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The Other Side of Gridlock
The Other Side of Gridlock (April 2010)
Policy Stability and Supermajoritarianism in U.S. Lawmaking
Manabu Saeki - Author

A detailed study of political gridlock in Congress, offering an alternative perspective for evaluating its persistence and charting a course for change.

Drawing upon a wealth of congressional data from 1953 through 2006, this study offers new insights into the politics of gridlock, one of the more contentious issues in Washington, DC, since the early 1990s. Previous analyses have focused on either the volume of ena...(Read More)
 
 
Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment
Eros and the Intoxications of Enlightenment (March 2010)
On Plato's Symposium
Steven Berg - Author

Provocative reinterpretation of Plato’s Symposium.

An original analysis of one of Plato’s most well-known and pivotal dialogues, this study is based upon the effort to think together the most manifest themes of the Symposium (the nature of eros and the relation between poetry and philosophy) with its less obvious but no less essential themes (the character of the city and the nature and limi...(Read More)
 
 
Educating Democracy
Educating Democracy (December 2009)
Alexis de Tocqueville and Leadership in America
Brian Danoff - Author

Revisionist analysis of the role of strong leadership in democracies, drawing primarily upon the work of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Do strong leaders inevitably undermine democracies? Drawing upon the insights of Alexis de Tocqueville, Brian Danoff offers a compelling, revisionist analysis of the role of leadership in democratic societies. Rather than focusing on effectiveness or character to assess the quality o...(Read More)
 
 
Toward a Credible Pacifism
Toward a Credible Pacifism (September 2009)
Violence and the Possibilities of Politics
Dustin Ells Howes - Author

Argues that violence is no more reliable than any other means of conducting politics.

Advocates of pacifism usually stake their position on the moral superiority of nonviolence and have generally been reluctant or unwilling to concede that violence can be an effective means of conducting politics. In this compelling new work, which draws its examples from both everyday experience and the history of Western political...(Read More)
 
 
Beyond Negritude
Beyond Negritude (September 2009)
Essays from Woman in the City
Paulette Nardal - Author
T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting - Translated with an introduction and notes by

Key text never before in English by central figure of the Negritude movement.

In the aftermath of World War II, Paulette Nardal, the Martinican woman most famously associated with the Negritude movement and its founders Aimé Césaire, Léopold Senghor, and Léon Damas during Paris’s interwar years, founded the journal Woman in the City. This annotated translation, with an in...(Read More)
 
 
The Lockean Commonwealth
The Lockean Commonwealth (August 2009)
Ross J. Corbett - Author

Timely reappraisal of John Locke’s thoughts on the clash between executive emergency power and the importance of the rule of law.

The tension between executive prerogative in times of emergency and the importance of maintaining and preserving the rule of law has been a perennial concern for modern democratic states. The Lockean Commonwealth reappraises John Locke’s contribution to this timely topi...(Read More)
 
 
Tragedy and Citizenship
Tragedy and Citizenship (November 2008)
Conflict, Reconciliation, and Democracy from Haemon to Hegel
Derek W. M. Barker - Author

A study of attitudes toward tragedy in both democratic and nondemocratic political theory.

Tragedy and Citizenship provides a wide-ranging exploration of attitudes toward tragedy and their implications for politics. Derek W. M. Barker reads the history of political thought as a contest between the tragic view of politics that accepts conflict and uncertainty, and an optimistic perspective that sees conf...(Read More)
 
 
Montesquieu and His Legacy
Montesquieu and His Legacy (November 2008)
Rebecca E. Kingston - Editor

Essays on Montesquieu and the influence of his thought from the eighteenth century to today.

Montesquieu (1689–1755) is regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the Enlightenment. His Lettres persanes and L’Esprit des lois have been read by students and scholars throughout the last two centuries. While many have associated Montesquieu with the doctrine of the “separ...(Read More)

 
 
The Order of Joy
The Order of Joy (August 2008)
Beyond the Cultural Politics of Enjoyment
Scott Wilson - Author

Provocative exploration of a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies.

This provocative book introduces a new concept of “joy” within psychoanalytic and cultural studies that provides a different way of understanding the structures of affect produced by shifts in contemporary culture and economy. In so doing, the author offers a radically refigured Lacanianism that is d...(Read More)
 
 
The Illusion of Freedom and Equality
The Illusion of Freedom and Equality (July 2008)
Richard Stivers - Author

Explores how Enlightenment values have been transformed in a technological civilization.

Arguing that the ideology of freedom and equality today bears little resemblance to its eighteenth-century counterpart, Richard Stivers examines how these values have been radically transformed in a technological civilization. Once thought of as a kind of personal property and an aspect of the dignity of the individual, the co...(Read More)

 
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