The Qur’an Problem and Islamism is about religion and politics, about Muslims and Islam, and the internal debate within the world of Islam about Islamic reform and what it entails. Mansure discusses the difference between Islam, as a world religion within the Abrahamic tradition of monotheism, and Islamism, as a political ideology and a theology of jihad, and how historically Islam as a religion was turned into the ideology of Islamism, or political Islam. The sacred text of Islam is the Qur’an, and the challenge of any text lies in how it is read, understood, and practiced. The “Qur’an problem” has been right from the outset of Islamic history following the demise of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, in how to read, understand, interpret, and apply the meaning of the Qur’an in the lives of Muslims, and how this “Qur’an problem” remains the source of violence among Muslims at the present time as it has been in the past. It is the contention of Mansur that any reform of Islam that will assist Muslims reconcile with the modern world of science and democracy, and contribute to peace among them and with the rest of the world, must begin with a positive resolution of the “Qur’an problem.”
This book has been translated into Simplified Chinese by the Shanghai Academy of Social Science. Don Abelson explores the rise of think tanks in Canada and addresses many of the most commonly asked questions about how, and under what circumstances, they are able to affect public opinion and public policy. He identifies the ways in which Canadian think tanks often prioritize political advocacy over policy research, and seeks to explain why these organizations are well-suited and equipped to shape the discourse around key policy issues. The first comprehensive examination of think tanks in Canada, Northern Lights is both a primer for those looking to understand the role and function of think tanks in the policy-making process and a guide to the leading policy institutes in the country.
Don Abelson, Victoria Esses, co-editors
Human migration has reached an unprecedented level, and the numbers are expected to continue growing into the foreseeable future. Host societies and migrants face challenges in ensuring that the benefits of migration accrue to both parties, and that economic and socio-cultural costs are minimized.
Professors Don Abelson and Victoria Esses (Professor of Psychology, Western) provide an insightful comparative examination of the policies and practices that manage and support immigrants, Twenty-First-Century Immigration to North America identifies and addresses issues that arose in the early years of the twenty-first century and considers what to expect in the years ahead. The volume begins with an overview of immigration policies and practices in the United States and Canada, then moves to an investigation of the economic and socio-cultural aspects, and concludes with a dialogue on precarious migration. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, the editors include research from the areas of psychology, political science, economics, sociology, and public policy. Underscoring the complicated nature of immigration, this collection aims to foster further discussion and inspire future research in the United States and Canada.
Richard Vernon, Distinguished University Professor, has published a new book entitled Justice Back and Forth: Duties to the Past and Future, published by University of Toronto Press. Ideas of justice have traditionally focused on what individuals owe to one another and have drawn our attention to what is considered fair – what one of us owes to another is justly matched by what the other owes to them. However, what does justice require us to do for past and future generations? In Justice Back and Forth, award-winning author Richard Vernon explores the possibility of justice in cases where time makes reciprocity impossible. This “temporal justice” is examined in ten controversial cases including the duty to return historical artifacts, the ethics and politics of parenting, the punishment of historical offences, the right to procreate, and the imposition of constitutions on future citizens. By deftly weaving together discussions on historical redress and justice for future generations, Vernon reveals that these two opposing topics can in fact be used to illuminate each other. In doing so, he concludes that reciprocity can be adapted to serve intergenerational cases.
The Simplified Chinese translation of Professor Don Abelson’s book, A Capitol Idea: Think Tanks and US Foreign Policy, has been published by Nanjing University Press. In this book, Don Abelson focuses on a host of high profile think tanks - including the Brookings Institution, the Heritage Foundation, and the Project for the New American Century - and on the public and private channels they rely on to influence important and controversial foreign policies, including the development and possible deployment of a National Missile Defense and George Bush's controversial war on terror. In the process of uncovering how some of the nation's most prominent think tanks have established themselves as key players in the political arena, he challenges traditional approaches to assessing policy influence and suggests alternative models.
Nandita Biswas Mellamphy, Dan Mellamphy, Co-Editors
Professor Biswas Mellamphy has just published an anthology—dedicated to the memory of the Department of Political Science's late great Bibi Pettypiece—with the New York publisher Punctum Books. The anthology is entitled The Digital Dionysus: Nietzsche and the Network-Centric Condition , and features essays by such luminaries as Arthur Kroker (UVic Political Science professor, Canada Research Chair in Technology Culture & Society), Horst Hutter (uConcordia Political Science professor, world-renowned scholar of Plato and Nietzsche, author of Shaping the Future: Nietzsche’s New Regime and Politics as Friendship: Classical Notions of Politics & the Practice of Friendship), Shannon Bell (YorkU Political Science professor, Researcher & Theorist of Fast Feminism), Eugene Thacker (New School professor of Media Studies, author of The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics & Culture), Julian Reid (King’s College UK professor of International Relations & Political Theory, author of The Liberal Way of War in addition to Biopolitics of the War on Terror), and many more. “Dan Mellamphy & Nandita Biswas Mellamphy (Western University) have staged a brilliant collaboration among critical theorists from a range of disciplines to explore the import of Nietzschean thought for contemporary issues in media, technologies and digitization. The result is The Digital Dionysus, a must-read for scholars in media, aesthetics, politics, and philosophy”— Patricia Ticineto Clough, Professor of Sociology & Women’s Studies ( The Graduate Center, City University of New York), author of Auto-Affection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Tele-Technology as well as The End(s) of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism, and editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social (Duke University Press).
Don Abelson, Xin Hua, Stephen Brooks, Co-Editors
In Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and Geo-Politics, Professor Abelson and his colleagues examine how think tanks have helped frame domestic and international conversations on matters of foreign policy and geopolitics. Among other things, the contributors to this volume analyze how governments and actors in civil society are influenced by the activities of think tanks in various countries. [Read More]
In Northern Lights, Professor Abelson explores the rise of think tanks in Canada and addresses many of the most commonly asked questions about how, and under what circumstances, they are able to affect public opinion and public policy. He identifies the ways in which Canadian think tanks often prioritize political advocacy over policy research, and seeks to explain why these organizations are well-suited and equipped to shape the discourse around key policy issues. The first comprehensive examination of think tanks in Canada, Northern Lights is both a primer for those looking to understand the role and function of think tanks in the policy-making process and a guide to the leading policy institutes in the country. [Read More]
Chris Alcantara, Jen Nelles, Co-Authors
The University of Toronto Press has published Professor Alcantara's new book, co-authored with Jen Nelles, entitled A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Relations in Canada. The book is based on five years of SSHRC-funded research and involved a number of UWO PhD students who worked as research assistants. The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada and founder of the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative shares that “This book tells an important and compelling story about how Indigenous and local governments in Canada are quietly working together to improve their communities, coordinate their policies, and jointly manage their programs, services, and mutual interests. While most commentators focus on federal and provincial relations, Alcantara and Nelles show that it is at the local level where some of the most fruitful dialogue and cooperative partnerships are occurring between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. A Quiet Evolution is a must read for political leaders, policymakers, and everyday citizens who want practical yet transformative strategies for improving Indigenous–Canadian relations.” [ Read More]
Professor Dyczok's new book, Ukraine's Euromaidan: Broadcasting through Information Wars with Hromadske Radio is now available open access. You can download it for free, read, and listen to the podcasts, or is also available in hard copy. This book brings together a series of English language reports on the Ukraine crisis first broadcast on Hromadske Radio between 3 February 2014 and 7 August 2015. Collected and transcribed here, they offer a kaleidoscopic chronicle of events in Ukraine. Bookending the reports, purpose written introduction and conclusion sections contextualize the independent radio project within the larger picture of Ukraine’s media and political developments – both before the Euromaidan and in its dramatic aftermath [Read More].
Using in-depth interviews with Indigenous, federal, provincial, and territorial officials, Christopher Alcantara compares the experiences of four Aboriginal groups: the Kwanlin Dün First Nation (with a completed treaty) and the Kaska Nations (with incomplete negotiations) in Yukon Territory, and the Inuit (completed) and Innu (incomplete) in Newfoundland and Labrador. Based on the experiences of these groups, Alcantara argues that scholars and policymakers need to pay greater attention to the institutional framework governing treaty negotiations and, most importantly, to the active role that Aboriginal groups play in these processes. This book provides the first systematic and comprehensive analysis of the factors that explain both completed and incomplete treaty negotiations between Aboriginal groups and the federal, provincial, and territorial governments of Canada.
Robert Young, Contributor and Co-Editor
Federal property issues - especially those involving divestiture - create political disputes at all levels of government. Federal Property Policy in Canadian Municipalities analyzes the emergence of many of these issues involving military bases, airports, and other facilities in communities across Canada.
With careful analysis the contributors show the underlying patterns and causes of these conflicts and their resolutions while emphasizing intergovernmental relations and the social forces that are active in property issues. Contributors examine general federal policy as well as issues pertinent to British Columbia, the Toronto waterfront, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador. The unprecedented number of cases discussed in these essays provides general conclusions and recommendations for a new orientation that will take local interests and preferences into account from the outset of decision-making.
Public property is an understudied field of public policy, particularly as it concerns municipal government. Federal Property Policy in Canadian Municipalities presents a comprehensive treatment of federal property, changes in policy, and the effects these changes have on various levels of government.
This book offers an interpretation of the political ideas and aspirations of Nicaraguan youth. It was published by the Central American [ Read More]. Professor Perez comments on the release of his new book in a television interview with Confidencial [ View and Read Here]. Conexiones Fortaleciendo el periodismo nicaraguense provides a commentary on Professor Perez’s new book.
"Professor Salim Mansur is a man of exceptional courage, powerful insight, and possessed of both a delightful and engergetic prose style" - Rex Murphy, "the Point of View" on CBC The National and host of CBC Radio One, Cross Country Checkup. "Canada led the Western world into the multicultural mire in 1988, ironically under a conservative government. Salim Mansur's deep and scintillating analysis should help the country out of this illiberal and unfortunate policy." Daniel Pipes, PhD President of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. "Clear thinkers are rare, and so are powerful polemicists. Courageous human beings are rarer still, but the rarest of all is to find the three combined in one person. Meet Salim Mansur". George Jonas, author and columnist for the National Post. The Internationl Free Press Society - Canada. Congratulations on this fine achievement, Salim!
While Greece dept crisis continues to make international headlines, the country has received remarkably little scholarly attention - especially in comparison to other European Union members. Europeanizing Greece explores the developments that resulted from Greece's European integration between 1989 and 1999, which played a crucial role in shaping the country's current conditions. Focusing on changes made to the Greek administrative and political system based on EU structural policy, Nancy A. Vamvakas contends that EU involvement was not the only reason why these modifications were implemented. Vamvakas points out serious flaws in the Greek's system and demonstrates how Greece's approach to reform has been inextricably linked to the perceived level of crises.
A.V. Dicey, Edited by Richard VandeWetering
Dicey's Law and Public Opinion is a famous attempt by our Edwardian Liberal to make sense of nineteenth-century British legal and political trends. This Liberty Fund edition, edited and with an introduction by Richard VandeWetering, makes the book available to 21st century students of Liberalism.
Professor Caroline Dick has published a new book entitled: The Perils of Identity: Group Rights and the Politics of Intragroup Difference. The book which assesses how philosophical treatments of identity-based rights claims work to suppress respect for difference in the legal realm, has been described as a work that "significantly advances the debate around multiculturalism and group rights, some of the most pressing issues of our time." Congratulations Caroline! For more information [See here].
Robert Leone, Frank L.K. Ohemeng, Co-Editors
This book fills the need for a student resource that goes beyond the traditional textbook format, and allows students to explore the core practical and theoretical questions in this field. Far from simply academic concerns, many of these debates resonate closely with today's headlines. They are, in essence, the basic questions at the heart of how our public service operates — or shouldoperate — and how it can best serve the public. Brief, focused, and clearly written, the selections include contributions from many of Canada's leading lights in the field. Alongside new pieces are reprints of several classic essays that every student of public administration should be familiar with. Rounding out the collection are a selection of brief readings that explore recent and emerging issues in the field, and are designed to further enhance classroom discussion and debate. The book is appropriate for courses in public administration and public sector governance, for both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Warning specifically against official moralistic rhetoric, the ignoring of civic demands, and hidden acts of power by anonymous governmental bureaucracies and lobbyists, F.M. Barnard uses an approach that blurs the boundaries of specialized fields of study in order to recognize the degree to which individual choice influences political force. He also shows how any attempt to achieve a balance between the state and society requires a developed political judgment and a measured view of what can be politically attained and demanded.
A masterfully clear work that synthesizes centuries of political theory, Social and Political Bonds makes a powerful and well-reasoned case for the benefits of civic involvement and governmental cooperation.
Frederick Barnard was a professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Western.
"In the face of Muslim extremism and terror that went global with 9/11, there remains the urgent need for Muslims to confront and repudiate those who have perverted their faith, or hijacked it, and made of Islam an ideology of bigotry and war (jihad). Islam’s Predicament is a small effort in that urgently needed larger and wider struggle against radical Muslims, or Islamists, who have wrecked the Muslim world and have spread fear and violence indiscriminately among non-Muslims.” - Salim Mansur, from the Preface.
The Limits of Boundaries clearly shows that difficulties in reaching agreements on boundaries fatally limit the capacity of city-regions to be self-governing.
John N. McDougall
This book examines the effects of North American free trade on Canada-US relations beyond the dimensions of trade and investment flows. Specifically, its chapters trace the impact of the FTA/NAFTA on Canada’s cultural policies; communications regulations; cross-border regional interactions; social policy; defence and security policy; and foreign policies beyond the Canada-US relationship. Distinctively, the study sets the transformation of Canada-US relations resulting from free trade against the backgrounds of both economic history and theories of economic and political integration. In doing so, it argues the case that, while the members of the NAFTA are highly unlikely ever to undertake the form of political integration adopted by the European Union, Canada is already engaged a process of policy harmonization with the United States that amounts to political integration by stealth. Thus, the “integration question” in North America is, for Canada, essentially a question of preserving its democracy.
In 1999, the growing backlash against free-market globalization became visible in the "battle of Seattle" and other large-scale protests around the world. Now, anti-globalization is going mainstream as concerns over terrorism and the offshore outsourcing of jobs provoke a new wave of economic nationalism and trade protectionism. Many see these trends as foreshadowing the 'end of globalism'. In contrast, The Return of the State charts the emergence of a new global compromise to show why neither the free-market status quo nor the end of globalization are likely scenarios. More likely, it argues, is a return of the state on a more extensive and international scale.
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The Myth of the Sacred is a collection of articles by leading experts in Canada and the United States who challenge many of the underlying normative principles of the Canadian constitution. In short, it examines how various domestic groups have used the Constitution to advance their own political interests at the expense of the public interest.
This book analyzes the impact of religious beliefs on Nicaraguan political culture and political institutions. More specifically, it provides an interpretation of the way in which ideas of God held by Nicaraguan elites have conditioned the way they understand history and their role in it. The book uses a comparative-historical approach that elucidates the specificity of the religious and political culture of Nicaragua. This approach rejects the premise of secularism that is implied in most social science studies of Latin American political and institutional history.
Do Think Tanks Matter? Assessing the Impact of Public Policy Institutes (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002) has been published in Arabic by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. This book makes a comparative study of research institutes in the United States and Canada by studying their development, their various kinds, and the prominent institutes that represent them in the two countries.
The author approaches the subject by focusing on the impact of these institutes on public policies of the two countries and employs a distinctive method of comparison that is different from the conventional methods that are usually limited to historical studies on the development of these institutes, a description of their organizational structures, etc.
Carol Agócs, Editor
As a unique international comparative survey and assessment of affirmative action and employment equity policies, Workplace Equality is a sourcebook for researchers, practitioners and students in the fields of public policy, employment law, sociology, industrial relations and human rights.
During the Cold War, the Canadian government's approach to NATO and nuclear weapons raised eyebrows, provoked newspaper headlines, and angered Americans and Europeans alike. In NATO and the Bomb, Erika Simpson explains contemporary defence decisions and Canada's support—or lack thereof—for NATO.
Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon relates the findings of her study to two broad concerns in the literature on Canadian foreign policy making. First, she assesses the relative importance to foreign policy of developments in the international arena, on the one hand, and domestic pressures, on the other. Second, she considers the effectiveness of government efforts to democratize foreign policy.
This book, which continues Richard Vernon's work on citizenship, discusses the relationship between freedom and equality in contemporary political theory. Rejecting the foundational claims of liberalism, it situates political freedom within a model of discursive democracy, and in doing so raises questions about the legitimacy of current political institutions.
What obligations do wealthy people have to ensure that the world's poor achieve a quality of life that is recognizably human? This is the fundamental question of international distributive justice and one that has only been seriously debated in the last twenty-five years. This highly informative work analyzes the relative merits of the core moral perspectives framing the debates, including the universalist, nationalist, patriotism, and relativist. It presents an engaging argument for universal basic human rights, making it an ideal resource for anyone interested in political theory, philosophy, international relations, development studies, and moral philosophy.
Part economic and political analysis, part journalistic exposéé, Unseen Power shows how the explosion in mass investment through mutual funds and pension funds represents far more than the growth of a particular industry. Rather, it represents a sea change in the power of the financial markets and an economic, political, and cultural phenomenon that lies behind many recent trends in the new global economy. Many pundits of globalization have focused on the growing power of large multinational corporations. Unseen Power takes a different tack, explaining how fund managers, and not CEOs, have come to wield the greatest clout in the new global economy. In economic terms, this clout has made our financial markets much less efficient and much more prone to booms, busts, and financial crises. In political terms, it has led to a massive shift in the balance of power between Wall Street and Main Street – in favour of the former.
This study explores the role of refugees in international relations by looking at the largest involuntary migration of Ukrainians in history. Using both Western and newly available Soviet sources it sheds light on Grand Alliance policies towards World War II Ukrainian refugees. It demonstrates how the activities of this particular group of refugees had an impact on international refugee policy and provides insight into the origins of the Cold War.
Ukraine has surprised many international observers. Few anticipated its declaration of independence in 1991 or its determination to move out of Russia's shadow. Dyczok redresses the continuing dearth of information on the country. Aimed at nonspecialists and specialists alike, it presents an overview of the main government policies, and the social and cultural issues facing the new state. These are placed within their historical, regional and global framework. In contrast with the generally bleak picture that international media reports present, the book suggests that Ukraine has actually accomplished a great deal in a short time. In seven years, from 1991 to 1998, Ukraine went from being a little-known nation within a non-democratic state to an internationally recognized independent country. During this period of change, it contributed to the geopolitical shift which occurred with the implosion of the Soviet Union. As such, it may be argued, Ukraine has a role to play in the search for the new international order.
Merger Mania began as a consultant's report for the City of Westmount, Quebec. At a time when the Mayor of Montreal was urging that the Government of Quebec sponsor legislation merging all the municipalities on the Island of Montreal, I was asked to write a comprehensive summary of past debates about municipal amalgamation throughout the democratic world, with an emphasis on Canada. The report was initially published privately and then by McGill-Queen's University Press.
Eric Kierans appealed to me a subject for several reasons. For one, he was a major voice for Canadian nationalism during the 1970s and early 1980s and, in particular, had opposed the Mackenzie Valley pipeline proposal, a subject I had written about. For another, he was one of the few members of the first Trudeau government who had also served – together with René Levesque – as a minister in Quebec, so I thought he would have some interesting thoughts on national unity. Finally, I had met him several times, and had come to admire him as a man of conviction and integrity – a model politician in fact. Thanks for your efforts on this project.
Canada’s policy on deep seabed mining. Elizabeth Riddell-Dixon argues that Canada’s position was determined by certain influential actors in the federal government. Lawyers in the Department of External Affairs and officers from the Department of Energy, Mines, and Resources formed the dominant coalition in the interaction between federal-provincial decision-makers, labour unions, and business groups.