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CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society, Volume 2: Comparative Perspectives

V. Finn Heinrich and Lorenzo Fioramonti, editors

Volume 2 of the CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society offers a wide-ranging analysis of key issues facing civil society worldwide. The authors draw on information collected by the CIVICUS Civil Society Index project in more than 45 countries to explore issues such as civil society’s accountability, its relations to the state and corporate sector, and its role in governance and    More >

CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society, Volume 2: Comparative Perspectives

Ventures in Political Science: Narratives and Reflections

Gabriel A. Almond

Reflecting an extraordinary career, Ventures in Political Science collects Gabriel Almond's most important work on the development of political science and democratic theory. An absorbing introduction—providing personal and historical context—precedes Almond's masterful "History of Political Science." Equally notable are essays on capitalism and democracy, the crisis    More >

Ventures in Political Science: Narratives and Reflections

Contemporary Political Systems: Classifications and Typologies

Anton Bebler and Jim Seroka, editor

Classification systems and typologies, if properly developed, can help formulate research questions, determine agendas for inquiry, and lead to the development of scientifically testable hypotheses and general theory building. In political science, however, influential classifications and typologies become obsolete faster than in many other disciplines. They are also used highly sel ectively and    More >

Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice

Shaazka Beyerle

How do citizens counter corruption and exact accountability from power holders? What strategic value does people power bring to the anticorruption struggle? Can bottom-up, citizen-based strategies complement and reinforce top-down anticorruption efforts? Addressing these questions—and demonstrating the critical role of grassroots efforts in the anticorruption/accountability    More >

Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice

Peace and the Public Purse: Economic Policies for Postwar Statebuilding

James K. Boyce and Madalene O'Donnell, editors

In the aftermath of violent conflict, how do the economic challenges of statebuilding intersect with the political challenges of peacebuilding? How can the international community help lay the fiscal foundations for a sustainable state and a durable peace? Peace and the Public Purse examines these questions, lifting the curtain that often has separated economic policy from peace    More >

Peace and the Public Purse: Economic Policies for Postwar Statebuilding

Managing Policy Reform: Concepts and Tools for Decision-Makers in Developing and Transitioning Countries

Derick W. Brinkerhoff and Benjamin L. Crosby

Based on experience in more than 40 countries, this comprehensive, practical guide provides concepts and tools for navigating the effective implementation of policy reforms designed to enhance democratic governance.    More >

Managing Policy Reform: Concepts and Tools for Decision-Makers in Developing and Transitioning Countries

Where Corruption Lives

Gerald. E. Caiden, O.P. Dwivedi and Joseph G. Jabbra, editors

This comprehensive global survey of official corruption in governance links theoretical perspectives to common practices found throughout the world. Ranging from liberal democracies to autocracies, the authors explore initiatives being taken by national governments and international organizations to combat and reduce corrupt practices.    More >

Where Corruption Lives

Building States to Build Peace

Charles T. Call with Vanessa Wyeth, editors

How can legitimate and sustainable states best be established in the aftermath of civil wars? And what role should international actors play in supporting the vital process? Addressing these questions, the authors of Building States to Peace explore the core challenges involved in institutionalizing postconflict states. The combination of thematic chapters and in-depth case studies covers the    More >

Building States to Build Peace

What Is Political Islam?

Jocelyne Cesari

The debate continues unabated: Is political Islam decipherable through the tenets of the Islamic tradition—or is it a tool of secular actors who shrewdly misuse religious references? Is it an expression of modernity, or a return to the past? Eschewing these dichotomies, Jocelyne Cesari demystifies the continuous process of interaction between secular and religious actors and institutions    More >

What Is Political Islam?

Building Democratic Institutions: Governance Reform in Developing Countries

G. Shabbir Cheema

Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Shabbir Cheema draws on a wealth of case studies from around the world to clarify the links among governance, democracy, and human development and to identify the conditions that make democracy work.    More >

Building Democratic Institutions: Governance Reform in Developing Countries

Identity Politics in the Age of Globalization

Roger Coate and Markus Thiel, editors

Despite the homogenizing effect of globalization, identity politics have gained significance—numerous groups have achieved political goals and gained recognition based on, for example, their common gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability. Are each of these groups unique, or can comparisons be drawn among them? What is the impact of globalization on identity politics? The authors of    More >

Identity Politics in the Age of Globalization

Democratization and the Mischief of Faction

Benjamin R. Cole

Why do new democracies succeed in some cases and struggle, backslide, or revert entirely to autocracy in others? What are the specific policies and practices at play? To answer these questions, Benjamin Cole turns to James Madison's "mischief of faction," drawing on a broad array of detailed case studies to demonstrate that factionalism is the most powerful predictor of adverse    More >

Democratization and the Mischief of Faction

Making Decentralization Work: Democracy, Development, and Security

Ed Connerley, Kent Eaton, and Paul Smoke, editors

It is increasingly difficult to find developing countries whose leaders have not debated or implemented some type of decentralization reform. But has decentralization worked? Does it actually help a country to deepen democratic governance, promote economic development, or enhance public security? Under what conditions does it justify the enthusiasm of those who have pushed so successfully for its    More >

Making Decentralization Work: Democracy, Development, and Security

Nationalism and Politics: The Political Behavior of Nation States

Martha L. Cottam and Richard W. Cottam

As nationalism increasingly captures our attention through its impact on intercommunal violence and even the stability of states, this fresh look at the phenomenon plumbs an important aspect of its power: how nationalism affects the domestic and foreign-policy behavior of states. Systematically examining a range of states and societies, the Cottams draw on case studies from Africa, Europe, Latin    More >

Nationalism and Politics: The Political Behavior of Nation States

The Self-Determination of Peoples: Community, Nation, and State in an Interdependent World

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber, editor

With contentious issues of sovereignty and self-determination a focus of current world affairs, this comprehensive analysis is especially timely. The authors explore the conceptual, political, legal, cultural, economic, and strategic aspects of self-determination—encompassing both theory and practice—in the context of the evolving international system. Wide-ranging case studies enrich    More >

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Wolfgang Danspeckgruber with Robert P. Finn, editors

Bridging the pragmatic and the theoretical, leading scholars and policy analysts delve into the critical issues facing Afghanistan today. Their exploration of questions relating to security and peacekeeping, the rule of law, institutional design, mobilization of the economy, and relations within the region provides a crucial resource for understanding not only Afghanistan’s prospects, but    More >

Building State and Security in Afghanistan

Women in Developing Countries: Assessing Strategies for Empowerment

Rekha Datta and Judith Kornberg, editors

For decades, researchers and policymakers have examined the impact of development programs on women—and evidence of sustained gender discrimination has inspired local, national, and international policy reforms. But has the empowerment movement increased women's control of resources? Has it had the desired effect on gender relations traditionally defined by patriarchal ideology and    More >

Women in Developing Countries: Assessing Strategies for Empowerment

Promoting Democracy in Postconflict Societies

Jeroen de Zeeuw and Krishna Kumar, editors

Few would dispute the importance of donating funds and expertise to conflict-ridden societies—but such aid, however well meant, often fails to have the intended effect. This study critically evaluates international democratization assistance in postconflict societies to discern what has worked, what has not, and how aid programs can be designed to have a more positive impact. The authors    More >

Promoting Democracy in Postconflict Societies

From Soldiers to Politicians: Transforming Rebel Movements After Civil War

Jeroen de Zeeuw, editor

In the transition from war-torn societies to stable multiparty democracies, what is the role of former rebel leaders? Can rebel movements effectively transform themselves from military to political organizations? From Soldiers to Politicians explores when and how militias succeed in reorienting their goals and practices toward legitimate political activities. The authors present eight    More >

From Soldiers to Politicians: Transforming Rebel Movements After Civil War

Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make a Difference?

David Denemark, Robert Mattes, and Richard G. Niemi, editors

What explains differing levels of support for democracy in postauthoritarian countries? Do young people value democracy simply because they have grown up with it? Or do older generations, having experienced the alternative, value democracy more highly? Does the socialization of new generations into the norms of democratic citizenship herald the normalization of democratic governance? Or have    More >

Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make a Difference?

Political Culture and Democracy in Developing Countries, Textbook Edition

Larry Diamond, editor

In response to scores of requests, this textbook edition of Political Culture and Democracy in Developing Countries has been abridged to convey the core arguments of the book in a format appropriate for classroom use. The authors explore the complex and reciprocal interactions between a society's dominant beliefs, values, and attitudes about politics and the nature of its political system.    More >

Politics in Developing Countries, 2nd Edition

Larry Diamond, Juan Linz, and Seymour Martin Lipset, editors

This second edition of the highly regarded Politics in Developing Countries again presents case studies of experiences with democracy in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, along with the editors' synthesis of the factors that facilitate and obstruct the development of democracy around the world. The new edition adds a chapter on South Africa and brings the other nine studies    More >

Democratic Transitions: Exploring the Structural Sources of the Fourth Wave

Renske Doorenspleet

With the widespread movement toward democratization that characterized the first post-Cold War decade, why did some nondemocratic regimes undergo a transition toward a democratic political system, but others not? Why have some transitions succeeded completely, but others resulted in only limited political reform? Renske Doorenspleet addresses these questions, providing a systematic theoretical and    More >

Democratic Transitions: Exploring the Structural Sources of the Fourth Wave

Democratic Values in the Muslim World

Moataz A. Fattah

Is Islam compatible with democracy? Despite the seemingly endless debate on this issue, Moataz Fattah's study is a rare investigation of actual Muslim beliefs about democracy across numerous and diverse Islamic societies. Fattah's survey analysis of more than 31,000 Muslims in 34 countries (including 3 countries in which Muslims live as minorities), enhanced by focus group discussions,    More >

Democratic Values in the Muslim World

Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World

Julie Fisher

This definitive work on nongovernmental organizations provides a complete overview of the composition and the types of NGOs that have emerged in recent years. Julie Fisher describes in detail the influence these organizations have had on political systems throughout the world and the hope their existence  holds for the realization of sustainable development.    More >

Nongovernments: NGOs and the Political Development of the Third World

Mauritania: The Struggle for Democracy

Noel Foster

Why did a clique of Mauritanian officers risk their lives to overthrow the autocrat they had served for twenty years, only to cede power to an elected civilian? And having won acclaim for their commitment to a process of democratic transition, why did most of these officers join a year later to overthrow the newly elected president? Had the international community been fooled by a military    More >

Mauritania: The Struggle for Democracy

Launching into Cyberspace: Internet Development and Politics in Five World Regions

Marcus Franda

Launching into Cyberspace explores the Internet as an increasingly important variable in the study of comparative politics and international relations. Focusing on Africa, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, China, and India, Franda examines the extent to which Internet development has (or has not) taken place and the relationship between that development and the conduct of    More >

The Politics of Dictatorship: Institutions and Outcomes in Authoritarian Regimes

Erica Frantz and Natasha Ezrow

In comparison to democratic political systems, we know very little about how dictatorships work. Who are the key political actors? Where does the locus of power rest? What determines leadership behavior—and survival? Erica Frantz and Natasha Ezrow argue that dictatorships are not regimes driven by the whims of a single individual. Frantz and Ezrow reveal how leader-elite relations are    More >

The Politics of Dictatorship: Institutions and Outcomes in Authoritarian Regimes

Comparative Politics of the Global South: Linking Concepts and Cases, 4th edition

December Green and Laura Luehrmann

In this now classic text, December Green and Laura Luehrmann show how history, economics, and politics converge to create the realities of life in the Global South. The authors offer an innovative blend of theory and empirical material as they introduce the politics of what was once called the "third world." They consistently link theoretical concepts to a set of eight contemporary    More >

Comparative Politics of the Global South: Linking Concepts and Cases, 4th edition

Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World

Mohammed M. Hafez, with a foreword by Fred Halliday

Now available in paperback! Rejecting theories of economic deprivation and psychological alienation, Mohammed Hafez offers a provocative analysis of the factors that contribute to protracted violence in the Muslim world today. Hafez combines a sophisticated theoretical approach and detailed case studies to show that the primary source of Islamist insurgencies lies in the repressive political    More >

Why Muslims Rebel: Repression and Resistance in the Islamic World

The Global Politics of AIDS

Paul G. Harris and Patricia D. Siplon, editors

With more than 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS—and more than 25 million dead from related diseases since the early 1980s—the need to understand the causes and impact of the pandemic is manifest. In response, The Global Politics of AIDS explores power and politics at multiple levels, ranging from individual behavior to corporate boardrooms to international institutions and    More >

The Global Politics of AIDS

Abortion Politics in North America

Melissa Haussman

Despite legal affirmations of women's rights to abortion, actual access to the procedure in North America is increasingly curtailed. Melissa Haussman analyzes this disturbing disparity between official policies and daily realities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Haussman examines the successes of US antichoice groups—groups that have extended their reach to effectively contest    More >

Abortion Politics in North America

CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society, Volume1: Country Profiles

V. Finn Heinrich, editor

How can something as vast and contested as civil society be measured? Answering that question, the hundreds of members and partners that contribute to the CIVICUS Civil Society Index (CSI)  focus here not only on measurable, short-term indicators, but also on long-term and more complex processes that are often neglected elsewhere. Concise profiles of 44 countries consider such factors as    More >

CIVICUS Global Survey of the State of Civil Society, Volume1: Country Profiles

Small States in World Politics: Explaining Foreign Policy Behavior

Jeanne A.K. Hey, editor

Have the changes of the past decade made this an easier or a more difficult world for small states as they pursue their foreign policy goals? To understand the foreign policies of small states, are new explanatory factors needed? Does the concept of the “small state” still have utility at all? Small States in World Politics addresses these questions, deftly analyzing the impact of new    More >

Small States in World Politics: Explaining Foreign Policy Behavior

Civil Society and Development: A Critical Exploration

Jude Howell and Jenny Pearce

Now Available in Paperback!   Incorporated into the discourse of academics, policymakers, and grassroots activists, of multilateral development agencies and local NGOs alike, "civil society" has become a topic of widespread discussion. But is there in fact any common understanding of the term? How useful is it when applied to the South, and what difference does it make to bring    More >

Civil Society and Development: A Critical Exploration

Civil Society Under Strain: Counter-Terrorism Policy, Civil Society, and Aid Post-9/11

Jude Howell and Jeremy Lind, editors

As they investigate the convergence of security and development objectives following the attacks of September 11, 2001—in particular as this relates to civil society—the authors focus on four themes: the intersection of the "war on terror" regime and national politics, the increasing regulation of civil society, attempts to co-opt parts of civil society into security and    More >

Civil Society Under Strain: Counter-Terrorism Policy, Civil Society, and Aid Post-9/11

When Democracies Choose War: Politics, Public Opinion, and the Marketplace of Ideas

Andrew Z. Katz

What is going on domestically when democracies choose war? Why do some wars of choice generate political opposition while others don't? Is there an internal mechanism that constrains the behavior of democracies when it comes to war? To answer these questions, Andrew Katz explores the relationship between public support for wars of choice and democratic norms in the marketplace of    More >

When Democracies Choose War: Politics, Public Opinion, and the Marketplace of Ideas

Foreign Investment and Domestic Development: Multinationals and the State

Jenny Rebecca Kehl

How is it that billions of dollars flow through the developing world without altering its reality of poverty and scarcity? Jenny Kehl explores the crucial relationship between foreign direct investment and domestic development, focusing on the wide variation in the capacity of governments to negotiate FDI to the advantage of their citizens. To isolate the influence of political factors, Kehl    More >

Foreign Investment and Domestic Development: Multinationals and the State

Civil Wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010

Emizet François Kisangani

Wars of secession, ethnic wars, rebellions, and mutinies have been part of the political landscape of the Democratic Republic of Congo since the country became independent in 1960.  Why? And what can we learn from this seemingly unending series of internal conflicts?  Emizet François Kisangani explores these fundamental questions within a rigorously systematic and uniquely    More >

Civil Wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 1960-2010

Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World

Paul Kubicek

Belying assertions of the incompatibility of Islam and democracy, many Muslim-majority countries are now or have been democratic. Paul Kubicek draws on the experiences of those countries to explore the relationship between political manifestations of Islam and democratic politics. Kubicek's comparative analysis allows him to highlight the common features that create conditions amenable to    More >

Political Islam and Democracy in the Muslim World

Promoting Independent Media: Strategies for Democracy Assistance

Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar surveys the nature and significance of international aid designed to build and strengthen independent news media in support of democratization and development. Providing the first comprehensive coverage of media assistance programs, Kumar discusses the evolution, focus, and overall impact of a range of intervention strategies. He also presents seven in-depth case studies based on    More >

Promoting Independent Media: Strategies for Democracy Assistance

Postconflict Elections, Democratization, and International Assistance

Krishna Kumar, editor

On the Humanitarian Times list of the Top Ten Books of 1998! With the resolution of intrastate conflicts in Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia, and with new hope for the peaceful settlement of many still-existing conflicts, attention is turning to the issue of “free and fair” elections. This book examines the nature of postconflict (transition) elections, as well as the role    More >

Postconflict Elections, Democratization, and International Assistance

When Parties Prosper: The Uses of Electoral Success

Kay Lawson and Peter H. Merkl, editors

Have parties, and party systems, come back to life in the twenty-first century? Are they capable of playing their roles in ways that will foster rather than betray the public interest? These are among the questions explored in When Parties Prosper, a richly comparative, up-to-date, and accessible study of political parties in power in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.   Each country study in    More >

When Parties Prosper: The Uses of Electoral Success

Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues, 3rd edition

Timothy C. Lim

This systematic, user friendly, and refreshingly unusual introduction to comparative politics has not only been updated and refined in the third edition, but also fully revised to reflect the impact of major new developments in world politics. Designed to teach students how to think comparatively and theoretically about the world they live in, the book is organized around a set of critical    More >

Doing Comparative Politics: An Introduction to Approaches and Issues, 3rd edition

Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes

Juan J. Linz

In this classic work, noted political sociologist Juan Linz provides an unparalleled study of the nature of nondemocratic regimes. Linz's seminal analysis develops the fundamental distinction between totalitarian and authoritarian systems. It also presents a pathbreaking discussion of the personalistic, lawless, nonideological type of authoritarian rule that he calls (following Weber) the    More >

Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes

Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace

Terrence Lyons

With the increasing use of elections as a tool for peacebuilding after civil war, the question of why some postconflict elections succeed and others fail is a crucial one. Tackling this question, Terrence Lyons finds the answer in the internal political dynamics that occur between the cease-fire and the voting. Lyons shows that the promise of elections can provide the incentive for the    More >

Demilitarizing Politics: Elections on the Uncertain Road to Peace

From Political Won't to Political Will: Building Support for Participatory Governance

Carmen Malena, editor

Citizens in both the North and the South lack opportunities, rights, and access to information and have expressed growing disillusionment with their governments. Ordinary citizens (especially women, poor people and other marginalized groups) are largely excluded from the political processes that directly affect their lives. There is now growing consensus that good governance is participatory    More >

From Political Won't to Political Will: Building Support for Participatory  Governance

Creating Boundaries: The Politics of Race and Nation

Kathryn A. Manzo

This imaginative and ambitious book takes issue convincingly with common conceptions about the relationship—or lack of relationships—among race, nationalism, and religion. Manzo sets the modern nation-state in historical, global, and philosophical context to support three key themes. First, she argues that the theoretical literature on nations and nationalism is limited by a too-ready    More >

Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, 7th edition

Timothy A. McElwee, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Liechty, and Julie Garber editors

Fully revised to reflect the realities of the post–September 11 world, this acclaimed curricular reference provides a comprehensive review of the field of peace, justice, and security studies. Seven introductory essays systematically cover the state of the discipline today, surveying current intellectual and pedagogical themes. These are followed by seventy classroom-tested syllabuses    More >

Peace, Justice, and Security Studies: A Curriculum Guide, 7th edition

Presidentialism: Power in Comparative Perspective

Michael L. Mezey

In countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, France, Russia, South Africa, and the United States, presidents have come to dominate the politics and political cultures of their nations. Michael Mezey offers a comprehensive cross-national study of the presidency, tracing the historical and intellectual roots of executive power and exploring in detail the contemporary forces that have driven a turn    More >

Presidentialism: Power in Comparative Perspective

Democratization, Liberalization, and Human Rights in the Third World

Mahmood Monshipouri

Abrupt democratization in Third World countries does not always result in enhanced human rights. Mahmood Monshipouri argues that human rights in fledgling democracies are most likely to be improved if the transition from authoritarianism is preceded by a process of economic liberalization, which works as a prelude to a gradual expansion of civil society. Monshipouri bridges the gaps between    More >

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Mehdi Mozaffari

What exactly is Islamism? And what explains its violent expansion in recent decades? Why are Islamists so determined to change the world order? Are there similarities between Islamism and classical totalitarian regimes and ideologies? Will it fail, as those regimes did in Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union—or can it adapt effectively to changing realities? What are the fundamental strengths    More >

Islamism: A New Totalitarianism

Democracy Rising: Assessing the Global Challenges

Heraldo Muñoz, editor

This timely assessment of both the progress toward democratic governance globally and the significant challenges that democracies face is the outcome of a seminar organized by the Community of Democracies. The Community is a group of more than a hundred countries devoted to the spread and consolidation of democracy around the world.      More >

Democracy Rising: Assessing the Global Challenges

Political and Economic Liberalization: Dynamics and Linkages in Comparative Perspective

Gerd Nonneman, editor

Even amid the apparent post–Cold War consensus, the benefits and drawbacks of economic and political liberalization remain controversial. At the same time, explanations for the recent surge in these processes, and for the forms they have taken, remain fragmentary. Likewise, the linkages between the two remain under-researched—despite many sweeping assertions of a positive    More >

Democracy in the Third World, 2nd edition

Robert Pinkney

Thoroughly updating his widely acclaimed book on third world democracy, Pinkney incorporates provocative explorations of the influences of external forces, the roles of the state and civil society, and the varying trajectories of democratic consolidation (and decay).    More >

Democracy in the Third World, 2nd edition

Inventing North America: Canada, Mexico, and the United States

Guy Poitras

In the face of potent domestic and global forces, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico—the NA-3—have devised an enterprise that promises to draw them closer together in the twenty-first century. Inventing North America is an attempt to understand the NA-3's unique brand of regionalism within an increasingly globalized world. Poitras dissects the commonalities and differences among the    More >

Inventing North America: Canada, Mexico, and the United States

Direct Democracy: A Double-Edged Sword

Shauna Reilly

Direct democracy typically is lauded for putting power in the hands of the people. But is it really as democratic as it seems? To what extent, and in what circumstances, is it less about citizen power and more about external influences seeking to manipulate outcomes? Addressing these issues, Shauna Reilly draws on and compares case studies of referendums, recall elections, and initiatives    More >

Direct Democracy: A Double-Edged Sword

Warlord Politics and African States

William Reno

The dramatic reconfigurations of political authority taking place in Africa—what many term "warlordism" or "state failure"—call for an exploration of the origins of these changes, the likelihood of their durability, and their implications for the continent's regional system of states. Reno argues that the end of the Cold War as a particular configuration of the    More >

Warlord Politics and African States

Democracy in Crisis: Why, Where, How to Respond

Roland Rich

Democracy is in crisis. After the hope engendered by the Third Wave, democracies around the world are beleaguered with threats from multiple sources. What are these threats? Where did they come from? And how can the challenges to democratic governance best be overcome? Grappling with these questions, Roland Rich interprets the danger signs that abound in the United States and Europe, in Asia    More >

Democracy in Crisis: Why, Where, How to Respond

Varieties of State Crime and Its Control

Jeffrey Ian Ross, editor

Topics include: Protecting Democracy by Controlling State Crime in Advanced Industrialized Countries; Controlling State Crime in the United Kingdom; Controlling State Crime in the United States of America: What Can We Do about the Thug State?; Controlling State Crime in Canada; Controlling State Crime in Israel: The Dichotomy between National Security versus Coercive Powers; Controlling State    More >

Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying

Frederic Charles Schaffer, editor

Often regarded as a phenomenon of earlier times and backward places, vote buying has made an impressive comeback in recent decades—primarily as a by-product of democratization. Elections for Sale offers the first comprehensive analysis of this widespread but ill-understood practice. The authors systematically explore a series of key questions: What exactly is vote buying? What are its    More >

Elections for Sale: The Causes and Consequences of Vote Buying

The Self-Restraining State: Power and Accountability in New Democracies

Andreas Schedler, Larry Diamond, and Marc F. Plattner, editors

New democracies all over the world are finding themselves haunted by the old demons of clientelism, corruption, arbitrariness, and the abuse of power—leading to a growing awareness that, in addition to elections, democracy requires checks and balances. Democratic governments must be accountable to the electorate; but they must also be subject to restraint and oversight by other public    More >

Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition

Andreas Schedler, editor

Today, electoral authoritarianism represents the most common form of political regime in the developing world and the one we know least about. Filling in the lacuna, this new book presents cutting-edge research on the internal dynamics of electoral authoritarian regimes.   Each concise, jargon-free chapter addresses a specific empirical puzzle on the basis of careful cross-national    More >

Electoral Authoritarianism: The Dynamics of Unfree Competition

Reinventing Leviathan: The Politics of Administrative Reform in Developing Countries

Ben Ross Schneider and Blanca Heredia, editors

Scholars and development practitioners agree that developing countries urgently need cohesive administrative reforms to consolidate new market economies, promote sustainable development, and improve social welfare. Reinventing Leviathan provides extensive comparative research on the political processes that facilitate or block efforts designed to improve administrative performance. Studies of    More >

Reinventing Leviathan: The Politics of Administrative Reform in Developing Countries

The Media Enthralled: Singapore Revisited

Francis T. Seow

Once a proud and independent institution, the Singapore press was brought to its knees by threats, arbitrary arrests and detentions, general harassment, and litigation during Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew's administration. Singapore's former solicitor general, Francis T. Seow, tells this story, documenting the demise of the Eastern Sun, the Nanyang Siang Pau, and the Singapore Herald (among other    More >

Detecting Corruption in Developing Countries: Identifying Causes/Strategies for Action

Bertram I. Spector

Excessive government discretion, greed, and the abuse of power for private gain are widespread phenomena in developing countries, denying citizens the critical services that they are entitled to—and leaving little room for a country's economic growth. Bertram Spector presents a comprehensive strategy for detecting and confronting corruption in the public sector, which he supports with    More >

Detecting Corruption in Developing Countries: Identifying Causes/Strategies for Action

Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries: Strategies and Analysis

Bertram I. Spector, editor

In stark contrast to standard holistic studies of corruption, Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries argues that examining the issue through the lens of nine key development sectors—education, agriculture, energy, environment, health, justice, private business, political parties and public finance—-will help us to understand the problem realistically and identify concrete    More >

Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries: Strategies and Analysis

Crisis in Autocratic Regimes

Johannes Gerschewski and Christoph H. Stefes, editors

What makes autocratic regimes vulnerable? Why, in times of crisis, do some of these regimes break down while others weather the storm? This is the puzzle addressed in Crisis in Autocratic Regimes. Taking a long-term perspective, the authors focus not on sudden shocks and ruptures, but instead on gradual processes of disintegration as they unfold over time.    More >

Crisis in Autocratic Regimes

Security in South America: The Role of States and Regional Organizations

Rodrigo Tavares

What types of threats and conflicts affect the countries of South America? What roles can and should states and regional organizations play in maintaining both traditional and human security in the region? Ranging from armed conflicts, terrorism, and the arms trade to political crises, drug trafficking, and environmental concerns, Rodrigo Tavares provides a comprehensive discussion of the issues    More >

Security in South America: The Role of States and Regional Organizations

China's New Role in Africa

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor explores the nature and implications of China's burgeoning role in Africa, arguing that Beijing is using Africa not only as a source of needed raw materials and potential new markets, but also to bolster its own position on the international stage. After tracing the history of Sino-African relations, Taylor addresses key current issues: What will be the long-term consequences,    More >

China's New Role in Africa

Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Barbara P. Thomas-Slayter

This widely used introductory text, rich with illustrative case studies, addresses the key political and economic challenges facing the countries of the global south as they engage with the global system.    More >

Southern Exposure: International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century

Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World

Anthony Tirado Chase

Do human rights inform the nature of politics in the Muslim world today? If so, how? And perhaps more fundamentally, why? Linking these questions in a provocative way, Anthony Tirado Chase persuasively rejects popular arguments that there is an incompatibility between human rights and Islam. Chase uses a range of local developments as his point of departure, in the process stressing the    More >

Human Rights, Revolution, and Reform in the Muslim World

Democratic Governance and Social Inequality

Joseph S. Tulchin, editor, with Amelia Brown

This controversial book examines the challenges that social inequities present to democratic governance. The authors argue that issues of poverty and inequality—far from diminishing—are becoming even more important in the present global environment. They consider the effects of globalization on the distribution of income and wealth within state borders, the impact of inequality on the    More >

Democratic Governance and Social Inequality

Getting Globalization Right: The Dilemmas of Inequality

Joseph S. Tulchin and Gary Bland, editors

Getting Globalization Right explores political and economic changes in seven new democracies that have in common both a movement toward greater integration with the world economy and the challenges posed by persistent or even increasing domestic economic inequalities.   The authors argue that, without effective national policies to dampen the effects of globalization, the short-term impact    More >

Getting Globalization Right: The Dilemmas of Inequality

Dilemmas of Democratic Consolidation: A Game-Theory Approach

Jay Ulfelder

Why have so many attempts at democracy in the past half-century failed? Confronting this much discussed question, Jay Ulfelder offers a novel explanation for the coups and rebellions that have toppled fledgling democratic regimes and that continue to threaten many new democracies today. Ulfelder draws on an original dataset of 110 democratic failures spanning 1955–2007 and also presents    More >

Dilemmas of Democratic Consolidation: A Game-Theory Approach

Understanding Revolution

Patrick Van Inwegen

Understanding Revolution concisely, but thoroughly, explains one of the most fundamental sources of political change in the modern world. Designed to be accessible to undergraduate students, the book systematically explores such questions as:     • What should be defined as a revolution?     • Is there a "typical" pattern to the course of a    More >

Understanding Revolution

Promoting Authoritarianism Abroad

Rachel Vanderhill

Recent years have seen efforts by several states to promote authoritarianism abroad, garnering the attention of foreign policy analysts—and raising a number of questions. What determines the success or failure of these efforts? How does the relationship between international and domestic politics play out? Do states comply with external pressures for ideological reasons, or primarily to    More >

Promoting Authoritarianism Abroad

Gender in Third World Politics

Georgina Waylen

This gendered analysis of Third World politics examines both "high politics" and political activity at the grassroots level, as well as the impact of state policy on differing groups of women. Waylen first discusses the major theoretical questions involved in the study of gender in Third World politics. She then discusses the topic in the context of colonialism, revolution,    More >

How States Fight Terrorism: Policy Dynamics in the West

Doron Zimmermann and Andreas Wenger, editors

As national governments struggle to cope with the complex threat of mass-casualty terrorist attacks, there is an ongoing debate about the best approaches to counterterrorism policy. The authors of How States Fight Terrorism explore the dynamics of counterterrorism policy development in Europe and North America. A series of case studies examine security concerns, political debates and policy    More >

How States Fight Terrorism: Policy Dynamics in the West