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Counting the Many - The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule (Paperback, New): Melissa Schwartzberg Counting the Many - The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule (Paperback, New)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R639 Discovery Miles 6 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Supermajority rules govern many features of our lives in common: from the selection of textbooks for our children's schools to residential covenants, from the policy choices of state and federal legislatures to constitutional amendments. It is usually assumed that these rules are not only normatively unproblematic but necessary to achieve the goals of institutional stability, consensus, and minority protections. In this book, Melissa Schwartzberg challenges the logic underlying the use of supermajority rule as an alternative to majority decision making. She traces the hidden history of supermajority decision making, which originally emerged as an alternative to unanimous rule, and highlights the tensions in the contemporary use of supermajority rules as an alternative to majority rule. Although supermajority rules ostensibly aim to reduce the purported risks associated with majority decision making, they do so at the cost of introducing new liabilities associated with the biased judgments they generate and secure.

Political Legitimacy - NOMOS LXI (Hardcover): Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg Political Legitimacy - NOMOS LXI (Hardcover)
Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg
R1,653 R1,319 Discovery Miles 13 190 Save R334 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Essays on the political, legal, and philosophical dimensions of political legitimacy. Scholars, journalists, and politicians today worry that the world's democracies are facing a crisis of legitimacy. Although there are key challenges facing democracy-including concerns about electoral interference, adherence to the rule of law, and the freedom of the press-it is not clear that these difficulties threaten political legitimacy. Such ambiguity derives in part from the contested nature of the concept of legitimacy, and from disagreements over how to measure it. This volume reflects the cutting edge of responses to these perennial questions, drawing, in the distinctive NOMOS fashion, from political science, philosophy, and law. Contributors address fundamental philosophical questions such as the nature of public reasons of authority, as well as urgent concerns about contemporary democracy, including whether "animus" matters for the legitimacy of President Trump's travel ban, barring entry for nationals from six Muslim-majority nations, and the effect of fundamental transitions within the moral economy, such as the decline of labor unions. Featuring twelve essays from leading scholars, Political Legitimacy is an important and timely addition to the NOMOS series.

Privatization - NOMOS LX (Hardcover): Melissa Schwartzberg Privatization - NOMOS LX (Hardcover)
Melissa Schwartzberg; Edited by Jack Knight
R1,654 R1,321 Discovery Miles 13 210 Save R333 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A distinguished group of scholars explore the moral values and political consequences of privatization The 21st century has seen a proliferation of privatization across industries in the United States, from security and the military to public transportation and infrastructure. In shifting control from the state to private actors, do we weaken or strengthen structures of governance? Do state-owned enterprises promise to be more equal and fair than their privately-owned rivals? What role can accountability measures play in mediating the effects of privatization; and what role does coercion play in the state governance and control? In this latest installment from the NOMOS series, an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars in political science, law, and philosophy examine the moral and political consequences of transferring state-provided or state-owned goods and services to the private sector. The essays consider how we should evaluate the decision to privatize, both with respect to the quality of outcomes that might be produced, and in terms of the effects of privatization on the core values underlying democratic decision-making. Privatization also affects the structure of governance in a variety of important ways, and these essays evaluate the consequences of privatization on the state. Privatization sheds new light on these highly salient questions of contemporary political life and institutional design.

Wealth - NOMOS LVIII (Hardcover): Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg Wealth - NOMOS LVIII (Hardcover)
Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg
R1,662 R1,374 Discovery Miles 13 740 Save R288 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An in-depth political, legal, and philosophical study into the implications of wealth inequality in modern societies. Wealth, and specifically its distribution, has been a topic of great debate in recent years. Calls for justice against corporations implicated in the 2008 financial crash; populist rallying against "the one percent"; distrust of the influence of wealthy donors on elections and policy-all of these issues have their roots in a larger discussion of how wealth operates in American economic and political life. In Wealth a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars in political science, law and philosophy address the complex set of questions that relate to economic wealth and its implications for social and political life in modern societies. The volume thus brings together a range of perspectives on wealth, inequality, capitalism, oligarchy, and democracy. The essays also cover a number of more specific topics including limitarianism, US Constitutional history, the wealth defense industry, slavery, and tax policy. Wealth offers analysis and prescription including original assessment of existing forms of economic wealth and creative policy responses for the negative implications of wealth inequality. Economic wealth and its distribution is a pressing issue and this latest installment in the NOMOS series offers new and thought provoking insights.

Privatization (Hardcover): Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg Privatization (Hardcover)
Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg
R2,060 R1,776 Discovery Miles 17 760 Save R284 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Democracy and Legal Change (Paperback): Melissa Schwartzberg Democracy and Legal Change (Paperback)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since ancient Athens, democrats have taken pride in their power and inclination to change their laws, yet they have also sought to counter this capacity by creating immutable laws. In Democracy and Legal Change, Melissa Schwartzberg argues that modifying law is a fundamental and attractive democratic activity. Against those who would defend the use of 'entrenchment clauses' to protect key constitutional provisions from revision, Schwartzberg seeks to demonstrate historically the strategic and even unjust purposes unamendable laws have typically served, and to highlight the regrettable consequences that entrenchment may have for democracies today. Drawing on historical evidence, classical political theory, and contemporary constitutional and democratic theory, Democracy and Legal Change reexamines the relationship between democracy and the rule of law from a new, and often surprising, set of vantage points.

Democracy and Legal Change (Hardcover): Melissa Schwartzberg Democracy and Legal Change (Hardcover)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R1,963 R1,816 Discovery Miles 18 160 Save R147 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since ancient Athens, democrats have taken pride in their power and inclination to change their laws, yet they have also sought to counter this capacity by creating immutable laws. In Democracy and Legal Change, Melissa Schwartzberg argues that modifying law is a fundamental and attractive democratic activity. Against those who would defend the use of ??entrenchment clauses?? to protect key constitutional provisions from revision, Schwartzberg seeks to demonstrate historically the strategic and even unjust purposes unamendable laws have typically served, and to highlight the regrettable consequences that entrenchment may have for democracies today. Drawing on historical evidence, classical political thought, and contemporary constitutional and democratic theory, Democracy and Legal Change reexamines the relationship between democracy and the rule of law from a new, and often surprising, set of vantage points.

Counting the Many - The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule (Hardcover, New): Melissa Schwartzberg Counting the Many - The Origins and Limits of Supermajority Rule (Hardcover, New)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R1,849 Discovery Miles 18 490 Out of stock

Supermajority rules govern many features of our lives in common: from the selection of textbooks for our children's schools to residential covenants, from the policy choices of state and federal legislatures to constitutional amendments. It is usually assumed that these rules are not only normatively unproblematic but necessary to achieve the goals of institutional stability, consensus, and minority protections. In this book, Melissa Schwartzberg challenges the logic underlying the use of supermajority rule as an alternative to majority decision making. She traces the hidden history of supermajority decision making, which originally emerged as an alternative to unanimous rule, and highlights the tensions in the contemporary use of supermajority rules as an alternative to majority rule. Although supermajority rules ostensibly aim to reduce the purported risks associated with majority decision making, they do so at the cost of introducing new liabilities associated with the biased judgments they generate and secure.

Protest and Dissent - NOMOS LXII (Hardcover): Melissa Schwartzberg Protest and Dissent - NOMOS LXII (Hardcover)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R1,517 Discovery Miles 15 170 Out of stock

Essays on the justification, strategy, and limits of mass protests and political dissent In Protest and Dissent, the latest installment of the NOMOS series, distinguished scholars from the fields of political science, law, and philosophy provide a fresh, interdisciplinary perspective on the potential-and limits-of mass protest and disobedience in today's age. Featuring ten timely essays, the contributors address a number of contemporary movements, from Black Lives Matter and the Women's March, to Occupy Wall Street and Standing Rock. Ultimately, this volume challenges us to re-imagine the boundaries between civil and uncivil disagreement, political reform and radical transformation, and democratic ends and means. Protest and Dissent offers thought-provoking insights into a new era of political resistance.

Political Legitimacy - Nomos LXI (Hardcover): Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg Political Legitimacy - Nomos LXI (Hardcover)
Jack Knight, Melissa Schwartzberg
R2,973 Discovery Miles 29 730 Out of stock
Protest and Dissent - Nomos LXII (Hardcover): Melissa Schwartzberg Protest and Dissent - Nomos LXII (Hardcover)
Melissa Schwartzberg
R2,997 Discovery Miles 29 970 Out of stock
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