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Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions by Trudy Huskamp Peterson

Final Acts: A Guide to Preserving the Records of Truth Commissions

Author(s)
Trudy H. Peterson

Final Acts is a guide to questions of law, politics, physical preservation, and access regarding materials generated by truth commissions. It also describes case examples of truth commissions and the disposition, or in some cases the loss, of their records. The full text of this book is available here in PDF format.

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness by Kent H. Hughes

Building the Next American Century: The Past and Future of Economic Competitiveness

Author(s)
Kent Hughes

Public and private sector collaboration helped the U.S. economy recover from its last period of economic malaise, and similar collaboration is needed today. Building the Next American Century describes that movement, including its origins in the stagflation of the early 1970s, declines in manufacturing, and challenges from Germany and Japan.

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy by Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

Author(s)
Eric C. Bjornlund

Beyond Free and Fair Elections draws on worldwide experience since the mid-1980s to evaluate international election monitoring and domestic monitoring, and their contributions to democracy promotion and democratic change.

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970 by Richard H. King

Race, Culture, and the Intellectuals 1940–1970

Author(s)
Richard King

Toward the end of World War II, scholars and writers stressed the unity of humankind, but by the early 1970s, dominant voices proclaimed ongoing diversity—sometimes irreconcilable antagonism—among human cultures. To study this transition from universalism to cultural particularism, Richard King focuses on the major thinkers, movements, and traditions of thought, attempting to construct an intellectual history.

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America, edited by Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives studies the politics of efforts to reform education and health services in Latin America in the 1990s. Both sectors were common targets of reform, but both sectors also have large numbers of unionized public employees, whose presence affects patronage as well as political power.

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth-Century Japan by Laura Hein

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth-Century Japan

Author(s)
Laura Hein

Reasonable Men, Powerful Words traces the development of political culture in twentieth-century Japan through a social and intellectual biography of six Japanese economists who influenced national political life in significant ways.

Federal Taxation in America: A Short History, 2nd edition

Author(s)
W. Elliot Brownlee

Extending from the ratification of the Constitution to the present day, W. Elliot Brownlee describes the five principal stages of federal taxation in relation to the crises that led to their adoption--the formation of the republic, the Civil War, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II. Now in a new edition, Brownlee expands his coverage to the present, with a new chapter focusing on the tax policies of the current Bush administration.

Russia in Search of Itself by James H. Billington

Russia in Search of Itself

Author(s)
James H. Billington

In the turbulent decade since the collapse of the Soviet Union, conditions have worsened considerably for many Russians, and a wide-ranging debate has raged over the nature and destiny of their country. In Russia in Search of Itself, James H. Billington examines the efforts of a proud but troubled nation to find a post-Soviet identity.

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism, edited by Kathleen Kuehnast and Carol Nechemias

Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism

Through anthropology, political science, and other disciplines, the contributors examine women’s role in post-Soviet nation-building, rural household economies, and democratization and civic activism.

Second Metropolis: Pragmatic Pluralism in Gilded Age Chicago, Silver Age Moscow, and Meiji Osaka

Author(s)
Blair A. Ruble

By exploring and comparing North America's, Russia's, and Japan's "second cities" of a century ago—-Chicago, Moscow, and Osaka—-Second Metropolis discloses the extent to which social fragmentation, frequently viewed as an obstacle to democratic development, actually fostered pluralistic public policies.

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