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Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction (6th by Rod Hague, Martin Harrop

By Rod Hague, Martin Harrop

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This version keeps the aim of its predecessors: to supply a wide-ranging, modern and obviously written introductory textual content for classes in comparative politics, and for different introductory classes in politics and political technology. we now have retained the framework and bankruptcy department utilized in the former version yet we've additional 14 new sections and subsections addressing present advancements within the topic and the literature. we've additionally rewritten many current sections and revised the whole booklet to supply newer examples and references; to reinforce readability; and to take account of feedback from readers and our personal evolving appreciation of the subject material.

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Somalia is an example (Mayall, 1996, p. 9). The project was a disaster. An inadequate number of troops was despatched in 1992 after a long delay to carry out an unfamiliar mission with insufficient local knowledge in a hostile situation. The entire UN mission folded in 1995. Although the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 lacked clear UN backing, this intervention also confirmed the dangers inherent in such projects. Saddam Hussein was efficiently removed from power but the invading troops then found themselves immersed in challenging peacekeeping duties for which they had not been trained.

In this way, the sovereign serves the people, no longer the other way round, and religion becomes entirely a matter of inner conviction. So, if Bodin was post-medieval in his thinking, Hobbes represents the first of the moderns. As Skinner (1978, p. 349) puts it, ‘by the seventeenth century, we may be said to enter the modern world: the modern theory of the state remains to be constructed, but its foundations are complete’. The vision of a government made by and for the governed was developed by John Locke (1632– 1704), an English philosopher whose thinking shaped one influential interpretation of the Western state: namely, the liberal vision underpinning the American revolution.

16) called ‘the development of underdevelopment’. 6). The ability of IGOs to grant or withhold loans gives them an oversight role over the least solvent states which amounts to veto power. A crucial test of the skill of the leaders of such countries is their ability to negotiate not just with these economic IGOs but increasingly with sources of private capital from overseas. B OX 2 . 6 Intergovernmental organizations and the world economy IGO Full title Function IMF International Monetary Fund To promote international monetary stability and cooperation IBRD International To promote economic Bank for recovery and developReconstruction ment and Development (‘World Bank’) WTO World Trade Organization To supervise and promote international trade Note: The WTO was founded in 1995 to replace GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) which, like the IMF and the World Bank, had been established at Bretton Woods (Jackson, 1998).

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