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The New Politics of War against Terror in France On Friday 13, 2015 Paris underwent a series of terrorist attacks that have opened the door to a new politics of war against terror in France. This new politics of war against terror represents an important critical juncture that will change the entire foreign policy orientation of the country. Six main mechanisms of foreign policy re-orientation can be identified: 1) an enlargement mechanism; 2) a stabilization mechanism; 3) a softening mechanism; 4) a recalibration mechanism; 5) an isolation mechanism; and 6) a mediatization mechanism. Up to current date, Washingtons positions about the new alignment ...
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Counterterrorist Financing Strategies: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa In order to fight the growth of Islamic terrorism, developing an effective counterterrorist financing strategy is vital. Taking Sub-Saharan Africa as a case study, this article discusses the main antiterrorist financing challenges that this part of the world currently faces, with associated chances for democratic stabilization. The same counterterrorist financing framework can be applied to other regions of the world as well. Terrorist activities require money. Jihadists must have funds at disposal to recruit personnel, to carry out bombings and killings, and to buy ...
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Oil Revolution and the Modernization of Multiple Modernities This article examines the important role of oil prices and oil price cycles in the modernization and democratization of contemporary societies. The main argument put forward is that oil, oil prices and oil price cycles greatly influence the prospects for economic growth of a country, and the ways in which different waves (and reverse waves) of modernization and democratization take place. A particular attention here is given to the oil revolution that has occurred in the post-war period, and its impact on the processes of modernization and democratization of contemporary societies. ...
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Empowering Democracy

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Empowering Democrac y This article discusses one of the most basic assumptions of modernization theory, that is, the assumption of a positive relationship between economic achievements of a nation and stability of its democratic institutions. The main focus of analysis here is on the socio-economic aspects able to influence the levels of satisfaction with democracy. The basic hypothesis is that the lower the socio-economic achievements of citizens, the lower will be their satisfaction with the way democracy works in their country. Citizens facing greater socio-economic instability are, in fact, supposed to show lower levels of satisfaction with ...
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During this year's APSA Annual Meeting, the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) will hold its reception Saturday evening (September 3) from 6:30-8pm in Marriott Rm 411, and its business meeting right after, from 8-9pm, in Marriott Rm 410. Please RSVP to Dean Chen (dchen@ramapo.edu) if you have not already and would like to attend. CGOTS will also host two official panels. Details below: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2:00-3:30pm Marriott Rm 414 CGOTS PANEL 1: Preferences, Identity, and Taiwan's 2016 Election This panel discusses and examines how democratic consolidation and the changing domestic political preferences, identity, ...
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Conference on Politics, Conflict, and Development Power Shifts: Conflict, Emergencies, and Global Response April 15-16, 2016 cpcd .viu.edu Call for Papers The Annual Conference on Politics, Conflict, and Development (CPCD) seeks to identify the latest ideas, issues, and initiatives in politics, conflicts, and development around the world. The conference will focus on power shifts in politics which can be causes or outcomes of conflict and emergencies and explore the global response to regional and international conflicts and ...
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I was asked to circulate the announcement below for Section 9 (Presidents and Executive Politics) Lawrence Ezrow Professor of Government University of Essex (Chair of Section 8: Representation and Electoral Systems) ***ANNOUNCEMENT*** Attention all authors, ABD graduate students, and dissertation advisers. We are preparing the Fall 2015 issue of the PEP Report , the official publication for the Presidents & Executive Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. This is a call to publicize recently defended or forthcoming dissertations ...
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Political Epistemology Section Epistemological concepts: Scientific Realism Rodolfo Sarsfield [1] Scientific Realism Scientific Realism (SR) constitutes a variety of realism that emerged primarily with the oeuvre of Mario Bunge and Karl R. Popper. SR asserts that a real external world exists and that we can know it through the scientific method. SR holds a strong commitment to the idea that scientific theories have a privileged epistemic status compared to other forms of knowledge such as ordinary knowledge, intuition, or hermeneutics . SR also maintains that scientific theories yield knowledge of unobservable aspects of the ...
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For my doctoral dissertation, I am attempting to mix political theory with empirical hypothesis testing. I do this by first outlining 3 different theories, or 3 different accounts of how the desire for immortality is related to healthy political attitudes. Of course, I have to explain in my project what exactly I mean by “the desire for immortality,” and what I mean by “healthy political attitudes.” More on these concepts another time. The 3 theories I look at are all very interesting, but I also wanted to empirically test them side-by-side. I decided to set up a survey experiment. Setting this project up was not an easy thing to do, and I have had to ...
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Hi. This newsletter inaugurates a new blog posting by me as well as offers important updates and information for APSA members. On October 1 st , we officially launched our new website and data management system. Like any website conversion, we have experienced some unexpected technical glitches; we apologize for any inconvenience to members and we want to assure everyone that we are working very closely with our vendors for resolution. Our goal is for the new site to be more streamlined and responsive for new and veteran users alike. We welcome your feedback so please complete this short survey if you would like to offer suggestions for future improvements. ...
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http://newbooksinpoliticalscience.com/2014/01/13/christina-greer-black-ethnics-race-immigration-and-the-pursuit-of-the-american-dream-oxford-up-2013/ Christina Greer is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013). Greer is assistant professor of political science at Fordham University. In previous podcasts, authors have illuminated the immigrant experience of Latino and Asian Americans (Rouse, Masuoka and Junn), as well as the African American politics (Logan and Gillespie). Researchers have increasingly studied the opinions, political culture, and political institutions of ...
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http://newbooksinpoliticalscience.com/crossposts/joshua-mitchell-tocqueville-in-arabia-dilemmas-in-a-democratic-age-university-of-chicago-press-2013/ Joshua Mitchell is the author of Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in a Democratic Age (University of Chicago Press 2013). Mitchell is professor of political science in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He has written several previous books including: The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and the American Future (University of Chicago Press, 1995). Mitchell writes as a political theorist but also as a memoirist. He weaves his personal history in the region ...
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Isaac Martin is the author of Rich People’s Movement: Grassroots Campaigns to Untax the One Percent (Oxford UP 2013). He is professor of sociology at University of California, San Diego. Listen here: Podcast Martin’s deep archival research into several waves of conservative activism results in a very readable and important scholarly contribution to the literature on social movements, interest groups, and public policy. The sweep of the book is broad, covering movements across over a hundred years of US history. From JA Arnold to Vivien Kellems to Grover Norquist today, Martin combines a historian’s attention to detail with a social scientist’s ...
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Listen here: podcast William G. Howell , Saul P. Jackman , and John C. Rogowski are the authors of The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Howell is professor of political science at the University of Chicago, Jackman is a fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Rogowski is assistant professor of political science at Washington University in St. Louis. The book is a meaty and complex analysis of the presidency during war. They rely on formal modeling to develop a theory of Policy Priority. In other work, that has bogged down the prose, but here the writing is clear ...
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One way I talk about organizational structure is how it configures the components of People, Technology, Processes, and Projects. All organizations have at least People, Processes, and Technology which works together to enable the organization to function, survive, and thrive. Defects in any one of these components or how the components work together can create a dysfunctional or dying organization. What has puzzled me is how these components actually work together and how to best optimize their contributions to the overall operations of the organization. This is becoming an increasingly important question as advanced technology impacts every aspect ...
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