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Losing Control?: Sovereignty in the Age of Globalization

by Saskia Sassen Columbia University Press (September 26, 1996)

The past decade has seen great changes in the way business is transacted across national borders. Because of unprecedented advances in telecommunication and computer networks, money is transferred in electronic...


Reforming Democracies: Six Facts About Politics That Demand a New Agenda

by Douglas A. Chalmers Columbia University Press (January 15, 2013)

Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions—elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their...


Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust

by Ira Katznelson Columbia University Press (May 06, 2003)

During and especially after the Second World War, a group of leading scholars who had been perilously close to the war's devastation joined others fortunate enough to have been protected by distance in an effort...


The Politics of the Governed: Reflections on Popular Politics in Most of the World

by Partha Chatterjee Columbia University Press (March 10, 2004)

Partha Chatterjee argues that the rise of ethnic or identity politics-particularly in the postcolonial world-is a consequence of new techniques of governmental administration. Using contemporary examples from...


Bodies, Commodities, and Biotechnologies: Death, Mourning, and Scientific Desire in the Realm of Human Organ Transfer

by Lesley A. Sharp Columbia University Press (October 10, 2006)

The human body defines a lucrative site of reusable parts, ranging from whole organs to minuscule and even microscopic tissues. Although the medical practices that enable the transfer of parts from one body...


Dispossession and the Environment: Rhetoric and Inequality in Papua New Guinea

by Paige West Columbia University Press (October 04, 2016)

When journalists, developers, surf tourists, and conservation NGOs cast Papua New Guineans as living in a prior nature and prior culture, they devalue their knowledge and practice, facilitating their dispossession....