Political Science publications

2019

Constitutional Asymmetry in Multinational Federalism

Breen, Michael. "Constitutional Asymmetry in Multinational Federalism," in Popelier, Patricia and Sahadžić, Maja (eds.,). Constitutional Asymmetry in Multinational Federalism: Managing Multinationalism in Multi-tiered Systems. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

This edited volume examines the link between constitutional asymmetry and multinationalism in multi-tiered systems through a comprehensive and rigorous comparative analysis, covering countries in Europe, Africa and Asia… This book offers insights into the different types of constitutional asymmetry, the factors that stimulate symmetrisation and asymmetrisation processes, and the ways in which constitutional asymmetry is linked with multinationalism. More information…

The Routledge Companion to Media and Scandal

Brenton, Scott. "Scandal and Social Theory," in Tumber, Howard and Waisbord, Silvio (eds.,). The Routledge Companion to Media and Scandal. Routledge, 2019.

Various types of scandals are inextricably linked to both the mass media and social media. Although there have been many technological changes in the news media over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the appetite for scandal news has not abated. More information…

The Wealth Effect

Chwieroth, Jeffrey M. and Walter, Andrew. The Wealth Effect: How the Great Expectations of the Middle Class Have Changed the Politics of Banking Crises. Cambridge University Press, 2019.

The politics of major banking crises has been transformed since the nineteenth century. Analyzing extensive historical and contemporary evidence, Chwieroth and Walter demonstrate that the rising wealth of the middle class has generated 'great expectations' among voters that the government is responsible for the protection of this wealth. More information…

Foreign Policy in the Clinton Administration

Lynch, Timothy. "In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump," in Perotti, Rosanna (ed.,). Foreign Policy in the Clinton Administration. Nova Science Publishers, 2019.

To understand “America First,” we must first understand the underpinnings of globalisation and the policy of practical internationalism… The introduction to this edited volume explores these themes, and the remainder of the book’s seventeen chapters, authored by scholars of comparative politics, international relations and history, expand on particular policies. More information…

Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations

Maddison, Sarah and Nakata, Sana (eds.,). Questioning Indigenous-Settler Relations. Springer, 2019.

This book examines contemporary Indigenous affairs through questions of relationality, presenting a range of interdisciplinary perspectives on the what, who, when, where, and why of Indigenous-settler relations. It also explores relationality, a key analytical framework with which to explore Indigenous-settler relations in terms of what the relational characteristics are; who steps into these relations and how; the different temporal and historical moments in which these relations take place and to what effect; where these relations exist around the world and the variations they take on in different places; and why these relations are important for the examination of social and political life in the 21st century. More information...

The Transition from Graduation to Work

Waring, Peter; Vas, Christopher and Bali, Azad Singh. "The Transition from Graduation to Work: Challenges and Strategies in Singapore," in Dhakal, S., Prikshat, V., Nankervis, A., Burgess, J. (eds.,). The Transition from Graduation to Work. Springer, 2019.

This book reports on the findings from a research study of vocational and higher education graduates’ employability challenges. The nature and extent of these challenges, their underlying causes, and effective strategies to address the problems in this area are all analysed from a multiple-stakeholder paradigm. More information…

Sex and Sexuality in Modern Screen Remakes

Lauren, Rosewarne. Sex and Sexuality in Modern Screen Remakes. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.

Sex and Sexuality in Modern Screen Remakes examines how sexiness, sexuality and revisited sexual politics are used to modernise film and TV remakes. This exploration provides insight into the ever-evolving - and ever-contested - role of sex in society, and scrutinises the politics and economics underpinning modern media reproduction. More information…

2018

Productivity and Innovation in SMEs

Bali, Azad; McKiernan, Peter; Vas, Christopher and Waring, Peter. Productivity and Innovation in SMEs: Creating Competitive Advantage in Singapore and South East Asia. Routledge. 2018.

This book analyses the determining factors behind productivity and innovation amongst Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore, and within the context of South East Asia, in order to offer recommendations for increasing productivity and aiding economic growth. More information…

Routledge Handbook of Policy Design

Bali, Azad Singh and Ramesh, M. "Policy Capacity: A Design Perspective," in Howlett, Michael and Mukherjee, Ishani (eds.,). Routledge Handbook of Policy Design. Routledge, 2018.

Mukherjee, Ishani and Bali, Azad Singh. "Capacities and Customization in Policy Design," in Howlett, Michael and Mukherjee, Ishani (eds.,). Routledge Handbook of Policy Design. Routledge, 2018.

Uniting theoretical bases and advancements in practice, the Routledge Handbook of Policy Designbrings together leading experts in the academic field of policy design in a pioneering effort of scholarship. Each chapter provides a multi-topic overview of the state of knowledge on how, why, where or when policies are designed and how such designs can be improved. More information...

The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

Breen, Michael. The Road to Federalism in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka: Finding the Middle Ground. Routledge, 2018.

This book charts the origins and evolution of federalism and other approaches to the accommodation of minority ethnic groups in Nepal, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. It applies a historical institutionalism methodology to understand why federalism has been resisted, what causes it to be established and what design options are most likely to balance otherwise competing centripetal and centrifugal forces. More information…

The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory

Brown, Chris and Eckersley, Robyn (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory. Oxford University Press, 2018.

MacDonald, Kate. "Accountability in global economic governance," in Brown, Chris and Eckersley, Robyn (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory. Oxford University Press, 2018.

MacDonald, Terry. "Sovereignty, democracy, and global political legitimacy," in Brown, Chris and Eckersley, Robyn (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of International Political Theory. Oxford University Press, 2018.

This Handbook provides an authoritative account of the issues, debates, and perspectives in the field, guided by two basic questions concerning its purposes and methods of inquiry. First, how does IPT connect with real world politics? In particular, how does it engage with real world problems, and position itself in relation to the practices of real world politics? And second, following on from this, what is the relationship between IPT and empirical research in international relations? This Handbook showcases the distinctive and valuable contribution of normative inquiry not just for its own sake but also in addressing real world problems. More information…

Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and the Reconstruction of Political Order in Latin America

Carmody, Michelle Frances. Human Rights, Transitional Justice, and the Reconstruction of Political Order in Latin America. Springer, 2018.

Contextualizing cultural and political shifts in Argentina after the 1976 military coup with comparisons to other countries in the Southern Cone, Michelle Frances Carmody argues that incorporating human rights practices into official policy became a way for state actors to both build the authority of the state and manage social conflict, a key aim of post-Cold War democracies. More information…

The Practice of Political Theory

Chin, Clayton. The Practice of Political Theory: Rorty and Continental Thought. Columbia University Press, 2018.

Recent political thought has grappled with a crisis in philosophical foundations: how do we justify the explicit and implicit normative claims and assumptions that guide political decisions and social criticism? In The Practice of Political Theory, Clayton Chin presents a critical reconstruction of the work of Richard Rorty that intervenes in the current surge of methodological debates in political thought, arguing that Rorty provides us with unrecognized tools for resolving key foundational issues. More information…

Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics

Merger, Sara. "The political economy of sexual violence against men and boys in armed conflict," in Zalewski, Marysia; Drumond, Paula; Prugl, Elisabeth and Stern, Maria (eds.,). Sexual Violence Against Men in Global Politics. Routledge, 2018.

This book engages a diverse set of questions and offers fresh analysis on the incidences of sexual violence against men using both new and existing data. Additionally, the authors pay close attention to some of the controversial debates in the context of sexual violence against men, revisiting and asking new questions about the vexed issue of masculinities and related theories of gender hierarchy. More information…

The Relationality of Race in Education Research

Moodie, Nikki. "Decolonizing race theory: place, survivance & sovereignty," in Vass, Greg; Maxwell, Jacinta; Rudolph, Sophie and Gulson, Kalervo N. (eds.,). The Relationality of Race in Education Research. Routledge, 2018.

This edited collection examines the ways in which the local and global are key to understanding race and racism in the intersectional context of contemporary education. Analysing a broad range of examples, it highlights how race and racism is a relational phenomenon, that interconnects local, national and global contexts and ideas. More information…

European Union External Environmental Policy

Postnikov, Evgeny. "Environmental Instruments in Trade Agreements: Pushing the Limits of the Dialogue Approach," in Adelle, Camilla; Biedenkopf, Katja and Torney, Diarmuid (eds.,). European Union External Environmental Policy: Rules, Regulation and Governance Beyond Borders. Palsgrave Macmillan, 2018.

This book considers the environmental policies that the EU employs outside its borders. Using a systematic and coherent approach to cover a range of EU activities, environmental issues, and geographical areas, it charts the EU’s attempts to shape environmental governance beyond its borders. More information…

Analyzing Christmas in Film

Lauren, Rosewarne. Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural. Lexington Books, 2018.

Film plays a vital role in the celebration of Christmas. For decades, it has taught audiences about what the celebration of the season looks like - from the decorations to the costumes and to the expected snowy weather – as well as mirrors our own festivities back to us. More information…

2017

The Australian Policy Handbook

Althaus, Catherine; Bridgman, Peter and Davis, Glyn. The Australian Policy Handbook: A practical guide to the policy making process. Allen & Unwin, 2017.

The sixth edition of this widely used introduction is fully updated, and includes new material on the professionalisation of politicians, the role of opposition members, loss of corporate memory in the public service, addressing systemic policy failure, nudge economics and the impact of social media and the sharing economy on policy making and government. More information…

Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics

Althaus, Catherine. "Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics," in Eberl, Jason T (ed.). Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics. Springer-Verlag, 2017.

This volume comprises various viewpoints representing a Catholic perspective on contemporary practices in medicine and biomedical research. The Roman Catholic Church has had a significant impact upon the formulation and application of moral values and principles to a wide range of controversial issues in bioethics. More information…

Trust in Regulatory Regimes

Baekkeskov, Erik. "Deliberate Trust-building by Autonomous Government Agencies: Evidence from Responses to the 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic," in Six, Frédérique and Verhoest, Koen (eds.,). Trust in Regulatory Regimes. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.

Within political and administrative sciences generally, trust as a concept is contested, especially in the field of regulatory governance. This groundbreaking book is the first to systematically explore the role and dynamics of trust within regulatory regimes. More information…

Policy Agendas in Australia

Dowding, Keith and Martin, Aaron. Policy Agendas in Australia. Palsgrave Macmillan, 2017.

This book contributes to and expands on the major international Comparative Policy Agendas Project. It sets the project in context, and provides a comprehensive assessment of the changing policy agenda in Australia over a forty-year period, using a unique systematic dataset of governor-general speeches, legislation and parliamentary questions, and then mapping these on to media coverage and what the public believes (according to poll evidence) government should be concentrating upon. More information…

Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance

Fawcett, Paul; Flinders, Matthew; Hay, Colin and Wood, Matthew (eds.,). Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance. Oxford University Press, 2017.

This book examines the relationship between these two trends as understood within the broader shift towards governance. It brings together a number of contributions from scholars who have a varied range of concerns but who nevertheless share a common interest in developing the concept of depoliticization through their engagement with a set of theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical questions. More information…

Anti-Politics, Depoliticization, and Governance

Lewis, Jenny. "Governance change across policy sectors and nations," in Klassen, Thomas R., Cepiku, Denita and Lah, T. J. The Routledge Handbook of Global Public Policy and Administration. Routledge, 2017.

This book is a comprehensive leading-edge guide for students, scholars and practitioners of public policy and administration. Public policy and administration are key aspects of modern societies that affect the daily lives of all citizens. This handbook examines current trends and reforms in public policy and administration, such as financial regulation, risk management, public health, e-government and many others at the local, national and international levels. More information...

Transnational Actors in War and Peace

MacDonald, Kate. "Containing conflict: Authoritative transnational actors and the management of company-community conflict," in Malet, David and Anderson, Miriam J. (eds.,). Transnational Actors in War and Peace: Militants, Activists, and Corporations in World Politics. Georgetown University Press, 2017.

Transnational Actors in War and Peace provides a comparative examination of a range of transnational actors who have been key to the conduct of war and peace promotion, and of how they interact with states and each other. It explores the identities, organisation, strategies and influence of transnational actors involved in contentious politics, armed conflict, and peacemaking. More information…

Technology and World Politics

McCarthy, Daniel R. (ed.,). Technology and World Politics. Routledge, 2017.

This edited volume provides a convenient entry point to the cutting-edge field of the international politics of technology, in an interesting and informative manner. Technology and World Politics introduces its readers to different approaches to technology in global politics through a survey of emerging fusions of Science and Technology Studies and International Relations. More information…

Transitions from Education to Work

Waring, Peter; Vas, Christopher and Bali, Azad Singh. "Work Readiness in Singapore " in Cameron, Roslyn; Dhakal, Subas and Burgess, John (eds.,). Transitions from Education to Work: Workforce Ready Challenges in the Asia Pacific. Routledge, 2017.

This book brings together national and international perspectives on employability challenges faced by selected countries in the Asia Pacific region. While the region is forecast to enjoy high growth in the coming decade, a recurring challenge is addressing skill shortages and ensuring effective transition from training colleges and universities into employment. More information...

Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia

Taneja, Pradeep and Kassim-Lakha, Salim. "India," in Ogawa, Akihiro (ed.,). Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia. Routledge, 2017.

The Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia is an interdisciplinary resource, covering one of the most dynamically expanding sectors in contemporary Asia. Originally a product of Western thinking, civil society represents a particular set of relationships between the state and either society or the individual. Each culture, however, moulds its own version of civil society, reflecting its most important values and traditions. More information…

Making Human Rights News

Winston, Carla. "Nonprofit Product Placement: Human Rights Advocacy in Film and Television," in Pollock, John C. and Winston, Morton (eds.,). Making Human Rights News. Routledge, 2017.

This book explores the impact of new digital technology and activism on the production of human rights messages. It is the first collection of studies to combine multidisciplinary approaches, "citizen witness" challenges to journalism ethics, and expert assessments of the "liberating role" of the Internet. More information…

2016

User Fees in Canada

Althaus, Catherine and Tedds, Lindsay M. User Fees in Canada: A Municipal Design and Implementation Guide. Canadian Tax Foundation, 2016.

User Fees in Canada provides an up-to-date and detailed review of the Canadian case law and academic literature concerning user fees, and it includes a comprehensive, practical guide to the design and implementation of user fees for municipalities. The book integrates the relevant scholarship from law, economics, and public administration in highlighting the key challenges that Canadian municipalities face when planning this kind of levy.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation

Bali, Azad Singh; McKiernan, Peter; Vas, Christopher and Waring, Peter. "Addressing sustainability challenges through state led innovation," in Nicolopoulou, Katerina et al (eds.,). Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation. Routledge, 2017.

Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation builds on a theoretical framework that addresses related topics via a combination of insights from sustainability, policy, managerial, strategic, innovation and institutional perspectives. Providing empirical casework as well as a conceptual and theoretical framework, the book takes a global, interdisciplinary approach to the emergent field of sustainable entrepreneurship. More information...

The Politics of Budgetary Surplus

Brenton, Scott. The Politics of Budgetary Surplus. Palsgrave Macmillan, 2016.

This book probes the hollow rhetoric of debt, deficits and austerity. It explores the decisions of parties of the left which have attempted to deflect criticisms of economic mismanagement and gain trust by depoliticising the budget process and financial management with various rules, albeit with elements of discretion. More information…

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory

Eckersley, Robyn. "Responsibility for Climate Change as a Structural Injustice," in Gabrielson, Teena et al (eds.,). The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Set at the intersection of political theory and environmental politics, yet with broad engagement across the environmental social sciences and humanities, The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory, defines, illustrates, and challenges the field of environmental political theory (EPT). More information…

Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers

Henning, C. Randall and Walter, Andrew (eds.,). Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers: Emerging Perspectives on the New G20. CIGI Press, 2016.

Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers addresses the challenge that the rising powers pose for global governance, substantively and institutionally, in the domain of financial and macroeconomic cooperation. It examines the issues that are before the G20 that are of particular concern to these newly influential countries and how international financial institutions and financial standard-setting bodies have responded. More information…

Innovation in City Governments

Lewis, Jenny et al. Innovation in City Governments: Structures, Networks, and Leadership. Routledge, 2016.

The book provides major new insights on how structures, networks and leadership in city governments shape the social innovation capacity of cities. It provides ground-breaking analyses of how governance structures and local socio-economic challenges, are related to the innovations introduced by these cities. More information...

Demanding Justice in The Global South: Claiming Rights

MacDonald, Kate; Marshall, S. and Balaton-Chrimes, S. "Demanding rights in company-community resource extraction conflicts: examining the cases of POSCO and Vedanta in Odisha, India," in Grugel, J., Nem Singh, J., Fontana, L.B. and Uhlin, A. (eds.,). Demanding Justice in The Global South: Claiming Rights. Palsgrave Macmillan, 2016.

The politics of claiming rights and strategies of mobilisation exhibited by marginalised social groups lie at the heart of this volume. Theoretically, the authors aims to foster a holistic and multi-faceted understanding of how social and economic justice is claimed, either through formal, corporatist or organised mechanisms, or through ad hoc, informal, or individualised practices, as well as the implications of these distinctive activist strategies. More information...

Global Political Theory

MacDonald, Terry. "Global political justice," in Held, David and Maffettone, Pietro (eds.,). Global Political Theory. Polity Press, 2016.

Global Political Theory offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge introduction to the moral aspects of global politics today. It addresses foundational aspects of global political theory such as the nature of human rights, the types of distributive obligations that we have toward distant others, the relationship between just war theory and global distributive justice, and the legitimacy of international law and global governance institutions. More information…

The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation

Maddison, Sarah; Clark, Tom and de Costa, Ravi (eds.,). The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation. Springer, 2016.

Little, Adrian. “What is at Stake in Constitutional Recognition? ,” in Maddison, Sarah; Clark, Tom and de Costa, Ravi (eds.,). The Limits of Settler Colonial Reconciliation. Springer, 2016.

This book investigates whether and how reconciliation in Australia and other settler colonial societies might connect to the attitudes of non-Indigenous people in ways that promote a deeper engagement with Indigenous needs and aspirations. It explores concepts and practices of reconciliation, considering the structural and attitudinal limits to such efforts in settler colonial countries. More information...

Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation

Maddison, Sarah. Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation: Multi-level Challenges in Deeply Divided Societies. Routledge, 2016.

This book examines approaches to reconciliation and peace building in settler colonial, post-conflict, and divided societies. In contrast to current literature, this book provides a broader assessment of reconciliation and conflict transformation by applying a distinctive ‘multi-level’ approach. The analysis provides a unique intervention in the field, one that significantly complicates received notions of reconciliation and transitional justice, and considers conflict transformation across the constitutional, institutional, and relational levels of society. More information...

Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation

Meger, Sara. Rape Loot Pillage: The Political Economy of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Much of what has been written on rape as a weapon of war has suggested that the underlying causes stem from a single motivation—whether individual, symbolic, or strategic. Sara Meger argues that it is this approach to sexual violence in war that has rendered ineffective recent attempts by the UN, national governments, and aid and advocacy organisations to address it. Rather than identifying conflict-related sexual violence as an isolated phenomenon, this book argues that sexual violence is a form of gender-based violence (perpetrated against both men and women) and a manifestation of unequal gender relations that are exacerbated by the social, political, and economic conditions of war. More information…

Sociologic

Moodie, Nikki. "Aboriginal Australia," in Arvanitakis, James (ed.,). Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture. Oxford University Press, 2016.

Offering a contemporary approach to sociology, Sociologic: Analysing Everyday Life and Culture introduces students to sociological concepts by examining a variety of theories and theorists, while relating and applying this knowledge to their own life experiences. Exploring society and culture through personal narrative, humour, and examples, the book offers students tools to analyse how society functions, operates, and changes and then challenges them to change it for the better. More information…

Evatt: A life

Murphy, John. Evatt: A life. New South Books, 2016.

Murphy traces the course of Evatt's life and places him in the context of a long period of conservatism in Australia. He looks closely at Evatt's previously unexamined private life and unravels some of the puzzles that have lead Evatt to be considered erratic, even mad. More information...

Cyberbullies, Cyberactivists, Cyberpredators

Lauren, Rosewarne. Cyberbullies, Cyberactivists, Cyberpredators: Film, TV, and Internet Stereotypes. Praeger, 2016.

The Internet has enabled an exponentially larger number of people - individuals who are members of numerous and vastly different subgroups - to be exposed to one other. As a result, instead of the simple "jocks versus geeks" paradigm of previous eras, our society now has more detailed stereotypes of the undesirable, the under-the-radar, and the ostracised: cyberpervs, neckbeards, goths, tech nerds, and anyone with a non-heterosexual identity. More information…

Intimacy on the Internet

Lauren, Rosewarne. Intimacy on the Internet: Media Representations of Online Connections. Routledge, 2016.

The focus of this book is on the media representations of the use of the Internet in seeking intimate connections - be it a committed relationship, a hook-up, or a community in which to dabble in fringe sexual practices... Both the positive and the negative media representations are categorised and analysed in this book to explore what they reveal about the intersection of gender, sexuality, technology and the changing mores regarding intimacy. More information…

Shooting the Picture

Young, Sally and Anderson, Fay. Shooting the Picture: Press photography in Australia. Melbourne University Publishing, 2016.

Shooting The Picture is the story of Australian press photography from 1888 to today - the power of the medium, seismic changes in the newspaper industry, and photographers who were often more colourful than their subjects. This groundbreaking book explores our political leaders and campaigns, crime, war and censorship, international events, disasters and trauma, sport, celebrity, gender, race and migration. More information…

2015

Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia

Brennan,Louis and Murray, Philomena (eds.,). Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative perspectives. Taylor & Francis, 2015.

This book examines the drivers of regionalism and integration in both Europe and Asia and seeks to forge comparative perspectives between the two regions. Comprising contributions from scholars, analysts and policymakers, this volume explores and debates how and why regional bodies such as the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are formed and sustained. More information…

Getting Welfare to Work

Considine, Mark; Lewis, Jenny M., O'Sullivan, Siobhan and Sol, Els. Getting Welfare to Work: Street-Level Governance in Australia, the UK, and the Netherlands. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Getting Welfare to Work traces the radical reform of the Australian, UK, and Dutch public employment services systems. Starting with major changes from 1998, this book examines how each national system has moved from traditional public services towards more privately provided and market-based methods. More information...

Research Handbook on Climate Governance

Eckersley, Robyn. "Multilateralism in crisis?," in Bäckstrand, Karin and Lövbrand, Eva (eds.,). Research Handbook on Climate Governance. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

Drawing upon contributions from more than 50 internationally renowned scholars, the Handbook assesses the state and direction of climate governance at multilateral, EU, national and local levels. The volume mobilises multiple scholarly traditions ranging from grand theorising to close empirical studies of micro-political practices, and spans the ideational and the material, the historical and the contemporary, the normative and the critical. More information…

Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Systems: Controversies, Changes and Challenges

Galligan, Brian and Brenton, Scott (eds.,). Constitutional Conventions in Westminster Systems: Controversies, Changes and Challenges. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Conventions are fundamental to the constitutional systems of parliamentary democracies. Unlike the United States which adopted a republican form of government, with a full separation of powers, codified constitutional structures and limitations for executive and legislative institutions and actors, Britain and subsequently Canada, Australia and New Zealand have relied on conventions to perform similar functions. More information...

Tracing the Political

Fawcett, Paul and Marsh, David. "Depoliticisation, governance and political participation," in Flinders, Matthew and Wood, Matt (eds.,). Tracing the Political: Depoliticisation, Governance and the State. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Over the past few decades, governments in many nations have increasingly delegated political decisions to expert agencies, portraying the issues they deal with - such as drug policy or monetary policy - as technocratic or managerial in nature… This book offers a nuanced perspective on that situation, charting the dynamics of politicisation and depoliticisation that shape debates about governance, participation, and the liberal democratic state. More information…

Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy

Little, Adrian. "Complexity and Real Politics," in Geyer, Robert and Cairney, Paul (eds.,). Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.

Though its roots in the natural sciences go back to the early 20th century, complexity theory as a scientific framework has developed most rapidly since the 1970s. Increasingly, complexity theory has been integrated into the social sciences, and this groundbreaking Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy has brought together top thinkers in complexity and policy from around the world. More information…

Europe's Legitimacy Crisis

Longo, M. and Murray, P. Europe's Legitimacy Crisis: From Causes to Solutions. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

Sharp in focus and succinct in analysis, this Pivot examines the latest developments and scholarly debates surrounding the sources of the European Union's crisis of legitimacy and possible solutions. It examines not only the financial and economic dimensions of the current crisis, but also those crises at the heart of the EU integration project. More information...

Handbook on Complexity and Public Policy

McCarthy, Daniel R. Power, Information Technology, and International Relations Theory: The Power and Politics of US Foreign Policy and the Internet. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

This book examines the internet as a form of power in global politics. Focusing on the United States' internet foreign policy, McCarthy combines analyses of global material culture and international relation theory, to reconsider how technology is understood as a form of social power. More information…

Childhood Citizenship, Governance and Policy

Nakata, Sana. Childhood Citizenship, Governance and Policy: The politics of becoming adult. Routledge, 2015.

Debates about children's rights not only concern those things that children have a right to have and to do but also our broader social and political community, and the moral and political status of the child within it. This book examines children’s rights and citizenship in the USA, UK and Australia and analyses the policy, law and sociology that govern the transition from childhood to adulthood. More information…