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The Search for Good Government: Understanding the Paradox of Italian Democracy

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Sabetti argues that poor government performance in contemporary Italy has been an unintended consequence of attempts to craft institutions for good - or democratic - government. He shows that, contrary to the conventional wisdom, a chief problem in contemporary…
Quasi-Democracy?: Parties and Leadership Selection in Alberta

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Many Canadian parties are shifting their process for selecting leaders from delegate conventions to methods that -- at least in theory -- allow all members to vote for the leader. In the leadership selections of the 1990s, Alberta's governing Conservatives…
Civil Liberties In America: A Reference Handbook
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|April 30, 2004

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Written for a general audience, this work clearly defines civil liberties and explains their legal basis in the Bill of Rights, state constitutions, legal statutes, and administrative regulations. It reviews the subject's history from 1917 to the present, and…
A Liberal Theory of Collective Rights
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Most states are multination states, and most peoples are stateless peoples. Just as collectives can behave as sovereign states only if they are recognized by the international community, liberal multination states must recognize stateless peoples in order to…
Power, Patronage, and Memory in Early Islam
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When the Umayyads, the first Islamic dynasty, rose to power shortly after the death of the Prophet Muhammad (d. 632), the polity of which they assumed control had only recently expanded out of Arabia into the Roman eastern Mediterranean, Iraq and Iran. A century…
Poststructuralism and Social Theory
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Specifically written for social science students at all levels, this book looks at the origins and developments of structuralist, post-structuralist and postmodern theory. Exploring issues of structure, agency and power, and questions around relativism and…
Technologies for Intuition: Cold War Circles and Telepathic Rays
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Since the Cold War, Americans and Russians alike have cultivated a special fascination with the workings and failures of communication. Each has accused the other of media jamming and propaganda, posed competing claims to expression and creativity, and even…
Financing Infrastructure: Who Should Pay?
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Politicians and citizens universally agree that Canada's urban infrastructure urgently needs work. Roads and bridges are overdue for repair, aging water systems should be replaced, sewage must be adequately treated, urban transit needs to be updated and…
Leaving Christianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945
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Canadians were once church-goers. During the post-war boom of the 1950s, Canadian churches were vibrant institutions, with attendance rates even higher than in the United States, but the following decade witnessed emptying pews. What happened? In Leaving…
Food and Power: A Culinary Ethnography of Israel
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Drawing on ethnography conducted in Israel since the late 1990s, Food and Power considers how power is produced, reproduced, negotiated, and subverted in the contemporary Israeli culinary sphere. Nir Avieli explores issues such as the definition of Israeli…
The Anthropology of Sport: Bodies, Borders, Biopolitics
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Few activities bring together physicality, emotions, politics, money, and morality as dramatically as sport. In Brazil's stadiums or China's parks, on Cuba's baseball diamonds or Fiji's rugby fields, human beings test their physical limits, invest emotional…
Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception
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In Taking Baby Steps , Jody Lyneé Madeira takes readers inside the infertility experience, from dealing with infertility-related emotions through forming treatment relationships with medical professionals to confronting difficult medical decisions. Based on…
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