Alexis Heraclides and Ada Dialla

On intervention The second intervention in the nineteenth century on humanitarian grounds is regarded the great power intervention in Lebanon and Syria, headed by France. 1 Both were at the time provinces of Greater Syria, within the Ottoman Empire, which included today’s Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. When the intervention in Lebanon and Syria took place in 1860–61, the debate among publicists on humanitarian

in Humanitarian intervention in the long nineteenth century
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Simon Mabon

62 3 Ink on paper [T]‌he real problem, the central mystery of politics is not sovereignty, but government … it is not the law, but the police –​that is to say, the governmental machine that they form and support. Giorgio Agamben, The Kingdom and the Glory The reign of an absolute monarch is something of a rarity in the modern world. Amid the pressures of modernity, the ability to lay claim to absolute power is limited to a small number of states, a number of whom are in the Middle East. Yet such absolute power is not limited to monarchies. The prevalence of

in Houses built on sand
Geir Hønneland and Anne-Kristin Jørgensen

the other hand, krays and oblasts could themselves contain federal units, as an autonomous oblast could be included in a kray, and an autonomous okrug in either a kray or an oblast. Despite the formal arrangement of both the Soviet Union and the RSFSR as federations, their power structure was extremely 44 International environmental agreements in Russia hierarchical and centralised.4 In effect, a total subjection to central party organs was required. The Soviet system of government consisted of three parallel hierarchies: the representative or legislative organs

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Eric Shaw

sets himself in The Contentious Alliance is twofold: on the one hand to explain why and how he reached that conclusion; and, on the other – the core of the book – to lay bare the inner dynamics of the party–unions connection. What is most distinctive and enduring about Minkin’s work? In what ways has it most contributed to our understanding of the labour movement? Does it still offer insights for scholars of Labour politics? In the first section of this paper, I examine how Minkin contests the premisses underpinning the orthodox thesis of trade union ‘baronial power

in Interpreting the Labour Party
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Richard Bellamy

avoided if we see the main task of the rule of law as the prevention of arbitrary rule. Two broad approaches are identified. The first centres on the very nature of rules and the constraints that arise from following them. The second focuses on political checks and balances for constraining power. Though related, both historically and substantively, I shall argue the second offers the chief defence. Sections 2 and 3 defend this

in Political concepts
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Rethinking anarchist strategies
James Bowen

different analytical categories or its preoccupation with either individualist or collective forms of action, definitions matter. As will become clear, it is increasingly the case that definitions of anarchism which focus on single loci of power are no longer viable in the twenty-first century. Whilst it is important to acknowledge the respective impact that economic, political and technological forms of power have on people and the planet, none of these are monolithic and all-determining. As writers such as Newman (2001) show, power encompasses all forms of authority in

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A European fin de siècle
Sergei Medvedev

has turned out to be much more confusing. To put it simply, interests of power have contaminated what looked like an attempt to execute normative Idealpolitik . In The Twenty Years’ Crisis , E.H. Carr criticised the hypocrisy of the application of morality to the anarchy of international relations, and argued that it led to disaster by ignoring the real relations of power. 1 NATO’s operation in Kosovo

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Journalism practice, risk and humanitarian communication
Jairo Lugo-Ocando and Gabriel Andrade

and Christianity and more recently shared by socialist ideologies. 4 In their view, pity is not a proper way to promote others’ wellbeing, in as much as it diminishes the other person’s potential for self-reliance. To a certain extent, we tend to agree with this stance as in our view these regimes of pity tend to obviate, all too often, the power relations between those who suffer and the spectators. 5

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Gender and a new politics in Achebe
Elleke Boehmer

BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 54 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Jobs 3 Of goddesses and stories: gender and a new politics in Achebe The Almighty looking at his creation through the round undying eye of the Sun, saw and pondered and finally decided to send his daughter, Idemili, to bear witness to the moral nature of authority by wrapping around Power’s rude waist a loincloth of peace and modesty. (Chinua Achebe, Anthills of the Savannah)1 Although he published the autobiographical meditation Home and Exile in 2002, Chinua Achebe

in Stories of women
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Factions or parties?
Peter D.G. Thomas

all reshuffles of the Whig pack, and none entailed a complete change of cabinet membership. It was this fluid political situation that gave George III the leverage to exercise the significant power that lay with the Crown. In doing so he acted in accord with much contemporary opinion. Many thought with the King when he used ‘faction’ and ‘party’ as pejorative words. For men of both ‘court’ and ‘country’ outlook they possessed the connotation of selfinterested combinations acting against the interests of the state. In 1770 Lord North clearly deemed it a political

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