This book recounts the author's meetings with some of Israel's political and intellectual leaders after he immigrated to Israel in 1976. He reveals the flawed mentality of Israel's elites and their policy of 'land for peace.' Contributing to this failure is Israel's unstable system of multi-party cabinet government and the country's lack of a written Constitution. Eidelberg offers a Jewish-democratic version of the American Constitution, whose Hebraic roots were recognized by learned men of the eighteenth century.
Quandaries, Unstructured Institutions, and Adaptation
Author: Maoz Rosenthal
Publisher: Lexington Books
Category: Political Science
This book examines Israeli strategies of adapting to a crisis of governability brought on by institutional stagnation. The book uses a new theory emphasizing the role of policy entrepreneurs in political institutions, and ultimately offers a method of electoral reform to address systemic maladies in the Israeli political system.
Networks are omnipresent in our natural and social world, and they are at the heart of politics. Relationships of many types drive political institutions, processes, and decision-making. Therefore, it is imperative for the study of politics to include network approaches. Already, these approaches have advanced our understanding of critical questions, such as: Why do people vote? How can people build problem-solving coalitions? How can governments and organizations foster innovations? How can countries build ties that promote peace? What are the most fruitful strategies for disrupting arms or terrorist networks? This volume is designed as a foundational statement and resource. The contributions offer instruction on network theory and methods at both beginner and advanced levels, as well as an assessment of the state-of-the-discipline on a variety of applied network topics in politics. Through this dynamic collection of essays, The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks elucidates how the field is transforming and what that means for the future of political science.
Volume 10 of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture combines two of the sections from the original edition, adding extensive updates and 53 entirely new articles. In the law section of this volume, 16 longer essays address broad concepts ranging from law schools to family law, from labor relations to school prayer. The 43 topical entries focus on specific legal cases and individuals, including historical legal professionals, parties from landmark cases, and even the fictional character Atticus Finch, highlighting the roles these individuals have played in shaping the identity of the region. The politics section includes 34 essays on matters such as Reconstruction, social class and politics, and immigration policy. New essays reflect the changing nature of southern politics, away from the one-party system long known as the "solid South" to the lively two-party politics now in play in the region. Seventy shorter topical entries cover individual politicians, political thinkers, and activists who have made significant contributions to the shaping of southern politics.
The seminal writings of America’s leading philosopher, linguist, and political thinker—“the foremost gadfly of our national conscience” (The New York Times). For the past fifty years Noam Chomsky’s writings on politics and language have established him as a preeminent public intellectual as well as one of the most original political and social critics of our time. Among the seminal figures in linguistic theory over the past century, Chomsky has also secured a place among the most influential dissident voice in the United States. Chomsky’s many bestselling works—including Manufacturing Consent, Hegemony or Survival, Understanding Power, and Failed States—have served as essential touchstones for activists, scholars, and concerned citizens on subjects ranging from the media and intellectual freedom to human rights and war crimes. In particular, Chomsky’s scathing critique of the US wars in Vietnam, Central America, and the Middle East have furnished a widely accepted intellectual premise for antiwar movements for nearly four decades. The Essential Chomsky assembles the core of his most important writings, including excerpts from his most influential texts over the past half century. Here is an unprecedented, comprehensive overview of the thought that animates “one of the West’s most influential intellectuals in the cause of peace” (The Independent). “Chomsky ranks with Marx, Shakespeare, and the Bible as one of the ten most quoted sources in the humanities—and is the only writer among them still alive.” —The Guardian “Noam Chomsky is one of the most significant challengers of unjust power and delusions; he goes against every assumption about American altruism and humanitarianism.” —Edward Said “A rebel without a pause.” —Bono
Historians have increasingly thought of new ways to deal with the past. They have sought the best ways to research the past and tried new modes of historical narrative. The ‘new ways of history’ - the new historical fields and theoretical trends - are not usually combined or examined in one single volume. Specialisation in history is such that historians tend to read, publish and communicate only with historians in their own area or period of study. This volume provides an overview of recent trends in historiography and the changing agenda of questions in several historical fields - chronological, thematic and regional. It further adds to the discussion of how to treat time in history. In this way the comparative perspective is highlighted and further insight is given to the different historical trends and periods under consideration. The chapters can serve as an introduction not only to students but also to researchers specialising in particular fields. They cover a wide variety of historical themes and periods, including Ancient history, Byzantine history, Renaissance history, Ottoman history, political, social, economic and business history, gender history, maritime history, diaspora and landscape history and are all written by experts in their field. The last two chapters offer new perspectives on the study of historiography and consider firstly the concept of ‘the present’ and its relation to the historian and secondly a new patterning within history with which historians can not only analyse the past but can also consider the relationship of the past to the future as humans in every generation keep rediscovering. ‘The New Ways of History’ is an indispensable resource for students and scholars engaged in all disciplines of historical research.
The ancient Romans asked the question: "Who will watch the watchers?"In our own age as we face the scourge of global terrorism, we must also ask a further question: "Who will turn the tides?" Each of us can play a role in answering both of those questions. The manner in which we answer them, the forms of our responses, the challenge of maintaining our humanity in the face of inhumanity, will determine the quality of our lives, and the fate of future generations as well. This book is dedicated to believing in a future which we can reach, and to reaching a future in which we can believe through the storyline of an everyday American, Eugene, who happened to participate in some extraordinary circumstances. Culminating in the development of the SCOPE and CENTURION programs, this novel is a must read for all those interested in watching the watchers and turning the tides against the forces of chaos and destruction.
This volume seeks to reconstruct the process by which the Kennedy administration decided to sell to Israel Hawk surface-to-air missiles. It argues that both domestic considerations and political calculations were part of a highly complex decision made by members of Washington's high policy elite.