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Decolonising Intervention: International Statebuilding in Mozambique

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Book Series: Kilombo: International Relations and Colonial Questions ISBN: 9781783482757 Year: Pages: 184 Language: English
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield International Grant: SOAS, University of London, LSE and Social Research Council of the UK Government (ESRC ES/ F005431/1)
Subject: History --- Migration
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Building, or re-building, states after war or crisis is a contentious process. But why? Sabaratnam argues that to best answer the question, we need to engage with the people who are supposedly benefiting from international ‘expertise’.This book challenges and enhances standard ‘critical’ narratives of statebuilding by exploring the historical experiences and interpretive frameworks of the people targeted by intervention. Drawing on face-to-face interviews, archival research, policy reviews and in-country participant-observations carried out over several years, the author challenges assumptions underpinningexternal interventions, such as the incapacity of ‘local’ agents to govern and the necessity of ‘liberal’ values in demanding better governance. The analysis focuses on Mozambique, long hailed as one of international donors’ great success stories, but whose peaceful, prosperous, democratic future now hangs in the balance. The conclusions underscore the significance of thinking with rather than for the targets of state-building assistance, and appreciating the historical and material conditions which underpin these reform efforts.

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development: Killing Me Softly?

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ISBN: 9781137558329 9781137558336 Year: Pages: 173 DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55833-6 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Political Science
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This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to other contexts.

Pharmacovigilance in the European Union: Practical Implementation across Member States

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ISBN: 9783658172756 9783658172763 Year: Pages: 124 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-17276-3 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Therapeutics --- Political Science
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The book presents the results of an in-depth comparative study assessing the implementation of the EU Pharmacovigilance Directive in six EU Member States. By going beyond legal transposition and instead focusing on practical implementation, this study aims to close a gap in EU compliance research. Based on qualitative interviews with relevant actors in Germany, Poland, Portugal, France, Finland and the UK, the authors identify perceived challenges and best-practices, issue recommendations, and thereby contribute to a better understanding of the factors that incentivize or impede the practical implementation of EU law at the national level.

Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in Migration History ISBN: 9783030016265 Year: Pages: 96 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01626-5 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: History --- Migration --- Political Science
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This open access book analyses migration and its relation to socio-political transformation in Switzerland. It addresses how migration has made new forms of life possible and shows how this process generated gender innovation in different fields: the changing division of work, the establishment of a nursery infrastructure, access to higher education for women, and the struggle for female suffrage. Seeing society through the lens of migration alters the perspective from which our past and thus our present is told—and our future imagined.

Youthquake 2017

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in Young People and Politics ISBN: 9783319974699 Year: Pages: 129 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-97469-9 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Sociology --- Political Science
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Political science; Great Britain—Politics and government; Elections; Democracy; Comparative politics; Social groups; Family

Practical Economics: Economic Transformation and Government Reform in Georgia 2004–2012

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ISBN: 9783319457680 9783319457697 Year: Pages: 213 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-45769-7 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject: Economics
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In this book, Nika Gilauri reveals his formulas for government reform and economic recovery, including how to fight against corruption, reform fiscal policy and tax systems, privatize state-owned enterprises, build a welfare system for those most in need, create a competitive education and healthcare system, and streamline procurement. All formulas are corroborated by practical experience and empirical evidence gathered during Mr Gilauri's term as a cabinet member (2004-2009) and prime minister (2009-2012) of Georgia, and provide an in-depth view of what worked in the case of Georgia since 2003, and how lessons learned could be applied in other parts of the world.

Wellbeing and Devolution

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Book Series: Wellbeing in Politics and Policy ISBN: 9783030022303 Year: Pages: 165 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02230-3 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: History --- Migration --- Sociology --- Political Science
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It has been over twenty years since the people of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland voted for devolution. Over that time, the devolved legislatures have established themselves and matured their approach to governance. At different times and for different reasons, each has put wellbeing at the heart of their approach – codifying their values and goals within wellbeing frameworks. This open access book explores, for the first time, why each set their goal as improving wellbeing and how they balance the core elements of societal wellbeing (economic, social and environmental outcomes). Do the frameworks represent a genuine attempt to think differently about how devolved government can plan and organise public services? And if so, what early indications are there of the impact is this having on people’s lives?

Chapter 7: Becoming “Chinese” in Southeast Asia (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9780415809535 9780415809528 Year: Pages: 34 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Political Science
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China’s rise and processes of Sinicization suggest that recombination of new and old elements rather than a total rupture with or return to the past is China’s likely future. In both space and time, civilizational politics offers the broadest social context. It is of particular salience in China. Reification of civilizations into simple categories such as East and West is widespread in everyday politics and common in policy and academic writings. This book’s emphasis on Sinicization as a specific instance of civilizational processes counters political and intellectual shortcuts and corrects the mistakes to which they often lead. Sinicization illustrates that like other civilizations China has always been open to variegated social and political processes that have brought together many different kinds of peoples adhering to very different kinds of practices. This book tries to avoid the reifications and celebrations that mark much of the contemporary public debate about China’s rise. It highlights instead complex processes and political practices bridging East and West that avoid easy shortcuts. The analytical perspectives of this book are laid out in Katzenstein’s opening and concluding chapters. They are explored in six outstanding case studies, written by widely known authors, which over questions of security, political economy and culture.

Comparative Renewables Policy

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Book Series: Routledge Studies on the Governance of Sustainability in Europe ISBN: 9780429584343 Year: Pages: 278 DOI: 10.4324/9780429198144 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Political Science
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Challenging one-eyed technology-focused accounts of renewables policy, this book provides a ground-breaking, deep-diving and genre-crossing longitudinal study of policy development. The book develops a multi-field explanatory approach, capturing inter-relationships between actors often analyzed in isolation. It provides empirically rich and systematically conducted comparative case studies on the political dynamics of the ongoing energy transition in six European countries. While France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom opted for ‘technology-specific’ renewables support mixes, Norway and Sweden embarked on ‘technology-neutral’ support mixes. Differences between the two groups result from variations in domestic political and organizational fields, but developments over time in the European environment also spurred variation. These findings challenge more simplistic and static accounts of Europeanization. This volume will be of key interest to scholars and students of energy transitions, comparative climate politics, policy theory, Europeanization, European integration and comparative European politics more broadly, as well practitioners with an interest in renewable energy and climate transition. The Open Access version of this book, available at: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429198144, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Liberal Democracy

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Book Series: SpringerBriefs in Political Science ISBN: 9783030474089 Year: Pages: 74 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-47408-9 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Political Science --- Economics
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This open access book aims to show which factors have been decisive in the rise of successful countries. Never before have so many people been so well off. However, prosperity is not a law of nature; it has to be worked for. A liberal economy stands at the forefront of this success – not as a political system, but as a set of economic rules promoting competition, which in turn leads to innovation, research and enormous productivity. Sustainable prosperity is built on a foundation of freedom, equal opportunity and a functioning government. This requires a stable democracy that cannot be defeated by an autocrat. Autocrats claim that “illiberalism” is more efficient, an assertion that justifies their own power. Although autocrats can efficiently guide the first steps out of poverty, once a certain level of prosperity has been achieved, people begin to demand a sense of well-being – freedom and codetermination. Only when this is possible will they feel comfortable, and progress will continue. Respect for human rights is crucial. The rules of the free market do not lean to either the right or left politically. Liberalism and the welfare state are not mutually exclusive. The “conflict” concerns the amount of government intervention. Should there be more or less? As a lawyer, entrepreneur, and board member with over 40 years of experience in this field of conflict, the author clearly describes the conditions necessary for a country to maintain its position at the top.

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