Search Results

Open Access (free)

Series:

Peter Burnell

rule of law, and the pros and cons of judicial activism are but three notable areas where in principle political inquiries have much to learn from legal scholarship. Thus political scientists studying democratization appear much taken with the idea of judicial autonomy as part of the institutional architecture for ensuring the horizontal accountability of the executive – a seemingly necessary counterpart to the vertical accountability that legislatures and electorates seem only imperfectly to exact. But here (Chapter 7) McEldowney’s approach from the side of legal

Open Access (free)

Moving targets

Rethinking anarchist strategies

James Bowen

political ‘blueprints’ of the future. This has been fine in the goldfish bowl of ‘official’ anarchist groups and networks, but is not necessarily applicable to the kind of popular alliance politics or community activism within which much contemporary anarchist action takes place. This is particularly important when remembering that people bring different skills and expectations to all political situations and many are ill-equipped to deal with having another set of alienating procedures foisted upon them (a mistake parties of the revolutionary Left repeatedly make). In

Open Access (free)

Series:

Shirin M. Rai

’s activism and feminist theorizing is the challenging of the boundaries between the public and the private as defining (out) politics. In Pateman’s (1983: 283) words, ‘the separation of the private and public is presented in liberal theory as if it applied to all individuals in the same way’. Feminists argued that public political life was built upon the absence of women from it; that the exclusion of the private sphere was essential for the primacy of the public. By expanding the definition of politics to encompass both the public and the private spheres, indeed, by

Open Access (free)

Anu Koivunen, Katariina Kyrölä and Ingrid Ryberg

vulnerability in working through sexual stigma and violence. For her, sexuality and sex are areas which necessarily make the body vulnerable, but where that vulnerability also offers profoundly transformative vistas for political and personal agency. Examining practices, memories, and documentation of butch-​femme sexualities and AIDS activism, among others, Cvetkovich suggests that the power of queer vulnerability lies in openness to pleasure and care as well as injury (2003: 66–​7, 202–​4). In queer disability studies, or crip theory, the double edge and potential of

Open Access (free)

Series:

Tami Amanda Jacoby

political agenda. The struggle for women’s right to fight involves working towards equality within existing structures and rules, and participating in the mainstream political process alongside men. On the other hand, women have articulated a feminist agenda within the context of the women’s peace movement in Israel. Women’s peace activism represents an oppositional constituency with roots dating back, in

Open Access (free)

Alistair Cole

1 Stress, strain and stability in the French party system Alistair Cole The French party system Stress and stability Introduction Political parties do not find a natural breeding ground in France. Portrayals of French political culture point to incivisme, individualism and a distrust of organisations (Crozier, 1970, Pitts, 1981, Gaffney and Kolinsky, 1991). Though these representations are overly impressionistic, a powerful strand of French republicanism has denigrated political parties as divisive, fractious organisations. This is best exemplified by the

Open Access (free)

Liking visuals and visually liking on Facebook

From starving children to satirical saviours

Series:

Rachel Tavernor

discussion on how humouring hunger, to fit the architecture of Facebook, potentially pacifies the politics of poverty and humanitarian intervention. ‘Liking’ visuals  Architectures of action The act of clicking a button to support a campaign or cause has been criticised widely, both within NGOs and externally, that ‘clicktivism’ is a downgrade of activism proper. 9 The focus on the

Open Access (free)

Series:

Roger Southall

democratization has assumed primacy in analysis of the continent’s condition since the early 1990s, but how that paradigm has become inextricably entangled with political and intellectual activism. Indeed, the urgency of democratization debates flows both from the desperate condition of the mass of Africa’s people and from the fact that, while on the one hand ‘democratization’ has in essence replaced Marxism as both explanatory device and panacea, it has on the other been appropriated as goal and tool by Western policy agendas. Democratization in Africa: the first wave Early

Open Access (free)

Series:

John Narayan

democracy at home would be key to forging and encouraging democracy abroad. This is an approach where publics approach the global, including transnational activism, in the space of nation states and the resources and opportunities of that national context (Tarrow 2005: 42). This would entail citizens not only creating transnational New Lessons from the Old Professor 113 publics but also seeing their nation state’s role in the world not just as a form of moral charity but as a form of political responsibility. This form of political responsibility would include an

Open Access (free)

Greta Fowler Snyder

(contemporary) ‘representation’ phase, feminists (rightly) realize gender injustice to be a global problem, exacerbated by global forces, which requires global activism and solutions. Fraser understands recognition politics as continuing to be important in this third phase of feminism. This transnational phase, as she says, ‘integrates the best of the previous two phases