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7 Intellectual politics and Europe More than other societies, French society needs revolutionary totems. Next to the eponymous statuette of Pierre Bourdieu, great sociologist and firstclass ultrabasist mandarin, will henceforth stand that of Arlette Laguiller, as a caryatid supporting Lutte ouvrière [a Trotskyist party]. Formerly the Communist party, symbol of an unattainable 'Great Evening', the torch of a frank and massive strategy of rupture with capitalist society, held this role. (Duhamel 1998, 4) The often contradictory process of symbolic integration

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2 Political responsibility and legitimate governance Introduction The aim of this chapter will be to show what political responsibility refers to and why political responsibility is desirable in all systems of governance, including the EU. The two main ways in which political responsibility is understood – that is, as a set of qualities (or virtues) and as a feature or an organising principle of a system of governance will be examined and the relationship that binds them will be explored. It will be demonstrated that these are only two different aspects of the

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Robert Chernomas, Ian Hudson and Mark Hudson

women of the mass society, who accordingly feel that they are without purpose in an epoch in which they are without power.” Mills goes on to detail how a small group of individuals occupying the “command centers” of the military, political offices, and corporations form an inner circle with the power to make decisions that “mightily affect the everyday worlds of men and women” (Mills, 2000 [1956 ], p. 3). Much has changed since the mid-1950s, and the intent of this chapter is to chronicle the ways in which the political life of people living

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Kimberly Hutchings

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Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

, the liberal parties emerged as the largest ‘political family’ for the first time since 1883. For the first time since the 1920s, the christian and socialist families no longer held a combined majority in Parliament. The Green family gained ground while the far right family’s standing was eroded overall. New parties demanding a complete overhaul of the political system failed to gain a seat in the federal Parliament

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Michael Loadenthal

1 Concerning method and the study of political violence Ah hell. Prophecy’s a thankless business, and history has a way of showing us what, in retrospect, are very logical solutions to awful messes … Things are certainly set up for a class war based on conveniently established lines of demarcation, and I must say that the basic assumption of the present set up is a grade A incitement to violence. (Vonnegut 1999, chap. IX) When asked about anarchism’s association with violence, I often reply by inquiring whether one would ask the same thing of a retail clerk, a

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Matthias Maass

3 The classic balance of power, 1648–1814 Power politics and small state survival: the classic balance of power, 1648–1814 Elle [la politique] maintient l’Europe indépendante et libre. [Frederic the Great]1 How safe was the largely unbridled balance of power of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries for the small state? This chapter will show that the balance-of-power system was in fact rather accommodating and allowed small states to survive in historically large numbers. Moreover, small state death was measured and gradual only. In short, the loose and

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James L. Newell

1 Definitions of political corruption, and why study corruption Introduction On 23 June 2016, British citizens voted by 51.9% to 48.1% to leave the European Union (EU), in a referendum whose outcome was widely dubbed as a sort of ‘peasants’ revolt’. Against the advice of most of the political establishment, business leaders and expert economists, 17,410,742 people, a significant proportion of them living in deprived circumstances, produced an outcome widely thought to reflect anger at austerity, a sense of political impotence and frustration with mainstream

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Chris Beasley and Heather Brook

This book interrogates the interplay of cultural and political aspects of contemporary Hollywood movies. Using ‘security’ films dealing with public order and disorder (Part I), romantic comedies and other movies presenting intimate relationalities (Part II), socially engaged films offering overtly critical messages (Part III), and analysis of Hollywood’s global reach and impact (Part IV), it articulates and illustrates an original cultural politics approach to film. The book employs an expanded conception of ‘the political’ to enquire into power relations in public, private, and policy arenas in order to advance a new framework and methodology for cultural politics. It demonstrates how movies both reflect and produce political myths that largely uphold the status quo as they shape our dreams, identities, and selves.

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Fiona Robinson

9 Paternalistic Care and Transformative Recognition in International Politics Fiona Robinson In this chapter, I address what Uma Narayan described in 1995 as ‘the self-serving collaboration between elements of colonial rights discourse and care discourse’ ( 1995 : 133). Narayan argues that, in