Democracy As an International

POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY

1.
Linda Wittor
Democracy As an International Obligation of States
and Right of the People

There is a clear development towards the acknowledgement of democracy as a universal concern. States and international organisations openly support democracy and condemn setbacks in democratisation and consolidation of democracy. But how far does this development go? The author sheds light on the question of an international obligation of states to promote and protect democratic structures as well as a corresponding right of the people. Coming to the conclusion that such norms exist in certain regions and are emerging universally, the author further analyses whether this challenges existing rules of international law, namely the prohibition of the use of force and intervention. Lastly, it is dealt with the question of whether and how such a norm could be enforced under existing mechanisms.

2.
Immanuel Ness
The Global Prehistory of Human Migration

Previously published as the first volume of The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, this work is devoted exclusively to prehistoric migration, covering all periods and places from the first hominin migrations out of Africa through the end of prehistory.

Presents interdisciplinary coverage of this topic, including scholarship from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, genetics, biology, linguistics, and more
Includes contributions from a diverse international team of authors, representing 17 countries and a variety of disciplines
Divided into two sections, covering the Pleistocene and Holocene; each section examines human migration through chapters that focus on different regional and disciplinary lenses

3.
Yaniv Roznai
Unconstitutional Constitutional Amendments: The Limits of Amendment Powers

Can constitutional amendments be unconstitutional? The problem of ‘unconstitutional constitutional amendments’ has become one of the most widely debated issues in comparative constitutional theory, constitutional design, and constitutional adjudication. This book describes and analyses the increasing tendency in global constitutionalism substantively to limit formal changes to constitutions. The challenges of constitutional unamendability to constitutional theory become even more complex when constitutional courts enforce such limitations through substantive judicial review of amendments, often resulting in the declaration that these constitutional amendments are ‘unconstitutional’.

Combining historical comparisons, constitutional theory, and a wide comparative study, Yaniv Roznai sets out to explain what the nature of amendment power is, what its limitations are, and what the role of constitutional courts is and should be when enforcing limitations on constitutional amendments.

4.
Lindsay DuBois
The Politics of the Past in an Argentine Working-Class Neighbourhood

The Argentine dictatorship of 1976 to 1983 set out to transform Argentine society. Employing every means at its disposal – including rampant violation of human rights, union busting, and regressive economic policies – the dictatorship aimed to create its own kind of order. Lindsay DuBois’s The Politics of the Past explores the lasting impact of this authoritarian transformative project for the people who lived through it.

DuBois’s ethnography centres on José Ingenieros, a Buenos Aires neighbourhood founded in a massive squatter invasion in the early 1970s, and describes how the military government’s actions largely subdued a politically engaged community. DuBois traces how state repression and community militancy are remembered in José Ingenieros and how the tangled and ambiguous legacies of the past continued to shape ordinary people’s lives years after the collapse of the military regime.

This rich and evocative study breaks new ground in its exploration of the complex relationships between identity, memory, class formation, neoliberalism, and state violence.

5.
Meghan McGlinn Manfra and Cheryl Mason Bolick
The Wiley Handbook of Social Studies Research

The Wiley Handbook of Social Studies Research is a wide–ranging resource on the current state of social studies education. This timely work not only reflects on the many recent developments in the field, but also explores emerging trends.
This is the first major reference work on social studies education and research in a decade
An in–depth look at the current state of social studies education and emerging trends
Three sections cover: foundations of social studies research, theoretical and methodological frameworks guiding social studies research, and current trends and research related to teaching and learning social studies
A state–of–the–art guide for both graduate students and established researchers
Guided by an advisory board of well–respected scholars in social studies education research

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