The Rise of the Green Left

A Global Introduction to Ecosocialism

Author: Derek Wall

Publisher: Pluto Press (UK)


Category: Political Science

Page: 191

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Drawing on the work of key thinkers such as Joel Kovel and John Bellamy Foster, Derek Wall provides an unique insider view of how ecosocialism has developed and a practical guide to focused ecosocialist action. Climate change and other ecological ills are driving the creation of a grassroots global movement for change. From Latin America to Europe, Australia and China a militant movement merging red and green is taking shape. Ecosocialists argue that capitalism threatens the future of humanity and the rest of nature. From indigenous protest in the Peruvian Amazon to the green transition in Cuba to the creation of red-green parties in Europe, ecosocialism is defining the future of left and green politics globally. Latin American leaders such as Morales and Chavez are increasingly calling for an ecosocialist transition. This is an important handbook for activists and engaged students of politics.

The Rise of Populism in Western Europe

A Media Analysis on Failed Political Messaging

Author: Timo Lochocki

Publisher: Springer


Category: Political Science

Page: 162

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This book explores the question of why and under which conditions right-wing populist parties receive electoral support. The author argues that neither economic variables, nor national culture or history are what account for their successes. Instead, he illustrates that the electoral success of populist parties in Western Europe, such as the French Front National or the Alternative for Germany, is best understood as the unintended consequence of misleading political messaging on the part of established political actors. A two-level theory explains why moderate politicians have changed their approaches to political messaging, potentially benefiting the nationalist, anti-elitist and anti-immigration rhetoric of their populist contenders. Lastly, the book’s theoretical assumptions are empirically validated by case studies on the immigration societies of Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

The Green Challenge

The Development of Green Parties in Europe

Author: Dick Richardson

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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The Green Challenge is an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the development of Green parties in Western Europe, and includes an account of the development since 1989 of an East European Green movement. Blending theory and empirical analysis, the book contains chapters on each of the main western European cases and on a number of other less-studied ones. These are designed to demonstrate the shifting balance of party-political competition the factor the authors believe most strongly influences the fortunes of the Greens. The editors also integrate a valuable analysis of the environmentally-degraded Czech Republic, where the Green parties' lack of electoral success has puzzled many observers.

The Radical Left in Europe in the Age of Austerity

Author: Babak Amini

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Political Science

Page: 188

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The complex trajectory of Europe after the 2008 global financial crisis, has led to the catastrophic failure of deep austerity measures that swept across the Union, and is reflected in the rise of some radical left parties such as SYRIZA as well as an unfortunate rise in far right and nationalist parties and movements. This collection brings together a group of European scholars and activists from various European countries to discuss the recent economic, political, and electoral changes in respective countries, and the current status and future plans of radical left parties and movements. This book fills a significant gap within the current literature in the English-speaking world on post-2008 Europe, featuring a nation-based European wide survey of the current activities and plans of radical Left parties and movements in relation to the mounting social, political, and economic problems in Europe. This book contributes to the discussion by presenting a realistic depiction of the existing radical Left forces in Europe. This title was previously published as a special issue of Socialism and Democracy.

Religious Conflict from Early Christianity to the Rise of Islam

Author: Wendy Mayer

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter


Category: Religion

Page: 268

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Conflict has been an inescapable facet of religion from its very beginnings. This volume offers insight into the mechanisms at play in the centuries from the Jesus-movement’s first attempts to define itself over and against Judaism to the beginnings of Islam. Profiling research by scholars of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University, the essays document inter- and intra-religious conflict from a variety of angles. Topics relevant to the early centuries range from religious conflict between different parts of the Christian canon, types of conflict, the origins of conflict, strategies for winning, for conflict resolution, and the emergence of a language of conflict. For the fourth to seventh centuries case studies from Asia Minor, Syria, Constantinople, Gaul, Arabia and Egypt are presented. The volume closes with examinations of the Christian and Jewish response to Islam, and of Islam’s response to Christianity. Given the political and religious tensions in the world today, this volume is well positioned to find relevance and meaning in societies still grappling with the monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The No-nonsense Guide to Green Politics

Author: Derek Wall

Publisher: New Internationalist


Category: Political Science

Page: 132

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Green issues and politics are no longer separate entities, and as environmental issues will only become more pertinent in the future, it will dominate the political spectrum. From climate chaos to consumerism, the crisis facing human civilisation is clear. Yet the response from polticians at present is still inadequate and environmental activists focus on single campaigns rather than electoral politics. The new addition to the No-Nonsense Guides measures the rising tide of eco-activism and awareness and explains why it heralds a new politcal era worldwide.

Bugs and the Victorians

Author: John F. M. Clark

Publisher: Yale University Press


Category: Science

Page: 322

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This text explores how science became increasingly important in 19th century British culture and how the systematic study of insects permitted entomologists to engage with the most pressing questions of Victorian times: the nature of God, mind, and governance, and the origins of life.

The Sustainable Economics of Elinor Ostrom

Commons, contestation and craft

Author: Derek Wall

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 222

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Elinor Ostrom’s Nobel Prize-winning work on common pool property rights has implications for some of the most pressing sustainability issues of the twenty-first century — from tackling climate change to maintaining cyberspace. In this book, Derek Wall critically examines Ostrom’s work, while also exploring the following questions: is it possible to combine insights rooted in methodological individualism with a theory that stresses collectivist solutions? Is Ostrom’s emphasis on largely local solutions to climate change relevant to a crisis propelled by global factors? This volume situates her ideas in terms of the constitutional analysis of her partner Vincent Ostrom and wider institutional economics. It outlines her key concerns, including a radical research methodology, commitment to indigenous people and the concept of social-ecological systems. Ostrom is recognised for producing a body of work which demonstrates how people can construct rules that allow them to exploit the environment in an ecologically sustainable way, without the need for governmental regulation, and this book argues that in a world where ecological realities increasingly threaten material prosperity, such scholarship provides a way of thinking about how humanity can create truly sustainable development. Given the inter-disciplinary nature of Ostrom’s work, this book will be relevant to those working in the areas of environmental economics, political economy, political science and ecology.

Teaching, Responsibility, and the Corruption of Youth

Author: Tina Besley

Publisher: BRILL


Category: Education

Page: 194

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Teaching, Responsibility, and the Corruption of Youth explores the notion of responsibility in a complex world focusing on practices of truth-telling, interculturalism and ethnocentrism, the sources of anti-Westernism, the end of multi-culturalism, the refugee crisis and the demands of global citizenship.

The German Greens

Paradox Between Movement and Party

Author: Margit Mayer

Publisher: Temple University Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 344

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The Greens have been not only a political force and social conscience for Germany before reunification and after but also an inspiration to political groups and movements in many other countries. The Greens have raised the issues of ecology, gender, and grassroots democracy in protest against government. They have also had the rare opportunity to try converting themselves into a political party that works within the system. This is a book about their paradoxical situation and about the dilemmas all advocates of change face when they become powerful enough to negotiate with the status quo. The critical essays by German social scientists and activists also provide a detailed picture of the dynamics of the German Greens—where their support has come from, The nature of the competing factions, And The place of feminism. The editors provide a substantial introduction. The flavor and texture of the Greens—including their raucous public arguments and their innovative campaign tactics—are suggested by the political posters included in the book and by a whole section of primary documents. The documents And The essays (except for one originally written in English) have been translated from German. The result is to make available to English-speaking readers a view of a complex movement whose very name and color have become synonymous with social action in favor of the environment And The empowerment of people. Author note:Margit Mayeris Professor of Politics at the Free University of Berlin. She has also taught at the New School for Social Research And The University of California, Santa Cruz.John Elyis a long-time commentator on social movements in Germany.

Environmental Politics in the International Arena

Movements, Parties, Organizations, and Policy

Author: Sheldon Kamieniecki

Publisher: SUNY Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 291

View: 385

The environmental movement is having a marked impact on national and international politics. This book examines the dominant ethics, attitudes, and moral values behind the international environmental movement and analyzes how it has influenced national policies around the world. In addition, it assesses the effectiveness of international law and international organizations in improving natural resource conservation.

Radical Left Parties in Europe

Author: Luke March

Publisher: Routledge


Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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What has happened to the European radical left after the collapse of the USSR? How has it reacted, reformed, even revived? This new volume is one of the first to provide an overview of the main developments in contemporary European radical left parties (those defining themselves as to the left of, and not merely on the left of social democracy), which are now an increasingly visible phenomenon in European party politics. Unlike many of the existing studies it focuses on communist and non-communist parties, addresses their non-parliamentary and international activity, and takes a pan-European perspective, focusing on both Eastern and Western Europe. March focuses on key contemporary left parties, the nature of their radicalism and their ideological and strategic positions, and overall, addresses their current dynamics and immediate electoral prospects. The book argues that radical left parties are still afflicted by existential crises about the nature of ‘socialism’, and the future of communist parties in particular is under threat. The most successful left parties are no longer extremist, but present themselves as defending values and policies that social democrats have allegedly abandoned, focus on pragmatism rather than ideology and increasingly orientate themselves towards government. Providing a significant contribution to existing literature in the field, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of comparative politics, political parties and radical politics.

Gaitanismo, Left Liberalism, and Popular Mobilization in Colombia

Author: W. John Green



Category: History

Page: 365

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Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, Colombia's leftist political leader from 1928 until his assassination in 1948, gave rise to the country's liberal populist movement, Gaitanismo. His leadership and his assassination, followed by the brutal suppression of the movement and its followers, sparked the civil war, or La Violencia, and the violent political process that continues throughout Colombia today. Using previously unexamined letters by Gaitan and his followers, W. John Green chronicles the rise of Gaitanismo and the reasons for its initial success and ultimate failure. Grounded in the rich correspondence between Gaitan and his supporters, interviews, and the vibrant Gaitanista press, this work focuses on the dynamics of popular political mobilization. It delves into the movement's left-Liberal ideological roots and examines the Gaitanistas' obsession with democracy and social justice. Green provides an insightful portrait of Gaitan as a labor lawyer, deeply connected to the pueblo, who was more the symbol for the movement than the cause. He illuminates the connection between Gaitanismo/La Violencia and the continuing popular violence in Colombia, the distinctions between populism in Latin America and European fascism, Gaitanismo's development into a multi-class movement that superseded gender, race, and regionalism, and the maintenance of Colombia's long-standing formal democracy.

"The Rise of Peace"

A Fiction Novel on World Power Politics by Dr Hafiz Shahid Amin..Pakistan

Author: Dr Hafiz Shahid Amin

Publisher: Dr Hafiz Shahid Amin



Page: 170

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<..The Scenario… The Central Theme..> A Fiction Novel on World Power Politics. A novel of action, adventure,suspense, political and war fiction. The novel has been written in the context of present day fast changing political scenario of the world. Most important international burning issues have been touched in this novel in the most skillful and careful manner. Shall this peace seeking world ever reach the point of the lasting peace..? There is destruction of all anti-peace world forces in attempt to convert this world into a peaceful world. All nations live peacefully in the long run. People respect each other’s religious, territorial limits and social taboo. This novel is an action and adventure based fiction and an attempt to make this world as a joint peaceful global village free of discriminations of caste and racial and Islamic and non-Islamic biases. The author seems to stress upon the fact that discriminations of this sort are very fatal for the restoration of world peace. Unless this discrimination is not completely finished it is almost impossible to convert this world into one peaceful global Village. It is an English version of Urdu novel "Tuloo e Amn" Published in Pakistan in 2003. Author of both versions; Dr Hafiz Shahid Amin.Pakistan From the time this universe came into being to this time, the world encounters perils of different hues everywhere and every time. A few super powers have divided comity of nations of the world into groups to serve their narrow ends. The developed countries have been trying to prevail over developing and under-developed countries. Those powerful enjoying countries have always shown hegemony in dealing with weaker states rather than to share their blessings in the love for humanity. This trend poses a serious threat to world peace. All the states are fearful of hegemonic attitude of super powers. They fear that undesirable prohibitions shall be imposed by super powers any time on them and these weaker nations could be proceeded against on fake charges of defiance. The oppressed people are getting more and more oppressed and oppressors have more free hands to subdue weaker states. Human values are being freely flouted. It is in this context that I have written this novel. I have tried to suggest ways and means for securing peace and promoting amity among all nations so that people can lead a peaceful and prosperous life without discrimination of Caste and race and territory. I pray to Allah Almighty that my efforts may bear fruit. All nations live peacefully in the long run. People respect each other’s religious, territorial limits and social taboo. It ia an attempt to make this world as a joint peaceful global village free of discriminations of caste and racial and Islamic and non-Islamic biases. The author seems to stress upon the fact that discriminations of this sort are very fatal for the restoration of world peace. Unless this discrimination is not completely finished it is almost impossible to convert this world into one peaceful global Village. <> *** A 9 Points World Peace Formula *** In the end of Novel all Nations agree on these Points; 1... that all countries shall respect other countries and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other countries. 2... that all countries shall wind up and disband their secret agencies. 3... that all countries shall dismiss and terminate their respective armed forces so that huge expenses made in the name of defense could be used for welfare of people. 4… that all countries shall lift bans of visit visas so that people can come and go in any part of the world freely. 5... that the developed countries shall take along and help developing countries and underdeveloped countries. 6... that people of all countries shall enjoy complete freedom of religion and every body shall be free to offer prayer to Allah Almighty as he wished. 7... that all countries shall exercise strict control over growing sexual liberties and shall prohibit advertisements about sex, sex enhancing all kinds of literature like novels, sexy films, and the most dangerous weapon of mass destruction the INTERNET SEX. 8... only one and same currency shall remain in circulation and use all over the world. 9... all banks and financial institutions will commence interest free banking.

Whittle's Gait Analysis - E-Book

Author: David Levine

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences


Category: Medical

Page: 192

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Whittle’s Gait Analysis – formerly known as Gait Analysis: an introduction – is now in its fifth edition with a new team of authors led by David Levine and Jim Richards. Working closely with Michael Whittle, the team maintains a clear and accessible approach to basic gait analysis. It will assist both students and clinicians in the diagnosis of and treatment plans for patients suffering from medical conditions that affect the way they walk. Highly readable, the book builds upon the basics of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics Describes both normal and pathological gait Covers the range of methods available to perform gait analysis, from the very simple to the very complex. Emphasizes the clinical applications of gait analysis Chapters on gait assessment of neurological diseases and musculoskeletal conditions and prosthetics and orthotics Methods of gait analysis Design features including key points A team of specialist contributors led by two internationally-renowned expert editors 60 illustrations, taking the total number to over 180 Evolve Resources containing video clips and animated skeletons of normal gait supported by MCQs, an image bank, online glossary and sources of further information. Log on to to register and start using these resources today!

How to Make Trouble and Influence People

Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia

Author: Iain McIntyre

Publisher: PM Press


Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Exploring Australia’s radical past through more than 300 images and 500 stories of social activism, this book reveals a hidden inspirational history through Indigenous resistance, convict revolts, student occupations, and more. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their firsthand opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humor and creativity. A scrapbook of Aussie humor and courage, this is a must have volume for activists and Australian enthusiasts alike.

Too Many People?

Population, Immigration, and the Environmental Crisis

Author: Ian Angus

Publisher: Haymarket Books


Category: Nature

Page: 280

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Too Many People? provides a clear, well-documented, and popularly written refutation of the idea that "overpopulation" is a major cause of environmental destruction, arguing that a focus on human numbers not only misunderstands the causes of the crisis, it dangerously weakens the movement for real solutions. No other book challenges modern overpopulation theory so clearly and comprehensively, providing invaluable insights for the layperson and environmental scholars alike. Ian Angus is editor of the ecosocialist journal Climate and Capitalism, and Simon Butler is co-editor of Green Left Weekly.

The Kingdom of God Is Green

Author: Paul Gilk

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers


Category: Religion

Page: 298

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In the early 1970s, living in inner-city St. Louis, Paul Gilk asked his friends to explain why small farms were dying. The answers did not satisfy. Years of study followed. Through the reading of history, Gilk began to grasp the origins of both horticulture and agriculture, their blossoming into Neolithic agrarian village culture, and the impoundment of the agrarian village by bandit aristocrats at the formation of what we now call civilization. Getting a grip on the relationship between agriculture and civilization was one thing; but, as a person strongly influenced by Gospel stories, Gilk also wanted to know what the connection might be between the kingdom of God proclamation in the canonical Gospels and the peasant world from which Jesus arose. Aided in his thinking by the works of biblical scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, Gilk began to realize that the kingdom of God was both a harkening back to the peace and freedom of precivilized agrarian village and a revolutionary anticipation of a postcivilized village-mindedness organized organically on the basis of radical servanthood and radical stewardship. We are, Gilk says, entering the dawn of this Green culture simultaneously with the deepening of civilized world disaster.

Left Turn

The New Zealand General Election of 1999

Author: Jonathan Boston

Publisher: Victoria University Press


Category: Campaign management

Page: 312

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This book looks at the campaign for the 1999 election, how people voted and why, and the formation of the minority centre-left coalition. It highlights key election issues and the leadership contest between Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark, as well as the referenda on the size of Parliament and on the justice system.

Jews and the Left

The Rise and Fall of a Political Alliance

Author: P. Mendes

Publisher: Springer


Category: Religion

Page: 335

View: 583

The historical involvement of Jews in the political Left is well known, but far less attention has been paid to the political and ideological factors which attracted Jews to the Left. After the Holocaust and the creation of Israel many lost their faith in universalistic solutions, yet lingering links between Jews and the Left continue to exist.