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4. Democratic despotism

4. Democratic despotism  

Harvey C. Mansfield

in Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction

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Jun 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365487
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10.1093/actrade/9780195175394.003.0005
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9780195175394
The greatest danger to democracy, according to Tocqueville, comes out of the very nature of democracy. His later analysis of American democracy identifies the replacement of the sovereignty ... More
Populism: A Very Short Introduction

Populism: A Very Short Introduction  

Cas Mudde and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2017
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Feb 2017
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9780190234904
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10.1093/actrade/9780190234874.001.0001
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9780190234874
What is populism? What is the relationship between populism and democracy? Populism: A Very Short Introduction presents populism as an ideology that divides society into two antagonistic ... More
4. The United Nations

4. The United Nations  

Christopher S. Browning

in International Security: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
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9780191779930
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10.1093/actrade/9780199668533.003.0004
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9780199668533
‘The United Nations’ discusses the world's primary organization of collective security. The United Nations is often seen as an entrepreneur promoting norms of good governance, upholding ... More
6. Political sovereignty and economic autonomy

6. Political sovereignty and economic autonomy  

Theda Perdue and Michael D. Green

in North American Indians: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365555
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10.1093/actrade/9780195307542.003.0006
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9780195307542
Indian history in the 20th century is about the battle for political sovereignty. In 1933 John Collier was appointed by Roosevelt to be commissioner of Indian affairs. He embraced the idea ... More
7. Whither British politics?

7. Whither British politics?  

Tony Wright

in British Politics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edn)

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Jun 2020
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Jun 2020
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9780191866210
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10.1093/actrade/9780198827320.003.0007
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9780198827320
The future shape of British politics is impossible to predict. ‘Whither British politics?’ explores what happens when representative democracy collides with direct democracy and ... More
5. Constructing the Modern State

5. Constructing the Modern State  

Kenneth Minogue

in Politics: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2000
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Sep 2013
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9780191776472
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853882.003.0005
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9780192853882
‘Constructing the Modern State’ is concerned with the time when the medieval realm gave way to the modern state, generally thought to be during the sixteenth century. The arguments of ... More
8. Politics, democracy, and law

8. Politics, democracy, and law  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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Sep 2013
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9780191776274
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0008
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9780192840950
Habermas believes that traditional societies are held together by a shared ethos. Modern societies are complex, differentiated, and multicultural. Subjects consider themselves first and ... More
4. Liberty, virtue, and citizenship

4. Liberty, virtue, and citizenship  

Robert Wokler

in Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2001
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Sep 2013
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9780191775475
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10.1093/actrade/9780192801982.003.0004
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9780192801982
‘Liberty, virtue, and citizenship’ looks at the model that Rousseau created for a state. Rousseau believed in the classical Greek link between politics and morality, and rejected previous ... More
1. Nations under law

1. Nations under law  

Vaughan Lowe

in International Law: A Very Short Introduction

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Nov 2015
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Nov 2015
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9780191785818
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10.1093/actrade/9780199239337.003.0001
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9780199239337
The most basic function of international law is to secure the coexistence of the world’s almost 200 sovereign States. ‘Nations under law’ explains the essential conditions of statehood ... More
3. Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic

3. Claiming and negotiating the Antarctic  

Klaus Dodds

in The Antarctic: A Very Short Introduction

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Jul 2012
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Sep 2013
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9780191778438
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10.1093/actrade/9780199697687.003.0003
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9780199697687
World political divisions are generally easy to define with a few exceptions where there is uncertainty. However, large parts of the Antarctic are claimed by seven states: Argentina, ... More
5. What it started

5. What it started  

William Doyle

in The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Nov 2019
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Nov 2019
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9780191875649
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10.1093/actrade/9780198840077.003.0005
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9780198840077
The Revolution began as an assertion of national sovereignty. Nations were the new supreme source of authority in human affairs. ‘What it started’ considers the effects of the French ... More
5. On the origin of treaties

5. On the origin of treaties  

Anthony Arnull

in European Union Law: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2017
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May 2017
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9780191814259
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10.1093/actrade/9780198749981.003.0006
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9780198749981
EU Treaties are international agreements signed and ratified by sovereign states. The EU is, therefore, a creation of international law. However, it is increasingly treated by scholars as ... More
4. The politics of slavery: prelude to the Civil War, 1844–60

4. The politics of slavery: prelude to the Civil War, 1844–60  

Donald T. Critchlow

in American Political History: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2014
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Feb 2015
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9780199393725
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10.1093/actrade/9780199340057.003.0005
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9780199340057
In the ten years following the 1844 election the entire political landscape changed, including the demise of the Whig party and the rise of a powerful new northern party, the Republican ... More
1. The politics of the Constitution, 1787–89

1. The politics of the Constitution, 1787–89  

Donald T. Critchlow

in American Political History: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2014
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Feb 2015
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9780199393725
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10.1093/actrade/9780199340057.003.0002
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9780199340057
‘The politics of the Constitution, 1787–89’ describes the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 and its ratification. The central actors were George Washington, James Madison, Benjamin ... More
3. The age of democracy, 1816–44

3. The age of democracy, 1816–44  

Donald T. Critchlow

in American Political History: A Very Short Introduction

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Dec 2014
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Feb 2015
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9780199393725
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10.1093/actrade/9780199340057.003.0004
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9780199340057
From 1816 to 1844, the United States underwent an economic, political, and social transformation resulting in a nation of twenty-four states and three territories with a population of ... More
3. Architectures

3. Architectures  

Klaus Dodds

in Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction (3rd edn)

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Jul 2019
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Jul 2019
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9780191868825
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10.1093/actrade/9780198830764.003.0003
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9780198830764
The term ‘geopolitical architecture’ is used to describe the ways in which states and non-state organizations access, manage, and regulate the intersection of territories and flows, and in ... More
5. Debate

5. Debate  

Allen C. Guelzo

in Lincoln: A Very Short Introduction

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Feb 2009
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Sep 2013
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9780199365661
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10.1093/actrade/9780195367805.003.0005
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9780195367805
‘Debate’ describes the debates between Lincoln and Stephen Douglas leading up to the legislative elections in 1858. Although Douglas was re-elected, Lincoln had come within an ace of ... More
International Relations: A Very Short Introduction

International Relations: A Very Short Introduction  

Christian Reus-Smit

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
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9780191884634
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10.1093/actrade/9780198850212.001.0001
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9780198850212
International relations affects the security, economic fortunes, rights and freedoms, and environmental well-being of all of us. The recent transformation from a world of empires to today’s ... More
1. What is international relations?

1. What is international relations?  

Christian Reus-Smit

in International Relations: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
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9780191884634
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10.1093/actrade/9780198850212.003.0001
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9780198850212
International relations has traditionally focused on external relations between sovereign states. Yet not all important relations are between sovereign states and not all important politics ... More
2. The global organization of political authority

2. The global organization of political authority  

Christian Reus-Smit

in International Relations: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2020
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Apr 2020
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9780191884634
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10.1093/actrade/9780198850212.003.0002
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9780198850212
‘The global organization of political authority’ examines such organization more closely, and provides a brief overview of some of the most prominent historical forms: heteronomy (think of ... More

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