Avoiding Politics

How Americans Produce Apathy in Everyday Life

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521587594

Category: Political Science

Page: 330

View: 3918

Nina Eliasoph's vivid portrait of American civic life reveals an intriguing culture of political avoidance. Despite the importance for democracy of open-ended political conversation among ordinary citizens, many Americans try hard to avoid appearing to care about politics. To discover how, where and why Americans create this culture of avoidance, the author accompanied suburban volunteers, activists, and recreation club members for over two years, listening to them talk - and avoid talking - about the wider world, together and in encounters with government, media, and corporate authorities. She shows how citizens create and express ideas in everyday life, contrasting their privately expressed convictions with their lack of public political engagement. Her book challenges received ideas about culture, power and democracy, while exposing the hard work of producing apathy.

The Politics of Volunteering

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745669565

Category: Political Science

Page: 200

View: 8634

Many of us may have participated in grassroots groups, changing the world in small and big ways, from building playgrounds and feeding the homeless, to protesting wars and ending legal segregation. Beyond the obvious fruits of these activities, what are the broader consequences of volunteering for the participants, recipients of aid, and society as a whole? In this engaging new book, Nina Eliasoph encourages readers to reflect on their own experiences in civic associations as an entry point into bigger sociological, political, and philosophical issues, such as class inequality, how organizations work, differences in political systems around the globe, and the sources of moral selfhood. Claims about volunteering tend to be astronomical: it will create democracy, make you a better person, eliminate poverty, protect local cultures, and even prevent illness. Eliasoph cuts through these assertions by drawing on empirical studies, key data, real-life case studies, and a range of theoretical analyses. In doing so, the book provides students of sociology, political science, and communications studies with a framework for evaluating the role of civic associations in social and political life, as well as in their own lives as active citizens.

Secrets to Winning at Office Politics

How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work

Author: Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D.

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429967129

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 8069

Get Ahead, Gain Influence, Get What You Want Office politics are an unavoidable fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned veteran, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics can help you increase your personal power without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can't change and start taking steps to get what you want. Written by an organizational psychologist and corporate consultant, Marie G. McIntyre's Secrets to Winning at Office Politics uses real-life examples of political winners and losers to illustrate the behaviors that contribute to success or failure at work. You will be shown techniques for managing your boss more effectively, improving your influence skills, changing the way you are perceived, and dealing with difficult people. Using these proven strategies for political success, you will then be able to create a Political Game Plan that outlines the steps necessary to accomplish your own individual goals.

Politics Online

Blogs, Chatrooms, and Discussion Groups in American Democracy

Author: Richard Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135433631

Category: Computers

Page: 184

View: 5662

Despite the growth of various forms of online discussion, their impact on American political life is only beginning to be examined systematically. In Politics Online Richard Davis provides a thorough analysis detailing the political attitudes, behavior, and demographic nature of the electronic discussion community contrasting that community with the general public.

Making Volunteers

Civic Life after Welfare's End

Author: Nina Eliasoph

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400838820

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 7874

Volunteering improves inner character, builds community, cures poverty, and prevents crime. We've all heard this kind of empowerment talk from nonprofit and government-sponsored civic programs. But what do these programs really accomplish? In Making Volunteers, Nina Eliasoph offers an in-depth, humorous, wrenching, and at times uplifting look inside youth and adult civic programs. She reveals an urgent need for policy reforms in order to improve these organizations and shows that while volunteers learn important lessons, they are not always the lessons that empowerment programs aim to teach. With short-term funding and a dizzy mix of mandates from multiple sponsors, community programs develop a complex web of intimacy, governance, and civic life. Eliasoph describes the at-risk youth served by such programs, the college-bound volunteers who hope to feel selfless inspiration and plump up their resumés, and what happens when the two groups are expected to bond instantly through short-term projects. She looks at adult "plug-in" volunteers who, working in after-school programs and limited by time, hope to become like beloved aunties to youth. Eliasoph indicates that adult volunteers can provide grassroots support but they can also undermine the family-like warmth created by paid organizers. Exploring contradictions between the democratic rhetoric of empowerment programs and the bureaucratic hurdles that volunteers learn to navigate, the book demonstrates that empowerment projects work best with less precarious funding, more careful planning, and mandatory training, reflection, and long-term commitments from volunteers. Based on participant research inside civic and community organizations, Making Volunteers illustrates what these programs can and cannot achieve, and how to make them more effective.

Kingdom Politics

In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today's Church

Author: Kristopher Norris,Sam Speers

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1498269893

Category: Religion

Page: 226

View: 6312

American Christians, weary of decades of entrenched partisan feuding, are increasingly distancing themselves from politics. Some, however, continue to turn toward the state and public policy to find solutions to the world's problems. The problem is that both responses allow a narrow vision of politics to determine the church's mission and ministries, which often ends up separating its commitment to personal faith from the pursuit of social justice--the King from the kingdom. Christians too easily forget that the church is inherently political, a community defined by its allegiance to a King, its citizenship in a new world, and its call to work alongside others in pursuit of a new way of life. The church needs a political vision that is more than blind acceptance or mere rejection of past models. It needs a positive vision that takes its cues about politics not from the nation-state but from another political reality: the kingdom of God. This book tells the stories of the visits of two researchers to five diverse congregations across the United States. From the megachurch energy of Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California, to a young Emergent community in Minneapolis, to the politically active home of Martin Luther King in Atlanta, these stories illuminate the vastly different ways congregations understand and approach politics--and offer a glimpse of a new political imagination for today's church. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }

Avoiding Responsibility

The Politics and Discourse of European Development

Author: Nathalie Karagiannis

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 9780745321899

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 5866

Post-colonial European politics have undergone profound changes. Constructing an intellectual history of European development discourse, this book brings together post-structuralist and critical approaches to understanding development. Nathalie Karagiannis analyses three key terms of European development discourse: ‘responsibility’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘giving’. Situating these terms in a concrete history of European post-colonial politics, the author shows how European policy has shifted from accepting responsibility for colonialism – constructed as it is on the paternalistic model of the gift – to a more amnesiac politics in which post-colonial countries are responsible for their own fate. In this way, Karagiannis illustrates that efficiency has become the overriding goal of development, and that the relationship between ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ countries is mainly defined by considerations pertaining to market capitalism.

Talking Politics

Author: William A. Gamson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521436793

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

View: 2674

Those who analyze public opinion have long contended that the average citizen is incapable of recounting consistently even the most rudimentary facts about current politics; that the little the average person does know is taken strictly from what the media report, with no critical reflection; and that the consequence is a polity that is ill prepared for democratic governance. And yet social movements, comprised by and large of average citizens, have been a prominent feature of the American political scene throughout American history and have experienced a resurgence. William Gamson asks, how is it that so many people become active in movements if they are so uninterested and badly informed about issues? The conclusion he reaches in this book is a striking refutation of the common wisdom about the public's inability to reason about politics.

Secrets to Winning at Office Politics

How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work

Author: Marie G. McIntyre, Ph.D.

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429967129

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 6515

Get Ahead, Gain Influence, Get What You Want Office politics are an unavoidable fact of life in every workplace. To accomplish your personal and business goals, you must learn to successfully play the political game in your organization. Whether you are a new player or a seasoned veteran, Secrets to Winning at Office Politics can help you increase your personal power without compromising your integrity or taking advantage of others. This smart, practical guide shows you how to stop wasting energy on things you can't change and start taking steps to get what you want. Written by an organizational psychologist and corporate consultant, Marie G. McIntyre's Secrets to Winning at Office Politics uses real-life examples of political winners and losers to illustrate the behaviors that contribute to success or failure at work. You will be shown techniques for managing your boss more effectively, improving your influence skills, changing the way you are perceived, and dealing with difficult people. Using these proven strategies for political success, you will then be able to create a Political Game Plan that outlines the steps necessary to accomplish your own individual goals.

The Management Mind Field

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Corporate Politics

Author: Tony Paradiso

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780971742932

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

View: 3041

Focused on the political and cultural influences that impact careers, this book is a satirical and penetrating analysis of American business management. Based on decades of "in the trenches" marketing and management experiences, this candid assessment of corporate life is invaluable in making good career decisions and recognizing the signs of companies headed for trouble.

Politics of Public Money, Second Edition

Author: David A. Good

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442668121

Category: Political Science

Page: 416

View: 3758

Public money is one of the primary currencies of influence for politicians and public servants. It affects the standards by which they undertake the nation’s business and impacts the standard of living of the nation’s citizens. David A. Good’s The Politics of Public Money examines the extent to which the Canadian federal budgetary process is shifting from one based on a bilateral relationship between departmental spenders and central guardians to one based on a more complex, multilateral relationship involving a variety of players. This new edition offers an up-to-date account of the Canadian system, including the creation of the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the government’s response to the global financial crisis, Canada’s Economic Action Plan, strategic and operating reviews, the most recent attempts to reform the Estimates, and much more. An insightful and incisive study of the changing budgetary process, The Politics of Public Money examines the promises and pitfalls of budgetary reform and sheds new light on the role insiders play in influencing government spending.

Avoiding the Fall

China's Economic Restructuring

Author: Michael Pettis

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0870034081

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

View: 1596

The days of rapid economic growth in China are over. Mounting debt and rising internal distortions mean that rebalancing is inevitable. Beijing has no choice but to take significant steps to restructure its economy. The only question is how to proceed. Michael Pettis debunks the lingering bullish expectations for China's economic rise and details Beijing's options. The urgent task of shifting toward greater domestic consumption will come with political costs, but Beijing must increase household income and reduce its reliance on investment to avoid a fall.

Games At Work

How to Recognize and Reduce Office Politics

Author: Mauricio Goldstein,Phil Read

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047045881X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 3604

"A terrific read not only for senior leaders and executives butalso for employees seeking growth in complex organizations.Goldstein and Read dissect the interpersonal dynamics that affect acompany's performance, provide a framework to understand the gamesthat are commonly played in businesses around the world, and offerpractical tools to correct these behaviors and improve theorganization's effectiveness." —Jacopo Bracco, executive vice president, DIRECTVLatin America "Whether you are an employee, manager, or CEO, this book willhelp you uncover the games that are going on around you and in yourorganization and will arm you with strategies to combat thenegative effects of these games." —Corey J. Seitz, vice president, global talentmanagement, Johnson & Johnson "This book is a good warning sign for organizational life. Aroad map of potholes and wrong turns. Written in a clear anddown-to-earth way, its strength is its concreteness." —Peter Block, author, Community: The Structure ofBelonging "Play or don't play, your choice. But if you need to manage andaspire to lead, you must read Goldstein and Read's helpfultreatment of the games going on all around you all the time.Prepare to be entertained and disconcerted in equal measure." —Seán Meehan, Martin Hilti Professor of Marketingand Change Management, IMD "Goldstein and Read provide an accessible and penetratingdiscussion of the twenty-two most common games at work and theirindividual and organizational causes, business costs, and remedies.Every working person who has ever been a victim or perpetrator ofpolitical games will profit from reading Games at Work." —Harvey A. Hornstein, emeritus professor ofpsychology; former director of Columbia University OrganizationalDevelopment Programs; and organizational consultant

The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans under Communism

Author: H. David Baer

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603449906

Category: History

Page: 172

View: 8900

What does a religious community do when confronted by a political regime determined to eliminate a religion? Under communism, Hungary’s persecuted Lutheran Church tried desperately to find a strategy for survival while remaining faithful to its Christian beliefs. Appealing to the Lutheran Confessions, many argued that the church can do whatever is necessary to survive provided it does not compromise on its essential ministry, while others appealing to the witness of the confessor Bishop Lajos Ordass, argued that the church must uncompromisingly witness to the truth even if that means ecclesiological extinction. In The Struggle of Hungarian Lutherans under Communism, H. David Baer draws upon the disciplines of theology, history, ethics, and politics to provide a comprehensive analysis of the different strategies developed by the church to preserve its integrity. Relying on previously unnoted archival documents and other primary sources, Baer has made a substantial contribution to Eastern European studies. Vigorously written, his telling of the history is also a sensitive and moving account of courage and cowardice in the face of religious persecution. This book should be of interest not only to students of religion in Eastern Europe but also to anyone concerned about the problems that arise wherever there is religious persecution.

International Security

Politics, Policy, Prospects

Author: Michael E. Smith

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137582952

Category: Political Science

Page: 496

View: 3344

This text introduces the politics of security: how and why issues are interpreted as security threats and how such threats are managed. It now includes an additional chapter on cyber security, but retains the same approach that gives readers the conceptual tools and knowledge of real-world problems required for a systematic approach to the subject.

The Politics of Principle

The First South African Constitutional Court, 1995–2005

Author: Theunis Roux

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110732839X

Category: Law

Page: N.A

View: 374

Under its first chief justice, Arthur Chaskalson, the South African Constitutional Court built an unrivalled reputation in the comparative constitutional law community for technically accomplished and morally enlightened decision-making. At the same time, the Court proved remarkably effective in asserting its institutional role in post-apartheid politics. While each of these accomplishments is noteworthy in its own right, the Court's simultaneous success in legal and political terms demands separate investigation. Drawing on and synthesising various insights from judicial politics and legal theory, this study offers an interdisciplinary explanation for the Chaskalson Court's achievement. Rather than a purely political strategy of the kind modelled by rational choice theorists, the study argues that the Court's achievement is attributable to a series of adjudicative strategies in different areas of law. In combination, these strategies allowed the Court to satisfy institutional norms of public reason-giving while at the same time avoiding political attack.

Christianity and Politics

The Attempted Seduction of the Bride of Christ

Author: Christopher R. Petruzzi

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620326523

Category: Religion

Page: 172

View: 3862

As the Bride of Christ, the body of Christian believers has been called to serve Him. One aspect of this calling is that we are God's instrument to change the world. This book addresses the question of how Christians should go about facilitating that calling.Politics is the process through which some people attempt to prevail over others for the control of government. Is that what Christ wants for his holy people, or is the lure of politics an attempt to bring us into Satan's world?Christianity and Politics presents a logically developed analysis of this question using the Bible, history, and modern theories of economics and political science. Christians from all political and theological backgrounds are likely to find that this book changes their thinking about the church and political involvement.

Militarism and Politics in Latin America

Peru from Sánchez Cerro to Sendero Luminoso

Author: Daniel M. Masterson

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313272134

Category: History

Page: 345

View: 4587

This is the only comprehensive case study in English of the highly complex Peruvian military and its place in Peruvian society. Covering the early 1930s to present, it is based on extensive Latin American and U.S. archival sources and personal interviews. Emphasis is placed on the impact of French and U.S. military theory; revolutionary politics up to and including Sendero Luminoso; the rationale behind General Alvarado's reforms (1968-75); Velasco's legacy; and an examination of the Soviet Union's involvement in Peru. For students and scholars of contemporary Latin America.

The Politics of the New Europe

Atlantic to Urals

Author: Ian Budge,Kenneth Newton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317892399

Category: Political Science

Page: 432

View: 6667

A pioneering textbook which explains the dynamics of politics across Europe in the post-Cold war era. Comparing democratisation, transition to a market economy and increasing economic and political integration in the countries of central and eastern Europe with experiences in Scandinavia, and southern and western Europe, the book provides a wealth of information and analysis on the state of Europe at the end of a momentous century of European and World history.