Constructing Global Civil Society

Morality and Power in International Relations
Author: D. Chandler
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230005845
Category: Political Science
Page: 238
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Global Civil Society is a crucial concept in International Relations today, used as both a description of new mechanisms of non-state actor and NGO engagement in international policy-making and as a normative political project of international change. David Chandler critically investigates the claims made by the advocates of global civil society, analyzing the limits of the concept as a way of describing actual policy processes and the political dynamics behind the search for an international source of collective ethical values and social change.

Territories of Citizenship


Author: L. Beckman,E. Erman
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137031700
Category: Political Science
Page: 172
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A comprehensive exploration of theories of citizenship and inclusiveness in an age of globalization. The authors analyze democracy and the political community in a transnational context, using new critical, conceptual and normative perspectives on the borders, territories and political agents of the state.

The Future of Political Community


Author: Gideon Baker,Jens Bartelson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134033354
Category: Political Science
Page: 224
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This book explores the alternative futures of political community and moves beyond the critique of what is wrong with existing, state-based forms of political community. It does so not with the defence of a particular normative model of political community in mind, but rather in the quest for new ways of thinking about political community itself. Exploring how the political must be rethought in the twenty-first century and beyond, this book is divided into three parts: Part I focuses on the core problem that, despite the obvious need to rethink political community ‘beyond’ the nation state, our conceptual language is still thoroughly shaped by modernity, its prioritisation of the state and sovereignty, and its assumption of unifying progress in history. Part II focuses on postmodern political community, these chapters take up the calls made above for new thinking about political community that goes ‘beyond’ modern conceptions. Part III turns to the question of the emergence and decline of new forms of political community. The purpose of this section is to consider how the transformation of political community occurs in practice, and what the primary driver of this change is globally, locally and historically. This book will be of strong interest to students and scholars of International Relations, Political and Social Theory.

EU Strategies on Governance Reform

Between Development and State-building
Author: Wil Hout
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135737649
Category: Political Science
Page: 172
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This book discusses the European Union’s approach to governance reform in its development assistance relationships with various groups of developing countries. A group of expert authors outline the general features of the position on governance taken by the EU, which is currently the major multilateral donor of development assistance, and discuss the implementation of EU policies in a set of cases: the group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Southeastern Europe, Central Asia, the Euro-Mediterranean, Latin America and fragile states. The contributions to the book argue that the EU’s position on governance reform, particularly since the adoption of the European Consensus on Development in 2005, has had distinctly neoliberal overtones. The EU’s governance-related strategies have been instrumental to deepening market-based reform in aid-receiving countries. Policies on state-building adopted by the EU reflect mainly the interests of and ideas embraced by the EU and its member states. To an important extent, the rhetoric accompanying EU policies does not match with the political and social dynamics inherent in governance structures on the ground in many of its aid-recipient partner countries. This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Rethinking the Liberal Peace

External Models and Local Alternatives
Author: Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136740473
Category: Political Science
Page: 272
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This book presents a critical analysis of the liberal peace project and offers possible alternatives and models.

Bosnia

Faking Democracy After Dayton
Author: David Chandler
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745316895
Category: History
Page: 254
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Fresh look at Kurdistan Iraq today, including the role of central government and international forces, and the region's political and economic future.

The Politics of Belonging

Intersectional Contestations
Author: Nira Yuval-Davis
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446291979
Category: Political Science
Page: 264
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"This is an in-depth examination of a slippery and contradictory subject. Knowledge alone is not enough for this type of project. It takes breaking out of narrow conceptual cages and unsettling what we think of as stable meanings. The author brings all of this to life in often unforgettable ways." - Saskia Sassen, Professor, Columbia University "National identities were once taken largely for granted in social science. Now they are part of an even more complex 'politics of belonging' that challenges both public affairs and the categories of social science. Nira Yuval-Davis offers a nuanced account that will be important for scholars and all those concerned with contemporary politics." - Craig Calhoun, Director, LSE This is a cutting-edge investigation of the challenging debates around belonging and the politics of belonging. Alongside the hegemonic forms of citizenship and nationalism which have tended to dominate our recent political and social history, Nira Yuval-Davis examines alternative contemporary political projects of belonging constructed around the notions of religion, cosmopolitanism and the feminist 'ethics of care'. The book also explores the effects of globalization, mass migration, the rise of both fundamentalist and human rights movements on such politics of belonging, as well as some of its racialized and gendered dimensions. A special space is given to the various feminist political movements that have been engaged as part of or in resistance to the political projects of belonging. Yuval-Davis deconstructs notions of national and ethnic and interrogates the effects that different political projects of belonging have on members of these collectivities who are differentially located socially, economically and politically.

Religious Internationals in the Modern World

Globalization and Faith Communities since 1750
Author: A. Green,V. Viaene
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137031719
Category: Religion
Page: 383
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Tracing the emergence of 'Religious Internationals' as a distinctive new phenomenon in world history, this book transforms our understanding of the role of religion in our modern world. Through in-depth studies comparing the experiences of Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, leading experts shed new light on 'global civil society'.

From Kosovo to Kabul

Human Rights and International Intervention
Author: David Chandler
Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)
ISBN: 9780745318837
Category: Political Science
Page: 268
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This book takes a critical look at the way in which human rights issues have been brought to the fore in international affairs. Over the last decade, the language of international intervention has been transformed. The UN and NATO's new policy of interventionism - as shown in Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor - has been hailed as "humanitarian action," part of a new "ethical" approach to foreign policy. The establishment of an international criminal court and ad hoc tribunals for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia reflect this shift in perception, which has been welcomed by world leaders, government critics and even NGOs.David Chandler offers a rigorous critique of this apparently benign shift in international relations to reveal the worrying political implications of a new human rights discourse. He asks why the West can now prioritize the human rights of individuals over the traditional rights of state sovereignty and bars to military intervention, and why this shift has happened so quickly. Charting the development of a human rights-based foreign policy, he considers the theoretical problems of defining human rights and sets this within the changing framework of international law. Meticulous and compelling, "From Kosovo to Kabul" offers a disturbing insight into the political implications of a human rights-led foreign policy, and the covert agenda that it conceals.

Humanitarian Intervention After Kosovo

Iraq, Darfur and the Record of Global Civil Society
Author: Aidan Hehir
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN: 9780230542211
Category: Law
Page: 196
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Humanitarian Intervention after Kosovo identifies why the dominant pro-intervention position has not and cannot serve as a progressive template for establishing a viable model for humanitarian intervention.

Unholy Wars

Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
Author: John K. Cooley
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745319179
Category: History
Page: 268
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To oppose the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the US formed an anti-communist alliance with militant Islamic forces in Central Asia. This book provides an account of this alliance and how it backfired with the events of September 11.

Global Civil Society

Contested Futures
Author: Gideon Baker,David Chandler
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134256868
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
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For many commentators, global civil society is revolutionising our approach to global politics, as new non-state-based and border-free expressions of political community challenge territorial sovereignty as the exclusive basis for political community and identity. This challenge 'from below' to the nation-state system is increasingly seen as promising nothing less than a reconstruction, or a re-imagination, of world politics itself. Whether in terms of the democratisation of the institutions of global governance, the spread of human rights across the world, or the emergence of a global citizenry in a worldwide public sphere, global civil society is understood by many to provide the agency necessary for these hoped-for transformations. Global Civil Society asks whether this idea is such a qualitatively new phenomenon after all; whether the transformation of the nation-state system is actually within its reach; and what some of the drawbacks might be.

Rethinking ethical foreign policy

pitfalls, possibilities and paradoxes
Author: David Chandler,Volker Heins
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Political Science
Page: 244
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Contemporary foreign policy is increasingly perceived to be about values rather than interests as traditionally conceived. Once marginal, ethics are today held to play a central role in foreign policy. This new book goes beyond current debates which locate the limitations to ethical foreign policy in the strategic and economic interests of nation-states. Rather than counter-posing interests and ethics, trying to find "hidden agendas," or emphasizing the double-standards at play in ethical foreign policy, this text brings together leading international theorists in order to develop a critical understanding of the rise of ethical foreign policy and to analyze the limits of ethical policy-making on its own terms. The book comprises of three clear sections that explore: theoretical issues, techniques and tactics of ethical intervention and the geography/ space of ethical intervention. The authors deal with the limits of "ethical foreign policy" both in the light of the internal dynamic of these policiesthemselves and with regard to the often unintended consequences of policies designed to better the world. Presenting a range of theoretical approaches to the study of ethical foreign policy in the US, UK and Europe, this topical book will be of strong interest to students and researchers of International Relations, Politics, Law and Philosophy.

Empire in denial

the politics of state-building
Author: David Chandler
Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745324289
Category: Political Science
Page: 221
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Ideal for students of international affairs, this book takes a critical look at state building.

Democracy

problems and perspectives
Author: Roland Axtmann
Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Philosophy
Page: 266
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This introduction to democratic thought explores the varieties of democratic imaginations and visions, past and present. It is divided into two parts, part one introduces the various classical and contemporary theories of democracy, part two looks at the way these theories function in practice.

Human Rights in Global Politics


Author: Tim Dunne,Nicholas J. Wheeler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521641388
Category: Political Science
Page: 337
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There is a stark contradiction between the theory of universal human rights and the everyday practice of human wrongs. This timely volume investigates whether human rights abuses are a result of the failure of governments to live up to a universal human rights standard, or whether the search for moral universals is a fundamentally flawed enterprise which distracts us from the task of developing rights in the context of particular ethical communities. In the first part of the book chapters by Ken Booth, Jack Donnelly, Chris Brown, Bhikhu Parekh and Mary Midgley explore the philosophical basis of claims to universal human rights. In the second part, Richard Falk, Mary Kaldor, Martin Shaw, Gil Loescher, Georgina Ashworth and Andrew Hurrell reflect on the role of the media, global civil society, states, migration, non-governmental organisations, capitalism, and schools and universities in developing a global human rights culture.

Policing post-conflict cities


Author: Alice Hills
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781842779705
Category: Philosophy
Page: 262
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In this book, Alice Hills discusses the interface between social order and security. Though analysts and aid donors generally focus on security, Hills argues that the concept of order is much more meaningful for peoples' lives. Focusing on the police as both providers of order and a measure of its success, the book shows that order depends more on what has gone before than on reconstruction efforts. From Kabul to Kigali and Kinshasa, and in Baghdad and Basra, with security increasingly ghettoized, people make their own rules for survival. Policing Postconflict Cities provides a powerful critique of the failure of liberal orthodoxy to understand the meaning of order.

Humanitarian Aid in Post-Soviet Countries

An Anthropological Perspective
Author: Laëtitia Atlani-Duault
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: N.A
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 146
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An anthropologist among aid workers. Her objective: to study that exotic tribe, humanitarian and development workers, along with their state and non-state partners, as they "export democracy" to post-soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Her method: to join the tribe for ten years. From New York to Alma-Ata, by way of Geneva and Baku, Laëtitia Atlani-Duault provides both an understanding of the individuals working in the field and a critical analysis of the sweeping political implications of NGO activities. A focus on supposedly "de-politicized" policy areas (notably the prevention of HIV/AIDS epidemic) provides wider insights into the objectives and practices of international aid workers in countries beset by rising poverty, drug trafficking, prostitution, and decaying education and health services. The author also provides a rich canvas of human stories, from the "workshops" in which diametrically opposed political approaches often clash to the occasional small triumphs in which effective public health interventions are worked out. This timely book will be of great interest not only to scholars of post-soviet countries, but also to those interested in humanitarian and development aid worldwide. It will also be relevant for the study of the anthropology of development, as well as medical and political anthropology.

Language Rights

From Free Speech to Linguistic Governance
Author: V. Pupavac
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137284048
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 317
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Exploring language rights politics in theoretical, historical and international context, this book brings together debates from law, sociolinguistics, international politics, and the history of ideas. The author argues that international language rights advocacy supports global governance of language and questions freedoms of speech and expression.