Book Announcement: Europe’s Hybrid Threats: What Kinds of Power Does the EU Need in the 21st Century?

Europe’s Hybrid Threats: What Kinds of Power Does the EU Need in the 21st Century? now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881791
Hardback, pp135, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Europe’s Hybrid Threats: What Kinds of Power Does the EU Need in the 21st Century?, edited by Giray Sadık.

Hybrid threats posed by various combinations of state and non-state actors have presented considerable transnational challenges to EU-members and NATO-allies. This ongoing rise of hybrid threats, ranging from political instability in Eastern Europe and the Middle East to the resulting mass refugee influx and terrorism in the European neighborhood, stress the need to timely discuss important questions about hybrid threats and the venues for effective Euro-Atlantic cooperation, including post-Brexit policy implications. This edited volume presents comprehensive analyses from various experts on these interrelated issues, and, thus, represents an essential source for scholars and practitioners of European politics and international relations with an interest in contemporary transnational security issues. In addition, this book will be useful as up-to-date coursework material for courses on European security and foreign policy, international security and strategic studies, unconventional warfare, and transatlantic relations. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015

Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443881753
Hardback, pp335, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015 by Gordon Burt.

The Values, World Society and Modelling Yearbook 2015, like the 2014 Yearbook, analyses contemporary world events with special attention to values, drawing on foundational ideas in a variety of academic disciplines. World society in 2015 exhibited economic, political and cultural tensions: growth and austerity; the Greek bailout referendum; the Paris attacks on the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists; the Christian south and Muslim north in the Nigerian elections; and religion and secularism in Ireland’s referendum on same-sex marriage. Demographics, austerity, migration and nationalism were all issues in the UK general election. There were debates about immigration into Europe and debates about Western military intervention. There were debates about the Enlightenment surrounding the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.
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Book Announcement: Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center

Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873369
Hardback, pp175, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Life Histories of Women Panchayat Sarpanches from Haryana, India: From the Margins to the Center by Pareena G. Lawrence and Kavita Chakravarty.

This volume represents a collection of life histories of women who live in rural Haryana. It looks at the impact of the 73rd Amendment to India’s constitution, which introduced reservations in the political arena for women. The Panchayati Raj Act of 1992 reserved one third of all Sarpanch positions for women, and granted constitutional status to the Panchayat system, outlining its specific functions and jurisdiction. This book enhances existing scholarship on the impact of these changes in that it provides the opportunity for women Sarpanches from Haryana to speak for themselves and reflect upon their journey. Ten elected women Sarpanches share their stories about their lives, from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Their life histories address the following questions: Who are these women who agreed to run for a reserved seat in the elections? What motivated them? Why were they asked to run? What barriers do they face? Do they feel they are making a difference? Indeed, these stories reflect the lived realities of the women impacted by the changes in legislation.
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Book Announcement: The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century

The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443856263
Hardback, pp495, £76.99 / $129.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century, edited by John Ayotunde Isola Bewaji, Kenneth W. Harrow, Eunice E. Omonzejie and Christopher E. Ukhun.

That Africa is at a crossroads in an increasingly globalised world is indisputable. Equally unassailable is the fact that the humanities, as a broad field of intellection, research and learning in Africa, appears to have been pigeonholed in debates of relevance in the development aspirations of many African nations. Historical experiences and contemporary research outputs indicate, however, that the humanities, in its various shades, is critical to Africa’s capacity to respond effectively to such problems as security, corruption, political ineptitude, poverty, superstition, and HIV/AIDS, among many other mounting challenges which confront the people of Africa. The vibrancy and resilience of Africa’s cultures, against these and other odds of globalisation episodes in the course of our history, demand the focused attention of academia to exploit their relevance to contemporary issues.
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Book Announcement: Manipulative Voting Dynamics

Manipulative Voting Dynamics now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898799
Hardback, pp152, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Manipulative Voting Dynamics by Neelam Gohar.

One of the most actively growing subareas in multi-agent systems is computational social choice theory, which provides a theoretical foundation for preference aggregation and collective decision-making in multi-agent domains. It is concerned with the application of techniques developed in computer science, including complexity analysis and algorithm design, in the study of social choice mechanisms, such as voting. It seeks to import concepts from social choice theory into Artificial Intelligence and computing.
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Book Announcement: Public-Private Partnerships in Transitional Nations: Policy, Governance and Praxis

Public-Private Partnerships in Transitional Nations: Policy, Governance and Praxis now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443873123
Hardback, pp276, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Public-Private Partnerships in Transitional Nations: Policy, Governance and Praxis, edited by Nikolai Mouraviev and Nada Kakabadse

This collection examines public-private partnerships (PPPs) in transitional nations from the governance perspective. It explores the structures, legal frameworks and collaborative arrangements that underpin partnerships in Europe, Asia and Africa, and highlights government decisions that facilitate the transformation of societal challenges into developmental opportunities. By sharing the experience of nine nations, including China, Indonesia, Russia and Nigeria, it helps to better understand the commonalities in PPP deployment, avoid mistakes and pitfalls, and learn from other economies.
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