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Global Politics in a Changing World blends conceptual writings on international relations with current events coverage from journalistic sources. Case materials in this reader are drawn from all major geographic regions in order to emphasize the global nature of post-Cold War issues. Each chapter approaches the key topics first from a scholarly/theoretical perspective, then follows with readings that present a news/current events context. The readings provide a stimulus for informed debate and discussion and encourage students to view daily events as part of a larger process of change. This unique reader goes beyond the traditional concept of international relations, defined simply as interactions between states. Covering all players in the modern global political scene, topics in the text range from international companies and intergovernmental organizations to traditional states and terrorist organizations. To discuss these varied influences in world politics, the authors have carefully selected a mix of readings that includes journal articles on current events and classic discussions of international relations.
How and why has the city of Florence, one of the great treasure houses of western civilization, been reduced to little more than a Renaissance Disneyland for tourists? Florence, once a center of national intellectual creativity, has become a city with two separate lives. Its historic center caters to and profits from tourists, while the periphery houses a population that endures overcrowding, decaying infrastructure, and an exorbitant cost of living. In Politics in a Museum, James Miller investigates Florence's losing struggle with modern times. He traces the city's story from its bloody liberation in 1944 through a reconstruction led by Communist and Catholic saints, the flood of 1966, the booms and busts of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. In the process, Miller provides an analysis of the defects of Italy's national political system, as well as a meticulous reconstruction of the men and events that have placed Florence alongside Venice in the unenviable status of museum city.
The resignation of President Soeharto in 1998 opened a new era in Indonesia. The time to reform the Indonesian political system, to protect human rights and press freedom, and to eliminate systematic and systemic corruption, had arrived. This book traces the process of major law reforms which took place in Indonesia during the Habibie era, from May 1998 to October 1999, arguably as a critical period in the history of Indonesia's moves toward becoming a democratic country. The book also provides a final chapter on 12 years of Indonesian transition and examines the new structure of Indonesian state after the Amendments to the 1945 Constitution in 2002-2004, and the issue of national security and the rule of law after 9/11 and Bali bombing in 2002. TABLE OF CONTENTS Acknowledgement Part I: Foundation Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Explaining Law Reform Chapter 3: Indonesia: From Crisis to Law Reform Part II: Case Studies Chapter 4: Political Laws Chapter 5: Human Rights and Press Freedom Chapter 6: Anti-Corruption Legislation Part III: Conclusion and Reflection Chapter 7: Conclusion Chapter 8: Reflections: 12 Years after Soeharto Bibliography About the Author(s)/Editor(s) Dr Nadirsyah Hosen is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong (NSW, Australia) where he teaches Foundations of Law, Constitutional Law, Islamic law and Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian law. Nadir has a Bachelors degree (UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta), a Graduate Diploma in Islamic Studies, and Master of Arts with Honours (University of New England), as well as a Master of Laws in Comparative Law (Northern Territory University). He completed his first PhD (Law) at the University of Wollongong and a second PhD (Islamic Law) at the National University of Singapore. He then worked for two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at TC. Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland, where he conducted research and taught 'comparative anti-terrorism law and policy' for LLM program. He is the author of Shari'a and Constitutional Reform in Indonesia (Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore, 2007), a co-editor (with Joseph Liow) of Islam in Southeast Asia, 4 volumes, (Routledge, London, 2009), and a co-editor (with Richard Mohr) of Law and Religion in Public Life: The Contemporary Debate (Routledge, London, forthcoming).
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