Informal Governance in the European Union

Politics, Sociology

Thomas Christiansen, Simona Piattoni, “Informal Governance in the European Union”
Susanne Soederberg, “Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations”
Miriam Müller, “A Spectre Is Haunting Arabia: How the Germans Brought Their Communism to Yemen”
Steven L. Spiegel, “The Middle East and the Western Alliance”
The Feminine Mystique, 50th Anniversary Edition by Betty Friedan

Thomas Christiansen, Simona Piattoni, “Informal Governance in the European Union”

English | 2004 | ISBN: 1843763516 | PDF | pages: 286 | 4.7 mb

How are the deals and decisions of the EU made – in the meeting rooms and at the conference tables, or by informal networks in the back corridors of power? This book addresses an issue of paramount importance concerning the politics of the European Union: aspects of governance and policy making in the EU that are labelled `informal’. Much of the literature on the EU focuses on the formal facets of EU politics, but uniquely, the subject matter within this book deals with informal aspects such as: the role of personal relationships, the presence of non-hierarchical policy-networks and non-institutional channels of interest representation, and the relevance of the unwritten rules and routines which govern these aspects of EU politics. The contributors ascertain that the study of sectoral policy making in the EU is incomplete without attention to this informal governance, which is normatively and conceptually more complex than is generally assumed. They provide a number of different approaches to the subject, illuminating the nature of informal governance in the EU and demonstrating the way in which its analysis can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of politics and policy making in the EU. This highly original book will be a fascinating read for a wide-ranging audience – including academics, students, researchers and practitioners – with an interest in the governance of the EU.

Susanne Soederberg, “Global Governance in Question: Empire, Class and the New Common Sense in Managing North-South Relations”

English | 2006 | ISBN: 0745320708 | PDF | pages: 215 | 1.3 mb

Like many buzzwords, ‘global governance’ is as poorly understood as it is popular. In contrast to most mainstream accounts, this book examines global economic governance as an integral moment of contemporary capitalism – presenting a critical insight into its real nature and the interests that it serves. This book begins by asking what has not been discussed in the mainstream debates and why. Drawing on a Marxist perspective, Soederberg explores neglected issues including transnational debt and the increasingly coercive nature of US aid to so-called ‘failed states’. Soederberg argues that mainstream understandings fail to engage with the wider contradictions that characterise global capitalism. In consequence, there is no explanation of the changing nature of American empire and capitalist power in the world. Furthermore, Soederberg argues that global governance acts to normalise and legitimise increasingly austere forms of capitalist expansion, which may be regarded as a deepening and broadening of neoliberalism.

Miriam Müller, “A Spectre Is Haunting Arabia: How the Germans Brought Their Communism to Yemen”

2016 | ISBN-10: 3837632253 | 440 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Fascism, Islamism, and Communism each speak of transcendent truth, salvation, and a common enemy. Though radical ideologies seem different, they follow similar patterns and make use of familiar methods in practice. In present-day Yemen, a new secessionist movement, Al-Hirak, is resurrecting symbols of former South Yemen, the only Marxist state in Arabia. Based on a range of unpublished documents, this book demonstrates why and how this ideology has taken root in Yemen and, for the first time, explains East Germany’s vital role in implementing Moscow’s socialist state- and nation-building policies in the global South.

Steven L. Spiegel, “The Middle East and the Western Alliance”

2015 | ISBN-10: 1138923184 | 258 pages | PDF | 6 MB

This volume, first published in 1982, provides a comprehensive analysis of the problems affecting the interests of the Western Alliance (the North Americans, the Europeans and the Japanese), the Middle East states, and the Soviet Union. The authors, all internationally recognized experts in their fields, bring together different and distinctive perspectives on such central issues as the Arab-Israeli dispute, the dynamics of the energy crisis, alliance unity and the role of the Soviet Union, and the effect of growing Middle East instability on the interests of individual allied countries. The chapters address the major issues both historically and in terms of current events; and they seek to examine relationships both from the perspective of the various countries and of the Alliance as a whole.

The Feminine Mystique, 50th Anniversary Edition by Betty Friedan

English | February 4th, 2013 | ASIN: B007R9CH3U, ISBN: 0393063798, 0393346781 | 593 pages | EPUB | 0.61 MB

“If you’ve never read it, read it now.”—Arianna Huffington, O, The Oprah Magazine
Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th–anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.