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Double Disillusion

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ISBN: 9781760461850 Year: Pages: 720 DOI: 10.22459/DD.04.2018 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- Medicine (General)
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"This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the 2016 Australian federal election. Won by the Liberal–National Coalition by the slimmest of margins, the result created a climate of political uncertainty that threatened the government’s lower house majority. While the campaign might have lacked the theatre of previous elections, it provides significant insights into the contemporary political and policy challenges facing Australian democracy and society today. In this, the 16th edited collection of Australian election studies, 41 contributors from a range of disciplines bring an unprecedented depth of expertise to the 2016 contest. The book covers the context, key battles and issues in the campaign, and reports and analyses the results in detail. It provides an evaluation of the role of political actors such as the parties, independents, the media, interest groups and GetUp!, and examines election debate in the online space. Experts from a range of policy fields provide an analysis of election issues ranging from the economy and industrial relations to social policy, the environment, and gender and sexuality. Each of the chapters is written on the basis of in‑depth and original research, providing new insights into this important political event."

Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy

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Book Series: Legislative Politics and Policy Making ISBN: 9780472119011 9780472029525 Year: Pages: 236 DOI: 10.3998/mpub.5085808 Language: English
Publisher: University of Michigan Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: Political Science
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Engstrom evaluates redistricting plans and their electoral results from all states from 1789 through the 1960s, revealing that districting practices systematically affected the competitiveness of congressional elections; shaped the partisan composition of congressional delegations; and, on occasion, determined control of the House of Representatives. Erik J. Engstrom offers a historical perspective on the effects of gerrymandering on elections and party control of the U.S. national legislature. Aside from the requirements that districts be continuous and, after 1842, that each select only one representative, there were few restrictions on congressional districting. Unrestrained, state legislators drew and redrew districts to suit their own partisan agendas. With the rise of the “one-person, one-vote” doctrine and the implementation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, however, redistricting became subject to court oversight.
Engstrom evaluates the abundant cross-sectional and temporal variation in redistricting plans and their electoral results from all the states, from 1789 through the 1960s, to identify the causes and consequences of partisan redistricting. His analysis reveals that districting practices across states and over time systematically affected the competitiveness of congressional elections; shaped the partisan composition of congressional delegations; and, on occasion, determined party control of the House of Representatives.

“Partisan Gerrymandering and the Construction of American Democracy provides a rich look at the practice of gerrymandering. It is a nice mix of history and quantitative analysis. . . . It will be the definitive work on the subject for decades to come.” 
—Charles Stewart, MIT

Erik J. Engstrom is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. 

This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Eyewitness to Early Reform in Myanmar

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ISBN: 9781925022988 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_607553 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- Languages and Literatures
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By 2000, a ruthless military regime had ruled Myanmar for more than a decade, polarising opinion inside and outside Burma/Myanmar — with Western countries locked into non-UN sanctions and Asian countries and the rest of the world locked into unenthusiastic cooperation with Myanmar. While the United Nations and its agencies faced numerous obstacles as they sought to encourage national reconciliation in Myanmar, conditions in Myanmar were slowly starting to change. With a reform faction in charge, the military regime itself after 1999 slowly began experimenting with modest changes, before committing in 2008 to transfer power via a constitutional referendum and national elections, both of which it effectively controlled. This book provides the first eyewitness account of the early reform experiments.

The People Have Spoken: The 2014 Elections in Fiji

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ISBN: 9781760460013 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_607555 Language: English
Publisher: ANU Press
Subject: Political Science --- Medicine (General)
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The September 2014 elections in Fiji was one of the most anticipated in the history of the country, coming after eight years of military rule and under a radically new constitution that introduced a system of proportional representative (PR) and without any reserved communal seats. The election was won overwhelmingly by FijiFirst, a party formed by 2006 coup leader Frank Bainimarama. He subsequently embarked on a process of shifting the political configuration of Fijian politics from inter-ethnic to trans-ethnic mobilisation. The shift has not been easy in terms of changing people’s perceptions and may face some challenges in the longer term, despite Bainimarama’s clear victory in the polls. Ethnic consciousness has the capacity to become re‑articulated in different forms and to seek new opportunities for expression. This book explores these and other issues surrounding the 2014 Fiji elections in a collection of articles written from varied political, intellectual and ideological positions.

La démocratie mise en scènes

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ISBN: 9782271059147 9782271091284 Year: Language: French
Publisher: CNRS Éditions
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Qu’est-ce que la politique à la télévision ? Le propre de la télévision réside dans sa formalisation « sensible », dans le formatage « esthétique » qu’elle impose : c’est là son langage... et le prix à payer, sans doute, pour permettre à une majorité de citoyens d’accéder à une forme de compréhension de la réalité politique. S’appuyant sur une analyse de séquences politiques de journaux télévisés pendant la campagne présidentielle de 1995, le livre propose une étude plus large de la rhétoriqu...

Un président élu par les médias ?

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ISBN: 9782911256295 9782356711649 Year: Language: French
Publisher: Presses des Mines
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Que n’a-t-on dit de l’emprise qu’exerce sur les médias français l’actuel Président de la République ? Ce serait grâce à des réseaux tissés de longue date parmi les patrons de presse et à de subtils jeux d’intimidation/séduction avec les journalistes que le candidat UMP, lors de la campagne présidentielle de 2007, serait parvenu à capter à son profit le jeu médiatique et, par ce biais, à persuader une majorité d’électeurs de le porter à la tête de l’État. La sociologie peut-elle nous aider à d...

Orange Chinook: Politics in the New Alberta

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Book Series: Arts in Action ISSN: 23716142 ISBN: 9781773850269 Year: Pages: 464 Language: English
Publisher: University of Calgary Press
Subject: Political Science
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In 2015, the New Democratic Party won an unprecedented victory in Alberta. Unseating the Progressive Conservatives -- who had won every provincial election since 1971 -- they formed an NDP government for the first time in the history of the province.Orange Chinook is the first scholarly analysis of this election. It examines the legacy of the Progressive Conservative dynasty, the PC and NDP campaigns, polling, and online politics, providing context and setting the stage for the unprecedented NDP victory. It highlights the importance of Alberta's energy sector and how it relates to provincial politics with focus on the oil sands, the carbon tax, and pipelines.Examining the NDP in power, Orange Chinook draws on Indigenous, urban, and rural perspectives to explore the transition process and government finances and politics. It explores the governing style of NDP premier Rachel Notley, paying special attention to her response to the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire and to the role of women in politics.Orange Chinook brings together Alberta's top political watchers in this fascinating, multifaceted analysis.

The new politics of Russia: Interpreting change

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ISBN: 9781784997632 Year: Pages: 176 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_613235 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Languages and Literatures
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From the conflict in Syria to the crisis in Ukraine, Russia continues to dominate the headlines. Yet the political realities of contemporary Russia are poorly understood by Western observers and policy-makers. Andrew Monaghan explains the importance of 'getting Russia right'. Exploring in detail the relationship between the West and Russia, he charts the development of relations and investigates the causes of the increasingly obvious sense of strategic dissonance. He also considers the evolution in Russian domestic politics, introducing influential current figures and those who are forming the leadership and opposition of the future. By delving into the depths of difficult questions such as the causes of the Ukraine crisis or the political protests surrounding the 2011–12 elections, the book offers a dynamic model for understanding this most fascinating and elusive of countries.

The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma

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ISBN: 9780801449666 9780801456763 9780801460777 9780801461255 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Cornell University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100459
Subject: Political Science
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Cowinner of the International Studies Association’s Chadwick F. Alger Prize, Winner of the American Political Science Association’s Comparative Democratization Section Best Book Award, and Cowinner of the Yale University MacMillan Center’s Gustav Ranis International Book Prize.Why did election monitoring become an international norm? Why do "pseudo-democrats" (undemocratic leaders who present themselves as democratic) invite international observers, even when they are likely to be caught manipulating elections? Is election observation an effective tool of democracy promotion, or is it simply a way to legitimize electoral autocracies? This book uses cross-national data on election observations since 1960 and case studies of Armenia, Indonesia, Haiti, Peru, Togo, and Zimbabwe to explain international election monitoring with a new theory of international norms.

The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes: Domestic Politics and Governance Reforms

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Book Series: Governance and Limited Statehood ISBN: 9783319635903 9783319635910 Year: Pages: 261 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63591-0 Language: English
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Grant: Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
Subject: Political Science
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This open access book analyses the domestic politics of African dominant party regimes, most notably African governments’ survival strategies, to explain their variance of opinions and responses towards the reforming policies of the EU. The author discredits the widespread assumption that the growing presence of China in Africa has made the EU’s task of supporting governance reforms difficult, positing that the EU’s good governance strategies resonate better with the survival strategies of governments in some dominant party regimes more so than others, regardless of Chinese involvement. Hackenesch studies three African nations – Angola, Ethiopia and Rwanda – which all began engaging with the EU on governance reforms in the early 2000s. She argues that other factors generally identified in the literature, such as the EU’s good governance strategies or economic dependence of the target country on the EU, have set additional incentives for African governments to not engage on governance reforms.

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