New Governance, New Democracy Post Devolution in Wales

Politics, Sociology

Paul Chaney, T. Hall, A. Pithouse, “New Governance, New Democracy?: Post Devolution in Wales”
The Internet of Things (Digital Media and Society) by Mercedes Bunz, Graham Meikle
Wilfried Nippel, “Ancient and Modern Democracy: Two Concepts of Liberty?”
The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond) by Tass Saada, Dean Merrill
Building: Letters 1960-1975 by Isaiah Berlin, edited by Henry Hardy, Mark Pottle

Paul Chaney, T. Hall, A. Pithouse, “New Governance, New Democracy?: Post Devolution in Wales”

2001 | pages: 265 | ISBN: 0708316786 | PDF | 1,2 mb

The creation of the National Assembly for Wales has altered the democratic landscape in Wales. In assuming many policy and administrative responsibilities previously held by central government, the Assembly promises innovation in governance and there are high expectations that devolution will bring about significant improvements in Welsh life.
New Governance – New Democracy? questions whether these expectations are likely to be fulfilled. Drawing on interviews with many of the people who have influenced the devolution experiment, from politicians to ordinary citizens, this book brings together five research projects based throughout Wales which focus on different aspects of the devolutionary process.
This engagement with issues of both immediate and enduring significance for Wales offers interdisciplinary discussion and analysis of issues ranging from electoral turnout, participation and legitimacy to the involvement of marginalized groups in the process of government. It also examines the developing relationship between the new Welsh legislature and the voluntary sector, the governance of economic development and the regulation and political control of public agencies in Wales. New Governance – New Democracy? constitutes the first serious project-based assessment of whether the National Assembly will lead to a better democracy for Wales.

The Internet of Things (Digital Media and Society) by Mercedes Bunz, Graham Meikle

English | November 27th, 2017 | ASIN: B077TJZCWL, ISBN: 1509517456, 1509517464 | 192 Pages | EPUB | 0.41 MB

More objects and devices are connected to digital networks than ever before. Things – from your phone to your car, from the heating to the lights in your house – have gathered the ability to sense their environments and create information about what is happening. Things have become media, able to both generate and communicate information. This has become known as ‘the internet of things’.
In this accessible introduction, Graham Meikle and Mercedes Bunz observe its promises of convenience and the breaking of new frontiers in communication. They also raise urgent questions regarding ubiquitous surveillance and information security, as well as the transformation of intimate personal information into commercial data.
Discussing the internet of things from a media and communication perspective, this book is an important resource for courses analysing the internet and society, and essential reading for anyone who wants to better understand the rapidly changing roles of our networked lives.

Wilfried Nippel, “Ancient and Modern Democracy: Two Concepts of Liberty?”

2016 | ISBN-10: 1107020727 | 398 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Ancient and Modern Democracy is a comprehensive account of Athenian democracy as a subject of criticism, admiration and scholarly debate for 2,500 years, covering the features of Athenian democracy, its importance for the English, American and French revolutions and for the debates on democracy and political liberty from the nineteenth century to the present. Discussions were always in the context of contemporary constitutional problems. Time and again they made a connection with a long-established tradition, involving both dialogue with ancient sources and with earlier phases of the reception of Antiquity. They refer either to a common cultural legacy or to specific national traditions; they often involve a mixture of political and scholarly arguments. This book elucidates the complexity of considering and constructing systems of popular self-rule.

The Mind of Terror: A Former Muslim Sniper Explores What Motivates ISIS and Other Extremist Groups (and how best to respond) by Tass Saada, Dean Merrill

2016 | ISBN: 1496413946, 1496411870 | English | 240 pages | EPUB | 2 MB

What motivates Islamic terrorists? What is in the mind of terror? Our news reports from the Middle East cover events―bombings, massacres, and suicide attacks. Our newscasters take time to explain who the players are―from Hezbollah to the Iranian Quds, from ISIS to the Palestinian National Authority. But there is something underneath these events and players that fuels atrocity after atrocity in the Middle East. What is it? Tass Saada provides the answer to that question as he delves into the mind of terror, explaining what motivates extremist groups throughout the Middle East. A former Muslim and a onetime sniper with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah organization, Tass has lived it himself. At age 42, he steered his life in a radical new direction, committing it to Jesus. Tass not only describes the motivations and aspirations of those who live in the Middle East, he also outlines a peaceful solution. We can plant seeds of hope that will transform not only the Middle East, but also our increasingly diverse neighborhoods at home. Discover the mind behind terror and how to oppose its grip.

Building: Letters 1960-1975 by Isaiah Berlin, edited by Henry Hardy, Mark Pottle

English | October 1, 2013 | ISBN: 0701185767, 1845952308 | EPUB | 864 pages | 19.6 MB

The third volume of Isaiah Berlin’s remarkable letters takes readers from 1960 to 1975
In the period covered here Isaiah Berlin creates Wolfson College, Oxford; John F. Kennedy becomes U.S. President (and is assassinated); Berlin dines with JFK on the day he is told of the Soviet missile bases in Cuba; the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war of 1967 creates problems that remain with us today; Richard M. Nixon succeeds Johnson as President and resigns over Watergate; and the long agony of the Vietnam War grinds on in the background. At the same time Berlin publishes some of his most important work, including Four Essays on Liberty—the key texts of his liberal pluralism—and the essays later included in Vico and Herder. He appears on the radio, on television, and in documentary films, and gives numerous lectures, especially his celebrated Mellon Lectures, later published as The Roots of Romanticism. Behind these public events is a constant stream of gossip and commentary, acerbic humor, and warm personal feeling. Berlin writes about an enormous range of topics to a sometimes dazzling cast of correspondents. This new volume leaves no doubt that Berlin is one of the very best letter-writers of the 20th century.