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Roger Singleton-Turner

Having an idea for a programme or project should not be a problem. Saying, ‘Let’s do a programme about media students’ “projects” ’ is easy. Turning that into a saleable commodity is something else. Roughly speaking, the development of a real project might go something like this: Have the idea. Turn it into a proposal. Turn the proposal into a treatment. Develop interactive elements (also see the introduction to Part IV on page 287 ). Work out a budget. Get a commission (this is the hard bit!) Work out the finance (the Commissioning Editor

in Cue and Cut
Jeremy Pressman

Chapter 6 CHANGING THE DOMINANT IDEA When do actors shift between ideas about the effectiveness of the different means or policies available to them? In the Arab– Israeli conflict, the dominant idea has been that force is the best way to achieve state aims, while negotiations and concessions are a poor choice. What makes that idea hard to change? At the same time, sometimes a secondary idea, that negotiations and concessions are the best available means and military force is counter-productive, has prevailed in this conflict. What leads to a change in the

in The sword is not enough
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Tim Aistrope

THIS CHAPTER SHIFTS THE focus from foreign policy commentary to War on Terror doctrine. It does so by engaging with the Bush administration’s War of Ideas strategy, which aimed to undermine the cultural drivers of terrorism by winning the ‘hearts and minds’ of Arab-Muslims thought vulnerable to radicalisation. The strategic significance of this

in Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy
Kirsten Haack

Democracy is a powerful idea with deep historical roots. Emancipatory in character, claims for democracy have instigated and responded to considerable social and political change, challenging established ideas of political rule and the nature of society. Yet active engagement in democracy support has long been anathema to the UN because democracy support in a world of sovereign states means intervention in domestic political affairs and, worse for some, the promotion of Western ideas. Despite this, today democracy has an international

in The United Nations democracy agenda
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Steven Earnshaw

imagination and feeling, poetry can no longer accompany them in their progress, but drops into the background, and leaves them to advance alone’ (Peacock 1972 : 9). It is ‘the idea of poetry’ that is under siege. The idea of poetry Poetry has been broadly conceived of in two ways. First, it is formally distinct from prose writing in the way it is laid out on the page, and in its attention to rhyme, metre and line endings. It is also characterised by greater use of figurative and symbolic language, and sometimes by compression of ideas. Second, poetry has long been

in Beginning realism
Fénelon, Jacobitism and the political works of the Chevalier Ramsay

Andrew Michael Ramsay (1686-1743) was a Scottish Jacobite émigré who spent most of his adult life in France. His political works predominantly relied on a mixture of British and French doctrines to stimulate a Jacobite restoration to the British throne. Ambitious and controversial, Ramsay believed that key reforms and a growing empire would make Britain the ‘capital of the universe.’ His position as an intellectual conduit between the two kingdoms enables an extensive assessment of the political thought in Britain and France. Examining a number of important thinkers from the 1660s to the 1730s, this work stresses the significance of seventeenth century ideology on the following century. Crucially, the monograph explores the exchange of ideas between the two countries in the early Enlightenment. A time when Britain had rejected the absolutist pretensions of James II in the Glorious Revolution (1688) to protect mixed sovereignty and a key role for Parliament. This enshrinement of liberty and mixed government struck a chord in France with theorists opposed to Louis XIV’s form of centralised sovereignty. Following Louis XIV’s death in 1715, greater support for monarchical reform became evident in French political theory. Aided by the viewpoints and methodology of intellectual conduits such as Ramsay, shared perspectives emerged in the two countries on the future of monarchy.

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Harry Blutstein

5 The war of ideas Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. (Lieutenant Howell M. Forgy) Herr Professor In an odd quirk of history, the two economists whose ideas fought a fierce contest to determine the shape of globalisation shared the job of fire warden at Cambridge University during the Second World War, taking turns watching out for bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe. During his weekend visits to the university, John Maynard Keynes’s lanky frame could be found perched on the Gothic roof of King’s College Chapel. He undoubtedly used this quiet time to mull over

in The ascent of globalisation
Matt Perry

1 Socialist ideas and movements Wilkinson’s relationship with socialism and Communism has divided contemporary and historical opinion. For Betty Vernon, while not denying her ideas, Wilkinson was largely a pragmatist who passed through apprenticeships in the suffrage movement, in the CPGB (briefly) and in her trade union before maturing as a campaigning, but reformist, socialist. Stressing continuities and gradualism, Vernon’s account fits with Labourist narratives of Wilkinson.1 Accordingly, Wilkinson quit the CPGB alongside intellectuals such as Frank Horrabin

in ‘Red Ellen’ Wilkinson
David McGrogan

specific problem is identified as requiring a solution. Here, too, human rights laws appear in strongly teleocratic guises. I then argue that this is hardly accidental. International human rights law, while never having been an entirely cohesive regime, has always been imbued with what the French constitutional theorist Maurice Hauriou called a “directing idea” – in this case, that it is the duty of the powerful to care for and look after the powerless, and that this should be operationalised through the imposition of legal obligations. 1 This derives ultimately

in Critical theory and human rights
Hilary Charlesworth and Christine Chinkin

The monolithic view of statehood upon which traditional international law doctrine depends significantly limits the scope of international law. One consequence is that it establishes a model for full international personality that other claimants for international status cannot replicate. Moreover, the idea of statehood constructed by international law creates a barrier between the entity of the

in The boundaries of international law