Justice Judocracy and Democracy in India

Author: Sudhanshu Ranjan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317809777
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This book offers an innovative approach to studying ‘judicial activism’ in the Indian context in tracing its history and relevance since 1773. While discussing the varying roles of the judiciary, it delineates the boundaries of different organs of the State — judiciary, executive and legislature — and highlights the points where these boundaries have been breached, especially through judicial interventions in parliamentary affairs and their role in governance and policy. Including a fascinating range of sources such as legal cases, books, newspapers, periodicals, lectures, historical texts and records, the author presents the complex sides of the arguments persuasively, and contributes to new ways of understanding the functioning of the judiciary in India. This paperback edition, with a new Afterword, updates the debates around the raging questions facing the Indian judiciary. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of law, political science and history, as well as legal practitioners and the general reader.

People Cities

Author: Annie Matan
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610917146
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Over the last 50 years architect Jan Gehl has changed the way that we think about architecture and city planning--moving from the Modernist separation of uses to a human-scale approach inviting people to use their cities. People Cities tells the inside story of how Gehl learned to study urban spaces and implement his people-centered approach in car-dominated cities. It discusses the work, theory, life, and influence of Gehl from the perspective of those who have worked with him in cities across the globe. It will inspire anyone who wants to create vibrant, human-scale cities and understand the ideas and work of the architect who has most influenced urban design.

Pearls of Wisdom

Author: Praveen Maben
Publisher: Notion Press
ISBN: 1947498622
Format: PDF, Mobi
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“Every person has a passion for something or the other. I took up the passion for reading from the age of twenty, which led me to build my own collection of books and reading material. It took me almost forty years to make this dream come true. Today, I own a personal library of almost 4,500 books. I never read a book unless I have a pencil in hand to note down or mark important passages which I think would make a valuable message for society. Continuing to do so, I have a unique collection of snippets which I thought to compile into a book. It is handy, knowledgeable, and interesting for all those who love books.” — Praveen Maben.

Building the American Republic Volume 2

Author: Jane Dailey
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022630082X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What was America? The question resounds today more than ever. While countless contemporary textbooks have sought to relate this country's history, most have done so in fragmented, diluted, or unapproachable ways. These two volumes break down all the barriers to a full understanding of America: it has just two authors, each with a strong point of view; it is told in pure narrative form, befitting its riveting story; and it is as low-cost a textbook as there has ever been. Unlike other open access textbooks, Building the Republic is authoritative and coherent. Throughout, Harry Watson and Jane Dailey emphasize the enduring and multifarious influence of religion, the evolution of law and legal norms, and the distinctive history and influence of the South. And they take a capacious view of the role of politics in US history, beyond simple "political history." These two volumes sweep the reader up in the inimitable history of a country forever remaking itself.


Author: Max Blumenthal
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 1568589727
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In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel-Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process. As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as "demographic threats." Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest. He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech, and provides in-depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mindset that permeates the media, schools, and the military. Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation. A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.

The Nature of the Judicial Process

Author: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Publisher: Yale University Press
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In this famous treatise, a Supreme Court Justice describes the conscious and unconscious processes by which a judge decides a case. He discusses the sources of information to which he appeals for guidance and analyzes the contribution that considerations of precedent, logical consistency, custom, social welfare, and standards of justice and morals have in shaping his decisions.

Justice and Democracy

Author: Keith Dowding
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521545433
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'Justice' and 'democracy' have alternated as dominant themes in political philosophy over the last fifty years. Since its revival in the middle of the twentieth century, political philosophy has focused on first one and then the other of these two themes. Rarely, however, has it succeeded in holding them in joint focus. This volume brings together leading authors who consider the relationship between democracy and justice in a set of specially written chapters. The intrinsic justness of democracy is challenged, the relationship between justice, democracy and impartiality queried and the relationship between justice, democracy and the common good examined. Further chapters explore the problem of social exclusion and issues surrounding sub-national groups in the context of democracy and justice. Authors include Keith Dowding, Richard Arneson, Norman Schofield, Albert Weale, Robert E. Goodin, Jon Elster, David Miller, Phillip Pettit, Julian LeGrand and Russell Hardin.

Public Policy

Author: Radhakrishan Sapru
Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Limited
ISBN: 9789386062178
Format: PDF
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The book presents an extensive treatment of the nature, scope and significance of public policies, their implementation and policy analysis. This refreshing new textbook covers the basic and introductory aspects of public policy along with the new realities in public policy formulation and analysis. It also provides a critical insight into the works of leading scholars in the field. Through examples and real-life incidents from different countries, the author effectively discusses theoretical, structural and practical aspects of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public policies. With chapters on the role of think tanks, decision-making process and policy sciences, this book would meet the growing needs of the students as well as civil services aspirants. Key Features * Analytical approach in examining the fundamental themes and key issues in public policy-making * Special focus on policy advocacy, significance of intergovernmental relations and institutionalism and policy monitoring * Major theories of agenda analysis, decision-making process and policy implementation explained in an easy-to-understand manner * Each chapter aided by examples, case studies and review questions * Ideal and must-have companion for students of political science and public administration, as well as UGC NET and civil services aspirants

Risk A Very Short Introduction

Author: Baruch Fischhoff
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199576203
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Risks are everywhere. They come from many sources, including crime, diseases, accidents, terror, climate change, finance, and intimacy. They arise from our own acts and they are imposed on us. In this Very Short Introduction Fischhoff and Kadvany draw on both the sciences and humanities to show what all risks have in common. Do we care about losing money, health, reputation, or peace of mind? How much do we care about things happening now or in the future? To ourselves or to others? All risks require thinking hard about what matters to us before we make decisions about them based on past experience, scientific knowledge, and future uncertainties. Using conceptual frameworks such as decision theory and behavioural decision research, we examine the science and practice of creating measures of risk and look at how scientists apply probability by combining historical records, scientific theories, and expert judgement. Showing what science has learned about how people deal with risks, and applying these to diverse everyday examples, the authors demonstrate how we move from understanding a risk to making a choice in everyday life.

Sexuality A Very Short Introduction

Author: Veronique Mottier
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199298025
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Is our sexuality a product of our genes, or of society, culture, and politics? How have views of sexual norms changed over time? And how have feminism, religion, and HIV/AIDS affected our attitudes to sex? This Very Short Introduction examines these questions and many more, exploring what shapes our sexuality, and how our sexuality shapes us.