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In Tragedy in the Commons, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara, draw on an astonishing eighty exit interviews with former Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada.  Though Canada is at the top of international rankings of democracies, Canadians themselves increasingly don’t see politics as a way to solve society’s problems. Small wonder. In the news, they see grandstanding in the House of Commons and MPs pursuing agendas that don’t always make sense to the people who elected them.  But elected officials make critical choices about how this wildly diverse country functions today and how it will thrive in the future. They direct billions of dollars in public funding and craft the laws that have allowed Canada to lead the way internationally. Even with so much at stake, citizens—voters—are turning away. How did one of the world’s most functional democracies go so very wrong?  In Tragedy in the Commons, MPs describe arriving at their political careers almost by accident; few say they aspired to be in politics before it “happened” to them. In addition, almost without fail, each MP describes the tremendous influence of their political party: from the manipulation of the nomination process to enforced voting in the House and in committees, the unseen hand of the party dominates every aspect of the MP’s existence.  Loat and MacMillan ask: Just what do we want Members of Parliament to be doing? To whom are they accountable? And should parties be trusted with the enormous power they wield with such little oversight or citizen involvement?  With unprecedented access to the perspective and experience of Canada’s public leaders, Tragedy in the Commons concludes by offering solutions for improving the way politics works in Canada, and how all Canadians can reinvigorate a democracy that has lost its way, its purpose and the support of the public it is meant to serve.
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9780307361295, titled "Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy" | Random House of Canada Ltd, April 15, 2014, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: In Tragedy in the Commons, Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara, draw on an astonishing eighty exit interviews with former Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada.

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9780307361301, titled "Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy" | Vintage, March 3, 2015, cover price $19.95

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Product Description: Our world is out of balance and the consequences are proving fateful: the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves, with greed having been raised to some sort of high calling...read more
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9781626563179 | Berrett-Koehler Pub, January 5, 2015, cover price $15.95 | About this edition: Our world is out of balance and the consequences are proving fateful: the degradation of our environment, the demise of our democracies, and the denigration of ourselves, with greed having been raised to some sort of high calling.

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By Tilo Wesche (editor)
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9781783480890 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, November 30, 2014, cover price $39.95

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9781498502436 | Lexington Books, October 16, 2014, cover price $95.00

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Product Description: Irresponsible Government examines the current state of Canadian democracy in contrast to the founding principles of responsible government established by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867. The book examines the failure of modern elected representatives to perform their constitutionally mandated duty to hold the prime minister and his cabinet to account...read more
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9781459728370 | Ingram Pub Services, October 7, 2014, cover price $19.99 | About this edition: Irresponsible Government examines the current state of Canadian democracy in contrast to the founding principles of responsible government established by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867.

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Product Description: In this stimulating volume, Stephen M. Krason considers whether the Founding Fathers’ vision of the American democratic republic has been transformed and if so, in what ways. He looks to the basic principles of the Founding Fathers, then discusses the changes that resulted from evolving contemporary expectations about government...read more
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9781412847452 | Transaction Pub, June 27, 2012, cover price $59.95 | About this edition: In this stimulating volume, Stephen M.

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9781412854986 | Transaction Pub, September 30, 2014, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: In this stimulating volume, Stephen M.

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Product Description: The European Union (E.U.), along with the Council of Europe, NATO, and the Office of Security and Cooperation in Europe are regional organizations which, despite their different missions, all are designed to support democracy, human rights, and the rule of law...read more
By Teresa Maria Cierco (contributor)
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9780739166888 | Lexington Books, September 16, 2014, cover price $120.00 | About this edition: The European Union (E.

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9780739191934 | Lexington Books, September 16, 2014, cover price $90.00

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Product Description: Responding to the “Asian values” debate over the compatibility of Confucianism and liberal democracy, Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan, by Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper, offers a rigorous, systematic investigation of the contributions of Confucian thought to democratization and the protection of women, indigenous peoples, and press freedom in Taiwan...read more
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9780739173008 | 1 edition (Lexington Books, October 12, 2012), cover price $70.00 | About this edition: Responding to the “Asian values” debate over the compatibility of Confucianism and liberal democracy, Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan, by Joel S.

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9781498503259 | Lexington Books, September 15, 2014, cover price $34.99 | About this edition: Responding to the “Asian values” debate over the compatibility of Confucianism and liberal democracy, Confucianism, Democratization, and Human Rights in Taiwan, by Joel S.

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Product Description: ~  COMING AUGUST 25, 2014!  ~   This PAPERBACK EDITION includes TWO NEW FEATURES: (1) A chapter-length INTRODUCTION in which Palmer explores his political experience since the book first came out in 2011, including a new way to understand "the great divide" in our political life...read more
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9780470590805 | Jossey-Bass Inc Pub, September 6, 2011, cover price $24.95 | About this edition: * NEWS FLASH * Healing the Heart of Democracy called "one of the most important books of the early 21st Century" for those who care about democracy (from a review in the online journal Democracy & Education).

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9781118907504 | Jossey-Bass Inc Pub, August 25, 2014, cover price $17.95 | About this edition: ~  COMING AUGUST 25, 2014!

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9781137382078 | Palgrave Macmillan, August 14, 2014, cover price $95.00

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Product Description: Throughout western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements. Yet despite the enduring appeal of works from the Parthenon to Michelangelo’s David to Picasso’s Guernica, histories of both art and democracy have ignored this phenomenon...read more
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9781594037214 | Encounter Books, November 11, 2014, cover price $27.99 | About this edition: Throughout western history, the societies that have made the greatest contributions to the spread of freedom have created iconic works of art to celebrate their achievements.

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Product Description: Combining theory with compelling case studies, this book examines the globalizing world of democracy. Noted critical scholars Stephen J. Rosow and James Robert George argue that democracy must be understood not as a unified concept, but as a diversity of political responses to specific conditions and political struggles...read more
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9781442218086 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, July 22, 2014, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: Combining theory with compelling case studies, this book examines the globalizing world of democracy.

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9781442218093 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, July 22, 2014, cover price $26.95 | About this edition: Combining theory with compelling case studies, this book examines the globalizing world of democracy.

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9780739188026 | Lexington Books, August 29, 2014, cover price $80.00

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Product Description: Democratization emerged at a time of epochal change in global politics: the twin impacts of the end of the Soviet Union and the speeding up and deepening of globalisation in the early 1990s meant a whole new ball game in terms of global political developments...read more
By Jeffrey Haynes (editor)
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9780415720489 | Routledge, July 16, 2014, cover price $150.00 | About this edition: Democratization emerged at a time of epochal change in global politics: the twin impacts of the end of the Soviet Union and the speeding up and deepening of globalisation in the early 1990s meant a whole new ball game in terms of global political developments.

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Product Description: A readable, compact account and analysis of the Occupy protests, The Occupy Movement Explained is thoroughly researched, painstakingly accurate, and fully documented. Debunking a number of prominent myths and misunderstandings, Nicholas Smaligo shows how the movement arose out of radical currents that have been active below the media's radar since the 1970s...read more
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9780812698558 | Open Court Pub Co, September 16, 2014, cover price $21.95 | About this edition: A readable, compact account and analysis of the Occupy protests, The Occupy Movement Explained is thoroughly researched, painstakingly accurate, and fully documented.

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Product Description: Tocqueville’s gifts as an observer and commentator on American life and democracy are brought to vivid life in this splendid volume. In On Tocqueville, Alan Ryan brilliantly illuminates the observations of the French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, who first journeyed to the United States in 1831 and went on to catalog the unique features of the American social contract in his two-volume masterpiece, Democracy in America...read more
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9780871407047 | Reprint edition (Liveright Pub Corp, August 11, 2014), cover price $14.95 | About this edition: Tocqueville’s gifts as an observer and commentator on American life and democracy are brought to vivid life in this splendid volume.

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By Giovanna Maria Dora Dore (editor), Karl Jackson (editor), Jae H. Ku (editor) and Joanne Westwood (editor)
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9781137397492 | Palgrave Macmillan, September 24, 2014, cover price $105.00

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Product Description: On the one hand, the EU enlargement of 2004/7 brought into the EU 12 new member states ten of which are post-communist countries. On the other, the Lisbon Treaty signed in 2007 states that the 'Union shall be founded on representative democracy' and its political parties contribute 'to express the will of the citizens'...read more
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9781137348852 | Palgrave Macmillan, August 22, 2014, cover price $95.00 | About this edition: On the one hand, the EU enlargement of 2004/7 brought into the EU 12 new member states ten of which are post-communist countries.

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By Emmanuelle Avril (editor) and Johann N. Neem (editor)
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9780415748636 | Routledge, July 21, 2014, cover price $145.00

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Product Description: An African Athens offers an analysis of a new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a nation into a democracy through rhetorical means. Author Philippe-Joseph Salazar provides a general view of issues as they have taken shape in the apartheid and post-apartheid South African experience, presenting the country as a remarkable stage for playing out the great themes of public deliberation and the rise of postmodern rhetorical democracy...read more
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9780805833416 | Routledge, February 1, 2002, cover price $115.00 | About this edition: An African Athens offers an analysis of a new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a nation into a democracy through rhetorical means.

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9781138811898 | Routledge, July 17, 2014, cover price $49.95 | About this edition: An African Athens offers an analysis of a new ecology of rhetoric--the reshaping of a nation into a democracy through rhetorical means.

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9780585395197 | Routledge, March 15, 2002, cover price $59.95
9781410602879 | Routledge, March 15, 2002, cover price $100.00

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Product Description: The world has witnessed the creation of new democracies and the maturing of old ones. Yet, everywhere there is democracy, there is also political inequality. Voices of everyday folk struggle to be heard; often, they keep silent. Governments respond mostly to the influential and the already privileged...read more
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9780415858601 | Routledge, July 10, 2014, cover price $140.00 | About this edition: The world has witnessed the creation of new democracies and the maturing of old ones.

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Product Description: This book discusses how public cultural policies can relate to the principle political issue of democracy. Here, democratic cultural policies include ideas and ideologies, institutional structures, agents and interests, power, access and participation and distribution of economic resources...read more
By Geir Vestheim (editor)
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9781138018518 | Routledge, July 17, 2014, cover price $145.00 | About this edition: This book discusses how public cultural policies can relate to the principle political issue of democracy.

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Product Description: Recent years have seen near constant reports on the failures of governance and the crisis of democracy. The critical nexus between the ever-increasing array of crises that modern representative democracies face and the widening reliance on an array of undemocratic governance mechanisms and networks to meet and manage these crises needs urgent and in-depth scholarly attention...read more
By Benjamin Isakhan (editor) and Steven Slaughter (editor)
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9781137326034 | Palgrave Macmillan, May 30, 2014, cover price $105.00 | About this edition: Recent years have seen near constant reports on the failures of governance and the crisis of democracy.

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Product Description: Citizens, political theorists, and politicians alike insist that political or partisan motives get in the way of real democracy. Real democracy, we are convinced, is embodied by an ability to form collective judgments in the interest of the whole...read more
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9780739150627 | 1 edition (Lexington Books, October 18, 2012), cover price $80.00 | About this edition: Citizens, political theorists, and politicians alike insist that political or partisan motives get in the way of real democracy.

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9780739197684 | Lexington Books, June 10, 2014, cover price $39.99 | About this edition: Citizens, political theorists, and politicians alike insist that political or partisan motives get in the way of real democracy.

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