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  • Amanda Machin, Alexander Ruser

    Against Political Compromise

    Sustaining Democratic Debate

    Invoking recent examples from various policy areas to illustrate their claims, the authors assert that compromise can disguise inequality, reduce plurality and heighten uncertainty. In short, compromise can weaken democracy and must not be seen as some sort of political panacea. This concise, accessible text offers a strong and provocative argument that provides a crucial counterpoint to the promise of compromise. It should prove of interest to students and scholars interested in compromise and consensus as well as democratic governance, social inequality, political apathy and environmental politics.

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  • Birte Fähnrich, Markus Rhomberg, Melani Barlai, Christina Griessler (Hg.)

    The Migrant Crisis

    European Perspectives and National Discourses

    For a long time migration to Europe has been a subordinate issue on the public agenda. But with the recent wave of refugees from Arab and African countries, the question of how the EU, national governments and societies are able to cope with the arrival of millions of migrants, has become a core theme of public discourse. This volume displays the debates for the countries which are on the migration routes or which are among the most desired targets, hence are the most affected. The book thus attempts to give a broader – European – perspective on the migrant crisis and its public repercussions.

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  • Nico Stehr (Hg.)

    The Governance of Knowledge

    Social surveillance and regulation of knowledge will be one of the most important issues in the near future, one that will give rise to unending controversy. In The Governance of Knowledge, Nico Stehr predicts that such concerns will create a new political field, namely, knowledge policy, which will entail regulating dissemination of the anticipated results of rapidly increasing knowledge. The book assembles a range of essays that attempt to explore the new field of knowledge politics for the first time. Individual chapters concern the emergence of knowledge policy, the embeddedness of such regulations in major social institutions, offer case studies and discuss controversial issues that are bound to accompany efforts to regulate new knowledge.

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  • Marian Adolf, Nico Stehr


    Is Knowledge Power?

    As we move through our modern world, the phenomenon we call knowledge is always involved. Whether we talk of know-how, technology, innovation, politics or education, it is the concept of knowledge that ties them all together. But despite its ubiquity as a modern trope we seldom encounter knowledge in itself. How is it produced, where does it reside, and who owns it? Is knowledge always beneficial, will we know all there is to know at some point in the future, and does knowledge really equal power? This book pursues an original approach to this concept that seems to define so many aspects of modern societies. It explores the topic from a distinctly sociological perspective, and traces the many ways that knowledge is woven into the very fabric of modern society.

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  • Tim Weiss, Bitange Ndemo

    Digital Kenya

    An Entrepreneurial Revolution in the Making

    Presenting rigorous and original research, this volume offers key insights into the historical, cultural, social, economic and political forces at play in the creation of world-class ICT innovations in Kenya. Written by engaged scholars and professionals in the field, the book offers 15 eye-opening chapters and 14 one-on-one conversations with entrepreneurs and investors to ask why establishing ICT start-ups on a continental and global scale remains a challenge on the „Silicon Savannah“. The authors present evidence-based recommendations to help Kenya to continue producing globally impactful ICT innovations that improve the lives of those still waiting on the side-lines, and to inspire other nations to do the same.

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  • Nico Stehr, Amanda Machin

    Understanding Inequality

    Social Costs and Benefits

    The contributions in this book highlight, contextualize and analyze different aspects of social inequality. What are the various cause and effects of inequality? How have these changed over recent decades? Which social policies might be best able to intervene? Written by authors from a variety of disciplines and geographical regions, these contributions provide a rich account of inequality within contemporary society. The role of the state, the media and the market in exacerbating and alleviating patterns of equality are all accessed alongside analysis of changing patterns of exclusion and hierarchy.

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  • Nico Stehr

    Information, Power, and Democracy

    Liberty is a Daughter of Knowledge

    Is it that we do not know enough, but that we know too much? What are the implications for the freedom of societies and their citizens? Does knowledge help or heed them in unraveling the complexity of new challenges? This book systematically explores the shifting dynamics of knowledge production and the implications for the conditions and practices of freedom. It considers the growth of knowledge about knowledge and the impact of an evolving media. It argues for a revised understanding of the societal role of knowledge and presents the concept of „knowledge societies“ as a major resource for liberty.

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  • What discursive approaches play a part in climate policies? Amanda Machin presents an overview of different, even conflicting, perspectives, ideas and values that play a role in dealing with climate change. It is often assumed that this complex environmental issue can only be addressed by resolving or suppressing all discrepancies. But Machin argues in favour of a radical-democratic view of climate change, in which conflicting political views are not ironed out but revealed. Machin makes out a case for embracing other points of view instead of suppressing opposition, which makes controversy invaluable in environmental policymaking. If we reject conflicting points of view as being irrational, this inhibits the democratic expression of other points of view. We had better examine the conditions that would allow us to open up scope for different opinions and the debate between them.

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  • Lucia A. Reisch, John Thøgersen (Hg.)

    Handbook Of Research On Sustainable Consumption

    This Handbook compiles the state of the art of current research on sustainable consumption from the world’s leading experts in the field. The implementation of sustainable consumption presents one of the greatest challenges and opportunities we are faced with today. On the one hand, consumption is a wanted and necessary phenomenon important for society and the economy. On the other, our means of consumption contradicts many important ecological and social long-term goals. Set against this background, the Handbook aims to offer an interdisciplinary overview of recent research on sustainable consumption, to draw attention to this subject and to encourage discussion and debate. In 27 chapters, leading authorities in the field provide their expertise in a concise and accessible manner.

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  • Amanda Machin

    Nations and Democracy

    New Theoretical Perspectives

    Using the ideas of Wittgenstein and Lacan, Amanda Machin expertly explains that the overlapping and conflicting language games of the nation produce it as an object of desire in an uncertain world. The nation is not a pre-political thing but a matter of persistent political contestation and coalition. She reveals that the nation still has a vital part to play in democratic politics, but that this role is one of improvisation. While they endure as tools of emancipatory promise, nations nonetheless remain potential categories of violent exclusion. They cannot be pinned down as easily as anti-national and pro-national alternatives suggest. It is precisely the indeterminacy of the nation that gives it ongoing importance for democracy today. Providing an urgent riposte to dominant accounts, this thought provoking and highly original account demands a re-politicisation of the nation.

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  • Josef Wieland

    Governance Ethics

    Global value creation, economic organization and normativity

    This book investigates the functioning and effects of moral rules and values as endogenous elements of governance structures when applied to economic and social transactions. It covers theoretical, conceptual and practical challenges in the global economy with regard to a sustainable economy, the social responsibility of corporations, and their transcultural and normative management. By offering comprehensive insight into the research results of the Ethics of Governance project, this book provides a unique scientific work on business and economic ethics.

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  • Nico Stehr, Volker Meja (Hg.)

    Knowledge and Politics

    The Sociology of Knowledge Dispute

    Karl Mannheim’s „Ideology and Utopia“ has been a profoundly provocative book. It´s became a focus for a debate on the methodological and epistemological problems confronting German social science. More than thirty major papers were published in response to Mannheim’s text. Writers such as Hannah Arendt, Ernst Robert Curtius, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Helmuth Plessner, Hans Speier and Paul Tillich were among the contributors. The English publication in 1936 defined formative issues for two generations of sociological self-reflection. „Knowledge and Politics“ provides an introduction to the dispute and reproduces the leading contributions. It sheds new light on one of the greatest controversies that have marked German social science in the past hundred years.

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  • Karen van den Berg und Ursula Pasero (Hg.)

    Art Production beyond the Art Market?

    Independent education programs, self-organized urban planning, artistic practices in the outer field of scientific research, and similar initiatives have unfolded over the last few years. This publication addresses this wide field, focusing on theoretical reflections and exemplary insights into alternative artistic working models. The anthology assembles expert studies and artists’ interviews, in order to reflect on new forms of practices that have been established beyond the exhibition-gallery nexus and hegemonic market activity.

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  • Marian Adolf und Nico Stehr


    Knowledge might be seen as the most central as well as the most under-researched trait of social life: we mainly think of knowledge as either technical (scientific knowledge) or formal (as bestowed by academic education). The things that we know are obscured in our everyday routines, not revealing their true status as „known“ – until critical moments demand it. This book establishes a fundamentally social understanding of knowledge. Knowledge is re-embedded into the discussion of how we, as individuals and groups, and as a modern society produce and reproduce knowledge as the foundation of our lives. Knowledge is approached as a societal phenomenon, as we uncover the ingredients and settings in which knowledge is produced and put to use.

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  • Helmut Willke, Eva Becker, Carla Rostásy

    Systemic Risk

    The Myth of Rational Finance and the Crisis of Democracy

    Five years have passed since the outbreak of one of the worst financial crises the world has ever witnessed. Yet, despite the exceedingly diverse range of publications that have sought to explain the causes and the logic of the crisis, central questions have remained unanswered. Indeed, not only has systemic risk become a buzzword, but it has also developed into an acute threat. But what exactly constitutes the very essence of this concept, and ought it to be considered an economic or a political phenomenon?

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  • Nico Stehr, Reiner Grundmann

    The Power of Scientific Knowledge

    From Research to Public Policy

    It is often said that knowledge is power, but more often than not relevant knowledge is not used when political decisions are made. This book examines how political decisions relate to scientific knowledge and what factors determine the success of scientific research in influencing policy. The authors take a comparative and historical perspective and refer to well-known theoretical frameworks, but the focus of the book is on three case studies: the discourse of racism, Keynesianism and climate change.

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  • Helmut Willke, Gerhard Willke

    Political Governance of Capitalism

    A Reassessment Beyond the Global Crisis

    The global financial crisis has uncovered disastrous gaps in the governance of capitalism. This timely book argues for encompassing and intelligent forms of political governance of capitalism to mitigate against the possibility of future global systemic risk.

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  • This instructive study examines how a transnational discourse on 'modern' social policy - based the guiding principles of 'activation' and an 'activating welfare state' - intervenes in the concepts and practices of citizenship.

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