Pluralism, Pragmatism and American Democracy

I am not so sure that I would put great faith in a revitalization of the pragmatic tradition, as such. It is something that can be drawn on, certainly. But the people most closely identified with the current revival of pragmatism, with some important exceptions, seem to me more a part of the problem. In a way, that is what the book functions to show. It is often stated that Emersonian philosophy lost its grip on the country in light of its inability to deal with the excesses of the Gilded Age –more or less as the prior “common sense” philosophy failed to deal with the problems of the country leading up to the Civil War. We are presently in a new Gilded Age arising from globalization. Among the pragmatists, I am closest to William James –who knew Gilded Age politics from the inside.

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Twenty-First Century Leadership for EU Institutions

This is the first book bringing together the stories of leading European civil servants examining how these leaders truly serve European people. The book is engaging and a welcome addition to the many publications on leadership. Throughout the recent decade, the EU has remained at the centre of public interest and media. However, insights on EU leadership practices got less attention.

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Book Announcement: The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920

The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp276, £61.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Great War against Eastern European Jewry, 1914-1920 by Giuseppe Motta.

This volume focuses on the consequences that the First World War had on the Jews living in the notorious Pale of Settlement within the frontiers of the Tsarist Empire. The research is entirely based on a solid documentary study, consisting of the documents of the Joint Distribution Committee and references to many historiographic works. Rather than dealing with the military aspects of war, the book focuses on the political consequences, and in particular on the economic and social changes that the conflict generated. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity

Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp237, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Societies Emerging from Conflict: The Aftermath of Atrocity, edited by Dennis B. Klein.

Does the proliferation of post-atrocity remedies over the past 25-plus years—the human rights movement, reparations and other justice schemes, and memorials and counter-memorials—suggest promising alternatives to retributive criminal proceedings? Or does it mean that very little so far is working? This collection of essays, written by scholars with ties to Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, and the United States, argues that a new post-atrocity framework is taking root. In search for a more reliably favorable post-atrocity succession, the volume’s contributors weigh the merits of practices circumventing the state, whose anemic performance has failed to manage large-scale violence and restore confidence in social stability and security. This ascendant phase includes citizen activism, historical dialogues, and witnesses’ accounts. Into the breach where state actors prevailed, citizens “from below” are seizing opportunities for independent intervention. While all transitional frameworks are vulnerable, this volume provides a thoughtful, requisite evaluation of citizen activism for scholars, non-governmental organization practitioners, government and think-tank policymakers, and teachers at all levels. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Social and Solidarity Economy: The Ukrainian Choice

A Social and Solidarity Economy: The Ukrainian Choice now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp230, £61.99 / $105.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Social and Solidarity Economy: The Ukrainian Choice, edited by Anton S. Filipenko.

This volume considers one of the alternative economic models that countries can consider implementing. It systematizes the experience of the social and solidarity economy in both developing and developed countries in America, Europe and Australia. However, the focus is given to the prerequisites and main forms of the social and solidarity economy development that exists in Ukraine. The collection will be of interest to academic scholars, as well as political and public decision-makers. Continue reading

Man of Straw

It is perhaps typical that the only person whom the pro-Turkish government brigade could wheel out for yet another partitionist tirade on Cyprus should be a pseudo-left winger, the discredited politician Jack Straw, who lied his way through the Iraq enquiry, was involved in extraordinary renditions and torture, and later in a shady political lobbying affair, boasting to two undercover journalists that he ‘operated under the radar’, and had used his influence to change EU rules on behalf of a firm which paid him £60,000 a year. Given that the Turkish government uses various PR and lobbying companies, one is inclined to wonder why he has been wheeled out to write an article in The Independent (1 October) calling for partition in Cyprus. Is he being paid? And does it mean yet another desperate attempt to foist on the people of Cyprus another pseudo-solution, which would consign the island to a NATO-controlled pro-Turkish semi-state

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