Books 2010

Prosoziales Verhalten

Spenden in interdisziplinärer Perspektive
Willingness to make donations is often discussed in public only in a highly populist manner, as when superrich people such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffet donate much of their fortunes. Such talk leaves sound analyses of benefactive behavior by the wayside. To answer the question of why people make donations, it is not enough to engage with the subject merely by examining the relevant statistics. This book of readings therefore encompasses the views of various scientific disciplines. Its scope extends from the politicohistorical context of donation behavior to empirical findings, the role of the media, fund-raising issues, and the transparency of what happens with donations.
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Editors
Frank Adloff, Eckhard Priller, Rupert Graf Strachwitz
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Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius Verlagsgesellschaft

ISBN 978-3-8282-0507-9
249 pages
€ 44,00

Comparing Integration

Host Culture Adoption and Ethnic Retention among Turkish Immigrants and Their Descendents in France, Germany and the Netherlands
The past years there has been much debate on immigrant integration and the role of integration policies. So far little is known about if and how policies affect integration. This volume examines the relationship between integration policies and the socio-cultural integration of Turkish immigrants and the children. The study focuses on three countries with historically different integration policy regimes; France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Socio-cultural integration is divided into two dimensions: host country adoption and ethnic retention. The results from analyses of telephone survey data and in-depth interviews show several cross-national differences, though generally modest in size. Policies that grant immigrants a high degree of individual equality (e.g. accessible citizenship, protection from discrimination) have a positive effect on the degree of host country adoption. Policies that accommodate diversity (multiculturalist policies) have a negative impact on host culture adoption, with the exception of identification. The effect of policies on the degree of ethnic retention appears to be limited.
Evelyn Ersanilli
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Amsterdam: VU University Amsterdam 2010

ISBN 978-90-5335-250-2
191 pages

The Transnational Condition

Protest Dynamic in an Entangled Europe
Although transnational protest movements are not new, they have increased in Europe over the last two decades. The concerns and forms of protests have spread beyond national borders. In a world of international cooperation, Internet communication, and cheap travel, the visibility of these protests has grown as well. Transnational conditions permeate all aspects of protest: its organization, its dynamics, the biographies of the protesters, and the networks of activists. The contributors to this volume empirically inquire into the many different characteristics of transnational protest in Europe but also address the theoretical challenges of transnational research.
Editor
Simon Teune
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New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books

ISBN 978-1-84545-728-0
260 pages
$ 70,00/£ 40,00

Das Ende des sozialen Friedens

Politik und Protest in Zeiten der Hartz-Reformen
The Hartz reforms rank as some of the most contentious political measures of recent years. Hartz IV in particular triggered a wave of protest, especially among the unemployed, whose “Monday demonstrations” in 2004 received wide media coverage. Drawn by this conflict, the authors have taken a look at the political and social disputes surrounding the Hartz reforms. They find that the social and labour market policy measures went ahead despite massive discontent but that the disputes had momentous impact on German politics, especially on the party landscape, by firmly reestablishing the social question as a key issue of political controversy.
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Authors
Christian Lahusen, Britta Baumgarten
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Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus

ISBN 978-3-593-39032-1
252 pages
€ 29,90

The Making of a European Public Sphere

Media Discourse and Political Contention
This book investigates an important source of the European Union's recent legitimacy problems. It shows how European integration is debated in mass media, and how this affects democratic inclusiveness. Advancing integration implies a shift in power between governments, parliaments, and civil society. Behind debates over Europe's 'democratic deficit' is a deeper concern: whether democratic politics can perform effectively under conditions of Europeanization and globalization. This study is based on a wealth of unique data from seven European countries, combining newspaper content analyses, an innovative study of Internet communication structures, and hundreds of interviews with leading political and media representatives across Europe. It is by far the most far-reaching and empirically grounded study on the Europeanization of media discourse and political contention to date, and a must-read for anyone interested in how European integration changes democratic politics and why European integration has become increasingly contested.
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Editors
Ruud Koopmans, Paul Statham
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2010

ISBN 978-0-521-19090-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-521-13825-3 (Paperback)
360 pages
€ 78,48/€ 26,16

Interessenvertretung aus dem Abseits

Erwerbsloseninitiativen im Diskurs über Arbeitslosigkeit
Public discourse on unemployment is shaped mainly by politicians, journalists, and representatives of social organizations. Initiative groups of unemployed people are rarely asked for their opinions. Indeed, what they call for is often dismissed as unjustified. The author has analyzed documents and the communication strategies of initiative groups that are trying to anchor their perspectives on unemployment firmly in the public debate.
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Author
Britta Baumgarten
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Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus

ISBN 978-3-593-39226-4
330 pages
32,90

Smooth Path or Long and Winding Road?

How Institutions Shape the Transition from Higher Education to Work
This volume presents an empirical study of how national institutions and regulations in Britain and Germany affect the transition from the system of higher education to the labour market. These countries represent two different types of political economy – the liberal and the coordinated – manifested in their education and training systems and their labour market institutions. The analysis focuses on four institutional areas: the structure of the university system, the content and occupational specificity of study, the nature of the labour market for academics, and labour market regulation. Using longitudinal data to analyze the career trajectories of university graduates in their first five years after completion of their degrees, the author examine the effects that the various institutional arrangements have on the individual’s transition from higher education to the labour market. Cross-national comparison definitely confirms that institutions largely decide placement in the employment system. In Germany, where formal qualifications and the occupational status that goes with them traditionally offer solid protection, the transition to one’s occupation after receiving a degree is much more straightforward than in Britain, where university graduates attain similar positions only after making detours and going through several interim stations.

Kathrin Leuze
Edition / place / publisher

Opladen/Farmington Hills, MI: Budrich UniPress

ISBN 978-3-940755-42-1
276 pages
€ 39,90

Das präventive Selbst

Eine Kulturgeschichte moderner Gesundheitspolitik,
Verkörperungen/MatteRealities, Perspektiven empirischer Wissenschaftsforschung, Bd. 9
Occupation and family obviously still fail to mesh in Germany. Some 5.6 million women under the age of 60 – almost one in four – have no paid work, depriving the labour market of enormous potential in terms of knowledge and experience. Exploring the underlying causes, Jutta Allmendinger presents a host of surprising facts and insights, such as the great extent to which the notion of the male breadwinner is still entrenched in people’s minds. She also uses personal portraits of women to illustrate the range of desires, life paths, and problems that lead to nonemployment. She clearly argues that the state would do well to eliminate typical barriers thwarting reentry to the labour market and to offer women active assistance, for they are needed as qualified employees and have the right to work.
Editors
Martin Lengwiler, Jeannette Madarász
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Bielefeld: transcript

ISBN: 978-3-8376-1454-1
387 pages
€ 32,80

Die Klima-Manipulateure

Rettet uns Politik oder Geo-Engineering?
Jahrbuch Ökologie 2011
Will the engineers come to the rescue when the politicians fail? The ranks of geoengineering’s supporters swelled enormously after the debacle of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. This year’s Ecology Yearbook focuses on this basic alternative to the policies of reducing emissions (mitigation) and adapting to climate change (adaptation). Conceptually and practically, the volume examines two approaches: solar radiation management and carbon dioxide removal. Two prominent technological possibilities for cooling the earth are presented, one involving stratospheric sulfate injections; the other, fertilization of the oceans with iron. An additional essay maps and assesses the arguments for and against the different variants of geoengineering. Other current topics discussed are developments in law, business, and civil society that mark innovative approaches to dealing with nature and the environment beyond the spheres of policy and engineering.
Editors
Günter Altner, Heike Leitschuh, Gerd Michelsen, Udo E. Simonis, Ernst U. von Weizsäcker
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Stuttgart: Hirzel Verlag

ISBN 978-3-7776-2110-4
248 pages
€19,80

Verschenkte Potenziale?

Lebensläufe nicht erwerbstätiger Frauen
Occupation and family obviously still fail to mesh in Germany. Some 5.6 million women under the age of 60 – almost one in four – have no paid work, depriving the labour market of enormous potential in terms of knowledge and experience. Exploring the underlying causes, Jutta Allmendinger presents a host of surprising facts and insights, such as the great extent to which the notion of the male breadwinner is still entrenched in people’s minds. She also uses personal portraits of women to illustrate the range of desires, life paths, and problems that lead to nonemployment. She clearly argues that the state would do well to eliminate typical barriers thwarting reentry to the labour market and to offer women active assistance, for they are needed as qualified employees and have the right to work.
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Author
Jutta Allmendinger
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Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus

ISBN 978-3-593-39266-0
198 pages
€ 16,90

Schulden ohne Sühne

Warum der Absturz der Staatsfinanzen uns alle trifft
The national debt crisis has become Europe’s fatal issue. Now that Greece and other countries of the Eurozone are in financial straits and are calling for help from the community of states, the future of the Euro and, with it, the economic well-being of the European Union’s population has reached a turning point. The trap threatens everyone – the working population, pensioners, investors, and savers. Its impacts can be drastic, comparable to those of hyperinflation or a currency reform. Addressing the informed layperson and the seasoned expert alike, the authors explains in clear terms everything one must know about the debt crisis. The volume consists of three parts that may be read in any order. The first part describes the major national bankruptcies of the past and the ominous development of the national debts to date. The second part separates myths from facts about public debt and identifies the reasons for it as well as the effects it has. The third part answers crucial questions about the current national debt crisis, evaluates the policy measures for grappling with it, and shows possible ways out of the problem.
Authors
Kai A. Konrad, Holger Zschäpitz
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München: C.H. Beck

ISBN 978-3-406-60688-5
240 pages
€19,95

Die neue Ost-West-Arbeitsteilung

Arbeitsmodelle und industrielle Beziehungen in der europäischen Automobilindustrie,
Arbeit – Interessen – Partizipation, Bd. 9
Many companies have moved parts of their production processes to countries where wage levels are far lower than in their own. Analyzing the automotive industry’s transfer of jobs from western Europe to eastern central Europe, the authors show the risks this change entails for the “European social model.” Their case studies make it clear that the main subcontractors are particularly prone to shifting their production to low-wage countries in order to cope with the cost pressure from the major automobile companies. There are special patterns characterizing the division of labour in the large automotive manufacturing companies, not all of which are associated with transfer. The book explores, for example, the specialization in compact cars and the resiting of labour-intensive manufacturing to eastern central Europe.

Authors
Ulrich Jürgens, Martin Krzywdzinski
Edition / place / publisher

Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 978-3-593-39287-5
260 pages
€ 34,90

Partizipative Qualitätsentwicklung in der Gesundheitsförderung und Prävention

Health promotion and disease prevention have to be adapted to the life world of the people for whom the measures are intended, particularly if such efforts are to reach socially disadvantaged population groups. These interventions and services are difficult, if not impossible, to standardize and are usually embedded in complex interactions involving cooperation partners at various levels. The approach known as participative quality development responds to these special circumstances. It rests on the basic assumption that quality work must first be defined and delivered from the bottom up. From the definition of a problem to the evaluation of results, participative quality development therefore focuses the planning of interventions on the active involvement of the staff and of the people addressed. That emphasis enables all the participants to acquire new abilities in the development and assessment of their own work and to apply that competence in the interest of systematic learning drawn from their own practical experience. The volume introduces the reader to the concepts and methods of participatory quality development and deals with actively bringing them into disease prevention and health promotion oriented to the life world of socially disadvantaged groups.
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Editor
Michael T. Wright
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Bern: Verlag Hans Huber

ISBN 978-3-456-84867-9
288 pages
€ 29,95

Evaluation des Existenzgründungsprogramms EXIST III

ZEW-Wirtschaftsanalysen, Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung, Bd. 95
Promoting entrepreneurship at German universities has been the declared goal of science policy for some years, with activities being systematically funded since 1998 through a program known as “EXIST.” In the present study a research consortium in which the WZB has been one of the main coordinators evaluates the current phase of the program, EXIST III. The analysis focuses on the program’s conceptualization and execution and on its overarching objectives of increasing the number of academic spin-offs and their likelihood of success. Research shows that the program has improved the basic conditions for creating new enterprises but on the whole but that it has been unable to increase the number of academics willing to become self-employed. The authors attribute this ineffectiveness to the cameralist structures within which most German universities still operate. The authors recommend that the program capitalize in future on the greater latitude that has been accorded to universities and on the concomitant enhancement of the leadership’s central management tasks in order to position the development of entrepreneurship as a key responsibility.
Authors
Jürgen Egeln, Michael Dinges, Andreas Knie, Dagmar Simon, Holger Braun-Thürmann, Helmut Fryges, Helmut Gassler, Sandra Gottschalk, Romy Hilbrich, Daniel Höwer, Kathrin Müller, Christian Rammer, Julia Schmidmayer, Franziska Steyer
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Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

ISBN 978-3-8329-5537-3
398 pages
€ 78,00

Reformen in Wohlfahrtsstaaten

To cast light on the factors determining government action, the author conducts a comparative study of the measures taken by 18 OECD countries to reform pension and social insurance from 1980 to 2002. The interest centers on the questions of whether there are specific constellations that encourage or discourage reforms, which roles the participating actors play, and what the significance is of political institutions such as majority and proportional suffrage, federalism and centralism, and unicameral and bicameral systems. The empirical findings show that neither the type of democracy nor the urgency of a given problem directly influences reform activity in welfare state regimes. Although political institutions do constitute a limiting or facilitating framework for political decision-making, the crucial part is the actors, that is, the governments and the parties on which they are built. The way in which the action space is used depends on the specific constellations of actors - single-party or multiparty government and the number of coalition partners.
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Author
Alexander Petring
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Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN 978-3-531-17313-9
244 pages
€ 39,95

Relationale Soziologie

Zur kulturellen Wende der Netzwerkforschung
Netzwerkforschung, Bd. 2
Relational sociology is presented in this book as an innovative approach to theory and research. It has developed in North America over the last twenty years and is concerned in general with the theoretical modeling and empirical analysis of social networks as sociocultural formations. Unlike classical, structuralist research on networks, studies using relational sociology take structural and cultural elements to be essential in the creation and preservation of social networks. The volume's collection of international essays points out some of relational sociology's theoretical concepts and empirical fields of application and relates them to other sociological schools, such as systems theory, the sociology of conventions, and actor-network theory. The book thereby affords insight into basic ideas, major thematic interests, and the richness of this approach.
Editors
Jan Fuhse, Sophie Mützel
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Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN 978-3-531-16772-5
293 pages
€ 34,95

The World Says No to War

Demonstrations against the War on Iraq, Social Movements, Protest, and Contention, Vol. 33
February 15, 2003, stands for the largest protest in history to date. On that day millions of people the world over demonstrated to ward off a looming war against Iraq. This volume presents a comparative study on the people who took part in these events, the motives and expectations the demonstrators had, and what led to their mobilization. It is based on written surveys of several thousand participants from eight nations: the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. These countries reflect the gamut of the political positions that western governments took on military intervention, which ranged from active preparation to vehement rejection. They also diverge widely in their protest cultures, public opinion, systems of interest mediation, political institutions, and the strength of their social movements. These disparate points of departure make the differences and similarities between the protesters particularly fascinating. Despite the shared goal underlying the protest, analysis shows that the number people and composition of the groups involved clearly varied country to country, as did the channels of mobilization and the weight that discussion in the domestic presses gave to the arguments for and against the imminent war.
Editors
Stefaan Walgrave, Dieter Rucht
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Minneapolis, MN/London: University of Minnesota Press

ISBN 978-0-8166-5095-8 (hc)
ISBN 978-0-8166-5096-5 (pb)
312 pages
$ 75.00 (hc), $ 25.00 (pb)

Politik für Gesundheit

Fest- und Streitschriften zum 65. Geburtstag von Rolf Rosenbrock
Few researchers have shaped the discipline of health sciences and public health in Germany as much as Rolf Rosenbrock has. Since the 1980s, he has substantially contributed to its development by focusing its profile in important ways and defining scientific and political issues. Scholars who have accompanied him at various times along a 40-year path of academic and political involvement present this volume to commemorate his 65th birthday. They call attention to widely diverse facets of the problems that have occupied him in the areas of public health, prevention, medical services, and health policy in the past decades.
Editors
Thomas Gerlinger, Susanne Kümpers, Uwe Lenhardt, Michael T. Wright
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Bern: Verlag Hans Huber

ISBN 978-3-456-84827-3
407 pages
€ 34,95

Pauschalpatienten, Kurzlieger und Draufzahler

Auswirkungen der DRGs auf Versorgungsqualität und Arbeitsbedingungen im Krankenhaus
Since 2003, nearly all in-patient care in German hospitals has been invoiced on the basis of diagnosis-related groups (DRGs). With policy-makers and representatives of health insurance funds seeking to reduce costs by switching to that system, physicians and nursing staff warned that it would lower the quality of in-patient care. This book examines the actual outcomes. The analyses are based on a survey in which perceptions of working conditions and the quality of care were elicited from a large number of hospital patients, physicians, and nurses several times between 2002 to 2009. The authors also draw on results of qualitative case studies in four hospitals. According to the study, some fears have not come to pass on the whole, but physicians and nurses believe that their work load has substantially increased and that the gap between ethical and professional aspirations and day-to-day occupational life has grown. Time constraints, for example, wind up meaning that patients receive inadequate attention to their emotional needs. The care situation has worsened, especially for patients being treated for several reasons.
Authors
Bernard Braun, Petra Buhr, Sebastian Klinke, Rolf Müller, Rolf Rosenbrock
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Bern: Verlag Hans Huber

ISBN 978-3-456-84825-9
311 pages
€ 34,95

Unternehmen Wissenschaft

Ausgründungen als Grenzüberschreitungen akademischer Forschung
Reihe "Science Studies"
Research institutes not only increase society's knowledge, they can promote macroeconomic value creation, too. In that context academic spin-offs are prime examples of putting scientific knowledge to use. This book illustrates how the encounter between scientific and economic rationality in the practices of spin-offs succeeds - or fails - organizationally, pragmatically, and biographically. The analyses are based on several single-case studies in the framework of which some 170 spin-off projects were reconstructed. Such companies at the interfaces between the economic and scientific worlds proved to be tied into a complex, sometimes contradictory weave of expectations and standards. Typically building bridges between academic work and economic thinking, these enterprises operate outside the comfort zone in both of their reference systems. Having one foot in science and the other in business provides a special seedbed for leaps in knowledge and epistemological insight that can also pave the way to economically useful innovations. Under inauspicious conditions, however, this position can entail commercial failure.
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Authors
Holger Braun-Thürmann, Andreas Knie, Dagmar Simon
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Bielefeld: transcript

ISBN 978-3-8376-1401-5
196 pages
€ 24,80

Wertwechselstrom

Texte zu Kunst und Wissenschaft
Fundus-Bücher 183
Market observers accept superficial correspondence between art markets and other securities markets, and observers of culture complain about the qualitative decline of art when the market is dominant. But anyone who disassociates aesthetic theory from economic theory, anyone who divorces art from economic history, fails to recognize the constitutive significance of this link. Michael Hutter shows how the very differences between art and the business sector can be become complementary sources of value creation. This volume contains studies on the historical influence of the arts on economic growth and offers texts on the politics of art, the organization of work, and the theory of value. The book is rounded out by two case studies - one on J. W. Goethe's "Faust II", the other on M. Proust's "Recherche" - which the author draws on to explain the use of economic phenomena as literary material.
Michael Hutter
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Hamburg: Philo Fine Arts

ISBN 978-3-86572-582-0
335 pages
€ 16,00

Der Rechtsstaat unter Bewährungsdruck

Schriften zur Governance-Forschung, Bd. 20
The legal and political self-concept of the Federal Republic of Germany as a state based on the rule of law is essentially recognized and uncontroversial. Nonetheless, Germany's modern constitutional democracy has been put to many different tests in recent years. Reduced restrictions on wire-tapping in the fight against organized crime, for example, has greatly widened the state's surveillance of private communication. And the "War on Terror" declared after September 11, 2001, has marked a new dimension in the relation between a private sphere free of state interference and a preventive "state security" apparatus operating in the name of protection. In five essays, renowned legal scholars take different perspectives on the question of whether and how such developments shift the relation between security and liberty and whether the state's attempts to assert itself do not actually entail the danger of sacrificing the very meaning of due process and what makes it so central to Germany's political culture. The volume documents the "Rule of Law" lectures delivered in the first half of 2008.
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Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Wolfgang Merkel, Georg Nolte, Michael Zürn
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Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

ISBN 978-3-8329-5211-2
105 pages
€ 19,00

Work in a Modern Society

The German Historical Experience in Comparative Perspective
New German Historical Perspectives, Vol. 3
Unlike the history of the workers and the workers' movement, the history of work has received little research attention. This volume affords an overview of the basic lines along which work has developed in Germany and Europe in recent centuries. It also brings together results of new studies on important individual questions. Gerd Spittler reports on the beginnings of social science research on the anthropology of work in the nineteenth century. Karin Hausen reviews the German historical research on the history of gender and work. Ute Frevert writes on the topic of "trust as work." Thomas Welskopp investigates the concept of work in the early period of the German workers' movement. Comparing industrial work and the work of soldiers in war, Alf Lüdtke discovers surprising aspects the two kinds of work have in common. Klaus Tenfelde addresses the subject of forced labor by foreigners in Germany during World War II. Sebastian Conrad inquires into the Confucian work ethic and the spirit of Japanese capitalism. Discourses on work in early modern times are reconstructed by Josef Ehmer, and Andreas Eckert examines new research on the global history of work. The book shows which facets of the social and cultural history of work are currently receiving focused attention in Germany.
Editor
Jürgen Kocka
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New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books

ISBN 978-1-84545-575-0
230 pages
$ 60.00/£ 35.00

Erzwungene Demokratie

Politische Neuordnung nach militärischer Intervention unter externer Aufsicht
Studien der Hessischen Stiftung Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Bd. 6
In supervising the consolidation of peace in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the international community of states is exporting constitutional democracy as a model and intervening deeply in the internal affairs of states. Can democracy be compelled? This volume presents the first systematic investigation ever conducted on the legality, legitimacy, and effectiveness of external democratization from 1945 to the present. The author points out the central dilemmas of promoting democracy in postwar societies. The study centers on the external supervision in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the international transitional administration in Kosovo, the multilateral supervision in Afghanistan, and the U.S. occupation in Iraq. An astute review of West Germany's transformation under Allied occupation rounds out the analysis. The research shows that the dilemmas of external democratization are all but insoluble and that the successes are limited.
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Sonja Grimm
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Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

ISBN 978-3-8329-5028-6
420 pages
€ 69,00

Handbuch Arbeitgeber- und Wirtschaftsverbände in Deutschland

Employer and business associations are mainstays in the German economic model and figure in a host of political decisions undertaken with the state, unions, and other interest organizations. Such associations organize the collective behavior of economic competitors and try to articulate, represent, and successfully assert their common interests against those of other governmental and social actors. The handbook takes stock of current research on the complex landscape of German business associations. The first part of the volume treats the history and functions of the employer and business associations; the second part, their organization and structure. The third part presents an examination of how these associations are embedded in their political and social context, including their relationship to the unions. The fourth part is about the positioning of business associations in collective bargaining policy, social policy, and environmental policy and about what the associations understand social partnership to be. The fifth and final part concentrates on the international setting and the consequences that the internationalization of governance has for the Europeanization and work of the associations. The book’s unifying theme is the fundamental question about how employer and business associations are responding to the changed environmental conditions they face and to their own internal processes of change, all of which are testing the German model of the social market economy.
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Editors
Wolfgang Schroeder, Bernhard Weßels
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Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN 978-3-531-14195-4
552 pages
€59,95

United in Diversity?

Comparing Social Models in Europe and America
International Policy Exchange Series
Since the advent of the European Union, politicians have increasingly emphasized the notion of a European social model as an alternative to the American form of market capitalism, which is seen as promoting economic growth without regard for solidarity and social progress. As this political discourse has advanced, social scientists and academic policy analysts have raised questions concerning the extent to which the European Union and the United States social models exist outside the minds of diplomats and politicians seeking to stitch together a common identity. To whatever extent one might discern a distinct set of commonalities that represent the core of a European approach, how different are the European characteristics of social, economic, and political life from those of America? Addressing these issues, this book systematically analyzes how much European countries and the United States have in common and how much variation we find within Europe in eight central spheres of socio-economic and political life: employment, equality/mobility, educational opportunity, integration of immigrants, democratic functioning, political participation, rights to welfare, and levels of public spending. Drawing on empirical analyses by American and European scholars who represent multi-disciplinary backgrounds, each of these topics is put under scrutiny.
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Editors
Jens Alber, Neil Gilbert
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Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-537663-0
450 pages
$ 55.00

Handbuch Wissenschaftspolitik

Emerging from a long period of stagnation, the German science system has been reorganizing for a decade a more. Academic research and teaching are undergoing fundamental redesign. Many components of this transformation, such as the calls for more competition, public accountability, administrative reforms, and changes in salary regulations, are familiar. What is new are the shifts in authority and power in the universities, between universities and state ministries, between the federal government and the Länder (states), and, increasingly, between national policies and supranational influences. Science policy operates at multiple levels: within institutions because resources shift; through institutional policies that must assimilate new structures and facilitate unaccustomed management and coordination tasks; and in new political arrangements as mechanisms emerge for bringing together ministries, research funding, the public, institutions of science policy, and increasingly autonomous universities. Science policy also functions as classical government policy, for whose function a new definition as an advocate of public interest is being sought. The Handbook of Science Policy provides the first systematic overview of the actors and modes of coordination in the German science system and points out the transitions and radical changes occurring within it.
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Dagmar Simon, Andreas Knie, Stefan Hornbostel
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Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN 978-3-531-15742-9
567 pages
€ 69,90

Systemtransformation

This book provides the first systematic introduction to political science transformation research. It also offers extensive empirical analyses of democratization since 1945 and systemic changes in southern Europe, Latin America, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. In the first, theoretical part of the book, the author spells out criteria that permit a clear conceptual grasp and delineation of political governance. They apply to democracy, autocracy, government, regime, state, and system alike. With this framework in mind, the author outlines the major phases of transformation from autocratic to democratic political systems and systematically interrelates the dynamics of their structures and actors. In the book's second section - the empirical analysis of four major regional waves of transformation - the theoretical concepts are applied to the democratization of Germany, Italy, and Japan after 1945, the right-wing dictatorships of southern Europe (Portugal, Greece, and Spain) after 1974, the capitalist autocracies of East Asia (the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand) in the mid-1980s, and the communist systems of eastern Europe after 1989.
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Author
Wolfgang Merkel
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Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
2., überarbeitete und erweiterte Auflage

ISBN 978-3-531-17201-9
561 pages
€ 69,90

Staat als Prozess

Eine staatstheoretische Skizze in sieben Aufzügen
Schriftenreihe des Sonderforschungsbereichs "Staatlichkeit im Wandel"
For a number of years social scientists, policy researchers, and legal scholars have been examining the change in the state as a form of organization and public authority. But how is the transformation of something so abstract measured or described? Gunnar Folke Schuppert draws on an array of examples to explain the change in the state as a constant, multilayered process in which structures dissolve, old actors lose influence, and new actors appear. With a discerning retrospective on the history of state sovereignty, he illustrates how profound the change has been in recent decades and how complex the questions of governance have become in a time of increasing supranationalization and transnationalization. The volume is a response to the Bremen political scientists Philipp Genschel and Stephan Leibfried, whose article "Schupperts Staat" (2008), takes a critical stance on Schuppert's analysis.
Gunnar Folke Schuppert
Edition / place / publisher

Frankfurt a.M./New York: Campus

ISBN 978-3-593-39189-2
190 pages
€ 24,90

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