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The domestic politics of Putin

This book shows the impact of twenty-first-century security concerns on the way Russia is ruled. It demonstrates how President Vladimir Putin has wrestled with terrorism, immigration, media freedom, religious pluralism, and economic globalism, and argues that fears of a return to old-style authoritarianism oversimplify the complex context of contemporary Russia. Since the early 1990s, Russia has been repeatedly analysed in terms of whether it is becoming a democracy or not. This book instead focuses on the internal security issues common to many states in the early twenty-first century, and places them in the particular context of Russia, the world's largest country, still dealing with its legacy of communism and authoritarianism. Detailed analysis of the place of security in Russia's political discourse and policy making reveals nuances often missing from overarching assessments of Russia today. To characterise the Putin regime as the ‘KGB-resurgent’ is to miss vital continuities, contexts, and on-going political conflicts that make up the contemporary Russian scene. The book draws together current debates about whether Russia is a ‘normal’ country developing its own democratic and market structures, or a nascent authoritarian regime returning to the past. Drawing on extensive interviews and Russian source material, it argues that the growing security factor in Russia's domestic politics is neither ubiquitous nor unchallenged. It must be understood in the context of Russia's immediate history and the growing domestic security concerns of many states the world over.

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Theses on homelessness, public space, and urban resistance
Sean Parson

towards the wealthy and tourists, service work can provide a financial backbone to a city in the way that it cannot in rural areas. Another primary reason is that under neoliberalism and economic globalization, we have seen the construction of cosmopolitan cities—like New York, San Francisco, London, and Hong Kong—where global capital has been filtered. In this broader economic system the wealth of rural areas has increasingly been centralized within large cities, which also helps explain the massive inequality that exists within them. The influx of wealth and economic

in Cooking up a revolution
Kieran Keohane and Carmen Kuhling

schismogenic processes occurred simultaneously, and they have become amplified. The Celtic Tiger deepened and sharpened social divisions, and Ireland is now one of the most unequal societies in the OEDC. Underinvestment in social infrastructure (health care, education, public transport) combined with regressive fiscal policy and loss of control of the national revenue base in a context of economic globalization means that the Irish state has neither the economic nor the political resources with which to intervene. Instead, with Coyote’s tunnel vision, it ‘sticks with the

in The domestic, moral and political economies of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland
From sick talk to the politics of solidarity
Sean Parson

calling oneself a feminist; it was sharing garlic bread with a former black panther member turned Muslim Imam that I learned the history of black nationalism; it was in serving cheese pizza to a vegan train-hopper that I learned about the torture and suffering of female cows in industrial farms; and I learned about democracy, direct and unmediated, through hour long consensus meetings while organizing protests around the World Trade Organization and in opposition to economic globalization. I learned my politics by living them, by fighting for what felt right, and by

in Cooking up a revolution
Philip Cerny

exclusive, or at least can be catered to by extending the product range; and prices are sensitive across borders and predominantly set in world (cross-border) markets. Economic globalization is also driven by new flexible, ‘post-Fordist’ production techniques, superseding the workplace organizational innovations pioneered by the Ford Motor Company in the 1920s INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY 93 (Amin 1994). Recent electronics-based developments in information and communications technology are also crucial for co-ordinating these changes, transforming industrial sectors

in Democratization through the looking-glass
The return of the repressed in Roddy Doyle’s Paula Spencer
Jennifer M. Jeffers

culture that would follow in its wake would present a new set of issues for Ireland: While the so-called Celtic Tiger roars on, another more subtle change is taking place in the Republic and will be an issue of contention in the coming decades. With the wealth of successful economic globalization comes the attraction to Ireland by refugees and asylum-seekers, as well as a migrant work force. An increase in diversity, a multiracial, multiethnic, and multicultural population looms in Ireland’s future. The conservative reaction in England to a multiracial and multiethnic

in Irish literature since 1990
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Globalization theory and India
Sagarika Dutt

globalized world the developed and developing world and may lead to exploitation because of the capitalist methods that it employs. In other words it is just another name for capitalism. Although this may appear to be based on a narrow definition, economic globalization is closely associated with capitalism. Differentiating the different aspects of globalization is therefore important as it helps us to understand the forces that promote it. It is also important to realize that globalization has no normative content. For example, it may promote organized crime, while on

in India in a globalized world
Queer As Folk and the geo-ideological inscription of gay sexuality
Peter Billingham

-geographic demography. Nevertheless, what I do want to propose in my discussion of Queer As Folk is a belief that the production, encoding and broadcasting of most television drama as a complex cultural product is expressed in my concept of the viewing public as a site of marketed homogeneity determined by dominant economic-cultural interests. Within the economic (global, multinational) and cultural (postmodern) conditions of late capitalism, the construction of the allegedly privileged consumer is but one primary aspect of other similar myths such as that of ‘the public’. Not

in Popular television drama
Geopolitics and capitalist development in the Asia-Pacific
Mark Beeson

extent, at least – an expression of the desire to overcome East Asia’s perceived vulnerability to external influences. 10 As Helen Nesadurai (2005) points out, the financial crisis that engulfed much of the region in the late 1990s overturned the assumption that economic globalization and security were complimentary, and highlighted the potentially disruptive social and

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
Towards a critical turn?
Yongjin Zhang

not democratised [by then]. ( Doyle, 2000 : 90) Many liberal analysts outside China would probably share Doyle’s ambivalence about the implications of China’s intensive engagement with economic globalization for global security, if the Chinese polity remains undemocratic. Two security

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific