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194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: E-government and e-governance
  • E-governance era : paradigm shifts and megatrends, Janus face of technology, digital divide, and the hype curve/hype cycle
  • Technology models and societal preferences : technology acceptance model (TAM), diffusion of innovation (DOI), and web trust
  • Scientific knowledge, technocrats, and the role of the expert
  • Open innovation, advancements in technological innovation and the impact of modern networks on participation
  • Deliberative democracy and citizen participation
  • Modern deliberative democracy means and web 2.0 technology : social media and crowdsourcing
  • Modern deliberative democracy means and web 2.0 technology : suggestion boxes, deliberative mini-publics, citizen review panels, deliberative polls and public meetings
  • E-governance, deliberative democracy and voting processes : part one
  • E-governance, deliberative democracy and voting processes : part two.
E-Governance as a field of study is relatively new when considered within the broader historical context of US democracy. The advent of the modern Internet in the early 1990s yielded new technologies that began to shift citizen expectations of how government can -- and in many cases should -- govern. Though innovations continue to emerge at a rapid pace, these technologies may be used to reinforce long-held deliberative democracy principles, including transparency, accountability and flexibility. Advances in E-Governance offers a comprehensive exploration of the role that technological innovation plays in facilitating government action and citizen participation. In this timely book, author Anthony Trotta differentiates e-governance from e-government and examines the increasingly important role social media and crowdsourcing have come to play in our democracy, and the interactions between technology, polling, voting, and outcomes. Including practical cases ranging from DMV registration to online tax filing and markers of successful implementation, Advances in E-Governance carefully addresses how the adoption and expansion of electronic platforms align with new government paradigms and looks to future trends in this rapidly expanding field.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498701181 20170925
Law Library (Crown)
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1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
  • SECTION I: THEORETICAL INNOVATION-- SECTION II: CONCEPTUAL AND METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT-- SECTION III: NEW EMPIRICAL HORIZONS-- SECTION IV: DISCUSSION AND DEBATE.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198748977 20171017
There is a mounting body of evidence pointing towards rising levels of public dissatisfaction with the formal political process. Depoliticization refers to a more discrete range of contemporary strategies that add to this growing trend towards anti-politics by either removing or displacing the potential for choice, collective agency, and deliberation. This book examines the relationship between these two trends as understood within the broader shift towards governance. It brings together a number of contributions from scholars who have a varied range of concerns but who nevertheless share a common interest in developing the concept of depoliticization through their engagement with a set of theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical questions. This volume explores these questions from a variety of different perspectives and uses a number of different empirical examples and case studies from both within the nation state as well as from other regional, global, and multi-level arenas. In this context, this volume examines the potential and limits of depoliticization as a concept and its position and contribution in the nexus between the larger and more established literatures on governance and anti-politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198748977 20171017
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x, 177 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
  • 1.Introduction: Legitimation & Authoritarianism 2. The Authoritarian Public Sphere: 'We Always Had Complaints But Only in Our Minds' 3. Authoritarian Power & Legitimating Messages: A Framework for Analysis 4. Manipulating the Public Sphere in North Korea, Burma/Myanmar, and China 5. Unsettling an Authoritarian Public Sphere? Shadow Markets, Independent Journalism, and the Internet 6. Beyond Post-Cold War Asia: Explorations in the Authoritarian Public Sphere 7. Conclusion: The Authoritarian Public Sphere and Contemporary Autocracies.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138210356 20170321
Authoritarian regimes craft and disseminate reasons, stories, and explanations for why they are entitled to rule. To shield those legitimating messages from criticism, authoritarian regimes also censor information that they find threatening. While committed opponents of the regime may be violently repressed, this book is about how the authoritarian state keeps the majority of its people quiescent by manipulating the ways in which they talk and think about political processes, the authorities, and political alternatives. Using North Korea, Burma (Myanmar) and China as case studies, this book explains how the authoritarian public sphere shapes political discourse in each context. It also examines three domains of potential subversion of legitimating messages: the shadow markets of North Korea, networks of independent journalists in Burma, and the online sphere in China. In addition to making a theoretical contribution to the study of authoritarianism, the book draws upon unique empirical data from fieldwork conducted in the region, including interviews with North Korean defectors in South Korea, Burmese exiles in Thailand, and Burmese in Myanmar who stayed in the country during the military government. When analyzed alongside state-produced media, speeches, and legislation, the material provides a rich understanding of how autocratic legitimation influences everyday discussions about politics in the authoritarian public sphere. Explaining how autocracies manipulate the ways in which their citizens talk and think about politics, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of Asian politics, comparative politics and authoritarian regimes.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138210356 20170321
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
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ix, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Introduction-- 1. Rethinking the making of citizens-- 2. Seeing like a Sheikh-- 3. Enlightenment under autocracy-- 4. Symbolism, spectacle, and the shaping of the post-petroleum citizen-- 5. From enlightenment to entitlement: intended and unintended outcomes of social engineering-- 6. Explaining the paradox of the entitled patriot-- 7. Conclusion-- Appendix A: ethnography, interviews, and focus groups-- Appendix B: survey evidence.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107175723 20170731
How are state leaders adapting their citizen-building strategies for globalization? What outcomes are they achieving, and why? Bedouins into Bourgeois investigates an ambitious state-led social engineering campaign in the United Arab Emirates, where leaders aimed to encourage more entrepreneurial, market-friendly, patriotic, and civic-minded citizens. Extensive ethnography - including interviews with a ruling monarch - reveals the rulers' reasoning and goals for social engineering. Through surveys and experiments, social engineering outcomes are examined, as well as the reasons for these outcomes, with surprising results. This fascinating study illustrates how social engineering strategies that use nationalism to motivate citizens can have paradoxical effects, increasing patriotism but unexpectedly discouraging or "crowding out" development-friendly mind-sets.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107175723 20170731
Green Library
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xvi, 386 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Foreword / Arturo Escobar ix Preface and Acknowledgments xiii Introduction. Interrogating the Civil Society Agenda, Reassessing Uncivic Political Activism / Sonia E. Alvarez, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Agustin Lao-Montes, Jeffrey W. Rubin, and Millie Thayer 1 Part I. Interrogating the Civil Society Agenda: Reflections on Brazil 1. A Century of Councils: Participatory Budgeting and the Long History of Participation in Brazil / Gianpaolo Baiocchi 27 2. Civil Society in Brazil: From State Autonomy to Political Interdependency / Leonardo Avritzer 45 3. The Making and Unmaking of a New Democratic Space / Andrea Cornwall 63 4. Uncivil Subjects, Uncivil Women: Civic Participation, Ambivalence, and Political Subjectivity among Grassroots Community Leaders in Porto Alegre, Brazil / Benjamin Junge 81 Part II. Mapping Movement Fileds 5. Mapping the Field of Afro-Latin American Politics: In and Out of the Civil Society Agenda / Agustin Lao-Montes 103 6. Social Movement Demands in Argentina and the Constitution of a "Feminist People" / Graciela Di Marco 122 7. Politics by Other Means: Resistance to Neoliberal Politics / Graciela Monteagudo 141 8. The "Gray Zone" Between Movements and Markets: Brazilian Feminists and the International Aid Chain / Millie Thayer 156 Part III. The Nexus of Civic and Uncivic Politics 9. "This is No Longer a Democracy . . .": Thoughts on the Local Referendums on Mining on Peru's Northern Frontier / Raphael Hoetmer 179 10. From Afro-Colombians to Afro-Descendants: The Trajectory of Black Social Movements in Colombia, 1990-2010 / Kiran Asher 199 11. In the Streets and in the Institutions: Movements-in-Democracy and the Rural Women's Movement in Rio Grande Do Sol / Jeffrey W. Rubin 219 12. Refounding the Political: The Struggle for Provincialization in Santa Elena, Ecuador / Amaliea Pallares 238 Part IV. Movements, Regimes, and Refoundations 13. The Counterpoint Between Contention and Civic Collective Action in Venezuela's Recent Democracy / Margarita Lopez Maya and Luis E. Lander 261 14. Brazil: Back to the Streets? / Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ana Claudia Teixeira 282 15.Monuments of (De) Colonization: Violence, Democracy, and Gray Zones in Bolivia after January 11, 2007 / Jose Antonio Lucero 296 16 Beyond the Civil Society Agenda? Participation and Practices of Governance, Governability, and Governmentality in Latin America / Sonia E. Alvarez 316 Conclusion. Uncontained Activism / Millie Thayer and Jeffrey W. Rubin 331 References 339 Contributors 369 Index 373.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363255 20170710
The contributors to Beyond Civil Society argue that the conventional distinction between civic and uncivic protest, and between activism in institutions and in the streets, does not accurately describe the complex interactions of forms and locations of activism characteristic of twenty-first-century Latin America. They show that most contemporary political activism in the region relies upon both confrontational collective action and civic participation at different moments. Operating within fluid, dynamic, and heterogeneous fields of contestation, activists have not been contained by governments or conventional political categories, but rather have overflowed their boundaries, opening new democratic spaces or extending existing ones in the process. These essays offer fresh insight into how the politics of activism, participation, and protest are manifest in Latin America today while providing a new conceptual language and an interpretive framework for examining issues that are critical for the future of the region and beyond. Contributors. Sonia E. Alvarez, Kiran Asher, Leonardo Avritzer, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Andrea Cornwall, Graciela DiMarco, Arturo Escobar, Raphael Hoetmer, Benjamin Junge, Luis E. Lander, Agustin Lao-Montes, Margarita Lopez Maya, Jose Antonio Lucero, Graciela Monteagudo, Amalia Pallares, Jeffrey W. Rubin, Ana Claudia Teixeira, Millie Thayer.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780822363255 20170710
Green Library

6. Brooklyn matters [2007]

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1 online resource (streaming video file) (57 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound Sound: digital. Digital: video file; MPEG-4; Flash.
Brooklyn Matters reveals how a few powerful men tried to tilt the Brooklyn landscape in favor of big real estate at the expense of urban livability. Disregarding time-honored urban planning principles and manipulating a desperate need in the African-American community for jobs and affordable housing, they pushed their own interests forward--luxury housing and a 20,000 seat sports arena. The film poses vital, timely questions that are relevant to cities across the country: What is the proper use of eminent domain? What role does environmental and economic justice play in government-sponsored projects? Who does represent the community? Should traffic-intensive projects be approved without mandatory mitigation measures? Should taxpayer money go to acquire private property for a sports arena? What and who determines if an area is "blighted?" Does the public have a right to know about the use of public finances in large-scale real estate projects?
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xv, 226 pages ; 24 cm
  • Introduction-- 1. A brief political history and cast of characters-- 2. Building blocks of a moral universe-- 3. On human nature and the nature of politics-- 4. Order and freedom/liberation: purposes of politics-- 5. What is 'politics' and what constitutes 'participation'?-- 6. Discipline, rights, and morality: 'democracy' in contemporary Myanmar-- Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107155695 20170130
This is the first book to provide a broad overview of the ways in which Buddhist ideas have influenced political thinking and politics in Myanmar. Matthew Walton draws extensively on Burmese language sources from the last 150 years to describe the 'moral universe' of contemporary Theravada Buddhism that has anchored most political thought in Myanmar. In explaining multiple Burmese understandings of notions such as 'democracy' and 'political participation', the book provides readers with a conceptual framework for understanding some of the key dynamics of Myanmar's ongoing political transition. Some of these ideas help to shed light on restrictive or exclusionary political impulses, such as anti-Muslim Buddhist nationalism or scepticism towards the ability of the masses to participate in politics. Walton provides an analytical framework for understanding Buddhist influences on politics that will be accessible to a wide range of readers and will generate future research and debate.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107155695 20170130
Green Library
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xi, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • PART ONE: DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL IDENTITY-- PART TWO: DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL IDENTITY IN THE EU-- PART THREE: TESTING THE LINGUA FRANCA THESIS - BELGIUM AND SWITZERLAND COMPARED-- PART FOUR: IMPLICATIONS FOR DEMOCRATIC LEGITIMACY AND POLITICAL IDENTITY IN THE EU.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198796886 20170807
Centripetal democracy is the idea that legitimate democratic institutions set in motion forms of citizen practice and representative behaviour that serve as powerful drivers of political identity formation. Partisan modes of political representation in the context of multifaceted electoral and direct democratic voting opportunities are emphasised on this model. There is, however, a strain of thought predominant in political theory that doubts the democratic capacities of political systems constituted by multiple public spheres. This view is referred to as the lingua franca thesis on sustainable democratic systems (LFT). Inadequate democratic institutions and acute demands to divide the political system (through devolution or secession), are predicted by this thesis. By combining an original normative democratic theory with a comparative analysis of how Belgium and Switzerland have variously managed to sustain themselves as multilingual democracies, this book identifies the main institutional features of a democratically legitimate European Union and the conditions required to bring it about. Part One presents a novel theory of democratic legitimacy and political identity formation on which subsequent analyses are based. Part Two defines the EU as a demoi-cracy and provides a thorough democratic assessment of this political system. Part Three explains why Belgium has largely succumbed to the centrifugal logic predicted by the LFT, while Switzerland apparently defies this logic. Part Four presents a model of centripetal democracy for the EU, one that would greatly reduce its democratic deficit and ensure that this political system does not succumb to the centrifugal forces expected by the LFT.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780198796886 20170807
Green Library
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xix, 326 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Preface-- 1. China's approach to governance reform-- 2. Concept, chronology, and drivers of transparency reform-- 3. Transparency and corruption: analysis of variation within China and hypothesis testing-- 4. Comparing approaches to combatting corruption: the Guangdong and Chongqing models-- 5. Concept, chronology, and drivers of participation reform-- 6. Participation and compliance: analysis of variation and hypothesis testing-- 7. Making policy in public: a comparison of three Chinese provinces-- 8. The road ahead-- Works cited-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107122635 20170424
China is widely viewed as a global powerhouse that has achieved a remarkable economic transformation with little political change. Less well known is that China's leaders have also implemented far-reaching governance reforms designed to promote government transparency and increase public participation in official policymaking. What are the motivations behind these reforms and, more importantly, what impact are they having? This puzzle lies at the heart of Chinese politics and could dictate China's political trajectory for years to come. This extensive collaborative study not only documents the origins and scope of these reforms across China, but offers the first systematic assessment by quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing the impact of participation and transparency on important governance outcomes. Comparing across provinces and over time, the authors argue that the reforms are resulting in lower corruption and enhanced legal compliance, but these outcomes also depend on a broader societal ecosystem that includes an active media and robust civil society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107122635 20170424
Green Library
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viii, 270 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Series Editors Preface ix Acknowledgments x 1 Sparks of Resistance 1 2 Rethinking Movements from the Bottom Up 13 Part I The Birth of Immigrant Rights Activism 37 3 Making Space for Immigrant Rights Activism in Los Angeles 39 4 Radical Entanglements in Paris 54 5 Placing Protest in Amsterdam 71 Part II Urban Landscapes of Control and Contention 89 6 The Laissez ]Faire State: Re ]politicizing Immigrants in Los Angeles 91 7 The Uneven Reach of the State: The Partial Pacification of Paris 116 8 The Cooptative State: The Pacification of Contentious Immigrant Politics in Amsterdam 138 Part III New Geographies of Immigrant Rights Movements 157 9 Los Angeles as a Center of the National Immigrant Rights Movement 161 10 Paris as Head of Splintering Resistances 188 11 Divergent Geographies of Immigrant Rights Contention in the Netherlands 209 12 Conclusion: Sparks into Wildfires 227 Notes 239 References 245 Index 262.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118750650 20170227
Through historical and comparative research on the immigrant rights movements of the United States, France and the Netherlands, Cities and Social Movements examines how small resistances against restrictive immigration policies do or don t develop into large and sustained mobilizations. * Presents a comprehensive, comparative analysis of immigrant rights politics in three countries over a period of five decades, providing vivid accounts of the processes through which immigrants activists challenged or confirmed the status quo * Theorizes movements from the bottom-up, presenting an urban grassroots account in order to identify how movement networks emerge or fall apart * Provides a unique contribution by examining how geography is implicated in the evolution of social movements, discovering how and why the networks constituting movements grow by tracing where they develop * Demonstrates how efforts to enforce national borders trigger countless resistances and shows how some environments provide the relational opportunities to nurture these small resistances into sustained mobilizations * Written to appeal to a broad audience of students, scholars, policy makers, and activists, without sacrificing theoretical rigor.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781118750650 20170227
Green Library
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1 online resource.
From hashtag activism to the flood of political memes on social media, the landscape of political communication is being transformed by the grassroots circulation of opinion on digital platforms and beyond. By exploring how everyday people assist in the promotion of political media messages to persuade their peers and shape the public mind, Joel Penney offers a new framework for understanding the phenomenon of viral political communication: the citizen marketer. Like the citizen consumer, the citizen marketer is guided by the logics of marketing practice, but, rather than being passive, actively circulates persuasive media to advance political interests. Such practices include using protest symbols in social media profile pictures, strategically tweeting links to news articles to raise awareness about select issues, sharing politically-charged internet memes and viral videos, and displaying mass-produced T-shirts, buttons, and bumper stickers that promote a favored electoral candidate or cause. Citizens view their participation in such activities not only in terms of how it may shape or influence outcomes, but as a statement of their own identity. As the book argues, these practices signal an important shift in how political participation is conceptualized and performed in advanced capitalist democratic societies, as they casually inject political ideas into the everyday spaces and places of popular culture. While marketing is considered a dirty word in certain critical circles - particularly among segments of the left that have identified neoliberal market logics and consumer capitalist structures as a major focus of political struggle - some of these very critics have determined that the most effective way to push back against the forces of neoliberal capitalism is to co-opt its own marketing and advertising techniques to spread counter-hegemonic ideas to the public. Accordingly, this book argues that the citizen marketer approach to political action is much broader than any one ideological constituency or bloc. Rather, it is a means of promoting a wide range of political ideas, including those that are broadly critical of elite uses of marketing in consumer capitalist societies. The book includes an extensive historical treatment of citizen-level political promotion in modern democratic societies, connecting contemporary digital practices to both the 19th century tradition of mass political spectacle as well as more informal, culturally-situated forms of political expression that emerge from postwar countercultures. By investigating the logics and motivations behind the citizen marketer approach, as well as how it has developed in response to key social, cultural, and technological changes, Penney charts the evolution of activism in an age of mediatized politics, promotional culture, and viral circulation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780190658052 20170731
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x, 320 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm.
  • About the Authors List of Illustrations 1. Introduction: Citizenship and Democratization in Postcolonial Southeast Asia, Ward Berenschot, Henk Schulte Nordholt and Laurens Bakker Part I: Clientelism and Citizenship 2. Citizen Participation and Decentralization in the Philippines, Emma Porio 3. Everyday Citizenship in Village Java, Takeshi Ito 4. Elections and Emerging Forms of Citizenship in Cambodia, Astrid Noren-Nilsson 5. Sosialisasi, Citizenship and Street Vendors in Yogyakarta, Sheri Lynn Gibbings Part II: Identity and Citizenship 6. Militias, Security and Citizenship in Indonesia, Laurens Bakker 7. Custom and Citizenship in the Philippine Uplands, Oona Thommes Paredes 8. Citizenship and Islam in Malaysia and Indonesia, David Kloos and Ward Berenschot Part III: Middle Classes Engaging the State 9. Digital Media and Malaysia's Electoral Reform Movement, Merlyna Lim 10. Citizenship, Rights and Adversarial Legalism in Thailand, Wolfram Schaffar 11. Defending Indonesia's Migrant Domestic Workers, Mary Austin 12. The Yellow Shirts versus the Red Shirts and the Rise of a New Middle Class in Thailand, Apichat Satitniramai.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004327771 20170130
This title is available in its entirety in Open Access. By providing various fascinating first-hand accounts of how citizens negotiate their rights in the context of weak state institutions, Citizenship and Democratization in Southeast Asia offers a unique bottom-up perspective on the evolving character of public life in democratizing Southeast Asia.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004327771 20170130
Green Library
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xvii, 250 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
  • Acknowledgement Introduction 1. Shrinking Democracy and Urban Resistance: Toward an Emancipatory Politics of Public Space Jeffrey Hou and Sabine Knierbein Part I. Mobilizing: Taking to the Streets! 2. Between Street and Home: Mobility, Housing, and the 2013 Demonstrations in Brazil Luciana da Silva Andrade and Joao Paulo Huguenin 3. San Francisco's Tech-led Gentrification: Public Space, Protest, and the Urban Commons Manissa M. Maharawal 4. Reconfiguring the Public through Housing Rights Struggles in Spain Melissa Garcia-Lamarca 5. Urban Resistance and Its Expression in Public Space: New Demands and Shared Meanings in Argentina Paula Rosa and Regina Vidosa Part 2. Reclaiming: From Public Space to the Political 6. Reclaiming Public Space Movement in Hong Kong: From Occupy Queen's Pier to the Umbrella Movement Yun-Chung Chen and Mirana M. Szeto 7. Occupy Gezi Park: the Never-ending Search for Democracy, Public Space and Alternative City-making Burcu Yigit Turan 8. The Right to the Sidewalk: the Struggle over Broken Windows Policing, Young People, and NYC Streets Caitlin Cahill, Brett G. Stoudt, Amanda Matles, Kim Belmonte, Selma Djokovic, Jose Lopez, Adilka Pimentel, Maria Elena Torre, and Darian X. 9. Leveling the Playfield: Urban Movement in the Strategic Action Field of Urban Policy in Poland Anna Domaradzka Part 3. Negotiating: Urban Resistance and Emerging (Counter) Publics 10. Athens' Syntagma Square Re-loaded: From Staging Disagreement Towards Instituting Democratic Spaces Maria Kaika and Lazaros Karaliotas 11. Democracy, Occupy Legislature and Taiwan's Sunflower Movement Ketty W. Chen 12. Shifting Struggles over Public Space and Public Goods in Berlin: Urban Activism between Protest and Participation Henrik Lebuhn 13. Occupied Oakland, Past and Present: Land Action on the New Urban Frontier Marcus Owens and Christina Antiporda Part 4. Contesting: Against Backlashes, Criminalization, Cooptation and Anti-Pluralism 14. Operation 1DMX and the Mexico City Commune: The Right to the City Beyond the Rule of Law in Public Spaces Silvano De la Llata Gonzalez 15. Public Space in a Parallel Universe: Conflict, Coexistence and Co-optation between Alternative Urbanisms and the Neoliberalizing City Elina Kranzle 16. Miyashita Park, Tokyo: Contested Visions of Public Space in Contemporary Urban Japan Christian Dimmer 17. Worlded Resistance as 'Alter' Politics: Train of Hope and the Protest against the Akademikerball in Vienna Sabine Knierbein and Angelika Gabauer Conclusions 18. City Unsilenced: Spatial Grounds of Radical Democratization Sabine Knierbein and Jeffrey Hou Note on Contributors Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138125810 20170821
What do the recent urban resistance tactics around the world have in common? What are the roles of public space in these movements? What are the implications of urban resistance for the remaking of public space in the "age of shrinking democracy"? To what extent do these resistances move from anti- to alter-politics? City Unsilenced brings together a cross-disciplinary group of scholars and scholar-activists to examine the spaces, conditions, and processes in which neoliberal practices have profoundly impacted the everyday social, economic, and political life of citizens and communities around the globe. They explore the commonalities and specificities of urban resistance movements that respond to those impacts. They focus on how such movements make use of and transform the meanings and capacity of public space. They investigate their ramifications in the continued practices of renewing democracies. A broad collection of cases is presented and analyzed, including Movimento Passe Livre (Brazil), Google Bus Blockades San Francisco (USA), the Platform for Mortgage Affected People (PAH) (Spain), the Piqueteros Movement (Argentina), Umbrella Movement (Hong Kong), post-Occupy Gezi Park (Turkey), Sunflower Movement (Taiwan), Occupy Oakland (USA), Syntagma Square (Greece), Researchers for Fair Policing (New York), Urban Movement Congress (Poland), urban activism (Berlin), 1DMX (Mexico), Miyashita Park Tokyo (Japan), 15M Movement (Spain), and Train of Hope and protests against Academic Ball in Vienna (Austria). By better understanding the processes and implications of the recent urban resistances, City Unsilenced contributes to the ongoing debates concerning the role and significance of public space in the practice of lived democracy.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138125810 20170821
Green Library
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x, 207 pages ; 24 cm
  • Chapter 1: Sowing the Seeds of Civic Failure Chapter 2: A Primer on Republican Democracy Chapter 3: Taking the Parties Out Chapter 4: The Effects of Partisan Decline Chapter 5: The Semi-Sovereign Media Chapter 6: The State of the American Voter Chapter 7: The Dream and the Nightmare of Term Limits Chapter 8: The Promise and the Despair of Campaign Finance Reform Chapter 9: Leading By Following, or The Unreasonable Expectations on the Political Class Chapter 10: Look Forward, Angel Chapter 11: A Pathway to American Revival.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498514194 20170213
The greatest threat to American democracy is the voting public. Candidates for political office, organized interests, and political parties are often blamed for the ills of American democracy, but this book places the focus on the core issue in American politics: a disengaged, demanding, and often contradictory voting public. Structural reforms such as the direct primary, term limits, and campaign finance regime reforms make the problems worse rather than better because these structural reforms fail to address core issues that disengage the voting public from republican politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781498514194 20170213
Green Library
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1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations.
  • 1. Introduction Part 1. Theoretical Framework 2. What Is Social Media: A Critical View 3. Tehran, Tunis, Tahrir: Social Media and the Formation of Collective Action 4. Cottage, Tents, and Chocolate Pudding: The Cultural Context of the Israeli Social Justice Protests 5. The Social Network: The Relevance of Weak and Strong Ties for Mobilization Over Social Media 6. Berlin Helps: Resource Mobilization and Social Media Deployment in Berlin's Refugee Aid Movement Part 2. Discussion 7. Between Actions and Algorithms: How Social Media Facilitate and Enable Collective Action 8. Alternative or Mainstream: The Interplay Between Social Media and Mass Media 9. Big Brother Is Watching You: Collective Action and Surveillance in Social Media 10. Sharing Is Caring? Social Media and Demobilization 11. The Right Tool in the Wrong Hands: Neutrality, Values, and Biases of Social Media Deployment Part 3. Epilogue 12. On the Verge of the Plateau: Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780081005675 20170907
Collective Action 2.0 explores the issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in detail, providing a balanced insight into how ICTs leverage and interact with collective action, which will have an impact on the current discourse. Recent events in different authoritarian regimes, such as Iran and Egypt, have drawn global attention to a developing phenomenon in collective action: People tend to organize through different social media platforms for political protest and resistance. This phenomenon describes a change in social structure and behavior tied to ICT. Social media platforms have been used to leverage collective action, which has in some cases arguably lead, to political revolution. The phenomenon also indicates that the way information is organized affects the organization of social structures with which it interoperates. The phenomenon also has another side, which is the use of social media for activist suppression, state and corporate surveillance, commodifi cation of social processes, demobilization, or for the mobilization of collective action toward undesirable ends.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780081005675 20170907
Book
1 online resource.
  • 1. Introduction Part 1. Theoretical Framework 2. What Is Social Media: A Critical View 3. Tehran, Tunis, Tahrir: Social Media and the Formation of Collective Action 4. Cottage, Tents, and Chocolate Pudding: The Cultural Context of the Israeli Social Justice Protests 5. The Social Network: The Relevance of Weak and Strong Ties for Mobilization Over Social Media 6. Berlin Helps: Resource Mobilization and Social Media Deployment in Berlin's Refugee Aid Movement Part 2. Discussion 7. Between Actions and Algorithms: How Social Media Facilitate and Enable Collective Action 8. Alternative or Mainstream: The Interplay Between Social Media and Mass Media 9. Big Brother Is Watching You: Collective Action and Surveillance in Social Media 10. Sharing Is Caring? Social Media and Demobilization 11. The Right Tool in the Wrong Hands: Neutrality, Values, and Biases of Social Media Deployment Part 3. Epilogue 12. On the Verge of the Plateau: Epilogue.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780081005675 20170907
Collective Action 2.0 explores the issues related to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in detail, providing a balanced insight into how ICTs leverage and interact with collective action, which will have an impact on the current discourse. Recent events in different authoritarian regimes, such as Iran and Egypt, have drawn global attention to a developing phenomenon in collective action: People tend to organize through different social media platforms for political protest and resistance. This phenomenon describes a change in social structure and behavior tied to ICT. Social media platforms have been used to leverage collective action, which has in some cases arguably lead, to political revolution. The phenomenon also indicates that the way information is organized affects the organization of social structures with which it interoperates. The phenomenon also has another side, which is the use of social media for activist suppression, state and corporate surveillance, commodifi cation of social processes, demobilization, or for the mobilization of collective action toward undesirable ends.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780081005675 20170907
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xxii, 200 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • A call to pens (even if not mightier than swords) : how context and process prevail over content in constitutional change
  • Making the constituents king : how constituent deliberation on new constitutions democratizes more than mere citizen participation
  • Parchment politics : the importance of context and conditions to the convening of constitutions
  • The logic of "top down" elite constitutionalism : how imposed processes may (but usually do not) produce better democracy
  • The logic of "bottom up" constitutionalism : how popular processes tilt the odds in favor of democracy
  • Interest groups versus individual participation, and the gap between ideal constitutional process and real world practices
  • Appendix A: Additional statistical analyses as checks on robustness of models
  • Appendix B: Coding of pathway according to 27 possible combinations
  • Appendix C: List of the constitutions with the most recurring pathways.
Under what circumstances do new constitutions improve a nation's level of democracy? Between 1974 and 2014, democracy increased in 77 countries following the adoption of a new constitution, but it decreased or stayed the same in 47 others. This book demonstrates that increased participation in the forming of constitutions positively impacts levels of democracy. It is discovered that the degree of citizen participation at the 'convening stage' of constitution-making has a strong effect on levels of democracy. This finding defies the common theory that levels of democracy result from the content of constitutions, and instead lends support to 'deliberative' theories of democracy. Patterns of constitutions are then compared, differentiating imposed and popular constitution-making processes, using case studies from Chile, Nigeria, Gambia, and Venezuela to illustrate the dynamics specific to imposed constitution-making, and case studies from Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, and Tunisia to illustrate the specific dynamics of popular constitution-making.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781107168220 20171002
Law Library (Crown)
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xxi, 204 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • 1. Corruption in Africa: The Health Sector and Policy Recommendations for Managing the Risks What is Corruption? Corruption in Africa Corruption Risks in the Delivery of Health Services in African Countries Managing the Corruption Risks for Health Services Delivery: Some PolicyRecommendations for Africa Conclusion 2. Corruption in Swaziland The Corruption Problem in Swaziland Consequences of Corruption in Swaziland The Anti-Corruption CommissionControlling Corruption in Swaziland: Some Suggested Policy Measures Conclusion 3. Corruption in Kenya The Causes and Nature of Corruption in KenyaConsequences of Corruption in KenyaControlling the Corruption Epidemic in KenyaConclusion 4. Corruption in Nigeria The Corruption Problem in Nigeria The Persistence of Corruption in Nigeria: Institutions and Culture <measures to=" control=" corruption=" in=" nigeria=" =" Conclusion 5. Controlling Corruption in Africa: A Governance Approach Institution Strengthening National Anti-Corruption Plans/Strategies Political Will and Leadership Final Thoughts.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319501901 20170530
This volume analyzes the corruption phenomenon in Africa and how to combat it from a governance perspective with illustrated case studies from three of the most corrupt of those nations covering, respectively, the Southern Africa region (Swaziland); the Eastern Africa region (Kenya); and the Western Africa region (Nigeria). Drawing on the available data, research literature, and field practice experience, the nature and extent of corruption are identified; the factors influencing the causes and determining the consequences of corruption are delineated; measures that have been put in place to control corruption are outlined and discussed; and new policy solutions are proposed and advocated to more effectively control the corruption menace in Africa.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319501901 20170530
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vii, 384 pages ; 25 cm
  • Introduction: Beating Back the Varieties of Brigandage 1 I The Nature of Corruption 16 II Measuring and Assessing Corrupt Behavior 50 III Strong Laws and Other Watchdogs 78 IV The Virtue of Anticorruption Investigative Commissions: Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia 109 V African Investigative Commissions: From Integrity to Interference 130 VI The Most Improved: Results 176 VII Nordic, Antipodean, and Other Exceptionalism: How Did Anticorruption Take Root? 197 VIII The Gift of Political Will and Leadership 223 IX People Power, Social Media, and Corporate Rigor 257 X Curing Corruption: Lessons, Methods, and Best Practices 290 XI What Works: The Anticorruption Program 310 A Research Note and Acknowledgments 313 Notes 319 Select Bibliography: Essential Readings on Corruption and Anticorruption 351 Index 365.
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Why leadership is key to ending political and corporate corruption globally Corruption corrodes all facets of the world's political and corporate life, yet until now there was no one book that explained how best to battle it. The Corruption Cure provides many of the required solutions and ranges widely across continents and diverse cultures--putting some thirty-five countries under an anticorruption microscope--to show exactly how to beat back the forces of sleaze and graft. Robert Rotberg defines corruption theoretically and practically in its many forms, describes the available legal remedies, and examines how we know and measure corruption's presence. He looks at successful and unsuccessful attempts to employ anticorruption investigative commissions to combat political theft and venal behavior. He explores how the globe's least corrupt nations reached that exceptional goal. Another chapter discusses the role of civil society in limiting corruption. Expressed political will through determined leadership is a key factor in winning all of these battles. Rotberg analyzes the best-performing noncorrupt states to show how consummate leadership made a telling difference. He demonstrates precisely how determined leaders changed their wildly corrupt countries into paragons of virtue, and how leadership is making a significant difference in stimulating political anticorruption movements in places like India, Croatia, Honduras, and Lebanon. Rotberg looks at corporate corruption and how it can be checked, and also offers an innovative fourteen-step plan for nations that are ready to end corruption. Curing rampant corruption globally requires strengthened political leadership and the willingness to remake national political cultures. Tougher laws and better prosecutions are not enough. This book enables us to rethink the problem completely--and solve it once and for all.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691168906 20170612
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xi, 100 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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