Regulating Lobbying A Global Comparison

Author: Raj Chari
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719088971
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In an age of corruption, sleaze and scandal associated with financial crisis and economic downturn across the globe, citizens want more transparency and accountability in politics. Available in paperback due to popular demand, this book examines a principal means by which this can be achieved: the regulation of lobbyists. It provides innovative insights into lobbying regulations across four continents – North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. What are these regulations about? What are the differences across the continents? How effective are the rules? How have they changed the lobbying profession? Using qualitative and quantitative analyses, the book compares and contrasts regulatory laws in the US, Canada, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, the EU, Taiwan and Australia.

The power of the centre

Author: Dionyssis G. Dimitrakopoulos
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526129914
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This book examines a hitherto under-researched aspect of the European Union's policy process - the extent and the nature of the involvement of central governments in the implementation of EU public policy. It discusses how the co-ordination of these institutions affects their capacity to shape the way in which the commitments that they make in Brussels are turned into concrete reality at the national level. It shows that the nature of their involvement in implementation reflects the pattern of their involvement in the formulation of EU policy. However, since implementation unfolds over long periods of time, its patterns can change over time. The author draws on empirical evidence regarding the liberalisation of public procurement to demonstrate how the institutions of central governments bring about change. Comparing the central governments of Greece, France and Britain over a twenty-five year period, the author demonstrates that - far from being the passive conduits of pressure emanating from the EU - the institutions of national central governments actively steer the implementation of EU public policy.

Immigration and European integration

Author: Andrew Geddes
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780719056888
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This book addresses the two key questions that underpin EU responses to migration policy. Firstly, the efforts to control immigration and secondly, the chances for inclusion of migrants and their descendants.

Flight MH17 Ukraine and the new Cold War

Author: Kees van der Pijl
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526131102
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On 17 July 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down amid unrest in Ukraine, a conflict that led to a NATO-Russia standoff and the onset of a new period of East-West confrontation. This is the first scholarly work on the Ukrainian unrest and the tragic downing of MH17. It offers an analysis that challenges the Western consensus surrounding these events, emphasising the geopolitical and economic context of the West's standoff with Russia, the BRICS bloc, and the struggles over the EU's energy supply. Based on previously unpublished government and NATO documents as well as a wide array of sources this book offers an analysis of global political economy and contemporary debates about Russia and East-West relations.

Sweden and Ecological Governance

Author: Lennart Lundqvist
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719069024
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Sweden is seen as a forerunner in environmental and ecological policy. Sweden and ecological governance is about policies and strategies for ecologically rational governance, and uses the Swedish case study to ask whether or not it is possible to move from a traditional environmental policy to a broad, integrated pursuit of sustainable development, as illustrated through the 'Sustainable Sweden' programme. The study begins by looking at the spatial dimensions of ecological governance, and goes on to consider the integration and effectiveness of sustainable development policies. It analyses the tension between democracy and sustainable development, which has a broader relevance beyond the Swedish model, to other nation states as well as the European Union as a whole. In this book the author offers the latest word in advanced implementation of sustainable development by a front-runner in environmental and ecological policy. It will be useful for students of environmental politics and sustainable development researchers.

Equality and the British Left

Author: Ben Jackson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719073069
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The demand for equality has been at the heart of the politics of the Left in the twentieth century, but what did theorists and politicians on the British Left mean when they said they were committed to 'equality'? How did they argue for a more egalitarian society? Which policies did they think could best advance their egalitarian ideals? Equality and the British Left provides the first comprehensive answers to these questions. It charts debates about equality from the progressive liberalism and socialism of the early twentieth century to the arrival of the New Left and revisionist social democracy in the 1950s. Along the way, it examines and reassesses the egalitarian political thought of many significant figures in the history of the British Left, including L. T. Hobhouse, R. H. Tawney and Anthony Crosland. This book demonstrates that the British Left has historically been distinguished from its ideological competitors on the Centre and the Right by a commitment to a demanding form of economic egalitarianism. It shows that this egalitarianism has come to be neglected or caricatured by politicians and scholars alike, and is more surprising and sophisticated than is often imagined. Equality and the British Left offers a compelling new perspective on British political thought that will appeal to scholars and students of British history and political theory, and to anyone interested in contemporary debates about progressive politics.

Indian foreign policy

Author: Harsh V. Pant
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1526104881
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"This book is an overview of Indian foreign policy as it has evolved in recent times. The focus of the book is on the twenty-first century with historical context provided. It examines India's relationships with major powers, with its neighbours and other regions, as well as India's stand on major global issues. With a gradual accretion in its powers, India has become more aggressive in the pursuit of its interests, thereby emerging as an important player in the shaping of the global order in the new millennium. Since all issues, regions, and countries cannot be covered in a single volume, small snapshots of important issues are provided in each section."

Transatlantic Traumas

Author: Stanley R. Sloan
Publisher: Pocket Politics
ISBN: 9781526128713
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This book asks how recent developments in transatlantic relations have challenged the interests of the transatlantic allies and examines how they may affect the future of the West. In 2016-17, three shocks to the transatlantic community raised concerns: the British referendum in which a slim majority of voters supported leaving the European Union, a process known as Brexit; the US election of Donald Trump as a president critical of NATO and the EU; and the Turkish referendum raising questions about this NATO member's democracy. The analysis examines these events in the context of internal challenges (illiberal tendencies) and external threats (Russia and Islamic State) to the political, economic and security foundations of the transatlantic community. Can the West recover from the blows of recent years? Can new leadership lead toward a renewal? Or are the transatlantic alliance and the West destined to decline?

The Politics of Health in Europe

Author: Richard Freeman
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719042140
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This book is explicitly comparative, and comparison is essential to the analyses it develops. The book is explicitly concerned with the liberal democracies of western Europe. The countries covered in detail here - Italy, Sweden and the UK, and France and Germany - constitute a purposive sample. The distinction between national health services and social insurance systems is not real, but an abstract formulation which makes a wealth of information more manageable. Choosing these countries makes sense not because they are somehow representative of general types but because, between them, they are indicative of particular sets of problems in the politics of health and health care. The working assumption here is that the public provision of health care is embedded in a distinctively European politics.