusses:
* the failure of neo-corporatism in Britain in the 1970's and the subsequent rise of Thatcherism;
* the rise of Japan as a model for orderly industrial relations in the 1970's
* the collapse of the German and the success of the Swedish labour markets in the 1930's.

Europe's Utopias of Peace - 1815, 1919, 1951 (Paperback): Bo Strath Europe's Utopias of Peace - 1815, 1919, 1951 (Paperback)
Bo Strath
R963 Discovery Miles 9 630 Out of stock

Europe's Utopias of Peace explores attempts to create a lasting European peace in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars and the two world wars. The book charts the 250 year cycle of violent European conflicts followed by new utopian formulations for peace. The utopian illusion was that future was predictable and rules could prescribe behaviour in conflicts to come. Bo Strath examines the reiterative bicentenary cycle since 1815, where each new postwar period built on a design for a project for European unification. He sets out the key historical events and the continuous struggle with nationalism, linking them to legal, political and economic thought. Biographical sketches of the most prominent thinkers and actors provide the human element to this narrative. Europe's Utopias of Peace presents a new perspective on the ideological, legal, economic and intellectual conditions that shaped Europe since the 19th century and presents this in a global context. It challenges the conventional narrative on Europe's past as a progressive enlightenment heritage, highlighting the ambiguities of the legacies that pervade the institutional structures of contemporary Europe. Its long-term historical perspective will be invaluable for students of contemporary Europe or modern European history.

Europe's Utopias of Peace - 1815, 1919, 1951 (Hardcover): Bo Strath Europe's Utopias of Peace - 1815, 1919, 1951 (Hardcover)
Bo Strath
R2,713 R2,417 Discovery Miles 24 170 Save R296 (11%) Out of stock

Europe's Utopias of Peace explores attempts to create a lasting European peace in the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars and the two world wars. The book charts the 250 year cycle of violent European conflicts followed by new utopian formulations for peace. The utopian illusion was that future was predictable and rules could prescribe behaviour in conflicts to come. Bo Strath examines the reiterative bicentenary cycle since 1815, where each new postwar period built on a design for a project for European unification. He sets out the key historical events and the continuous struggle with nationalism, linking them to legal, political and economic thought. Biographical sketches of the most prominent thinkers and actors provide the human element to this narrative. Europe's Utopias of Peace presents a new perspective on the ideological, legal, economic and intellectual conditions that shaped Europe since the 19th century and presents this in a global context. It challenges the conventional narrative on Europe's past as a progressive enlightenment heritage, highlighting the ambiguities of the legacies that pervade the institutional structures of contemporary Europe. Its long-term historical perspective will be invaluable for students of contemporary Europe or modern European history.

Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other (Paperback, 4th Revised edition): Bo Strath Europe and the Other and Europe as the Other (Paperback, 4th Revised edition)
Bo Strath
R1,251 Discovery Miles 12 510 Out of stock

This book contributes to the debate on what Europe means by demonstrating the complexities and contradictions inherent in the concept. They are seen most clearly when Europe is viewed from a long historical perspective. During the closing decades of the twentieth century Europe emerged as one of the main points of reference in both the cultural and the political constructs of the global community. An obsession with the concept of European identity is readily discernible. This process of identity construction provokes critical questions which the book aims to address. At the same time the book explores the opportunities offered by the concept of Europe to see how it may be used in the construction of the future. The approach is one of both deconstruction and reconstruction. The issue of Europe is closely related in the book to more general issues concerning the cultural construction of community. The book should therefore be seen as the companion of Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community, which is also published by PIE-Peter Lang in the series Multiple Europes. The book appears within the framework of a research project on the cultural construction of community in modernisation processes in comparison. This project is a joint enterprise of the European University Institute in Florence and the Humboldt University in Berlin sponsored by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Fund.

Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity - Minor States in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1600-2000 (Paperback): Linas Eriksonas,... Statehood Before and Beyond Ethnicity - Minor States in Northern and Eastern Europe, 1600-2000 (Paperback)
Linas Eriksonas, Leos Muller, Bo Strath; Edited by Linas Eriksonas, Leos Muller
R1,580 Discovery Miles 15 800 Out of stock

Today's world is a world of nation-states; few have survived since the early modern period, some have existed for three hundred years, most came into being during the second part of the last century. Yet the equation between the state and the nation does not go back far in history, despite the prevailing tendency to view the state as closely linked to ethnicity. To challenge the latter this book attempts to examine statehood separately from the concept of ethnicity; it asks what is non-ethnic about statehood by looking at 'statehood before and beyond ethnicity'. A non-ethnic statehood is analysed in two forms: as a historical phenomenon at the time of the emergence of the early modern state (Part One) and as a historical tradition which had been pursued by the nation-builders in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (Part Two). Instead of looking at great powers as traditional models of statehood, individual chapters focus on minor and less familiar states in Northern and Eastern Europe from the period c. 1600-2000, including Belgium, Bohemia, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania, Poland-Lithuania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sweden, Scotland and Transylvania.

Europe & the Other & Europe as the Other (Paperback): Bo Strath Europe & the Other & Europe as the Other (Paperback)
Bo Strath; Contributions by Luisa Passerini, Hayden White, Lutz Niethammer, Peter Burke, …
R1,223 Discovery Miles 12 230 Out of stock

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien. This book contributes to the debate on what Europe is by demonstrating the complexities and contradictions inherent in the concept. They are seen most clearly when Europe is viewed from a long historical perspective. During the closing decades of the twentieth century Europe emerged as one of the main points of reference in both the cultural and the political constructs of the global community. An obsession with the concept of European identity is identifiable. European identity is usually seen in relation to national identity, either in an uneasy opposition to it, that is, as an alternative to the nation, or in a situation in which it overlaps with and complements the nation. The structure of national identify is "projected" onto European identity, and this projection has an ideological underpinning, for no projection is ever non-interested or non-ideological. This process of identity construction provokes searching questions which the book aims to address. At the same time the book explores the opportunities offered by the concept of Europe to see how it may be used in the construction of the future. The approach is one of both deconstruction and reconstruction. The issue of Europe is closely related in the book to more general issues relating to the cultural construction of community. The book should therefore be seen as the companion of Myth and Memory in the Construction of Community, which also is published by PIE-Peter Lang in the series Multiple Europes.

Democratisation in Turkey, v. 31 - The Role of Political Parties (Paperback): Huri Tursan Democratisation in Turkey, v. 31 - The Role of Political Parties (Paperback)
Huri Tursan; Edited by Bo Strath
R1,007 Discovery Miles 10 070 Out of stock

Party politics has been undergoing a revival in many democracies. However, parties are much less studied in countries with unstable political regimes. Party interactions can help to provide explanations for the emergence and performance of regimes, whether of the democratic or authoritarian type. This book is a comprehensive case study that analyses, in depth, Turkish political parties. Starting with broad historical analysis, Huri Tursan takes the reader down to the most recent electoral activities and party politics in a country whose topicality is on the rise, not least due to its political problems. While the author deals with many issues of politics (including the role of the military), she focuses on an aspect of party competition which renders democracy problematic in Turkey, namely polarisation in party politics along cleavages.

Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity (Paperback): James Kaye, Bo Strath Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity (Paperback)
James Kaye, Bo Strath; Edited by Editors, James Kaye, Bo Strath
R769 Discovery Miles 7 690 Out of stock

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt/M., New York, Oxford, Wien. Philosophy and Politics. Vol. 5 General Editor: Gabriel Fragniere. On the threshold to the 21st century the cry 'never again' seems illusory, even absurd. Did it ever harbour credibility? Were we so naive? The Holocaust was not a finality, not the end of 'final solutions' in Europe. Genocide has continued to emerge as an active element in European politics and policies. Kosovo and Bosnia provide testament. This book presents the concept of genocide as a political and social tool in modern Europe, not only reconciled with modernity, but as what may be an integral component. Modernity, however, is also closely linked with the Enlightenment and its concepts of tolerance, equality and liberty. This volume sheds light upon the inherent contradictions of modernity between Enlightenment and genocide, and on how this ambivalent European heritage is confronted. This book was produced in the framework of the research project The Cultural Construction of Community in Modernisation Processes in Comparison in co-operation between the European University Institute in Florence and Humboldt University in Berlin. Contents: James Kaye/Bo Strath: Introduction: Enlightenment and Genocide, Contradictions of Modernity - Zygmunt Bauman: The Duty to Remember, - But What? - Robert Wokler: The Enlightenment Project on the Eve of Holocaust - James Schmidt: Genocide and the Limits of Enlightenment: Horkheimer and Adorno Revisited - Arpad Szakolczai: Modernity Interpreted through Weber and Foucault - Stefan Elbe: Of Seismographs and Earthquakes: Nietzsche, Nihilism and Genocide - Arne Johan Vetlesen: Yugoslavia, Genocide and Modernity - Robert Thurston:Stalinism in Context and Perspective: Sources of Permission to Hate in Europe - Elin Frykman: The Cutting Edge: A Sterilisation Campaign in Sweden - Goran Rosenberg: The Heritage of a Century.

The Meaning of Europe - Variety and Contention within and Among Nations (Paperback, First): Mikael af Malmborg, Bo Strath The Meaning of Europe - Variety and Contention within and Among Nations (Paperback, First)
Mikael af Malmborg, Bo Strath
R850 Discovery Miles 8 500 Out of stock

Mention the word Europe in today's society and you are greeted with a range of responses, from impassioned debate, to scepticism and outright hostility. Yet long before the emergence of the modern European Union, the concept of Europe played a vital role in the creation of national identity. This book considers the wealth of contemporary and historical attitudes towards Europe and how these vary both within and between nation-states.
Why are some countries 'Europhiles' whilst others are 'Europhobic'? How has Europe alternately been perceived as a threat to local culture and identity or as the core of nation-building? Why are individual responses to Europe so diverse? Comparing and contrasting experiences from twelve very different countries, the authors explore the multitude of ways in which established national discourses are reconciled with an emerging identity within the EU. In doing so, this book makes an important contribution to what has proved to be one of the most controversial and heated debates of our time.

From the Werner Plan to the EMU (Paperback): Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath From the Werner Plan to the EMU (Paperback)
Lars Magnusson, Bo Strath; Edited by Editors
R1,168 Discovery Miles 11 680 Out of stock

The aim of this book is to explore the preconditions of a European political economy. The establishment of the monetary union and the European Central Bank constitutes a major step towards greater economic, social and political integration between the Member States of the European Union, and is therefore a momentous event in European history. What do the historically given preconditions of a European political economy mean in practice and theory in terms of future possibilities? With a historical perspective on European monetary integration, from the strains in the dollar-based Bretton Woods order in the 1960s and earlier, the Werner Plan around 1970, and the internal market in the 1980s to the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, future prospects of EMU are discussed. The book is based on the reflections of a working group at the European University Institute in Florence in operation from 1999 to 2001. The fifteen chapters are organised in clusters on the historical and conceptual setting, on financial institutions and economic theory, on social practices and legal framework, and on future prospects. Historians, philosophers, economists, political scientists and sociologists contribute to this interdisciplinary attempt to come to terms with both the preconditions and the prospects of EMU. Contents: Lars Magnusson/Bo Strath: From the Werner Plan to the EMU: In Search of a European Political Economy. Historical Perspectives and Future Prospects--Hubert Zimmermann: The Fall of Bretton Woods and the Emergence of the Werner Plan--Amy Verdun: The Political Economy of the Werner and Delors Reports: Continuity amidst Change or Change amidst Continuity?--David Purdy: Economic Theory and Policy from theKeynesian Revolution to the Third Way--J. Peter Burgess/Bo Strath: Money and Political Economy: From the Werner Plan to the Delors Report and Beyond--Lars Magnusson/Jan Ottosson: The Political Transaction Costs of the Convergence Criteria--The EMU Compromise for the Delors Committee to Maastricht--Sheila C. Dow: The ECB, Banking, Monetary Policy and Unemployment--Roger Hammersland: We are arrogant because we are good--A Critical Appraisal of Central Banking versus Fiscal Policy in Accomplishing the Community Wide Convergence of the 1980s and 1990s--Ole Bjorn Roste: Labour Markets and the EMU: The Cases of Norway and Sweden--Barbara MacLennan: Finance, Gender and Structural Change in the European Union--Ulrike Liebert: Constructing EMU: Euro-Scepticism and the Emerging European Public Space--Diamond Ashiagbor: EMU and the Shift from a Social Policy Agenda to an Employment Policy Agenda in European Labour Law--Ton Notermans: The Werner Plan as a Blueprint for EMU?--Jos de Beus: Are Third Way Social Democrats Friends or Enemies of European Integration? A Tocquevillian Tale on the Politics of Administration--David Purdy: Welfare Reform, Social Citizenship and European Integration--Robert Salais: Filling the Gap between Macroeconomic Policy and Situated Approaches to Employment. A Hidden Agenda for Europe?--Lars Magnusson/Bo Strath: Postscript.

A European Social Citizenship? - Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective (Paperback, illustrated... A European Social Citizenship? - Preconditions for Future Policies from a Historical Perspective (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Lars Magnusson, Philippe Pochet, Bo Strath; Contributions by Saltsa
R1,204 Discovery Miles 12 040 Out of stock

The aim of this book is to explore and reflect upon preconditions of a specific European social dimension, or more specifically of a European social citizenship. Welfare and social policies in Europe are deeply entrenched in state histories; the success of the welfare state stems from its ability during a fairly long historical period to unify social citizenship, full employment, mass education and a functional industrial relations system. The historical connection between welfare regimes built upon the nation state, and popular democracy founded in party voting, makes the deepening and widening of a common European project a highly risky undertaking and an open process with a radically uncertain outcome. The dilemma in the form of uneasy relationships among national welfare regimes and the evolutionary process of increased market integration--driven both by market forces (globalisation) and the European Union as a political project--is well known and has been demonstrated by different commentators, Every step of deepening market integration in Europe tends to threaten and put pressure on the existing national welfare regimes. As their own populations generally support them, the legitimacy of the EU is at risk. The book analyses the prospects of a coordinated social dimension at the European level, matching the market integration, and what role the concept of citizenship can play in such a scenario.

European Modernity - A Global Approach (Hardcover): Bo Strath, Peter Wagner European Modernity - A Global Approach (Hardcover)
Bo Strath, Peter Wagner
R1,759 R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Save R266 (15%) Out of stock

It is often taken for granted that modernity emerged in Europe and diffused from there across the world. This book questions that assumption and re-examines the question of European modernity in the light of world history. Bo Strath and Peter Wagner re-position Europe in the global context of the 19th and 20th centuries. They show that Europe is less modern than has been assumed, and modernity less European and thus decentre Europe in a way that makes room for a wider historical perspective. Adopting a thematic structure, the authors reconceive the idea of European modernity in relation to key topics such as democracy, capitalism and market society, individual autonomy, religion and politics. European Modernity is an important addition to the literature that will be of interest to all students and scholars of modern European history.

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