This book offers distinct insights into the sources of state legitimacy in Africa by incorporating an analysis of non-state actors´ role in service delivery. The author examines how citizens´ reliance on non-governmental security actors such as street committees, neighborhood watches and community police forums, shape their attitudes toward the state and their political participation. Broadly, this project contributes to our understanding of citizens´ everyday experiences of crime and violence at the local level, and why they matter, politically.
Debates continue to rage over the merits or flaws of public land and whether or not it should be privatized - or at least radically reconfigured in some way. In Defense of Public Lands offers a comprehensive refutation of the market-oriented arguments. Steven Davis passionately advocates that public land ought to remain firmly in the public’s hands. He reviews empirical data and theoretical arguments from biological, economic, and political perspectives in order to build a case for why our public lands are an invaluable and irreplaceable asset for the American people. In Defense of Public Lands briefly lays out the history and characteristics of public lands at the local, state, and federal levels while examining the numerous policy prescriptions for their privatization or, in the case of federal lands, transfer. He considers the dimensions of environmental health, markets, and valuation of public land, the tensions between collective values and individual preferences, the nature and performance of bureaucratic management, and the legitimacy of interest groups and community decision-making. Offering a fair, good faith overview of the privatizers´ best arguments before refuting them, this timely book contemplates both the immediate and long-term future of our public lands. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Marlin May. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/151456/bk_acx0_151456_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Collaborative policy making has been commonly discussed as a method for increasing community involvement and creating social capital. It has also been speculated upon as a method for instilling community and social values in the public policy making process. This thesis examines whether participants in various participatory policy making processes for cleaning up environmental hazards have greater trust in both the process, the government, and in their fellow participants as a result of having access and participatory input into the decisions that affect their communities, their environments and their economic situations. Four participatory forums dealing with watershed hazard remediations were both surveyed and interviewed in an attempt to discover participant s perceptions of trust and legitimacy as they related to the groups, the processes, and to the government agencies and actors involved.
Written by one of the world´s most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull traces the rise of the field, the midcentury hegemony of psychoanalytic methods, and the paradigm´s decline with the ascendance of biological and pharmaceutical approaches to mental illness. The book´s historical sweep is broad, ranging from the age of the asylum to the rise of psychopharmacology and the dubious triumphs of ´´community care.´´ The essays in Psychiatry and Its Discontents provide a vivid and compelling portrait of the recurring crises of legitimacy experienced by ´´mad-doctors,´´ as psychiatrists were once called, and illustrates the impact of psychiatry´s ideas and interventions on the lives of those afflicted with mental illness.
On September 29, 2017, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated that the United States did not recognize the decision of the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum. ´´The vote and the results lack legitimacy and we continue to support a united, federal, democratic and prosperous Iraq.´´ For all of the international community’s efforts to support and provide safe haven to refugees as well as religious and ethnic minorities, it is the Kurdish people who have had a particularly difficult situation within this realm. Following skirmishes with the Iraqi government and international condemnation of the move, the Iraqi Kurds are not retracting the independence request at the moment. The Kurds lack a well-defined boundary - by international standards - and broach the lands of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. All of these neighboring countries have had a contentious relationship with the Kurdish people. The Kurds have different languages, different religious traditions, and different cultures. And much like the Jewish people and the Palestinians, they seek an independent homeland in which they have the right to self-determination. Due to the difficult political and military situation in the Fertile Crescent region of the Middle East, the Kurds have yet to successfully create their own nation with recognized borders. And it would not be an easy task; while the Kurds of the different countries in this region all collectively refer to themselves as ´´Kurds´´, there are many differences among these groups. Admitting that the Kurds deserve an independent state also means a loss in territory for Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq which these countries heavily rely on for economic and strategic military reasons. By delving deeper into their ethnic, religious, and political history, it is possible to understand the larger issues of statelessness and the striving for independence. At the same time, the relationships between the Kurds and the ruling regimes 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colin Fluxman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108093/bk_acx0_108093_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the US, the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the US government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with powerful allies around the world. Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement and its disastrous unraveling. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ron Butler. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/006009/bk_tant_006009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.