The Quiet Revolution

Politics, Sociology

Alan S. Blinder, “The Quiet Revolution
Cass R. Sunstein, “Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict, 2nd edition”
Presidents and Mass Incarceration: Choices at the Top, Repercussions at the Bottom
NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World
The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and the Reimagining of Cinema by Robert P. Kolker

Alan S. Blinder, “The Quiet Revolution

2004 | pages: 140 | ISBN: 0300100876 | PDF | 11,2 mb

Although little noticed, the face of central banking has changed significantly over the past ten to fifteen years, says the author of this enlightening book. Alan S. Blinder, a former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve System and member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, shows that the changes, though quiet, have been sufficiently profound to constitute a revolution in central banking.
Blinder considers three of the most significant aspects of the revolution. The first is the shift toward transparency: whereas central bankers once believed in secrecy and even mystery, greater openness is now considered a virtue. The second is the transition from monetary policy decisions made by single individuals to decisions made by committees. The third change is a profoundly different attitude toward the markets, from that of stern schoolmarm to one of listener. With keenness and balance, the author examines the origins of these changes and their pros and cons.

Cass R. Sunstein, “Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict, 2nd edition”

English | ISBN: 0190864443 | 2018 | 273 pages | PDF | 2 MB

In Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict, Cass R. Sunstein, one of America’s best known commentators on our legal system, offers a bold, new thesis about how the law should work in America, arguing that the courts best enable people to live together, despite their diversity, by resolving particular cases without taking sides in broader, more abstract conflicts. Professor Sunstein closely analyzes the way the law can mediate disputes in a diverse society, examining how the law works in practical terms, and showing that, to arrive at workable, practical solutions, judges must avoid broad, abstract reasoning. He states that judges purposely limit the scope of their decisions to avoid reopening large-scale controversies, calling such actions incompletely theorized agreements. In identifying them as the core feature of legal reasoning, he takes issue with advocates of comprehensive theories and systemization, from Robert Bork to Jeremy Bentham, and Ronald Dworkin. Equally important, Sunstein goes on to argue that it is the living practice of the nation’s citizens that truly makes law.
Legal reasoning can seem impenetrable, mysterious, baroque. Legal Reasoning and Political Conflict helps dissolve the mystery. Whether discussing abortion, homosexuality, or free speech, the meaning of the Constitution, or the spell cast by the Warren Court, Cass Sunstein writes with grace and power, offering a striking and original vision of the role of the law in a diverse society. In his flexible, practical approach to legal reasoning, he moves the debate over fundamental values and principles out of the courts and back to its rightful place in a democratic state: to the legislatures elected by the people.
In this Second Edition, the author updates the previous edition bringing the book into the current mainstream of twenty-first century legal reasoning and judicial decision-making focusing on the many relevant contemporary issues and developments that occurred since its initial 1996 publication.

Presidents and Mass Incarceration: Choices at the Top, Repercussions at the Bottom

Praeger | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1440859469 | 216 pages | PDF | 10.06 mb

by Linda K. Mancillas Ph.D. (Author)
Taking a new and innovative approach to the subject, this book looks at how U.S. presidents and their administrations’ policies from the late 1960s to 2017 have led to rampant over-imprisonment and a public policy catastrophe in the United States.
• Explains how presidential “tough-on-crime” rhetoric fueled by the public’s fear of crime led to the war on crime, the war on drugs, and the war on gangs, resulting in the nation becoming known as “Prison America”
• Presents undeniable evidence that U.S. presidents have played a major role in America’s imprisonment tragedy
• Provides a careful analysis of mass incarceration through presidential leadership to document how seemingly well-intentioned choices made at the top have had devastating repercussions on the bottom realm of our society
Review
“Mass incarceration is a moral, practical, and political problem that affects us all. It is the expression of decisions made at all key levels of government, with the buck stopping at the president’s desk. How mass incarceration has worked its way into the body politic is a complex, engaging, and deeply troubling story that is artfully told by Linda Mancillas in Presidents and Mass Incarceration.” (Robert Johnson, Professor of Justice, Law and Criminology, American University)

NATO’s Durability in a Post-Cold War World

State Univ Of New York | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1438468733 | 269 pages | PDF | 22.20 mb

by Joe Burton (Author)
Examines how NATO has adapted and endured after the end of the Cold War, transforming itself to deal with a host of new security challenges.
Review
“This book does an excellent job of chronicling key events that have led to NATO’s ongoing presence in international relations as a key provider of global security.” – Ryan C. Hendrickson, author of Diplomacy and War at NATO: The Secretary General and Military Action after the Cold War
About the Author
Joe Burton is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and the coeditor (with James Headley and Andreas Reitzig) of Public Participation in Foreign Policy.

The Extraordinary Image: Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and the Reimagining of Cinema by Robert P. Kolker

English | November 30th, 2016 | ISBN: 0813583098 | 247 pages | PDF | 3.89 MB

Welles. Hitchcock. Kubrick. These names appear on nearly every list of the all-time greatest filmmakers. But what makes these directors so great? Despite their very different themes and sensibilities, is there a common genius that unites them and elevates their work into the realm of the sublime?
The Extraordinary Image takes readers on a fascinating journey through the lives and films of these three directors, identifying the qualities that made them cinematic visionaries. Reflecting on a lifetime of teaching and writing on these filmmakers, acclaimed film scholar Robert P. Kolker offers a deeply personal set of insights on three artists who have changed the way he understands movies. Spotlighting the many astonishing images and stories in films by Welles, Hitchcock, Kubrick, he also considers how they induce a state of amazement that transports and transforms the viewer.
Kolker’s accessible prose invites readers to share in his own continued fascination and delight at these directors’ visual inventiveness, even as he lends his expertise to help us appreciate the key distinctions between the unique cinematic universes they each created. More than just a celebration of three cinematic geniuses, The Extraordinary Image is an exploration of how movies work, what they mean, and why they bring us so much pleasure.