Moral Politics

Author: George Lakoff
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226411323
Release Date: 2016-09-05
Genre: Political Science

When Moral Politics was first published two decades ago, it redefined how Americans think and talk about politics through the lens of cognitive political psychology. Today, George Lakoff’s classic text has become all the more relevant, as liberals and conservatives have come to hold even more vigorously opposed views of the world, with the underlying assumptions of their respective worldviews at the level of basic morality. Even more so than when Lakoff wrote, liberals and conservatives simply have very different, deeply held beliefs about what is right and wrong. Lakoff reveals radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and right. Moral worldviews, like most deep ways of understanding the world, are unconscious—part of our “hard-wired” brain circuitry. When confronted with facts that don’t fit our moral worldview, our brains work automatically and unconsciously to ignore or reject these facts, and it takes extraordinary openness and awareness of this phenomenon to pay critical attention to the vast number of facts we are presented with each day. For this new edition, Lakoff has added a new preface and afterword, extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book's original publication, from the Affordable Care Act to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the recent financial crisis, and the effects of global warming. One might have hoped such massive changes would bring people together, but the reverse has actually happened; the divide between liberals and conservatives has become stronger and more virulent. To have any hope of bringing mutual respect to the current social and political divide, we need to clearly understand the problem and make it part of our contemporary public discourse. Moral Politics offers a much-needed wake-up call to both the left and the right.

Your Brain s Politics

Author: George Lakoff
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
ISBN: 9781845409241
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Psychology

At first glance, issues like economic inequality, healthcare, climate change, and abortion seem unrelated. However, when thinking and talking about them, people reliably fall into two camps: conservative and liberal. What explains this divide? Why do conservatives and liberals hold the positions they do? And what is the conceptual nature of those who decide elections, commonly called the "political middle"? The answers are profound. They have to do with how our minds and brains work. Political attitudes are the product of what cognitive scientists call Embodied Cognition — the grounding of abstract thought in everyday world experience. Clashing beliefs about how to run nations largely arise from conflicting beliefs about family life: conservatives endorse a strict father and liberals a nurturant parent model. So-called "middle" voters are not in the middle at all. They are morally biconceptual, divided between both models, and as a result highly susceptible to moral political persuasion. In this brief introduction, Lakoff and Wehling reveal how cognitive science research has advanced our understanding of political thought and language, forcing us to revise common folk theories about the rational voter.

Political Economy A Comparative Approach 3rd Edition

Author: Barry Clark Professor Emeritus
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440843266
Release Date: 2016-03-21
Genre: Political Science

This nontechnical book provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary survey of political economy that can easily be understood by any reader with an introductory-level background in economics. • Provides in-depth historical analysis of the development of political/economic ideologies and their influence on contemporary debates among social scientists as well as the general public • Gathers ideas and policy proposals from many prominent social scientists representing divergent ideological perspectives into a single volume • Analyzes the roles of science and ideology in the development of political economy • Exposes students to the findings of advanced social science research in easily understood and accessible language

Reinhold Niebuhr in Theory and Practice

Author: Peter B. Josephson
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 9781498576703
Release Date: 2018-12-05
Genre: Political Science

This book examines contemporary American politics and policy from a political–theological perspective. The work analyzes the value of Niebuhr’s political thought for American statecraft and suggests that Niebuhr’s Christian realism can ground citizens’ understanding of political life.

Free Fair and Alive

Author: David Bollier
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9781771423106
Release Date: 2019-09-03
Genre: Political Science

The power of the commons as a free, fair system of provisioning and governance beyond capitalism, socialism, and other -isms. From co-housing and agroecology to fisheries and open-source everything, people around the world are increasingly turning to 'commoning' to emancipate themselves from a predatory market-state system. Free, Fair, and Alive presents a foundational re-thinking of the commons — the self-organized social system that humans have used for millennia to meet their needs. It offers a compelling vision of a future beyond the dead-end binary of capitalism versus socialism that has almost brought the world to its knees. Written by two leading commons activists of our time, this guide is a penetrating cultural critique, table-pounding political treatise, and practical playbook. Highly readable and full of colorful stories, coverage includes: Internal dynamics of commoning How the commons worldview opens up new possibilities for change Role of language in reorienting our perceptions and political strategies Seeing the potential of commoning everywhere. Free, Fair, and Alive provides a fresh, non-academic synthesis of contemporary commons written for a popular, activist-minded audience. It presents a compelling narrative: that we can be free and creative people, govern ourselves through fair and accountable institutions, and experience the aliveness of authentic human presence.

Narrative and Metaphor in the Law

Author: Michael Hanne
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108422796
Release Date: 2018-01-31
Genre: Law

Scholars from many disciplines discuss the crucial roles played by narrative and metaphor in the theory and practice of law.

Making and Unmaking Nations

Author: Scott Straus
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801455674
Release Date: 2015-03-15
Genre: Political Science

Winner of the Grawmeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, 2018 Winner of the Joseph Lepgold Prize Winner of the Best Books in Conflict Studies (APSA) Winner of the Best Book in Human Rights (ISA) In Making and Unmaking Nations, Scott Straus seeks to explain why and how genocide takes place—and, perhaps more important, how it has been avoided in places where it may have seemed likely or even inevitable. To solve that puzzle, he examines postcolonial Africa, analyzing countries in which genocide occurred and where it could have but did not. Why have there not been other Rwandas? Straus finds that deep-rooted ideologies—how leaders make their nations—shape strategies of violence and are central to what leads to or away from genocide. Other critical factors include the dynamics of war, the role of restraint, and the interaction between national and local actors in the staging of campaigns of large-scale violence. Grounded in Straus's extensive fieldwork in contemporary Africa, the study of major twentieth-century cases of genocide, and the literature on genocide and political violence, Making and Unmaking Nations centers on cogent analyses of three nongenocide cases (Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal) and two in which genocide took place (Rwanda and Sudan). Straus's empirical analysis is based in part on an original database of presidential speeches from 1960 to 2005. The book also includes a broad-gauge analysis of all major cases of large-scale violence in Africa since decolonization. Straus's insights into the causes of genocide will inform the study of political violence as well as giving policymakers and nongovernmental organizations valuable tools for the future.

Gaining Ground

Author: International Fund for Animal Welfare
Publisher: Guelph, Ont. : International Fund for Animal Welfare
ISBN: UCSD:31822035491265
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Biodiversity conservation


Modern Political Ideologies

Author: Andrew Vincent
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1444311050
Release Date: 2009-03-30
Genre: Political Science

Thoroughly revised and updated, this third edition provides acomprehensive account of the major political ideologies of the pasttwo centuries. Provides an expanded and thoroughly updated account of themajor political ideologies of the past two centuries, includingliberalism, conservatism, socialism, anarchism, fascism, feminism,environmentalism, and nationalism Features a brand new chapter on fundamentalism, along withgreater emphasis on the global impact of ideologies in general Examines the complex overlap and interplay of ideas that existboth within and between ideologies Incorporates the newest developments and scholarship in thefield, and includes a helpful new glossary of key terms

The New Science of Sustainability

Author: Sally J. Goerner
Publisher: New Society Pub
ISBN: UOM:39015073624663
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

Modem civilisation is self-destructing. This book views our society through the lens of history and uses cutting-edge science to demonstrate why justice is an economic necessity and "great change" can be a reality.

Politics and Public Policy 3rd Edition

Author: Carl E Van Horn
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1568024835
Release Date: 2001-02-01
Genre: Political Science

Break with convention - An original look at policymakingPolicymaking is a messy business. It entails more than the traditional policy cycle discussed in most textbooks. And it involves more than presidents and members of Congress. Judges, bureaucrats, corporate leaders, journalists, and voters all influence and participate in the process, and at all levels of government. Each group practices a different kind of politics, which very often results in different policies and outcomes. By looking at six distinct, yet connected, policy domains, your students will see a more comprehensive and realistic view of policymaking: Boardroom Politics - decisions by professional and business leaders Bureaucratic Politics - rule-making and adjudication by administrators Cloakroom Politics - lawmaking by legislators Chief Executive Politics - decision making by presidents, governors, mayors, and their advisers Courtroom Politics - rulings by judges Living Room Politics - opinions expressed by and through the mass media, grassroots movements, political activists, and voters Policymakers are faced with tough choices. With this text, students are better prepared to evaluate their leaders' performance given the book'ss unique framework linking how policies are chosen with what policy is chosen. Thoroughly updated to reflect the issues of the early 21st century, this new edition also incorporates new and important scholarship. Recommended for classes in: Public Policy and American Government

Principles and Practice Of American Politics Classic and Contemporary Readings 3rd Edition

Author: Samuel Kernell
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1933116722
Release Date: 2006-07-15
Genre: Political Science

Without ever losing sight of the classics, Kernell and Smith take a fresh look at the implications of political science for our understanding of recent events and trends. This balance of the classic with the contemporary?along with careful editing to retain the flow of original pieces?distinguishes this highly regarded reader. Drawing from a variety of sources and perspectives, readings examine the strategic behavior of key players in American politics. These 44 selections show that political actors, though motivated by their own interests, are governed by the Constitution, the law, and institutional rules, as well as influenced by the strategies of others. Thanks to feedback from adopters, 26 readings are back by popular demand, while 17 new or revised selections offer readable and current analyses, 5 of which have been written specifically for this volume. Kernell and Smith supply helpful headnotes for each reading, establishing important context and rationale for selections.