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01-03-2013, 02:06 PM
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A must read for those on any part of the political spectrum.

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A book that goes through many idelogies. From Liberalism, socialism to religious fundementalism and many more. It goes through core themes, history, important thinkers, terms etc and explain each ideology thoroughly. Its just amazing.
The 5th edition is now out.


http://www.amazon.com/Political-Ideo.../dp/0230367259


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Introduction: Ideology and Ideologies
Liberalism
Conservatism
Socialism
Anarchism
Nationalism
Fascism
Feminism
Ecologism
Religious Fundamentalism
Multiculturalism
Conclusion: Ideology without End?

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Recommended reading for the Teahadists in the US...



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We all express our (sometimes unsubstantiated) opinions on these boards, but I thought it might be good to share and discuss other people's expertise that we respect. So let's talk about the books you're reading.

I just recently completed Joseph Stiglitz's The Price of Inequality.



I wish my conservative friends on this board would give it a read, because Stiglitz dismantles pretty much every current right-wing talking point about the economy (deficit fetishism, government spending, taxes, etc.). He even cleared up for me how the United States' situation is much different than Greece, Portugal or Ireland, and why there is no truth to when people try to make that comparison.

My one critique was that he didn't spend too much time discussing why inequality is bad (like The Spirit Level does). But he does explain quite well how our current economic system leads to a more unequal and fragmented society.
If you like Stiglitz, you should read Globalization and its Discontents. He absolutely rips the IMF a new ass hole.

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I'm currently about half-way through Nate Silver's book The Signal And The Noise, which is going to be the book this semester for my local book discussion group (and I'm in charge of leading the discussion).



It's a really great read so far, that will give the reader good insight into various aspects of statistics (including subtle but important stuff like the difference between predicting and forecasting), and he does a good job mixing up the subjects (the housing bubble, politics, sports, chess, earthquakes, the weather, etc.) so that it never feels like one topic is being overly belabored. Highly recommended for anyone who favors an analytical approach to politics and current events.
I skimmed through this book for about half an hour at a friends house. Some really interesting things. However, I found his approach to politics quite short-sighted and simplistic. One excerpt I remember in particular was when he was describing why the USSR collapsed, it was incredibly simplistic in regards to a very complex situation.

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Just gonna post this one since its by the same author. Have yet to read this one but i have only heard amazing stuff about it. Anyone in USA should probobly read this since it will be of great intrest.
I think I suggested this to you in the books thread on the entertainment sub-forum. Definitely a must read if you like Putnam, absolutely fantastic book. Putnam is an absolute juggernaut in the political participation/engagement field of politics.

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I'm putting this one on my list of books to read. Acemoglu I know by reputation as an absolutely ace developmental economist, so I'm sure this will be good.
Never read that piece, but have read a bunch of work by Acemoglu, absolutely fantastic economist. I can recommend some shorter articles if you are interested.

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What I am reading:



Political Order and Changing Societies - Samuel Huntington

Easily one of the best poli sci books I have ever read. The depth of his knowledge level is incredible, this book also laid the groundwork for a lot of theory on institutionalized parties which have continued to this day. One of my profs bases a lot of his work off the methodology in this book some 50 years later. Other poli sci scholars that have worked off this book are Mainwaring, Scully, Kohli, and many others.



States and Social Revolutions - Theda Skocpol

Not much to say about this book other than: it is ****ing fantastic. Skocpol is a saint, easily one of the best American scholars to come out of this century.



Building Democratic Institutions - Scott Mainwaring and Timothy Scully

I will be using a lot of their methodology on analyzing political parties in my honours thesis. They have an outstanding knack for using empirical analysis for political phenomena.



Democracy without Equity - Kurt Weyland

Great analysis of the prevalence of clientalism and weak political parties in Brazil.



The Institutional Imperative - Erik Martinez Kuhonta

Have had to read this three times now because I keep taking the same prof and he often assigns this to read. Great book, outlines how Malaysia has been able to have equitable development through a strong institutionalized party (UMNO).

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Very cool thread. I got "A People's History of the United States" as a gift recently. Can't wait to dive into that.

I've got "The Price of Inequality" on my wish list.

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these two books I think are the 'must' reads of the 9/11 era





both are fantastic reading. soufan's book deals more with the events leading up to 9/11 and the mess that is the splintered US security departs, whilst wright's book is more of historical perspective on how we got to where we are today.

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Currently reading Robert Sapolsky's Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
. I got turned onto Sapolsky from watching Stress: Portrait of A Killer. He also has abunch of lectures on Stanford's YT which are very thought provoking.

Also picked up Stephen Jay Gould's The. Mismeasure of Man. I was looking foe Nate Silver's book at B&N but they didn't have any copies. Guess I gotta order from Amazon. As you can tell I'm a big pop sci or history fan.

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If you like Stiglitz, you should read Globalization and its Discontents. He absolutely rips the IMF a new ass hole.
I have it and went through some of it for a class. Just haven't yet read it cover to cover.

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Good like anything from Hobsbawm although there's a slight communist bias.

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His work on analrapy is fantastic.

I think he's still based in California, somewhere in the O.C. if I recall correctly.

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Good like anything from Hobsbawm although there's a slight communist bias.
I haven't read any Hobsbawm, but I've heard he downplays Soviet atrocities in his writings on the 20th Century, no thanks. I've heard his works on earlier events are pretty good though.

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I haven't read any Hobsbawm, but I've heard he downplays Soviet atrocities in his writings on the 20th Century, no thanks. I've heard his works on earlier events are pretty good though.
He also said 30 million deaths would have been justified if pure communism was achieved. The guy was a sociopath.

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He also said 30 million deaths would have been justified if pure communism was achieved. The guy was a sociopath.
Do I even want to know how he defined "pure communism"?

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http://www.amazon.com/King-Leopolds-...pold%27s+ghost

This is more of historical account than a contemporary political study, but reverberations of the colonial period are still being felt today. It takes a look at the Belgian Congo and King Leopold's exploitation of the populace, a lot of which was done while the rest of the world mistakenly thought his treatment of his subjects there was compassionate and progressive. People seemed to think protecting the Congolese from slavers was to help them, rather than to keep them at home for his own brand of slave labor. It also gets into the complex political ties in Europe at the time, which we'd see brought to light later during the onset of WWI.
The one I came to post. I don't read a whole lot of non-fiction, but that was one of the most enjoyable reads I've had in the past five years.

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Anyone who knows a good academic book that goes through the environmental politics? Where it came from, first thinkers, how it has developed etc? The more modern the book is, the better. It would also be great if it has a chapter(s) about EU and what they have done.

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We all express our (sometimes unsubstantiated) opinions on these boards, but I thought it might be good to share and discuss other people's expertise that we respect. So let's talk about the books you're reading.

I just recently completed Joseph Stiglitz's The Price of Inequality.



I wish my conservative friends on this board would give it a read, because Stiglitz dismantles pretty much every current right-wing talking point about the economy (deficit fetishism, government spending, taxes, etc.). He even cleared up for me how the United States' situation is much different than Greece, Portugal or Ireland, and why there is no truth to when people try to make that comparison.

My one critique was that he didn't spend too much time discussing why inequality is bad (like The Spirit Level does). But he does explain quite well how our current economic system leads to a more unequal and fragmented society.
Was coming in to post this book. Oh well.

Actually, the other good book I"ve recently read is somewhat of a criticism of Stiglitz, that being Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics.

It's definitely against the chinese state and quite honestly a defense of neoliberalism (not that there's anything wrong with that) but it's a very good read if you can deal with the fact that it's a bit number heavy and not the most exciting read.



It's the type of book I'm sure Tim Calhoun would love.

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Was coming in to post this book. Oh well.
What'd you think?

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Anyone who knows a good academic book that goes through the environmental politics? Where it came from, first thinkers, how it has developed etc? The more modern the book is, the better. It would also be great if it has a chapter(s) about EU and what they have done.
Green Political Thought by Andrew Dobson was a great read. Written in the 90s I believe. It argues that ecologism is an independent political ideology. Not to be confused with environmentalism--ecologism is something stronger.

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I'll plug the free stuff. You can find over 40,000 free old books (beyond the limits of copyright) on Project Gutenberg. It's especially good for classics and history books (history supposedly doesn't change, if interpretations change, then it's good to get the old picture). Type the link on the left of the main page to browse the catalog.
http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

Google probably has these and more but their system isn't the easiest for just browsing.
http://books.google.com/

Wikipedia has a free book section, a more modern selection of free offerings by contributors.
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikibooks:Featured_books

iTunes has a good selection of free books (just type free books in search in iTunes). I highly recommend iTunesU courses, you can take entire courses (not a book, but a great way to learn).

(p.s. Amazon Kindle and Kobo also have free offerings and other websites also have good links)


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I will echo Project Gutenberg, the best books are usually old anyway.

I'm currently reading this Intro to Canadian Politics textbook, The Canadian Regime Fourth Edition



It's nothing exceptional, it's an intro-level textbook. My biggest complaint is that it's lacking explanation as to why the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords failed in terms of why certain groups specifically opposed it; fortunately, I have a rude understanding of that stuff, but others might be left entirely confused. I bought two other textbooks about Canada and Canadian-US relations.

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