Edited Books

A list of books edited by members of the Department of Government and International Relations staff. Books are organised into the department's five of the key research areas: international relations, public policy, comparative politics, and Australian politics.

International Relations

The Handbook of Global Companies

Edited by John Mikler - Wiley - May 2013

The Handbook of Global Companies brings together original research addressing the latest theories and empirical analysis surrounding the role of global companies in local, national, and international governance.

Australia and China at 40

Edited by James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan - University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press - June 2012

For the first time, Australia’s leading trading partner is not a democracy. Rather, it is a powerful authoritarian state with a fast-growing economy, a rapidly modernising military and bold global ambition. How should Australia respond to the seemingly unstoppable and dazzlingly swift rise of China? To mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People’s Republic of China, expert writers – from Australia and China – come together here to analyse how both countries relate to each other. They cast light on security and economic issues, trade and investment, and political, diplomatic and strategic challenges that can only increase in intensity. While China’s prosperity is good for Australia’s bottom-line, China’s assertiveness in regional affairs, its tight domestic political, human rights and currency controls and the expansion of its cultural influence all make Australians uneasy. And could this global powerhouse become a military threat? Or can we have it all in the Asian Century – healthy trade and diplomatic relations, and a genuine and robust dialogue?



Public Policy

The Networked Young Citizen: Social Media, Political Participation and Civic Engagement

Edited by Brian D. Loader, Ariadne Vromen and Michael Xenos - Routledge - 2014

The future engagement of young citizens from a wide range of socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds in democratic politics remains a crucial concern for academics, policy-makers, civics teachers and youth workers around the world. At a time when the negative relationship between socio-economic inequality and levels of political participation is compounded by high youth unemployment or precarious employment in many countries, it is not surprising that new social media communications may be seen as a means to re-engage young citizens. This edited collection explores the influence of social media, such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, upon the participatory culture of young citizens.

This collection, comprising contributions from a number of leading international scholars in this field, examines such themes as the possible effects of social media use upon patterns of political socialization; the potential of social media to ameliorate young people’s political inequality; the role of social media communications for enhancing the civic education curriculum; and evidence for social media manifesting new forms of political engagement and participation by young citizens. These issues are considered from a number of theoretical and methodological approaches but all attempt to move beyond simplistic notions of young people as an undifferentiated category of ‘the internet generation’.

Emergency Policy

Edited by Timothy Legrand and Allan McConnell - Ashgate - 2012

This volume of leading scholarly articles addresses the international dynamics of emergency policy and practice. In a world of increasing technological, economic and political interdependency, it is no longer feasible for states to ignore the pervasive influence of globalisation. The crises wrought by industrial disasters, catastrophic weather events, pandemics, financial implosion and cyber intrusion now transcend and challenge national interests with increasing frequency. The case-studies collected here explore these global dimensions of crisis and the state through the lenses of planning and prevention, acute responses, recovery and reconstruction, and learning about crisis.

This collection is essential reading for academics, policy officials and practitioners with an interest in emergency management, risk management and issues of national/global security. In original introductory and concluding chapters to the volume, Legrand and McConnell provide a critical perspective on the challenges that globalisation presents to policymakers under crisis conditions and signposts some of the emerging challenges to the state and international community.



Political Theory

Bergson, Politics, and Religion

Edited by Dr Alexandre Lefebvre - Durham: Duke University Press - 2012

Henri Bergson is primarily known for his work on time, memory, and creativity. His equally innovative interventions into politics and religion have, however, been neglected or dismissed until now. In the first book in English dedicated to Bergson as a political thinker, leading Bergson scholars illuminate his positions on core concerns within political philosophy: the significance of emotion in moral judgment, the relationship between biology and society, and the entanglement of politics and religion. Ranging across Bergson's writings but drawing mainly on his last book, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion, the contributors consider Bergson's relevance to contemporary discussions of human rights, democratic pluralism, and environmental ethics.

The Future of Representative Democracy

Edited by Sonia Alonso, Prof John Keane and Wolfgang Merkel - Cambridge University Press - March 2011

With Sonia Alonso and Wolfgang Merkel (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung), Professor John Keane poses important questions about representation, representative democracy and their future. Paying close attention to the unfinished, two-centuries-old relationship between democracy and representation, this book offers a fresh perspective on current problems and dilemmas of representative democracy and the possible future development of new forms of democratic representation.

The Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society

Edited by John S. Dryzek, Richard B. Norgaard, and Prof David Schlosberg - Oxford University Press - September 2011

With John S. Dryzek (ANU) and Richard B. Norgaard (UC-Berkeley), Prof David Schlosberg presents a definitive analysis drawing on the best thinking on questions of how climate change affects human systems, and how societies can, do, and should respond. Key topics covered include the history of the issues, social and political reception of climate science, the denial of that science by individuals and organized interests, the nature of the social disruptions caused by climate change, the economics of those disruptions and possible responses to them, questions of human security and social justice, obligations to future generations, policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and governance at local, regional, national, international, and global levels.


Comparative Politics

Contentious Elections: From Ballots to Barricades

Edited by Pippa Norris,Richard W. Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma - Routledge- 2015

The editors, from the Electoral Integrity Project, bring together scholars considering a range of fresh evidence– analyzing public opinion surveys of confidence in elections and voter turnout within specific countries, as well as expert perceptions of the existence of peaceful electoral demonstrations, and survey and aggregate data monitoring outbreaks of electoral violence. The book provides insights invaluable for studies in democracy and democratization, comparative politics, comparative elections, peace and conflict studies, comparative sociology, international development, comparative public opinion, political behavior, political institutions, and public policy.

Climate Innovation: Liberal Capitalism and Climate Changet

Edited by Neil E. Harrison and John Mikler - Macmillan - March 2014

Capitalism is criticized as both the cause of, and the main barrier to, effective mitigation of climate change. Yet, from the earliest days of the international negotiations, states have agreed that technological innovation, believed to be a primary strength of capitalism, is crucial to prevention of a dangerous accumulation of atmospheric greenhouse gases. Nations prefer to rely on innovative technologies to reduce emissions than to use regulations to constrain markets and limit social choice.

Comparing Democracies 4: Elections in a Changing World

Edited by Lawrence LeDuc, Richard G Niemi, and Pippa Norris - Sage Publications - March 2014

This book provides you with a theoretical and comparative understanding of the major topics related to elections and voting behaviour. It explores important work taking place on new areas, whilst at the same time covering the key themes that you’ll encounter throughout your studies.

Edited by three leading figures in the field, the new edition brings together an impressive range of contributors and draws on a range of cases and examples from across the world. It now includes:

  • New chapters on authoritarian elections and regime change, and electoral integrity
  • A chapter dedicated to voting behaviour
  • Increased emphasis on issues relating to the economy.

Comparing Democracies, Fourth Edition will remain a must-read for students and lecturers of elections and voting behaviour, comparative politics, parties, and democracy.

Advancing Electoral Integrity

Edited by Pippa Norris,Richard W. Frank and Ferran Martinez i Coma - Oxford University Press - 2014

Recent decades have seen growing concern about problems of electoral integrity. The most overt malpractices used by rulers include imprisoning dissidents, harassing adversaries, coercing voters, vote-rigging counts, and even blatant disregard for the popular vote. Serious violations of human rights, undermining electoral credibility, are widely condemned by domestic observers and the international community. Recent protests about integrity have mobilized in countries as diverse as Russia, Mexico, and Egypt. Elsewhere minor irregularities are common, exemplified by inaccurate voter registers, maladministration of polling facilities, lack of security in absentee ballots, pro-government media bias, ballot miscounts, and gerrymandering. Long-standing democracies are far from immune to these ills; past problems include the notorious hanging chads in Florida in 2000 and more recent accusations of voter fraud and voter suppression during the Obama-Romney contest.

Middle Class China: Identity and Behaviour

Edited by Minglu Chen and David Goodman - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2013

A general expectation has developed that China’s middle class will generate not only social but also political change. This expectation often overlooks the reality that there is no single Chinese middle class with a common identity or will to action. This timely volume examines the behaviour and identity of the different elements of China’s middle class – entrepreneurs, managers, and professionals – in order to understand their centrality to the wider processes of social and political change in China.

Muslim Secular Democracy

Edited by Lily Rahim - Palgrave Connect - March 2013

Muslim Secular Democracy: Voices From Within provides an expansive understanding of secularism in the Muslim World by exploring different trajectories and varieties of secularism, from the failed authoritarian secular state of Pahlavi Iran and the ambiguous secularism in Malaysia to democratizing passive secularism in Indonesia and shifts towards passive secularism under the AKP government in Turkey. Where the bulk of academic literature on democratization in the Muslim World focuses on the Arab World, this volume fills a gap by developing an integrated Muslim World perspective; together, the country case-studies provide multiple lenses through which to appreciate the socio-political shifts that have resulted in different democratic transitions, supported by varied discourses and propelled by diverse combinations of political, social, and religious actors.

Developmental Politics in Transition: The Neoliberal Era and Beyond

Edited by Chang Kyung-Sup, Ben Fine, Lind Weiss - Palgrave Macmillan - August 2012

In many parts of the world, neoliberalism has not replaced but interacted with national developmentalism in complex and diverse ways. With new constituencies of developmentalism emerging across the globe and with classic developmental political economies restructuring beyond national boundaries, the sociopolitical conditions, processes, and consequences of national development have turned out much more diverse and complex than previously acknowledged. Concurrently, the structural incongruity across various goals of national progress – such as democracy, social equity and integration, and economic development – has become a prevalent phenomenon across the globe. Using case studies that coverboth post-ISI, post-socialist, post-developmental statist, and post-liberal instances of neoliberal-era developmental politics during the ascendancy of neoliberalism on the one hand and East and South Asian, Latin American, African, European, and Australian experiences on the other, the contributors critically examine various national configurations of developmental politics in the neoliberal era.

Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the everyday and the world

Edited by David Goodman - Routledge - May 2012

With Bryna Goodman (University of Oregon), Prof David Goodman investigates the complexities and subtleties of colonialism in China during the first half of the twentieth century. Contributors deal in separate sections with colonial institutions of hybridity, colonialism in specific settings, the social biopolitics of colonialism, colonial governance, and Chinese networks in colonial environments.

Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics & Society

Edited by Graeme Gill and James Young - Routledge - 2012

There is an ever-burgeoning number of books analyzing the Russian experience, or aspects of it. This Handbook is the first single volume which gives both a broad survey of the literature as well as highlighting the cutting edge research in the area. Through both empirical data and theoretical investigation each chapter in the Routledge Handbook Russian of Politics and Society examines both the Russian experience and the existing literature, points to research trends, and identifies issues that remain to be resolved.

Offering focused studies of the key elements of Russian social and political life, the book is organized into the following broad themes: General introduction; Political institutions; Political Economy; Society; Foreign Policy.

Politically, economically, and socially, Russia has one of the most interesting development trajectories of any major country. This Handbook seeks to answer questions about democratic transition, the relationship between the market and democracy, stability and authoritarian politics, the development of civil society, the role of crime and corruption, and the creation of a market economy.

Providing a comprehensive resource for scholars and policy makers alike, this book is an important contribution to the study of Russian Studies, Eastern European studies, and International Relations.

China's Peasants and Workers: Changing Class Identities

Edited by Beatriz Carrillo Garcia and David Goodman - Edward Elgar Publishing - 2012

This unique and fascinating book explores three decades of economic change in China and the consequent transformation of class relations and class-consciousness in villages and in the urban workplace. The book illustrates how the development of the urban economic environment has led to changes in the urban working class, through an exploration of the workplace experiences of rural migrant workers, and of the plight of the old working class in the state owned sector. The expert contributors raise questions on the extent to which migrant workers have become a new working class, are absorbed into the old working class, or simply remain as migrant workers. They also highlight changes in class relations in villages in the urban periphery, where the urbanization drive and in-migration has lead to a new local politics of class differentiation.



Australian Politics

Contemporary Politics in Australia

Edited by Rodney Smith and Ariadne Vromen and Ian Cook- Cambridge University Press - February 2012

Contemporary Politics in Australia provides a lively and wide-ranging introduction to the study of Australian politics. Written by a diverse range of experts, the book offers a comprehensive overview of current theories, debates and research in Australian political science and looks forward to new developments. It encompasses not only formal and institutionally based politics, but also the informal politics of everyday life, including the politics of Australian culture and media. The book is divided into six key sections that cover:

  • political theory
  • politics in everyday Australian life
  • elections
  • participation and representation
  • the Australian state •contemporary political and public policy issues.

Contemporary Politics in Australia challenges the assumption that the study of Australian politics can be dry, descriptive or uncontroversial. Rather, it encourages an understanding of politics in Australia as contested ground. Ten of the 32 chapters are written by academics from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney.

From Carr to Keneally: Labor in office in NSW 1995-2011

Edited by David Clune and Rodney Smith - Allen and Unwin- 2012

At the NSW state election in 2011, the public turned on the 16-year-old Labor administration with unprecedented fury. The Government that had won spectacular victories in 1999 and 2003 was defeated with a swing that was an Australian postwar record. How did it manage to stay in power for four terms? What were its achievements and why did things unravel so badly?

In From Carr to Keneally respected experts analyse the four terms of Labor government in NSW: the premiers and their ministers, the political parties and their electoral fortunes; the role of independents; policies in all key areas; and changes in the bureaucracy, cabinet and parliament.

The definitive account of the Labor era in NSW, From Carr to Keneally goes to the heart of issues which Labor faces around Australia at both state and federal levels.