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American and Soviet AidRobert WaltersThis book presents a comprehensive comparison of economic aid programs by the United States and the Soviet Union to less developed countries.

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Becoming EuropePatrick IrelandPatrick Ireland argues that it is incorrect to expect unavoidable conflict between Muslim immmigrants and European host socieites. His insighful work shows that institutions matter more than culture in determining the shape and style of ethnic relations.

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Child Soldiers in the Age of Fractured StatesScott Gates This volume examines the factors that contribute to the use of children in war, the effects of war upon children, and the perpetual cycle of warfare that engulfs many of the world's poorest nations. It offers viable policies to reduce child recruitment, and reintegrate child soldiers into society after war.

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China’s Rise and the Balance of Influence in AsiaWilliam Keller A multifaceted examination of China in the areas of economics, trade, investment, politics, diplomacy, technology, and security, affording a greater understanding of what relevant policies the United States must develop in the wake of China’s unprecedented growth. This book offers a counterweight to overwrought concerns about the emerging “Chinese threat” and makes the case for viewing China as a force for stability in the twenty-first century.

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Conflict and Rhetoric in French PolicymakingFrank BaumgartnerEducation policy provides a fertile ground for analyzing the perennial tug-of-war between interest groups and public officials. Baumgartner considers thirty examples of French education policymaking during the early 1980s using a combination of documentary evidence, interviews with more than 100 politicians, civil servants, members of parliament, union and interest group leaders, and a thorough analysis of press coverage of education topics.

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Democracy Assistance from the Third WavePaulina PospiesznaThe role of Western NGOs in the transition of postcommunist nations to democracy has been well documented. In this study, Paulina Pospieszna follows a different trajectory, examining the role of a former aid recipient (Poland), newly democratic itself, and its efforts to aid democratic transitions in the neighboring states of Belarus and Ukraine.
Designing ResilienceLouise ComfortDesigning Resilience presents case studies of extreme events and analyzes the ability of affected individuals, institutions, governments, and technological systems to cope with disaster. Individual case studies, including Hurricane Katrina in the United States, the London bombings, and French preparedness for the Avian flu, are analyzed to determine effective and ineffective strategies.

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Dictating DevelopmentJonathan KrieckhausThis book argues that economic success and failure in the developing world is not determined solely by a nation's economic policy but also by how they were influenced by colonialism, military aggression, international markets, and foreign aid.

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Economic Decline and Political ChangeHarold ClarkeDuring the 1970s, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States witnessed unprecedented inflation, unemployment, and sluggish growth. This book examines government changes in economic policymaking and the public's response to such changes, and sheds light on the political economy of three of the world's oldest democracies.

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Exporting Congress?Timothy PowerDistinguished scholars detail the extent to which the US Congress has influenced democractic legislatures around the world, and the myriad factors involved in the diffusion of influence. Includes the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the European Parliament, plus new democracies in Latin America and Eastern Europe.

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Gender Bias and the StateAmy MazurA study of symbolic reforms in France that address (or don’t address) equal employment policy for women.

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Global Competitiveness and Industrial Growth in Taiwan and the PhilippinesCheng-Tian KuoKuo correlates the contrasting economic evolutions of Taiwan and the Philippines as the product of government and industry relations, by presenting case studies of leading industries in the two nations.

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Globalization and the Future of the Welfare StateMiguel GlatzerGlobalization and the Future of the Welfare State focuses on the effects of globalization and free trade on social welfare policies in a variety of developing countries in Asia and Latin America.

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Hegemony ConstrainedDavis BobrowIn the post-cold war era, the United States has risen to a position of unprecedented dominance in the world and has often pursued a primarily unilateral approach to international policy issues. In Hegemony Constrained, an international group of contributors considers the various ways in which foreign actors attempt and sometimes succeed in keeping official Washington from achieving its preferred outcomes. Individual chapters analyze the Kurds and Shia in Iraq; the governments of China, Japan, Turkey, and Germany; the G-7; liberalizing the international economy; coping with global warming; regulating harmful tax competition; controlling missile proliferation; limiting public health damage from tobacco; and international public opinion bearing on the politics of responding to a hegemonic America.

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Human Trafficking, Human Security, and the BalkansH. Richard FrimanThis volume brings together a multidisciplinary group of leading scholars, past and present representatives from nongovernmental organizations, and government officials to explore human trafficking in and through the Western Balkans.

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Imagery and Ideology in U.S. Policy Toward Libya, 1969–1982Mahmoud GebrilHow close to reality was the official U.S. image of Libya through the Nixon-Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations? ElWahrfally concludes that it was very far from accurate. Using personal interviews as well as scholarly research, ElWarfally demonstrates that U.S. relations with Libya, regardless of rhetoric, have been primarily determined by whether or not Libya serves U.S. interests in the region: maintaining access to Middle Eastern oil, protecting Israel, and limiting Soviet expansionism.

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Immigration, Integration, and SecurityAriane Chebel d’AppolloniaRecent acts of terrorism in Britain and Europe and the events of 9/11 in the United States have greatly influenced immigration, security, and integration policies in these countries. Yet many of the current practices surrounding these issues were developed decades ago, and are ill-suited to the dynamics of today's global economies and immigration patterns. The contributors compare policies on these issues at three relational levels: between individual EU nations and the U.S., between the EU and U.S., and among EU nations. What emerges is a timely and critical examination of the variations and contradictions in policy at each level of interaction and how different agencies and different nations often work in opposition to each other with self-defeating results.

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Iran and the United StatesRichard CottamRichard Cottam draws upon his expert personal knowledge of Iranian politics to describe the spiraling decline of U.S.-Iranian relations since the cold war and the political consequences of those years.

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Japanese Prefectures and PolicymakingSteven ReedBy analyzing three of Japan's forty-seven prefectures, Reed paints a picture of the flexibility and the multi-leveled nature of Japan's system of government that can't be seen by studying only the central administration and national politics.

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Japanese Prime Minister and Public PolicyKenji HayaoIn the first major systematic analysis of the Japanese prime minister's role and influence in the policy process, Kenji Hayao argues that the prime minister can play a major if not critical part in bringing about policy changes.

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Kosovo and SerbiaLeandrit MehmetiFollowing the 1992 breakup of Yugoslavia, the region descended into a series of bloody conflicts marked by intense ethnic and religious hatreds. Kosovo emerged at the epicenter of these disputes and the site of innumerable human rights violations, as Serbia, united with Montenegro at the time, sought to remove the Albanian presence. Kosovo (roughly ninety percent Albanian) declared independence in 2008, and although it is recognized by over one hundred UN member states, it is still not recognized by Serbia. This volume brings together scholars of Serbian, Albanian, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds to examine the Serbian-Albanian dynamic in Kosovo through historical, political, economic, and social perspectives.

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Left’s Dirty JobW. Rand SmithThe Left’s Dirty Job compares the experiences of recent socialist governments in France and Spain, examining how the governments of François Mitterrand (1981–1995) and Felipe González (1982–1996) provide a key test of whether a leftist approach to industrial restructuring is possible. Taking the unusual position that these governments’ policies were generally similar to those in European countries, this study provides insight into these important socialist governments.

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Limits of ProtectionismMichael LusztigUsing a wide-ranging array of case studies, Michael Lusztig reveals how governments can eliminate obstacles to free trade and enjoy continued economic growth without fear of protectionist groups seeking revenge at the ballot box.

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Making Common Sense of JapanSteven ReedSteven Reed takes on the task of demystifying Japanese culture and behavior. Through examples that are familiar to an American audience and his own personal encounters, he argues that the apparent oddity of Japanese behavior flows quite naturally from certain objective conditions that are different from those in the United States. Two aspects of the Japanese economy have particularly baffled Americans: that Japanese workers have “permanent employment” and that the Japanese government cooperates with big business. Reed explains these phenomena in common sense terms. He shows how they developed historically, why they continue, and why they helped produce economic growth. He concludes that these practices are in fact, not very different from the United States.

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Nationalism in IranRichard CottamCottam analyzes the complex religious, national, and social values at work within Iran and examines, more generally, the turbulence of nationalism in developing states and its perplexing problems for American foreign policy.

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Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905–1937Sally Ann HastingsIn this pre-World War II analysis of working-class areas of Tokyo, primarily its Honjo ward, Hastings shows that bureaucrats, particularly in the Home Ministry, were concerned with the needs of their citizens and took significant steps to protect the city's working families and the poor.

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Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy Katrina BurgessA comparative examination of how union leaders in Spain, Mexico, and Venezuela respond when the political parties traditionally allied with labor enact laws harmful to workers.

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Policy Making in IsraelIra SharkanskyPolicy Making in Israel analyzes how the Israeli government has coped with an array of problems in its brief history--from war and terrorism attacks, to economic unrest and heavy immigration.

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Political Economy of Transitions to Peace Galia Press-BarnathanHow is peace actually achieved, reinforced, and made permanent? This is the question that this book tackles as the author examines the outcomes of a series of conflicts in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe from 1945 to the present. The insights and lessons emerging from these cases and drawn out by Press-Barnathan's analysis will help scholars and decision-makers to better understand and more skillfully manage transitions to peace in present-day conflicts.

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Political Psychology of the Gulf WarStanley RenshonApproaching the events of 1990-1991 from the perspectives of psychology, history, mass communications, and political science, these essays are concerned with the origins of the Gulf War, the leadership of George Bush and Saddam Hussein, the battles for public opinion and their consequences, and the results of the war.
Politics of Democratization in KoreaSunhyuk KimA study that demonstrates how crucial civil society has been to democratic transition, democratic failure, and the recent, ongoing efforts to reform, deepen, and consolidate democracy in Korea.

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Progressivism and the Open DoorJerry IsraelThis book examines the formation of U.S. policy toward China during the Progressive Era as the byproduct of two very different domestic policy approaches.

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Risking Free TradeMichael LusztigLusztig explores the reasons governments make the potentially dangerous decision to loosen trade restrictions. Lusztig uses examples in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Mexico to construct his own explanatory model.

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SALTWilliam Kintner Original essays deal with many aspects of the complex problems of arms control. This volume also provides an understanding of the political, strategic, technological, and bureaucratic constraints affecting the development of arms control policies by major powers.

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Social Change in Contemporary ChinaWenfang TangExamines Chinese institutional change in education, religion, health care, economics, labor, family, and local communities in the post-Mao era. The essays are based on the pioneering work of sociologist C. K. Yang, and his institutional diffusion theory.

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Social Construction of ExpertiseGail SavageA study of the the British Civil Service between world wars as a socially priviledged system wherein members influenced major policy decisons at four primary social service ministries.

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Social Democratic StateBo RothsteinBo Rothstein examines the experience of the Sweedish Social Democratic Party, otherwise known as the SAP, to analyze the limits a social democratic government labors under and the possibilities it enjoys in using the state to implement large-scale social change. He uses two SAP programs, one successful and one failed, to examine the potential for social change in capitolist nations.

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State as Investment MarketJohan EngvallBased on a detailed examination of Kyrgyzstan, Johan Engvall goes well beyond the case of this single country to elaborate a broad theory of economic corruption in developing post-Soviet states regionally—as a rational form of investment market for political elites. He reveals how would-be officials invest in offices to obtain access to income streams associated with those offices. Drawing on extensive fieldwork Engvall details how these systems work and the major implications for political and economic development in the region.

Listen to the podcast from Sean Guillroy's (Sean's Russia Blog) interview with Johan Engvall as he discusses the unique model of corruption outlined in his book—that is applicable throughout the region – including Russia, Ukraine, etc., not just Kyrgyzstan or Central Asia.

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Strategic FramesJennie L. SchulzeStrategic Frames analyzes minority policies in Estonia and Latvia following their independence from the Soviet Union. It weighs the powerful influence of both Europe and Russia on their policy choices, and how this intersected with the costs and benefits of policy changes for the politicians in each state.
Strategic Power and National SecurityJ. I. CoffeyJ. I. Coffey surveys weapons technology and its military and political implications for the 1970s. He assesses in simple terms the factors involved in this complex and difficult subject. This study synthesizes technical and non-technical considerations across the whole range of national security issues affected by strategic power-war fighting, deterrence, Communist behavior, alliance relationships, nuclear proliferation, and arms control.

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Thatcher, Reagan, and MulroneyDonald SavoieSavoie examines the war of bureaucratic reform waged by the leaders of theree major industrial countries. Reagan, Thatcher and Mulroney were equally committed to reform and initiated wide-ranging changes. By the end of the 1990s, the changes were dramatic. Many governments operations had been privatized, and new management techniques had been introduced. Savoie suggests that the reforms overlooked problems now urgently requiring attention and, at the same time, attempted to address non-existent problems. He combines theory and research based on sixty-two interviews, nearly all with members of the executive branch of the governments of Britain, Canada and the United States.

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Traffic Safety Reform in the United States and Great BritainJerome Legge Jr.This book combines theory and research to analyze attempts to improve traffic safety through stricter drinking-age laws, seat-belt requirements, and deterrents to drunk driving.

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Transparency in Global ChangeBurkart HolznerAn examination of the quest for information exchange in an increasingly international, open society, Transparency in Global Change discusses the reasons for the recent increase in public desire for transparency and the byproducts this transparency can produce.

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Wars in the Midst of PeaceDavid CarmentViolent conflicts rooted in ethnicity have, unfortunately, become increasingly common throughout the world, particularly in countries recently liberated from authoritarianism. Using theory, case studies, and aggregate data, the essays in this volume address the difficulties facing contemporary leaders and offer potential solutions to the policy issues surrounding ethnic disputes.

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