Peasant-Citizen and Slave: The Foundations of Athenian Democracy (Verso World History Series)

The debatable thesis on the heart of this learn is that, regardless of the significance of slavery in Athenian society, the main designated attribute of Athenian democracy was once the extraordinary prominence it gave to unfastened exertions. wooden argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically self sustaining, money owed for a lot that's striking in Athenian political associations and tradition.

From a survey of historic writings of the eighteenth and 19th centuries, the point of interest of which distorted later debates, wooden is going directly to take factor with influential arguments, corresponding to these of G.E.M. de Ste Croix, concerning the value of slavery in agricultural construction. The social, political and cultural effect of the peasant-citizen is explored in a manner which questions essentially the most adored conventions of Marxist and non-Marxist historiography.

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Understanding Liberal Democracy: Essays in Political Philosophy

By Nicholas Wolterstorff

Understanding Liberal Democracy provides extraordinary paintings by means of Nicholas Wolterstorff on the intersection among political philosophy and faith. along his influential prior essays, it contains 9 new essays during which Wolterstorff develops unique strains of argument and stakes out novel positions in regards to the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. Taken jointly, those positions are an enticing replacement to the so-called public cause liberalism defended via thinkers similar to John Rawls. the quantity might be of curiosity to philosophers, political theorists, and theologians, enticing a large viewers of these drawn to how top to appreciate the character of liberal democracy and its relation to religion.

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Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico: The Other Half of the Centaur

Mexico is at present present process a trouble of violence and lack of confidence that poses critical threats to democratic transition and rule of legislations. this is often the 1st publication to place those advancements within the context of post-revolutionary state-making in Mexico and to teach that violence in Mexico isn't the results of kingdom failure, yet of state-making. whereas such a lot bills of politics and the nation in fresh many years have emphasised tactics of transition, institutional clash answer, and neo-liberal reform, this quantity lays out the more and more vital position of violence and coercion by way of a variety of kingdom and non-state armed actors. additionally, via going past the instant matters of latest Mexico, this quantity pushes us to reconsider longterm methods of state-making and recast influential interpretations of the so-called golden years of PRI rule. Violence, Coercion, and State-Making in Twentieth-Century Mexico demonstrates that obtained knowledge has lengthy avoided the concerted and systematic learn of violence and coercion in state-making, not just over the past many years, yet during the post-revolutionary interval. The Mexican country was once equipped even more on violence and coercion than has been acknowledged—until now.

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Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter

By Ilya Somin

One of the most important issues of sleek democracy is that almost all of the general public is mostly blind to politics and executive. frequently, many of us remember the fact that their votes are not likely to alter the result of an election and do not see the purpose in studying a lot approximately politics. this can be rational, however it creates a country of individuals with little political wisdom and little skill to objectively evaluation what they do know.

In Democracy and Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin mines the depths of lack of information in the USA and divulges the level to which it's a serious problem for democracy. Somin weighs a variety of suggestions for fixing this challenge, arguing that political lack of expertise is healthier mitigated and its results lessened via decentralizing and proscribing govt. Somin provocatively argues that folks make larger judgements after they pick out what to buy available in the market or which kingdom or neighborhood executive to reside lower than, than once they vote on the poll field, simply because they've got more suitable incentives to obtain correct details and to exploit it wisely.

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Activism and Rhetoric: Theories and Contexts for Political Engagement

This volume examines the position of rhetoric in today’s tradition of democratic activism. the quantity takes on of the main major demanding situations at present dealing with modern rhetorical experiences: (1) the contested meanings and practices of democracy and civic engagement in international context, and (2) the critical position of rhetoric in democratic activist practices. In proposing various political and rhetorical struggles of their particular contexts, editors Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee permit individuals to mirror on and difficult probabilities for either activist techniques to rhetorical reports, and rhetorical methods to activist tasks, facilitating greater realizing the socio-political outcomes of this paintings.

With members from well known students in communique and composition reviews, the gathering bargains sensible situations that spotlight how rhetoric mediates, constitutes, and/or intervenes in democratic rules and practices. It additionally considers theoretical questions that recognize profound voids within the rhetorical culture (e.g., Western, neo-Aristotelian, liberal) and extend the horizon of conventional rhetorical views. It advocates new wisdom and practices that additional advertise civic engagement, social switch and democracy within the international context.

Activism and Rhetoric will be acceptable for students and scholars throughout disciplines, including rhetoric, composition, verbal exchange experiences, political technology, cultural reviews, and women’s reports.

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Allah, Liberty and Love: The Courage to Reconcile Faith and Freedom

By Irshad Manji

The New York Times bestselling writer to whom Oprah gave her first ever “Chutzpah” Award, Irshad Manji writes a bridge-building publication that's either a stirring mirrored image and a route to action.

In Allah, Liberty and Love, Irshad Manji paves a course for Muslims and non-Muslims to go beyond the fears that cease such a lot of people from dwelling with honest-to- God integrity: the terror of offending others in a multicultural global in addition to the terror of wondering our personal groups. in view that publishing her foreign bestseller, The hassle with Islam this present day, Manji has moved from anger to aspiration. She indicates how any folks can reconcile religion with freedom and hence observe the Allah of liberty and love—the common God that loves us sufficient to offer us offerings and the potential to cause them to.

Among the main obvious Muslim reformers of our period, Manji attracts on her adventure within the trenches to proportion tales which are deeply poignant, often humorous and continuously revealing approximately those morally careworn occasions. What prevents younger Muslims, even within the West, from expressing their desire for non secular reinterpretation? What scares non-Muslims approximately overtly helping liberal voices inside Islam? How did we get into the mess of putting up with insupportable customs, equivalent to honor killings, and the way can we switch that noxious established order? How can humans ditch dogma whereas preserving religion? certainly, how can every one folks embark on a private trip towards ethical courage—the willingness to talk up whilst every body else desires to close you up?

Allah, Liberty and Love is the final word consultant to turning into a gutsy international citizen. Irshad Manji believes profoundly not only in Allah, but in addition in her fellow people.

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Bush v. Gore: The Question of Legitimacy

The excellent Court's intervention within the 2000 election will form American legislation and democracy lengthy after George W. Bush has left the White condo. This learn brings jointly a wide variety of criminal students who tackle the bigger questions raised by means of the preferrred Court's activities. Did the Court's determination violate the rule of thumb of legislation? Did it inaugurate an period of super-politicized jurisprudence? How should still Bush v. Gore switch the phrases of dialogue over the subsequent around of ultimate court docket appointments?

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Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance (The Real Utopias Project)

By Joshua Cohen, Erik Olin Wright, Archon Fung, Rebecca Neaera Abers, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Patrick Heller, T. M. Thomas Isaac, Bradl

Volume IV of the genuine Utopias undertaking. Contributions through Rebecca Abers, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Joshua Cohen, Patrick Heller, T.M. Thomas Isaac, Bradley Karkkainen, Rebecca Krantz, Jane Mansbridge, Joel Rogers, Craig W. Thomas.
The institutional types of liberal democracy built within the 19th century appear more and more ill-suited to the issues we are facing within the twenty-first. This hassle has given upward push in a few locations to a brand new, deliberative democracy, and this quantity explores 4 modern empirical instances within which the rules of this kind of democracy were no less than in part instituted: the participatory finances in Porto Alegre; the college decentralization councils and neighborhood policing councils in Chicago; stakeholder councils in environmental safeguard and habitat administration; and new decentralised governance buildings in Kerala. in accordance with the opposite genuine Utopias venture volumes, those case reviews are framed via an editors' creation, a suite of commentaries, and concluding notes.

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Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy

The world's finest critic of U.S. overseas coverage exposes the hole provides of democracy in American activities abroad..and at home.

The usa has again and again asserted its correct to interfere opposed to "failed states" round the globe.

during this a lot expected sequel to his foreign bestseller Hegemony or Survival, Noam Chomsky turns the tables, charging the us with being a "failed state," and therefore a possibility to its personal humans and the world.

"Failed states" Chomsky writes, are these "that don't defend their electorate from violence and even perhaps destruction, that regard themselves as past the achieve of household or overseas legislations, and who are suffering from a 'democratic deficit,' having democratic varieties yet with constrained substance."

Exploring fresh U.S. overseas and household rules, Chomsky assesses Washington's escalation of the nuclear chance; the damaging outcomes of the career of Iraq; and America's self-exemption from overseas legislations.

He additionally examines an American electoral method that frustrates real political choices, therefore impeding any significant democracy.

Forceful, lucid, and meticulously documented, Failed States deals a complete research of a world superpower that has lengthy claimed the best to reshape different countries whereas its personal democratic associations are in critical situation, and its guidelines and practices have recklessly positioned the realm on the point of catastrophe. Systematically dismantling America's declare to being the world's arbiter of democracy.

'Failed States' is Chomsky's such a lot focused..and urgent..critique up to now.

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