Modern State
Hayek's Liberalism and Its Origins: His Idea of Spontaneous Order and the Scottish Enlightenment
Hayek's Liberalism and Its Origins
His Idea of Spontaneous Order and the Scottish Enlightenment
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415183227

By exploring the writings of Mandeville, Hume and Smith, this book offers a critique of Hayek's theory of cultural evolution and explores the roots of his powerful defence of liberalism.
This book is an original contribution to the debate, and vital reading for researchers in politics, political theory, and economics.

Healing the Body Politic: Rediscovering Political Power
Healing the Body Politic
Rediscovering Political Power
Hardcover      ISBN: 0275943615

American politics and government are so moribund, according to Erwin Jaffe, that serious political dialogue is a stranger in a land celebrated for freedom of expression. Healing the Body Politic examines the sources of this condition, among them the loss of connectedness (society's orientation toward mobility and its relative disinterest in place, neighborhood, and community), widespread misunderstanding of the distinction and relationship between power and violence, and a distorted image of political life and responsibility. This broad-based work examines these problems and proposes, both in theoretical and practical terms, a rethinking and rediscovery of political power and political life as the only viable solution.

Drawing on a variety of fields, including traditional political theory, this work points the way to a restoration of American political life and our ability to cope once again with the problems of civil society. It will be of interest to scholars and students of political science, political theory, and American government.

The Imported State: The Westernization of the Political Order
The Imported State
The Westernization of the Political Order
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804737665

This book traces the rise of the modern state--a mode of organizing political power within a closed territory--in post-Enlightenment Europe and its spread to the remainder of the world, especially colonial and postcolonial societies. The result of a long process of evolution dating back to the Roman Empire, this new form of state was characterized by the coincidence of public power and public space and the legalization of political and social relations. Intimately linked to the transformation of Western European cultures at a time when their economic might allowed them to conquer many regions of the world, the modern state provided a model that was adopted in most countries.

The book analyzes the different conditions in which the modern state was grafted onto different cultural realities: a metropolitan model adopted by settlers or imposed as an instrument of colonial domination, or a representation of modernity selected by non-Western leaders out of fascination for its alleged efficiency and rationality. The author shows that, from the beginning, various logics of importation led non-Western cultures to invent their own practices of the state, thereby transforming the original model. In many countries, notably in postcolonial societies, discrepancies appeared between political actions and political representations and principles on which the state was supposed to rest. This has often led to political crises and breakdowns of legality and legitimacy, and to the formation of new types of social relations in spaces the state cannot control. At the international level, a similar phenomenon can be seen: international networks, based on trade links, religion, and culture, are now able to bypass official interstate relations.

Intellectual Founders of the Republic: Five Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Republican Political Thought
Intellectual Founders of the Republic
Five Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Republican Political Thought
Paperback      ISBN: 0199279500

In this innovative study of French political culture, Sudhir Hazareesingh re-examines the origins of modern republicanism through the writings and political practices of five key nineteenth century intellectuals: Jules Barni, Charles Dupont-White, Emile Littr�, Eug�ne Pelletan, and Etienne Vacherot.

Legislator of the World: Writings on Codification, Law, and Education
Legislator of the World
Writings on Codification, Law, and Education
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198207476

Bentham's central concern during the 1810s and 1820s was with the codification of the law. The materials presented in this volume constitute not only the basis for a biography of Bentham during these years, but also an important and illuminating account of his mature legal and political theory.

Lets Be Heard
Lets Be Heard
Paperback      ISBN: 0671537210

The founder of the conservative radio talk-show movement speaks his mind on a wide range of controversial issues, such as race, religion, welfare, abortion, healthcare reform, and women's rights

The Limits Of Globalization
The Limits Of Globalization
Paperback      ISBN: 0415105668

Both the force and the limitations of the globalizing forces operating in the world today can best be understood through an analysis of their concrete manifestations. Using examples from the people's art of Potsdammer Platz to the ways in which Western cultural icons are reinterpreted in Asian magazines, this collection of essays unpicks the rhetoric of globalization in political analysis, cultural theory and urban and economic sociology and exposes the myth of the global society as in many cases a dangerous exaggeration.

The Limits of Independence
The Limits of Independence
Paperback      ISBN: 0415169070

Nation states are not as independent as they seem. In The Limits of Independence, Adam Watson explores how independence of action is limited by both a tightening net of interdependence between countries and by the rules which the 'international society of states' has put in place to manage order and change. He also argues that the external and internal behaviour of independent states is increasingly determined by the influence of the richest and strongest powers.
After setting out the general framework of restraint imposed on states, Adam Watson details the attempts to limit national sovereignties from Napoleon to the European Union. The Limits of Independence discusses pressures on smaller states and relates reactions against independence to current international theory and the practice of world powers.

The Limits of Independence: Relations Between States in the Modern World
The Limits of Independence
Relations Between States in the Modern World
Hardcover      ISBN: 0415158117

Nation states are not as independent as they seem. In The Limits of Independence, Adam Watson explores how independence of action is limited by both a tightening net of interdependence between countries and by the rules which the 'international society of states' has put in place to manage order and change. He also argues that the external and internal behaviour of independent states is increasingly determined by the influence of the richest and strongest powers.
After setting out the general framework of restraint imposed on states, Adam Watson details the attempts to limit national sovereignties from Napoleon to the European Union. The Limits of Independence discusses pressures on smaller states and relates reactions against independence to current international theory and the practice of world powers.

Machiavelli
Machiavelli
Hardcover      ISBN: 0198780893

This book presents a critical examination of Machiavelli's thought, combining an accessible, historically-informed account of his work with a reassessment of his central ideas and arguments. Viroli challenges the accepted interpretations of Machiavelli's work, insisting that his republicanism was based not on a commitment to virtue, greatness, and expansion, but to the ideal of civic life protected by the shield of fair laws. His detailed study of how Machiavelli composed The Prince offers a number of new interpretations and he further contends that the most challenging--and underestimated--aspect of Machiavelli's thought is his philosophy of life, in particular his conceptions of love, women, irony, God, and the human condition.