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The Viability of Human Security

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ISBN: 9789053567968 Year: Pages: 272 DOI: 10.5117/9789053567968 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Sociology --- Political Science
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This volume elaborates on the EU report A Human Security Doctrine for Europe, adding an engaging discussion of international legal consequences and operational demands in the European Union's quest for domestic security. Introducing the concept of "Human Security from Below," the editors highlight how people in war-torn countries have no choice but to create their own security arrangements. But such structures, surprisingly, are not unique to war zones, the contributors reveal-human security initiatives from below occur in even the most stable Western countries. Arguing that human security as a concept only makes sense if it covers both foreign and domestic policy concerns, The Viability of Human Security offers concise insights on this largely neglected topic.

Decentralisation in Africa

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ISBN: 9789053569344 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569344 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science
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Grounded in empirically-based country case studies, this new study provides a sober assessment of what decentralisation can achieve. The current momentum for decentralisation of government in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is unparalleled, but are the benefits claimed by its advocates being realised? Focusing on two claims in particular, this book questions whether decentralisation does offer a significant pathway out of poverty and conflict in Africa. Issues of poverty reduction are addressed in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania, while those of conflict management are explored in Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda.

Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood

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Book Series: IMISCoe Dissertations ISBN: 9789089640345 Year: Pages: 214 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640345 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- History --- Migration
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Switzerland likely has the most particular naturalization system in the world. Whereas in most countries citizenship attribution is regulated at the central level of the state, in Switzerland each municipality is accorded the right to decide who can become a Swiss citizen. This book aims at exploring naturalization processes from a comparative perspective and to explain why some municipalities pursue more restrictive citizenship policies than others. The Swiss case provides a unique opportunity to approach citizenship politics from new perspectives. It allows us to go beyond formal citizenship models and to account for the practice of citizenship. The analytical framework combines quantitative and qualitative data and helps us understand how negotiation processes between political actors lead to a large variety of local citizenship models. An innovative theoretical framework, integrating Bourdieu's political sociology, combines symbolic and material aspects of naturalizations and underlines the production processes of ethnicity.

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Book Series: Studies over politieke vernieuwing ISBN: 9789053568156 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568156 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Philosophy
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It is generally thought that all people should have equal opportunities and their social position should not be dictated by race, sex or heritage. This ideology of meritocracy has been embraced by the Dutch and other European societies. But is this something to strive for? This provocative book has a number of renowned philosophers and sociologists look at the downside of meritocracy. They show that meritocracy runs counter to other important ideals such as solidarity, respect and democracy.

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