Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe

Politics, Sociology

Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe by Juan J. Linz
Congo’s Violent Peace: Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War (African Arguments) by Kris Berwouts
Editors of McGraw-Hill, “Supreme Court Case Studies”
Shareen Hertel, Kathryn Libal, “Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism”
Nan Lin, “Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action”

Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation: Southern Europe, South America, and Post-Communist Europe by Juan J. Linz

English | 8 Aug. 1996 | ISBN: 0801851580 | 504 Pages | MOBI | 3.72 MB

Since their classic volume The Breakdown of Democratic Regimes was published in 1978, Juan J. Linz and Alfred Stepan have increasingly focused on the questions of how, in the modern world, nondemocratic regimes can be eroded and democratic regimes crafted. In Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation, they break new ground in numerous areas. They reconceptualize the major types of modern nondemocratic regimes and point out for each type the available paths to democratic transition and the tasks of democratic consolidation. They argue that, although “nation-state” and “democracy” often have conflicting logics, multiple and complementary political identities are feasible under a common roof of state-guaranteed rights. They also illustrate how, without an effective state, there can be neither effective citizenship nor successful privatization. Further, they provide criteria and evidence for politicians and scholars alike to distinguish between democratic consolidation and pseudo-democratization, and they present conceptually driven survey data for the fourteen countries studied.
Problems of Democratic Transition and Consolidation contains the first systematic comparative analysis of the process of democratic consolidation in southern Europe and the southern cone of South America, and it is the first book to ground post-Communist Europe within the literature of comparative politics and democratic theory.

Congo’s Violent Peace: Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War (African Arguments) by Kris Berwouts

2017 | ISBN: 1783603704, 1783603690 | English | 256 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Despite a massive investment of international diplomacy and money in recent years, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains a conflict-ridden and volatile country, marked by a series of rebellions, failed international interventions, and unworkable peace agreements.
In Congo’s Violent Peace, leading Congo expert Kris Berwouts provides the most comprehensive and in-depth account to date of developments since the so-called Congo Wars. Berwouts analyzes such topics as Rwanda’s destructive impact on security in Eastern Congo, the controversial elections of 2006 and 2011, the M23 uprising, as well as Joseph Kabila’s increasingly desperate attempts to cling to power. This will be an essential resource for anyone interested in this troubled, but important, country.

Editors of McGraw-Hill, “Supreme Court Case Studies”

English | 2000 | ISBN: 007878445X | PDF | pages: 184 | 7.0 mb

Shareen Hertel, Kathryn Libal, “Human Rights in the United States: Beyond Exceptionalism”

English | 2011 | ISBN: 1107400872 | PDF | pages: 394 | 1.3 mb

This book brings to light emerging evidence of a shift toward a fuller engagement with international human rights norms and their application to domestic policy dilemmas in the United States. The volume offers a rich history, spanning close to three centuries, of the marginalization of human rights discourse in the United States. Contributors analyze particular cases of U.S. human rights advocacy aimed at addressing persistent inequalities within the United States itself, including advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities; indigenous peoples; lone mother-headed families; incarcerated persons; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; and those displaced by natural disasters, most notably Hurricane Katrina. The book also explores key arenas in which legal scholars, policy practitioners, and grassroots activists are challenging multiple divides between “public” and “private” spheres (for example, in connection with children’s rights and domestic violence) and between “public” and “private” sectors (specifically, in relation to healthcare and business and human rights).

Nan Lin, “Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action”

2002 | pages: 146 | ISBN: 052152167X | PDF | 20,2 mb

Social Capital explains the importance of using social connections and social relations in achieving goals. Social capital, or resources accessed through such connections and relations, is critical (along with human capital, or what a person or organization actually possesses) in achieving goals for individuals, social groups, organizations, and communities. The book introduces a theory that forcefully argues and shows why “it is who you know,” as well as “what you know” that makes a difference in life and society.