Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Better Country or The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

A Better Country: Why America Was Right to Confront Iraq

Author: Arthur Borden

These headlines represent the broad understanding of how critics of the Iraq War claim we arrived at the present reality. But as author Arthur Borden convincingly explains in his new book, A Better Country: Why America was Right to Confront Iraq, the current five-year war can only be properly understood within the context of the last 30 years of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

In this superb chronicle of the historical events leading up to the 2003 invasion, Borden the former lawyer, guides readers through the emotionally charged public debate while navigating the politics, opposition, and responsibility of the U. S. to address the Iraqi regime. A Better Country reminds us that, stretching back to the presidency of Jimmy Carter and before, there had been a broad consensus over the touchstone issues of Iraq, the Middle East, and the unmentionable reality of oil - until political argument became degraded by charges of betrayal and wholesale deception.

Borden's mastery of the facts and history are so clearly and concisely presented that the general public and foreign relations experts alike will appreciate A Better Country.

A Better Country: Why America was Right to Confront Iraq is an illuminating analysis of the Iraq war and brings a fresh perspective to the current public discourse. As Borden writes, "As the 2008 election approaches, Americans have a civic duty to reassess the war in Iraq." It is a must read for every American citizen who wants to make informed decisions and desires to know the facts behind how we arrived to the place we are today.

Book review: Negocio y Sociedad:Accionistas, Ética, Política Pública

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Author: John S Dryzek

Long recognized as one of the main branches of political science, political theory has in recent years burgeoned in many different directions. Close textual analysis of historical texts sits alongside more analytical work on the nature and normative grounds of political values. Continental and post-modern influences jostle with ones from economics, history, sociology, and the law. Feminist concerns with embodiment make us look at old problems in new ways, and challenges of new technologies open whole new vistas for political theory. This Handbook provides comprehensive and critical coverage of the lively and contested field of political theory, and will help set the agenda for the field for years to come. Forty-five chapters by distinguished political theorists look at the state of the field, where it has been in the recent past, and where it is likely to go in future. They examine political theory's edges as well as its core, the globalizing context of the field, and the challenges presented by social, economic, and technological changes.

Table of Contents:
About the Contributors     xiii
Introduction   John S. Dryzek   Bonnie Honig   Anne Phillips     3
Contemporary Currents
Justice After Rawls   Richard J. Arneson     45
Power After Foucault   Wendy Brown     65
Critical Theory Beyond Habermas   William E. Scheuerman     85
Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought   Linda Zerilli     106
After the Linguistic Turn: Post-structuralist and Liberal Pragmatist Political Theory   Paul Patton     125
The Pluralist Imagination   David Schlosberg     142
The Legacy of the Past
Theory in History: Problems of Context and Narrative   J. G. A. Pocock     163
The Political Theory of Classical Greece   Jill Frank     175
Republican Visions   Eric Nelson     193
Modernity and Its Critics   Jane Bennett     211
The History of Political Thought as Disciplinary Genre   James Farr     225
Political Theory in the World
The Challenge of European Union   Richard Bellamy     245
East Asia and the West: The Impact of Confucianism on Anglo-American Political Theory   Daniel A. Bell     262
In the Beginning, All the World was America: American Exceptionalism in New Contexts   Ronald J. Schmidt, Jr.     281
Changing Interpretations of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Political Theory   Roxanne L. Euben     297
State and People
Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law   Shannon C. Stimson     317
Emergency Powers   John Ferejohn   Pasquale Pasquino     333
The People   Margaret Canovan     349
Civil Society and the State   Simone Chambers   Jeffrey Kopstein     363
Democracy and the State   Mark E. Warren     382
Democracy and Citizenship: Expanding Domains   Michael Saward     400
Justice, Equality, and Freedom
Impartiality   Susan Mendus     423
Justice, Luck, and Desert   Serena Olsaretti     436
Recognition and Redistribution   Patchen Markell     450
Equality and Difference   Judith Squires     470
Liberty, Equality, and Property   Andrew Williams     488
Historical Injustice   Duncan Ivison     507
Pluralism, Multiculturalism, and Nationalism
Nationalism   David Miller     529
Multiculturalism and its Critics   Jeff Spinner-Halev     546
Identity, Difference, Toleration   Anna Elisabetta Galeotti     564
Moral Universalism and Cultural Difference   Chandran Kukathas     581
Claims in a Global Context
Human Rights   Jack Donnelly     601
From International to Global Justice?   Chris Brown     621
Political Secularism   Rajeev Bhargava     636
Multiculturalism and Post-colonial Theory   Paul Gilroy     656
The Body Politic
Politicizing the Body: Property, Contract, and Rights   Moira Gatens     677
New Ways of Thinking about Privacy   Beate Roessler     694
New Technologies, Justice, and the Body   Cecile Fabre     713
Paranoia and Political Philosophy   James M. Glass     729
Testing the Boundaries
Political Theory and Cultural Studies   Jodi Dean     751
Political Theory and the Environment   John M. Meyer     773
Political Theory and Political Economy   Stephen L. Elkin     792
Political Theory and Social Theory   Christine Helliwell   Barry Hindess     810
Old and New
Then and Now: Participant-Observation in Political Theory    William E. Connolly     827
Exile and Re-entry: Political Theory Yesterday and Tomorrow   Arlene W. Saxonhouse     844
Index     859

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