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xv, 230 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: The Landscape Puzzle Chapter 2: Inclusive Contestation Chapter 3: Micro Level of Political Participation Chapter 4: How Do State Structures Matter? Chapter 5: How Does Mobilization Matter? Chapter 6: How Does Political Culture Matter? Chapter 7: Solving the Landscape Puzzle Conclusion: What Kind of Democracy?
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138653764 20161024
The broad expansion of non-electoral political participation is considered one of the major changes in the nature of democratic citizenship in the 21st century. Most scholars - but also governments, transnational and subnational political institutions, and various foundations - have adopted the notion that contemporary democratic societies need a more politically active citizenry. Yet, contemporary democracies widely differ in the extent to which their citizens get involved in politics beyond voting. Why is political activism other than voting flourishing in the United States, but is less common in Britain and almost non-existent in post-communist countries like Bulgaria? The book shows that the answer does not lie in citizen's predispositions, social capital or institutions of consensual democracy. Instead, the key to understanding cross-country differences in political activism beyond voting rests in democratic structures that combine inclusiveness and contestation. What Kind of Democracy? is the first book to provide a theoretically driven empirical analysis of how different types of democratic arrangements affect individual participation in non-electoral politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138653764 20161024
Green Library
xiii, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: Victimhood and government accountability
  • Explaining redress outcomes
  • Constructing victimhood and villainy in Japan and Korea
  • Hansen's Disease survivors' rights
  • The politics of hepatitis C-tainted blood products
  • The North Korean abductions and abductee families' activism
  • Conclusion: The politics of redress.
Green Library
xi, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • How the legacy of state and society relationships shapes contemporary public policy
  • Advocates inside the government: agendas, alternatives, and public policies
  • Advocates outside the government: the strengths and limits of civil society groups in policymaking
  • Who dominates: the policy community versus the news
  • Comparative policy advocacy: Korea and the United States
  • Rethinking advocacy and policymaking in Korea.
Who dominates in the contemporary policy process in South Korea? How do policy advocates engage in advocacy activities to exercise influence? Building on existing theories of state, society, and public policies in democracies, Advocacy and Policymaking in South Korea argues that the legacy of state-society relationships explains who influences and how in South Korean policymaking. The state-society relationship has been a popular framework to explain democratic transition and consolidation. Yet, few studies to date extend the approach to explain advocacy and policymaking across political systems. Jiso Yoon shows the relevance of the framework in explaining advocacy and policymaking today with empirical evidence drawn from the contemporary policy process in South Korea. In addition, she compares policy communities across new and old democracies, such as South Korea and the United States. In this regard, the comparative analysis included in the book sets an important research example for students of comparative public policy to follow.
Green Library
ix, 259 pages ; 24 cm.
Green Library
xxxii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Rashomon Effect: Introduction (Arun Mahizhnan): Not Quite an "Internet" Election: Survey of Media Use of Voters (Tan Tarn How and Arun Mahizhnan)-- Legal Landmines and OB Markers: Survival Strategies of Alternative Media (Cherian George)-- Untapped Potential: Internet Use by Political Parties (Debbie Goh and Natalie Pang)-- Pro, Anti, Neutral: Political Blogs and their Sentiments (Natalie Pang and Debbie Goh)-- Who Calls the Shots? Agenda Setting in Mainstream and Alternative Media (Paul Wu Horng-Jyh, Randolph Tan Gee Kwang and Carol Soon)-- Different but not that Different: New Media's Impact on Young Voters' Political Participation (Trisha T C Lin and Alice Y H Hong)-- The Leap from the Virtual to the Real: Facebook Use and Political Participation (Marko M Skoric)-- David vs Goliath: Twitter's Role in Equalising Big-Party Dominance (Xu Xiaoge)-- Lifting the Veil of Ignorance: Internet's Impact on Knowledge Gap (Debbie Goh)-- Squaring Political Circles: Coping with Conflicting Information (Natalie Pang)-- The Silence of the Majority: Political Talk during Election Time (Weiyu Zhang)-- Conclusion (Tan Tarn How)-- Appendices: Background on Survey-- Fact Sheet on the 2011 General Election-- About the Contributors--.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9789814730006 20160618
The Singapore 2011 General Election was dubbed by some as the first "Internet" election. How far is this true and to what extent did old and new media influence voting behaviour and political participation? What was the role of Facebook, Twitter, party political websites, political discussion and the alternative and conflicting information offered online? What theoretical insights can be gleaned about media and its use by voters? This edited volume provides an in-depth analysis of these questions through a first-ever survey of media use, political traits, political participation and attitudes towards media, and through experiments, content analysis and interviews.This landmark collection of essays also lays the groundwork for understanding future elections, including the next general election. It also serves as a valuable record of the state of affairs on the ground in the rapidly shifting dynamics of a Singapore political landscape that is undergoing dramatic and unprecedented transformation.This book will appeal to researchers in political communication, political science and media communication. It will also be of interest to policy makers, members of media, community leaders and observers of the impact of media on politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789814730006 20160618
Green Library
xix, 247 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
  • 51 percent (and growing every day): the new American majority
  • Meet the new American majority
  • Blinded by the white
  • Requiem for the white swing voter
  • Fewer smart-ass white boys
  • Invest wisely
  • What is justice? Policy priorities for the new American majority
  • Conservatives can count
  • Conclusion: From fear to hope.
Green Library
xx, 281 pages ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction: Peacebuilding, elites, and the problem of capture
  • Elites and the Salvadoran state
  • Making the captured peace
  • Electoral politics in the postwar era : parties, polarization, and participation
  • El Salvador in the neoliberal era
  • The politics of exclusion : migration, crime, and society in the postwar era
  • Reclaiming the captured peace.
El Salvador is widely considered one of the most successful United Nations peacebuilding efforts, but record homicide rates, political polarization, socioeconomic exclusion, and corruption have diminished the quality of peace for many of its citizens. In Captured Peace: Elites and Peacebuilding in El Salvador, Christine J. Wade adapts the concept of elite capture to expand on the idea of "captured peace, " explaining how local elites commandeered political, social, and economic affairs before war's end and then used the peace accords to deepen their control in these spheres. While much scholarship has focused on the role of gangs in Salvadoran unrest, Wade draws on an exhaustive range of sources to demonstrate how day-to-day violence is inextricable from the economic and political dimensions. In this in-depth analysis of postwar politics in El Salvador, she highlights the local actors' primary role in peacebuilding and demonstrates the political advantage an incumbent party?-?in this case, the Nationalist Republican Alliance (ARENA)?-?has throughout the peace process and the consequences of this to the quality of peace that results.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780896802988 20160619
Green Library
xii, 648 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Democracy in the digital age / Peter Levine
  • Effective civics / Ethan Zuckerman
  • The logic of connective action : digital media and the personalization of contentious politics / W. Lance Bennett and Alexandra Segerberg
  • Liberated technology : inside emancipatory communication activism / Stefania Milan
  • Case study : "Bury until they change their ways" - the Digg Patriots and/as user-generated censorship / Chris Peterson
  • Case study : marriage equality, Facebook profile pictures, and civic participation / Brady Robards and Bob Buttigieg
  • Case study : Strike Debt and the Rolling Jubilee : building a debt resistance movement / Enhardt Graeff
  • Re-imagining government through civic media : three pathways to institutional innovation / Beth Simone Noveck
  • Data visualizations break down knowledge barriers in public engagement / Sarah Williams
  • The partisan technology gap / David Karpf
  • Case study : Code for America : scaling civic engagement through open data and software design / Andrew Richard Schrock
  • Case study : RegulationRoom / Dmitry Epstein and Cheryl Blake
  • Case study : Better Reykjavik : open municipal policymaking / Derek Lackaff
  • Case study : The California report card version 1.0 / CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative at UC Berkeley
  • Meaningful inefficiencies : resisting the logic of technological efficiency in the design of civic systems / Eric Gordon and Stephen Walter
  • Let's get lost : poetic city meets data city / Beth Coleman
  • Superpowers to the people! How young activists are tapping the civic imagination / Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, and Neta Kligler-Vilenchik
  • Case study : Mashnotes / Roy Bendor
  • Case study : From #destroythejoint to far-reaching digital activism : feminist revitalization stemming from social media and reaching beyond / Jessica McLean and Sophia Maalsen
  • Case study : The "It Gets Better Project" / Laurie Phillips Honda
  • Case study: Terra incognita : serendipity and discovery in the age of personalization / Catherine D'Ignazio
  • Case study : Innovation in the absence of a state : civic media and the inclusion of the marginalized in the Somali territories / Nicole Stremlau
  • Capitalists, consumers, and communicators : how schools approach civic education / Renee Hobbs
  • Connecting pedagogies of civic media : the literacies, connected civics, and engagement in daily life / Paul Mihailidis and Roman Gerodimos
  • Youth agency in public spheres : emerging tactics, literacies, and risks / Elisabeth Soep
  • Case study : Tracking traveling paper dolls : new media, old media, and global youth engagement in the Flat Stanley Project / Katie Day Good
  • Case study : From website to Weibo : new media as a catalyst for activating the local communication network and civic engagement in a diverse city / Daniela Gerson, Nien-Tsu Nancy Chen, Sandra Ball-Rokeach, and Michael Parks
  • Case study : Becoming civic : fracking, air pollution, and environmental sensing technologies / Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard, Nerea Calvillo, Nick Shapiro, and Tom Keene
  • Activist DDoS, community, and the personal / Molly Sauter
  • Partnering with communities and institutions / Ceasar McDowell and Melissa Yvonne Chinchilla
  • Community media infrastructure as civic engagement / Colin Rhinesmith
  • Case study : The #YoSoy132 movement in Mexico / Emiliano Treré
  • Case Study : An #EpicFail #FTW : considering the discursive changes and civic engagement of #MyNYPD / Sarah Whitcomb Lozier
  • Case study : Pivot : surreptitious communications design for victims of human trafficking / Tad Hirsch
  • Case study : MídiaNINJA and the rise of citizen journalism in Brazil / Stuart Davis
  • Case study : Hacking politics : civic struggles to politicize technologies / Sebastian Kubitschko
  • Revisiting the measurement of political participation for the Digital Age / Benjamin Bowyer and Joseph Kahne
  • Participatory action research for civic engagement / Marcus Foth and Martin Brynskov
  • Field-building in stages : funding and sustainability in civic innovation / Valerie Chang and Beth Gutelius
  • Case study : Guerrilla research tactics : alternative research methods in urban environments / Glenda Amayo Caldwell, Lindy Osborne, Inger Mewburn, and Ben Kraal
  • Case study : Hackathons as a site for civic IoT: initial insights / Carl DiSalvo and ken anderson
  • Case study : Crowdfunding civic action - Pimp My Carroça / Rodrigo Davies.
Countless people around the world harness the affordances of digital media to enable democratic participation, coordinate disaster relief, campaign for policy change, and strengthen local advocacy groups. The world watched as activists used social media to organize protests during the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution. Many governmental and community organizations changed their mission and function as they adopted new digital tools and practices. This book examines the use of "civic media" -- the technologies, designs, and practices that support connection through common purpose in civic, political, and social life. Scholars from a range of disciplines and practitioners from a variety of organizations offer analyses and case studies that explore the theory and practice of civic media. The contributors set out the conceptual context for the intersection of civic and media; examine the pressure to innovate and the sustainability of innovation; explore play as a template for resistance; look at civic education; discuss media-enabled activism in communities; and consider methods and funding for civic media research. The case studies that round out each section range from a "debt resistance" movement to government service delivery ratings to the "It Gets Better" campaign aimed at combating suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth. The book offers a valuable interdisciplinary dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of the increasingly influential space of civic media.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780262034272 20160815
Green Library
xvi, 234 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Introduction: The Networked Communication of Contentious Politics.- Chapter 2. The Protest Events.- Chapter 3. Digital Prefigurative Participation.- Chapter 4. Casual Protestors.- Chapter 5. Organisational Form.- Chapter 6. Participatory Coordination.- Chapter 7. Informal Civic Learning.- Conclusion: Civic Participation in Contentious Politics.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137508683 20160919
The book examines the highly dynamic communication ecology of recent contentious politics and its expanding digital footprint. First, it looks at the attainment of democratic citizenship through practice as street protests attract substantial numbers of followers who narrate their involvement or reflect on the claims and the implications of collective action on social media. Secondly, it considers the ramifications for contemporary democracy arising from the large-scale uptake of social media by variegated protest networks, which no longer pivot on the coordination capacity of bureaucratic movement organizations. The book ties these aspects together to propose that contentious politics can be a fertile ground for progressive civic participation.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137508683 20160919
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xi, 194 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Preface 1 Introducing the Journey 2 Explaining "Partially" Critical Junctures 3 Lebanon: Intricacies of a Sectarian Power-sharing System 4 Activism and Electoral Non-Reform in Lebanon 5 Libya: Intricacies of a Stateless Society 6 Libya's Activists Struggle for a New Constitution 7 Moving past "Partially" Critical Junctures Annexes Annex 1 List of Interviewees Annex 2 Libya Survey Questions Annex 3 Lebanon Election Observation Methodology Annex 4 Note on Transliteration.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138184923 20160619
Lebanon and Libya have undergone critical political events in recent years. However, demands for reform from civic institutions during these transitions have not led to concrete political decisions. Civil Society and Political Reform in Lebanon and Libya reveals the deeply-entrenched historical patterns and elements of continuity that have led to path dependent outcomes in the political transitions of both countries. Motivated by personal experiences as an activist in Lebanon, the author draws together a wide range of data from participant observations, nation-wide surveys, interviews and focus groups in a careful analysis of these two civil society-led reform campaigns. The study demonstrates how the combination of weak states and power-sharing agreements marginalizes civic organisations and poses institutional constraints on the likelihood of reform. Written by an active participant in the political events discussed, this book offers new insight into two countries which present comparable and informative case studies. As such, it is a valuable resource for students, scholars and policymakers interested in civil society, politics and reform in the Middle East and North Africa.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781138184923 20160619
Green Library
219 pages ; 23 cm
  • Commons Democracy: An Introduction One. Telling Stories: Vernacular versus Formal Democracy Two. Between Savagery and Civilization: The Whiskey Rebellion and a Democratic Middle Way Three. The Privatizing State: The Pioneers and the Closing of the Legal Commons Four. Settler Self-Governance: Democratic Politics on the Frontier Five. From Nothing to Start, Into Being: The Anti-Rent Wars, the Indian Question, and the Triumph of Liberalism Conclusion: "The Wayward Multitudinous People.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823268382 20160619
Commons Democracy highlights a poorly understood dimension of democracy in the early United States. It tells a story that, like the familiar one, begins in the Revolutionary era. But instead of the tale of the Founders' high-minded ideals and their careful crafting of the safe framework for democracy--a representative republican government--Commons Democracy examines the power of the democratic spirit, the ideals and practices of everyday people in the early nation. As Dana D. Nelson reveals in this illuminating work, the sensibility of participatory democratic activity fueled the involvement of ordinary folk in resistance, revolution, state constitution-making, and early national civic dissent. The rich variety of commoning customs and practices in the late colonies offered non-elite actors a tangible and durable relationship to democratic power, one significantly different from the representative democracy that would be institutionalized by the Framers in 1787. This democracy understood political power and liberties as communal, not individual. Ordinary folk practiced a democracy that was robustly participatory and insistently local. To help tell this story, Nelson turns to early American authors--Hugh Henry Brackenridge, James Fenimore Cooper, Robert Montgomery Bird, and Caroline Kirkland--who were engaged with conflicts that emerged from competing ideals of democracy in the early republic, such as the Whiskey Rebellion and the Anti-Rent War as well as the enclosure of the legal commons, anxieties about popular suffrage, and practices of frontier equalitarianism. While Commons Democracy is about the capture of "democracy" for the official purposes of state consolidation and expansion, it is also a story about the ongoing (if occluded) vitality of commons democracy, of its power as part of our shared democratic history and its usefulness in the contemporary toolkit of citizenship.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780823268382 20160619
Green Library
120 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction 1. Two Approaches to Elite Dominance 2. A Theory of Constrained Elitism 3. The Contemporary Networked Public Sphere 4. Constraint in the Networked Public Conclusion Conclusion.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415727129 20160619
Today, examples of the public's engagement with political issues through commercial and communicative mechanisms have become increasingly common. In February 2012, the Susan G. Komen Foundation reversed a decision to cease funding of cancer screening programs through Planned Parenthood amidst massive public disapproval. The same year, restaurant chain Chic-fil-A became embroiled in a massive public debate over statements its President made regarding same-sex marriage. What exactly is going on in such public engagement, and how does this relate to existing ideas regarding the public sphere and political participation? Is the public becoming increasingly vocal in its complaints? Or are new relationships between the public and economic and political leaders emerging? Timothy Kersey's book asserts that the widespread utilization of internet communications technologies, especially social media applications, has brought forth a variety of new communicative behaviors and relationships within liberal polities. Through quick and seemingly chaotic streams of networked communication, the actions of these elites are subject to increasingly intense scrutiny and short-term pressure to ameliorate or at least address the concerns of segments of the population. By examining these new patterns of behavior among both elites and the general public, Kersey unearths the implications of these patterns for contemporary democratic theory, and argues that contemporary conceptualizations of "the public'" need to be modified to more accurately reflect practices of online communication and participation. By engaging with this topical issue, Kersey is able to closely examine the self-organization of both elite and non-elite segments of the population within the realm of networked communication, and the relations and interactions between these segments. His book combines perspectives from political theory and communication studies and so will be widely relevant across both disciplines.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415727129 20160619
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
ix, 178 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • 1. Introduction.-2. Transnational political spaces between Mexico and the US.-3. Transnational communities and political influence between Chicago and Michoacan.-4. Political trajectories of migrant leaders.-5. Mexican migrant organizations in Chicago and their political arenas.-6. The emergence of transnational political spaces.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137558534 20160808
This book analyzes Mexican migrant organizations in the US and their political influence in home communities in Mexico. By connecting multifaceted arenas of Mexican migrant's activism, it traces the construction of transnational political spaces. The author's ethnographic work in the state of Michoacan and in Chicago shows how these transnational arenas overcome the limits of traditional political spaces - the nation state and the local community - and bring together intertwined facets of 'the political'. The book examines how actors engage in politics within transnational spaces; it delineates the different trajectories and agendas of male and female, indigenous and non-indigenous migrant activists; it demonstrates how the local and actor-centered levels are linked to the regional or state levels as well as to the federal levels of politics; and finally, it shows how these multifaceted arenas constitute transnational spaces that have implications for politics and society in Mexico and the US alike.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781137558534 20160808
Green Library
viii, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Green Library
223 pages ; 25 cm.
  • Introduction.- Part I: Internet, Democracy, and Brazil.- 1. Contextualizing What Changes.- 2. The Theoretical Framework: An Excursus.- 3. The Brazilian Constitutional State.- Part II: The Virtualized Constitutional Democracy in Brazil.- 4. Brazil Accessing the Internet: First Steps.- 5. The Map of Online Brazil.- 6. Online Empowerment: Building Self-Esteem, Recognition and Citizenship.- 7. Legitimacy.- 8. Internet Regulation in Brazil: Legal Tools and Proposals.- 9. Bridging Empowerment and Legitimacy.- Closing Remarks: Legitimacy from Legality to Code and Back.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319335926 20161018
This book throws new light on the way in which the Internet impacts on democracy. Based on Jurgen Habermas' discourse-theoretical reconstruction of democracy, it examines one of the world's largest, most diverse but also most unequal democracies, Brazil, in terms of the broad social and legal effects the internet has had. Focusing on the Brazilian constitutional evolution, the book examines how the Internet might impact on the legitimacy of a democratic order and if, and how, it might yield opportunities for democratic empowerment. The book also assesses the ways in which law, as an institution and a system, reacts to the changes and challenges brought about by the Internet: the ways in which law may retain its strength as an integrative force, avoiding a 'virtual' legitimacy crisis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9783319335926 20161018
Green Library
xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
  • Democratic ideals and realities
  • The elusive mandate: elections and the mirage of popular control
  • Tumbling down into a democratical republick : "pure democracy" and the pitfalls of popular control
  • A rational god of vengeance and of reward? : the logic of retrospective accountability
  • Blind retrospection : electoral responses to droughts, floods, and shark attacks
  • Musical chairs : economic voting and the specious present
  • A chicken in every pot : ideology and retrospection in the great depression
  • The very basis of reasons: groups, social identities, and political psychology
  • Partisan hearts and spleens : social identities and political change
  • It feels like we're thinking : the rationalizing voter
  • Groups and power : toward a realist theory of democracy
  • Appendix: Retrospective voting as selection and sanctioning.
Democracy for Realists assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens. Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence, including ingenious original analyses of topics ranging from abortion politics and budget deficits to the Great Depression and shark attacks, to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided. They demonstrate that voters--even those who are well informed and politically engaged--mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues. They also show that voters adjust their policy views and even their perceptions of basic matters of fact to match those loyalties. When parties are roughly evenly matched, elections often turn on irrelevant or misleading considerations such as economic spurts or downturns beyond the incumbents' control; the outcomes are essentially random. Thus, voters do not control the course of public policy, even indirectly. Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691169446 20160704
Law Library (Crown)
xvi, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • List of Illustrations ix Preface xiii 1 Democratic Ideals and Realities 1 2 The Elusive Mandate: Elections and the Mirage of Popular Control 21 3 Tumbling Down into a Democratical Republick: "Pure Democracy" and the Pitfalls of Popular Control 52 4 A Rational God of Vengeance and of Reward? The Logic of Retrospective Accountability 90 5 Blind Retrospection: Electoral Responses to Droughts, Floods, and Shark Attacks 116 6 Musical Chairs: Economic Voting and the Specious Present 146 7 A Chicken in Every Pot: Ideology and Retrospection in the Great Depression 177 8 The Very Basis of Reasons: Groups, Social Identities, and Political Psychology 213 9 Partisan Hearts and Spleens: Social Identities and Political Change 232 10 It Feels Like We're Th inking: Th e Rationalizing Voter 267 11 Groups and Power: Toward a Realist Th eory of Democracy 297 Appendix Retrospective Voting as Selection and Sanctioning 329 References 335 Index 371.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691169446 20160704
Democracy for Realists assails the romantic folk-theory at the heart of contemporary thinking about democratic politics and government, and offers a provocative alternative view grounded in the actual human nature of democratic citizens. Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels deploy a wealth of social-scientific evidence, including ingenious original analyses of topics ranging from abortion politics and budget deficits to the Great Depression and shark attacks, to show that the familiar ideal of thoughtful citizens steering the ship of state from the voting booth is fundamentally misguided. They demonstrate that voters--even those who are well informed and politically engaged--mostly choose parties and candidates on the basis of social identities and partisan loyalties, not political issues. They also show that voters adjust their policy views and even their perceptions of basic matters of fact to match those loyalties. When parties are roughly evenly matched, elections often turn on irrelevant or misleading considerations such as economic spurts or downturns beyond the incumbents' control; the outcomes are essentially random. Thus, voters do not control the course of public policy, even indirectly. Achen and Bartels argue that democratic theory needs to be founded on identity groups and political parties, not on the preferences of individual voters. Democracy for Realists provides a powerful challenge to conventional thinking, pointing the way toward a fundamentally different understanding of the realities and potential of democratic government.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780691169446 20160704
Green Library
xiii, 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction: democratic persuasions
  • Places of invention
  • Democratic persuasions in contested publics
  • Public art and the rhetorics of diversity
  • Positive loitering and the ambivalence of democracy
  • Democratic affects and public formations
  • Conclusion: from the thicket
  • Epilogue: exiting the parlor.
Candice Rai's Democracy's Lot is an incisive exploration of the limitations and possibilities of democratic discourse for resolving conflicts in urban communities. Rai roots her study of democratic politics and publics in a range of urban case studies focused on public art, community policing, and urban development. These studies examine the issues that erupted within an ethnically and economically diverse Chicago neighborhood over conflicting visions for a vacant lot called Wilson Yard. Tracing how residents with disparate agendas organized factions and deployed language, symbols, and other rhetorical devices in the struggle over Wilson Yard's redevelopment and other contested public spaces, Rai demonstrates that rhetoric is not solely a tool of elite communicators, but rather a framework for understanding the agile communication strategies that are improvised in the rough-and-tumble work of democratic life. Wilson Yard, a lot eight blocks north of Wrigley Field in Chicago's gentrifying Uptown neighborhood, is a diverse enclave of residents enlivened by recent immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and elsewhere. The neighborhood's North Broadway Street witnesses a daily multilingual hubbub of people from a wide spectrum of income levels, religions, sexual identifications, and interest groups. When a fire left the lot vacant, this divided community projected on Wilson Yard disparate and conflicting aspirations, the resolution of which not only determined the fate of this particular urban space, but also revealed the lot of democracy itself as a process of complex problem-solving. Rai's detailed study of one block in an iconic American city brings into vivid focus the remarkable challenges that beset democratic urban populations anywhere on the globe-and how rhetoric supplies a framework to understand and resolve those challenges. Based on exhaustive field work, Rai uses rhetorical ethnography to study competing publics, citizenship, and rhetoric in action, exploring "rhetorical invention, " the discovery or development by individuals of the resources or methods of engaging with and persuading others. She builds a case for democratic processes and behaviors based not on reflexive idealism but rather on the hard work and practice of democracy, which must address apathy, passion, conflict, and ambivalence.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780817319007 20160912
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
viii, 226 pages ; 24 cm
  • * Contents * Acknowledgments * Chapter 1: Introduction: Sowing the Seeds of Dissent * Chapter 2: Digital Activism: A New Means of and a New Meaning of Being Political * Chapter 3: Digital Media, Radical Politics and Counter Public Spheres * Chapter 4: Passion and Politics: Radical Politics and Mediated Subjects * Chapter 5: Radical Politics and Organisational Form in Theory and in Practice * Chapter 6: On Being Political and the Politics of Being * Chapter 7: Conclusion: Putting Politics Back in the Picture? * Notes * References * Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745650876 20161024
Digital, Political, Radical is a siren call to the field of media and communications and the study of social and political movements. We must put the politics of transformation at the very heart of our analyses to meet the global challenges of gross inequality and ever-more impoverished democracies. Fenton makes an impassioned plea for re-invigorating critical research on digital media such that it can be explanatory, practical and normative. She dares us to be politically emboldened. She urges us to seek out an emancipatory politics that aims to deepen our democratic horizons. To ask, how can we do democracy better? What are the conditions required to live together well? Then, what is the role of the media and how can we reclaim media, power and politics for progressive ends? Journeying through a range of protest and political movements, Fenton debunks myths of digital media along the way and points us in the direction of newly emergent politics of the Left. Digital, Political, Radical contributes to political debate on contemporary (re)configurations of radical progressive politics through a consideration of how we experience (counter) politics in the digital age and how this may influence our being political.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745650876 20161024
Green Library
xii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
  • Digital media and civic engagement in Nigeria : a corpus-assisted discourse study of president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan's Facebook / Tunde Opeibi
  • Language use in crisis situations : a discourse analysis of online reactions to digital news reports of the Washington Navy Yard shooting and the Nairobi Westgate attack / Innocent Chiluwa and Esther Ajiboye
  • A multimodal analysis of the public discourse of the 2013 university lecturers' strike in Nigeria / Mohammed Ademilokun
  • Sentence typologies and civic engagement in Nairaland forum / Valentina Yetunde Idehen and Rotimi Taiwo
  • The "eboliticization" of discourse : online legitimations on the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa / Ikenna Kamalu
  • Finding their feet : digital immigrants in a "natives" generation contrasting the use of SMS and IM in everyday communication / Emmanuel Taiwo O. Babalola and Paul Ayodele Onanuga
  • Visual representation of power in selected online Nigerian newspapers' political cartoons / Felicia Oamen and Micheal Olusegun Fajuyigbe
  • Personal branding styles on some social networking sites / Ibrahim Esan Olasun and Patricia Oyebamiji Mojirayo
  • Discourse of online preaching : a stylo-linguistic analysis of pastor 'Tunde Bakare's sermons on religion, politics and poverty in Nigeria / Adegboye Adeyanju
  • The discursive features of Nigerian online political cartoons / E. Omobola Oludele.
Green Library

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