In East Central Europe, constitutionalism comprises an effort by postcommunist societies to consolidate around certain values, principles, and rules that would facilitate the formation of a new political architecture as well as a new political identity for their countries. Based primarily on the experience of Poland - in comparison with other East Central European countries - this book debates the specific features of postcommunist constitutionalism. The result is a theory of reflexive constitutionalism (informed by the sociological theory of reflexive modernization) which assesses critically the intellectual resources as well as the consolidating potential of the classic foundations of liberal democracy within the reality of postcommunist transformation.
From 'Civil Society' to 'Europe'
Edited by Blanca Rodríguez-Ruiz, University of Seville and Ruth Rubio-Marín, European University Institute, Florence
By comparing women’s access to suffrage in the countries that make up the European Union, i>The Struggle for Female Suffrage in Europe provides a retelling of the story of how citizenship was gradually coined in Europe from the perspective of women.
Edited by Amado Alarcón, Universitat Rovira i Virgil, Spain and Luis Garzón, Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
This book is the result of a research on migrant integration, language and social mobility in Catalonia. Drawing on the fate of three communities: Argentineans, Colombians and Moroccans, it examines the opportunities and constraints for social mobility. El libro es el resultado de una ...
Rabab El-Mahdi, American University, Cairo
Using Social Funds in Egypt and Bolivia as a microcosm, this book offers a critical examination of state-civil society relations and governance under the neoliberal model. Focusing specifically on the reconstruction of citizenship rights and participatory governance under this model.
Jean Terrier, University of Münster
Taking the example of France between the Enlightenment and the Second World War and focusing especially on the connection between social theories and political projects, this book provides an original analysis of French scholarly debates on the nature of society.
David Sciulli, Texas A&M University
Written for social theorists and general readers (including undergraduates), David Sciulli's book is the first to explain not only how but also why Amitai Etzioni’s publications evolved from his dissertation to Active Society and Socio-Economics to Communitarianism.
Thomas Scheffer, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
This book explores the working of law and lawyers down to their very details and minituae.
Edited by Leonardo Morlino, Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, Florence and Gianluigi Palombella, Università di Parma and New York University
Through a reappraisal of rule of law and democracy the contributors provide for a fresh set of inquiries, from the State, consolidated and transitional democracies, to interstate, European and global scenarios. They converge in tackling empirical and normative questions, and suggest further ...
Edited by Thomas Scheffer, Humboldt University Berlin and Jörg Niewöhner, Humboldt University Berlin
In ethnographic inquiry, comparing is fraught with difficulties, never complete and often fails. Yet it remains a strangely productive mode of working. Thick comparison develops and reflects on the production of comparability as a fruitful process in ethnographic research.
Imtiaz Hussain, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico
A comparative study is made of how conflict-terminating negotiations led to maiden democratic elections in Afghanistan and Iraq, pointing various thresholds out through specific chapters, invoking negotiations theories/stages to deepen interpretations, and prospecting the Bush Doctrine's future ...
Edited by Alfons Bora, Bielefeld University and Heiko Hausendorf, University of Zurich
Drawing on comparative and interdisciplinary research in the regulation of science and technology, this book offers a critical examination of participatory governance in legal procedure and an inquiry in the institutional and procedural possibilities of democratic participation in law.
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