A New History of Democracy

Author: Roger Osborne

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1446442810

Category: History

Page: 336

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'Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.' Churchill had more reason than most to rue the power of democracy, having been thrown out of office after leading Britain to victory in 1945. Democracy, when viewed from above, has always been a fickle master; from below it is a powerful but fragile friend. Most books on democracy focus on political theory and analysis, in a futile attempt to define democracy. Of The People, By The People takes the opposite approach, telling the stories of the different democracies that have come into existence during the past two and half millennia. From Athens to Rhaetia, Jamestown to Delhi, and Putney to Pretoria, the book shows how democratic systems are always a reflection of the culture and history of their birthplaces, and come about through seizing fleeting opportunities. Democracy can only be understood through the fascinating and inspiring stories of the peoples who fought to bring it about.
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Direct Democracy in America, 1890-1940

Author: Thomas Goebel

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807860182

Category: History

Page: 320

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Between 1898 and 1918, many American states introduced the initiative, referendum, and recall--known collectively as direct democracy. Most interpreters have seen the motives for these reform measures as purely political, but Thomas Goebel demonstrates that the call for direct democracy was deeply rooted in antimonopoly sentiment. Frustrated with the governmental corruption and favoritism that facilitated the rise of monopolies, advocates of direct democracy aimed to check the influence of legislative bodies and directly empower the people to pass laws and abolish trusts. But direct democracy failed to achieve its promises: corporations and trusts continued to flourish, voter turnout rates did not increase, and interest groups grew stronger. By the 1930s, it was clear that direct democracy favored large organizations with the financial and organizational resources to fund increasingly expensive campaigns. Recent years have witnessed a resurgence of direct democracy, particularly in California, where ballot questions and propositions have addressed such volatile issues as gay rights and affirmative action. In this context, Goebel's analysis of direct democracy's history, evolution, and ultimate unsuitability as a grassroots tool is particularly timely.
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Author: Benjamin A. Foreman

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 352553258X

Category: Religion

Page: 283

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Though interest in the use of metaphor in the Hebrew Bible has gained momentum in recent years, there is, to date, no investigation which concentrates exclusively on the animal metaphors in the book of Jeremiah. In this book, the author brings to light this neglected area of study by examining the language and imagery of the animal metaphors for the people of Israel in the book of Jeremiah. The contribution that these metaphors make to the theology of the book is given special attention, and since different interpretations have been given to many of the metaphors in question, the author resolves some of the questions regarding the meaning of these images in his in-depth study. Additionally, scholars have not tended to research metaphors for the nation of Israel and thus this volume draws attention to a particular subject which has largely been overlooked. In chapter one Foreman familiarizes the reader with the major theoretical approaches to metaphor and spells out the approach taken in his investigation. Eighteen metaphors are then thoroughly analyzed in chapters two, three, and four. These metaphors are grouped into three categories, each of which constitutes a chapter: pastoral metaphors, mammal metaphors, and bird metaphors. Chapter five draws the results of the inquiry together. This study reveals how animal metaphors make important theological claims about the nation of Israel and demonstrates that they are essential elements of the message of the book of Jeremiah. Foreman's elucidation of the language and imagery of the animal metaphors for the people of Israel leads to a richer understanding of these metaphors and ultimately contributes to a more precise interpretation of the message of the book of Jeremiah as a whole.
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Government by the People, Second Edition

Author: Mads Qvortrup,Matt Qvortrup

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719071812

Category: Political Science

Page: 198

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Should the people be allowed to decide on difficult policy issues? This is the fundamental problem of democratic theory. 'A comparative study of referendums' provides a starting point for anyone interested in referendums and direct democracy. Combining an account of the political history and philosophy of the referendum, with a thorough assessment of the practical experiences with referendums in western democracies, this book has established itself as the unrivalled market-leader in the field. Fully revised and with new chapters on campaign spending and the administration of referendums, the second edition of this book provides a thorough overview of the theory and practice of referendums. At a time when more and more countries are holding referendums, Professor Qvortrup's book is essential reading for political scientists, journalists and everyone interested in the fundamental issues of democracy.
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The Betrayal of an Ideal

Author: Majid Behrouzi

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 9780739118108

Category: Philosophy

Page: 226

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This book, along with its companion volume, Democracy as the Political Empowerment of the Citizen, relates the democratic potential of the latest electronic technologies to the idea of direct-participatory democracy. Taking a critical look at the past and present theories of democracy, this volume clarifies the original meaning of the idea of democracy and explains the distortions it has suffered throughout its long history.
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Industrial England and the Question of Class, C.1848-1914

Author: Patrick Joyce

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521447973

Category: History

Page: 449

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In examining how the laboring people of nineteenth-century England saw their social order, this text looks beyond class to reveal the significance of other sources of social identity and social imagery, including the notions of "the people" themselves.
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The Course of African Philosophy

Author: Marcus Garvey

Publisher: The Majority Press

ISBN: 9780912469195

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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The nearest thing to a full length book ever written by Marcus Garvey. Three years before his death in 1937, Garvey assembled his most trusted organisers for an intensive, secret month-long course of instruction. Garvey's lessons for this unique course are published here for the first time.
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Author: Chinua Achebe

Publisher: East African Publishers

ISBN: 9789966468048

Category: Africa

Page: 141

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I en ny selvstændig afrikansk stat bekæmper en ung lærer landets korrupte og kvindeglade kulturminister for at få hævn over ham
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Author: Margaret Canovan

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 0745628222

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 161

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This groundbreaking study sets out to clarify one of the most influential but least studied of all political concepts. Despite continual talk of popular sovereignty, the idea of the people has been neglected by political theorists who have been deterred by its vagueness. Margaret Canovan argues that it deserves serious analysis, and that it′s many ambiguities point to unresolved political issues. The book begins by charting the conflicting meanings of the people, especially in Anglo–American usage, and traces the concept′s development from the ancient populus Romanus to the present day. The book′s main purpose is, however, to analyse the political issues signalled by the people′s ambiguities. In the remaining chapters, Margaret Canovan considers their theoretical and practical aspects: ∗ Where are the people′s boundaries? Is people equivalent to nation, and how is it related to humanity – people in general? ∗ Populists aim to ′give power back to the people′; how is populism related to democracy? ∗ How can the sovereign people be an immortal collective body, but at the same time be us as individuals? Can we ever see that sovereign people in action? ∗ Political myths surround the figure of the people and help to explain its influence; should the people itself be regarded as fictional? This original and accessible study sheds a fresh light on debates about popular sovereignty, and will be an important resource for students and scholars of political theory.
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Author: William M. Schmalfeldt

Publisher: Dead End Street

ISBN: 9780974841014

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

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With the Vice President's recent death and President DeWitt's health worsening by the day, the precarious balance of power between the Democratic President and a Republican-controlled Congress has moved to the right. Albert Wantner, the politically shrewd Speaker of the House, will ascend to the Presidency if the ill and elderly President dies before a new "veep" is appointed. For this reason, Wantner plans to delay Congressional approval of any candidate, and the President realizes that he must choose a person so politically pure that the public will clamor for his confirmation and punish Wantner for any delay. Enter Roberto Huerta, a disillusioned first-term, Democtratic congressman from Texas, who recently became American's newest celebrity by rescuing a woman from an assault by Washington street thugs. After some soul searching, Huerta accepts the President's offer, and a bitter - but ultimately successful - bid for Congressional approval takes place. Soon after Huerta is sworn in, the President drops a bombshell in a speech to a joint session of Congress, leaving a frightened and somewhat astonished Huerta struggling to establish a Capra-esque executive branch that is truly directed ..".by the people...."
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Community Participation in Law Reform

Author: N.A

Publisher: Law and Justice Foundation

ISBN: 9780909136932

Category: Law

Page: 304

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This study is part of a research program undertaken by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales concerning the access to justice and legal needs of disadvantaged people in New South Wales. The specific aims were to investigate: (1) how law reform in New South Wales occurs; (2) what opportunities and constraints there are for public participation in law reform, directly and through representative bodies; (3) what particular constraints there are for the participation of disadvantaged people in law reform and; (4) the implications of these findings for law reform in New South Wales. Particular attention is paid throughout the report to the participation needs of disadvantaged people and civil society organisations (CSOs).
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A National K-12 Service Initiative

Author: Sandy McKane

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475967101

Category: Education

Page: 128

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We have developed a wealth of project resources and solutions-at home and abroad-that are OF THE PEOPLE. The implementation of a national K-12 service learning initiative, BY THE PEOPLE, would take us to the next level, creating a better and safer world FOR THE PEOPLE on a global scale. From our beginnings, Americans have been innovative pioneers. A national K-12 service initiative is immediately actionable, embraces existing systems of support, has short- and long-term outcomes, and is sustainable for the long haul worldwide. It gives people something practical to do in their communities, reviving the American spirit and awakening a true sense of community with our children at the helm. A national K-12 initiative would create: - A national service learning curriculum - Sustained local, national, and global outreach - Leadership roles for our youngest - A common heritage of civic engagement
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Political science, Public administration

Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467206458

Category: Education

Page: 34

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Facts101 is your complete guide to State and Local Politics, Government By The People. In this book, you will learn topics such as Parties and Elections in the States, State Legislatures, State Governors, and Judges and Justice in the States plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
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Directing the Affairs of Our Country Spiritually

Author: Godsword Godswill Onu

Publisher: Osmora Incorporated

ISBN: 2765909555

Category: Religion

Page: 145

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Christians can control the affairs of their countries by the preaching of the Gospel, which only is the source of salvation to mankind. The more people submit to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the better the society and government will be. And God listens to the cries, prayers, and intercessions we make on behalf of our nation and people. The heart of the king is in the Hand of God, and He can turn their hearts as we pray, no matter the demonic opposition that is against our nation. And we have to take part in the politics of our country, directly or indirectly. This is because if we are indifferent to our national politics, those that the devil will put there will rule and lead us.
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Principles for Cooperative Civil Service Reform in California

Author: Carl D. Covitz

Publisher: DIANE Publishing

ISBN: 9780788183133

Category: Political Science

Page: 103

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Report by the Little Hoover Commission on how the state of California, which employs more than 150,000 civil servants assigned to executive branch agencies, can rethink how it puts people to work doing the public's business. Sections: executive vision; cooperative problem-solving; coordinated infrastructure; unified management; productive bargaining; effective compensation; flexible classification; coordinated recruiting; accurate selection; supportive training; fair, efficient discipline; and conclusion. 22 sidebars and 8 charts and graphics.
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Author: CTI Reviews

Publisher: Cram101 Textbook Reviews

ISBN: 1467257168

Category: Education

Page: 454

View: 8364

Facts101 is your complete guide to Government by the People, 2009 Edition. In this book, you will learn topics such as Aenerican Federalism, Political Culture and Ideology, The American Political Landscape, and Interest Groups plus much more. With key features such as key terms, people and places, Facts101 gives you all the information you need to prepare for your next exam. Our practice tests are specific to the textbook and we have designed tools to make the most of your limited study time.
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National, State and Local

Author: Larry Elowitz

Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman

ISBN: 9780130326683

Category:

Page: 229

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Author: Thomas Joseph Baldino,Kyle L. Kreider

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313385505

Category: Political Science

Page: 689

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In this book, primary source documents, including Constitutional provisions, federal and state laws, and U.S. court decisions, explain our voting rights and show how the law governs disputed elections and electoral reforms. * Provides substantial commentary as well as supporting tables, charts, and graphs * Accessible sidebar material extends and complements the text * Includes interesting and informative photos and editorial cartoons
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