The Making of the Modern State

Nelson provides a historical overview of the theoretical and ideological evolution of the modern state, from pre-state and pre-modern state formations to the present. A major theme of the book is the need to understand the modern state holistically, as a totality of social, political, and ideological factors.

The Making of the Modern State

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The Inevitable Alliance

Parsi defends U.S. foreign policy for its current understanding of the ‘new world disorder,’ despite expressing his concern over the unilateralism shown by the present U.S. administration. Parsi is optimistic about the relationship between the U.S. and Europe and argues that as both sides remember the values that unite them, it will grow stronger.

The Inevitable Alliance

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The Impact of Radical Right-Wing Parties in West European Democracies

This book contends that far-right parties play pivotal roles in setting the tone of political debates, shaping the political party system, and structuring government policy. Increasingly, as national governments attempt to cope with new realities of greater global migration, strained welfare states, and threats of foreign terror, opportunities have opened for parties of the far right to position themselves strategically.

The Impact of Radical Right-Wing Parties in West European Democracies

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The Hidden History of Realism

Challenging the received notions of International Relations theory about a central tradition – Realism – Molloy demonstrates how a belief in a mode of theorization has distorted Realism, forcing the theory of power politics in IR into a paradigmatic strait-jacket that is simply inadequate and inappropriate to the task of encompassing its diversity.

The Hidden History of Realism

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The Failure of Democratic Nation Building

Throughout history authoritarian governments have outnumbered democratic ones to an overwhelming degree. Even today, true democracies are an exception. In this book, Somit and Peterson argue that the main reason for this pattern is that humans are social primates with an innate tendency for hierarchical and authoritarian social and political structures. Democracy requires very special ‘enabling conditions’ before it can be supported by a state, conditions that require decades to evolve. As a result, attempts to export democracy through nation-building to states without these enabling conditions are doomed to failure. The authors argue that money and energy devoted to nation-building around the globe by the U.S. would be better spent on problems facing the country domestically.

The Failure of Democratic Nation Building

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The Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Relations

While conflict has long dominated relations between Israel and the Palestinians, this fascinating book asks the counterintuitive question: why has there not been peace? In a strikingly innovative and productive approach to increasing understanding of Israeli-Palestinian dynamics, Soetendorp deftly considers how the three levels of analysisindividual, domestic, and structuralenhance understanding of the evolution of the interaction and, in turn, how the phenomenon enhances understanding of the strengths and limits of theory. The book will be structured in 6 chapters, with each theoretical lens analysed and then explored in practice in the subsequent chapter. Particular attention is paid to three key points in Israeli-Palestinian relations: the 1947-8 UN Partition process; the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and its lead up; and the Oslo Peace Process and its demise. The result is that students gain increased understanding of opportunities and constraints on actors, the role of beliefs, and why peace has been so difficult to achieve.

The Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Relations

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The Core of Japanese Democracy

This book seeks to explain how politics actually operates in the Japanese Diet using the author’s bilayer theory or dual power structure theory. It is about how politics in Japan operates behind closed doors and how laws are actually made in the Diet. While some parts of the process remain hidden-subterfuge is inherently part of politics-the author uses interviews with party officials, current and former kokkai taisaku-inkai committee members of all parties in the Diet to elucidate the process as much as possible.

The Core of Japanese Democracy

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