Political Science

Working with the Ancestors

Emily C. Donaldson, series edited byK. Sivaramakrishnan
Throughout the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia, forest spirits share space with ancestral ruins and active agricultural plots, affecting land use and heritage preservation. As their efforts to establish UNESCO World Heritage status continue, Marquesans grapple with questions about when sites should be preserved intact, when neglect is an appropriate option, and when deterioration resulting from local livelihoods...

A Human Rights Approach to Development in India

edited by Moshe Hirsch, Ashok Kotwal, Bharat Ramaswami
Jul 2019 - UBC Press
Over the last twenty years, India has enacted legislation to turn development goals such as food security, primary education, and employment into legal rights for its citizens. But enacting laws is different from implementing them. A HumanRights Based Approach to Development in India examines a diverse range of human development issues over a period of rapid economic growth in India. Demonstrating why institutional and economic development is...

Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice

Sarah Carter
Jul 2019 - UBC Press
Many of Canada's most famous suffragists lived and campaigned in the Prairie provinces, which led the way in granting women the right to vote and hold office. In Ours by Every Law of Right and Justice, Sarah Carter challenges the myth that grateful male legislators simply handed women the vote when it was asked for. Settler suffragists worked long and hard to overcome obstacles and persuade doubters. But even as they petitioned for the vote for...

Rethinking the Spectacle

David Penner
Jul 2019 - UBC Press
Spectacle is usually considered a superficial form of politics, which tries to distract and deceive a passive audience. It is difficult to see how this type of politics could be reconciled with the democratic requirement of active and informed agency. Rethinking the Spectacle reexamines the tension between spectacle and political agency using the ideas and practices of Guy Debord and the Situationist International as a point of departure. Drawing on...

What's Trending in Canadian Politics?

edited by Mireille Lalancette, Vincent Raynauld, Erin Crandall
Jul 2019 - UBC Press
What trends are shaping contemporary political communication and behaviour in Canada, and where are they heading? What's Trending in Canadian Politics? examines political communication and democratic governance in a digital age. Exploring the effects of conventional and emerging political communication practices in Canada, contributors investigate the uses of digital...

Resisting Disappearance

Ather Zia, series edited byPiya Chatterjee
In Kashmir's frigid winter a woman leaves her door cracked open, waiting for the return of her only son. Every month in a public park in Srinagar, a child remembers her father as she joins her mother in collective mourning. The activist women who form the Association of the Parents of the Disappeared Persons (APDP) keep public attention focused on the 8,000 to 10,000 Kashmiri men disappeared by the Indian government forces...

Patient Safety Ethics

John D. Banja
Human errors occur all too frequently in medical practice settings—sometimes because safety standards are not followed and enforced but also because production pressures often overwhelm the competence of healthcare professionals. One sobering recent report claimed that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Hoping to reverse this disturbing trend but wondering why it is that things usually go...

Doing Politics Differently?

edited by Sylvia Bashevkin
Jun 2019 - UBC Press
Women have reached the highest levels of political office in Canada's provinces and territories, but what difference has their rise to the top made? In Doing Politics Differently? leading researchers from across the country assess the track records of eleven premiers, including their impact on policies of particular interest to women and their influence on the tenor of legislative debate and the recruitment of other women as party...

Seeking the Court's Advice

Kate Puddister
Jun 2019 - UBC Press
Can Parliament legalize samesex marriage? Can Quebec unilaterally secede from Canada? Can the federal government create a national firearms registry? Each of these questions is contentious and deeply political, and each was addressed by a court in a reference case, not by elected policy makers. Reference cases allow governments to obtain an advisory opinion from a court without a live dispute or opposing litigants – and governments often wield this power...


Larry Beasley
Jun 2019 - UBC Press
Until the 1980s, Vancouver was a typical midsized North American city. But after the city hosted Expo 86, something extraordinary happened. This otherwise unremarkable urban centre was transformed into an inspiring worldclass city celebrated for its liveability, sustainability, and competitiveness. This book tells the story of the urban planning phenomenon called "Vancouverism" and the philosophy and practice behind it. Writing from an insider's perspective, Larry Beasley, a former chief planner of Vancouver, traces the...

Holy Science

Banu Subramaniam, hD, series edited byBanu Subramaniam, hD, Rebecca Herzig
In the early 2000s, as India was emerging as a global superpower, a key development project off the southern Indian coast was thwarted by intense opposition. The construction of a new shipping canal angered Hindu nationalists who sought to protect what they saw as the land bridge built by Hanuman and his monkey army in the Indian epic Ramayana. Environmentalists also protested against the canal, claiming that it severely...

Landpower in the Long War

edited by Jason W. Warren, foreword by Daniel P. Bolger, with contributions by Lukas Milevski, Peter R. Mansoor, Joel Hillison, Donald S. Travis, Frank Sobchak, Gregory Roberts, James DiCrocco, Mark Balboni, Paul Westermeyer, William Waddell, Edward A. Gutiérrez, Eric Setzekorn, Ibrahim Al-Marashi, David Fastabend, John A. Bonin, Jon Middaugh, Charles Luke, Chris Bowers, Alex Willard, Jacqueline E. Whitt, Lawrence Tritle, epilogue by J. Casey Doss
War and landpower's role in the twenty-first...

The Rising Clamor

David P. Hadley
The US intelligence community as it currently exists has been deeply influenced by the press. Although considered a vital overseer of intelligence activity, the press and its validity is often questioned, even by the current presidential administration. But dating back to its creation in 1947, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has benefited from relationships with members of the US press to garner public support for its activities, defend...

The US Senate and the Commonwealth

Mitch McConnell, Roy E. Brownell, II, afterword by Lamar Alexander
Kentucky has long punched above its weight in the US Senate, as some of the nation's most distinguished senators have hailed from the Commonwealth. Despite its relatively small population for much of American history, Kentucky has produced a record two Senate majority leaders, a record three Senate majority whips, and one of the country's greatest lawmakers, Henry Clay. These...

Refugees' Roles in Resolving Displacement and Building Peace

edited by Megan Bradley, James Milner, Blair Peruniak, foreword by François Crépeau
How are refugee crises solved? This has become an urgent question as global displacement rates continue to climb, and refugee situations now persist for years if not decades. The resolution of displacement and the conflicts that force refugees from their homes is often explained as a top-down process led and controlled by governments and international organizations. This...

Surrogate Warfare

Andreas Krieg, Jean-Marc Rickli
Surrogate Warfare explores the emerging phenomenon of "surrogate warfare" in twenty-first century conflict. The popular notion of war is that it is fought en masse by the people of one side versus the other. But the reality today is that both state and non-state actors are increasingly looking to shift the burdens of war to surrogates. Surrogate warfare describes a patron's outsourcing of the strategic, operational, or tactical burdens of...

Gendered Mediation

edited by Angelia Wagner, Joanna Everitt
May 2019 - UBC Press
Despite decades of women's participation in politics, the gender identities of Canadian politicians continue to attract media and public attention and shape the way they are perceived and evaluated. Gendered Mediation takes an original approach to the study of gender and political communication by examining the implications of intersecting notions of gender, sexuality, race, age, and class deployed by politicians, journalists, and citizens...

The Political Economy of Resource Management

edited by Andreas R. Dugstad Sanders, Pal Thonstad Sandvik, Espen Storli
May 2019 - UBC Press
Industrialist John Paul Getty famously quipped, "The meek shall inherit the earth, but not its mineral rights." Throughout history, natural resources have been sources of wealth and power and catalysts for war and peace. The case studies gathered in this innovative volume examine how the intersection of ideas, interest groups, international institutions, and political systems...

Ruling Out Art

Taryn Sirove
May 2019 - UBC Press
In the 1980s, the Ontario Board of Censors began to subject media artists' work to the same cuts, bans, and warning labels as commercial film. This innovative exploration of how art and law intersected in the ensuing censor wars turns a spotlight on the powerful role that artists can play in the administration of culture. When artists and their anticensorship allies mounted grassroots protests and entered courts of law, they impacted how the province interpreted freedom of...

Top-Down Democracy in South Korea

Erik Mobrand, hD, series edited byClark W. Sorensen
Although South Korea is widely heralded as a successful new democracy—buttressed by a politically engaged public—elections have done less than expected to force political parties to reorganize their elitist structures. In Top-Down Democracy in South Korea, Erik Mobrand demonstrates that political elites, contrary to theoretical expectations, have responded to freer and fairer elections by entrenching rather than abandoning exclusionary practices and forms of...