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The House of Government

By Yuri Slezkine
  • ISBN Code: : 1400888174
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Pages : 1128
  • Category : History
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On the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, the epic story of an enormous apartment building where Communist true believers lived before their destruction The House of Government is unlike any other book about the Russian Revolution and the Soviet experiment. Written in the tradition of Tolstoy's War and Peace, Grossman’s Life and Fate, and Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago, Yuri Slezkine’s gripping narrative tells the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin’s purges. A vivid account of the personal and public lives of Bolshevik true believers, the book begins with their conversion to Communism and ends with their children’s loss of faith and the fall of the Soviet Union. Completed in 1931, the House of Government, later known as the House on the Embankment, was located across the Moscow River from the Kremlin. The largest residential building in Europe, it combined 505 furnished apartments with public spaces that included everything from a movie theater and a library to a tennis court and a shooting range. Slezkine tells the chilling story of how the building’s residents lived in their apartments and ruled the Soviet state until some eight hundred of them were evicted from the House and led, one by one, to prison or their deaths. Drawing on letters, diaries, and interviews, and featuring hundreds of rare photographs, The House of Government weaves together biography, literary criticism, architectural history, and fascinating new theories of revolutions, millennial prophecies, and reigns of terror. The result is an unforgettable human saga of a building that, like the Soviet Union itself, became a haunted house, forever disturbed by the ghosts of the disappeared.

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One of the urgent priorities of the first Federal Congress was the formation of its organization, formulation of rules for its conduct, & the selection of appropriate officials & devices to represent their authority. Following British tradition, the newly organized House of Representatives & the Senate each appointed a Sergeant-at-Arms. For its symbol of the commonality of the American people, the House adopted the mace in the tradition of its mother country, while the Senate utilized a gavel or knocker. First used during meetings in New York of the House of Representatives, the mace was destroyed by the British when they burned Washington, & it was not until 1841 that another was acquired. Over the years the mace has been used primarily to quell quarrels between Congressmen on the floor, & to bring absent House members to meetings so that a quorum could be formed. The mace has been invariably effective in bringing order among turbulent House members. Although a Sergeant at Arms served the same function in the United States Senate, he was not provided with a mace. Order was maintained by an ivory knocker or form of gavel that has been used for the purpose for almost two centuries.

My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies Second Edition

By Mike Mitchell
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  • Publisher : Hodder Education
  • Book Code : 1510418261
  • Total of Pages : 96
  • Category : Study Aids
  • Members : 430
  • Pdf File: my-revision-notes.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Target success in AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies with this proven formula for effective, structured revision; key content coverage is combined with exam-style tasks and practical tips to create a revision guide that students can rely on to review, strengthen and test their knowledge. - Enables students to plan and manage a successful revision programme using the topic-by-topic planner - Consolidates knowledge with clear and focused content coverage, organised into easy-to-revise chunks - Improves exam technique through exam-style questions with sample answers and expert tips

The Judicial House of Lords

By Louis Blom-Cooper QC,Brice Dickson,Gavin Drewry
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Book Code : 0191018880
  • Total of Pages : 906
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 688
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Book Short Summary:

The House of Lords served as the highest court in the UK for over 130 years. In 2009 the new UK Supreme Court took over its judicial functions, closing the doors on one of the most influential legal institutions in the world, and a major chapter in the history of the UK legal system. This volume gathers over 40 leading scholars and practitioners from the UK and beyond to provide a comprehensive history of the House of Lords as a judicial institution, charting its role, working practices, reputation and impact on the law and UK legal system. The book examines the origins of the House's judicial work; the different phases in the court's history; the international reputation and influence of the House in the legal profession; the domestic perception of the House outside the law; and the impact of the House on the UK legal tradition and substantive law. The book offers an invaluable overview of the Judicial House of Lords and a major historical record for the UK legal system now that it has passed into the next chapter in its history.

New South Wales Legislative Council Practice

By Lynn Lovelock,John Evans
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  • Publisher : Federation Press
  • Book Code : 9781862876514
  • Total of Pages : 706
  • Category : Legislative bodies
  • Members : 506
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Book Short Summary:

This first edition of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice brings together the history, practice and procedure of the New South Wales Legislative Council - the Upper House of the New South Wales Parliament, and the first and oldest legislative body in Australia.Since the advent of responsible government in New South Wales in 1856, the New South Wales Legislative Council has been the focus of continuous struggle regarding its composition, powers, role and very existence. However, from its tumultuous history, the Council has in recent years emerged as a democratically elected, powerful and effective upper house, in many ways mirroring the development of the Australian Senate. Today the Council performs key functions within the New South Wales system of government including representing the people and scrutinising the executive government as a 'House of Review'.The rich history of the New South Wales Legislative Council has brought with it a wealth of parliamentary precedent with which to guide modern practice and procedures in the House. While practitioners of parliamentary law and practice in New South Wales have long had access to authorities such as Erskine May's Parliamentary Practice and Odgers' Australian Senate Practice, the publication of New South Wales Legislative Council Practice will provide an essential reference book to understanding parliamentary privilege, practice and procedure in the New South Wales Upper House.

The House of Commons

By Emma Crewe
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1474234607
  • Total of Pages : 246
  • Category : History
  • Members : 304
  • Pdf File: the-house-of-commons.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The House of Commons is one of Britain's mysterious institutions: constantly in the news yet always opaque. In this ground-breaking anthropological study of the world's most famous parliament, Emma Crewe reveals the hidden mechanisms of parliamentary democracy. Examining the work of Members of Parliament – including neglected areas such as constituencies and committees – this book provides unique insights into the actual lives and working relationships of parliamentarians. 'Why do the public loathe politicians but often love their own MP?' the author asks. The antagonistic façade of politics irritates the public who tend to be unaware that, backstage, democracy relies on MPs consulting, compromising and cooperating across political parties far more than is publicly admitted. As the book shows, this is only one of myriad contradictions in the labyrinths of power. Based on unprecedented access and two years of interviews and research in the Palace of Westminster and MPs' constituencies, The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work challenges the existing scholarship on political institutions and party politics. Moving beyond the narrow confines of rational choice theory and new institutionalism, Emma Crewe presents a radical alternative to the study of British politics by demonstrating that all of its processes hinge on culture, ritual and social relations. A must-read for anyone interested in political anthropology, politics, or the Westminster model.

Does Your Vote Count?

By Paul Kemp
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  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Book Code : 1550024337
  • Total of Pages : 204
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 869
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Book Short Summary:

As Canadians, we grow up believing that we live in a democracy. In school we are taught about the importance of exercising our right to vote, and that the politicians we elect to the House of Commons are there to be our representatives - to give voice to the concerns of their constituents and to give ordinary citizens a say in how the country is governed. Does Your Vote Count? demonstrates just how far Canadian government has strayed from this democratic ideal. Using excerpts from interviews with current and former politicians, civil servants, and academics, author Paul Kemp argues that, in many important ways, our vote does not count. In reality, only one person holds almost all of Ottawa's decision-making power: the prime minister. Backbench MPs, and even many Cabinet ministers, have little or no influence over government policy. Moreover, party discipline is so strictly enforced that MPs rarely express opinions or viewpoints that differ from the party line, either in House debates or in parliamentary committees. Perhaps most alarming, the ability of Parliament to scrutinize government spending has been severely limited. Does Your Vote Count? challenges us to take a closer, more critical look at how well our government and electoral system are serving us as Canadian citizens. We may still have the right to choose who sits in the House of Commons, but how meaningful is this right if the people we elect into office have been stripped of all power and influence?

The Energy Security-Climate Nexus

By C. Kuzemko
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 1137307838
  • Total of Pages : 243
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 676
  • Pdf File: the-energy-security-climate-nexus.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In the advent of important crises of both climate change and energy supply (in)security, questions are being asked about changes in energy governance. Caroline Kuzemko explains how and why change takes place and discusses the convoluted UK energy governance system that has emerged between 2000 and the present day. She applies a complex theoretical approach based on new institutional concepts of policy paradigm change, but which also utilises concepts of (de)politicisation and securitization. UK energy governance, like energy policy elsewhere, is moving from one heavily influenced by neoliberal economic ideas to one where state intervention is more commonplace. Moreover, the new governance system is informed not by one but by multiple perspectives on energy and governance geopolitical, climate change and pro-market.

Pearson Edexcel A level Politics

By Sarra Jenkins,David Tuck,John Jefferies
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  • Publisher : Philip Allan
  • Book Code : 1510448993
  • Total of Pages : 608
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 670
  • Pdf File: pearson-edexcel-a-level-politics.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This all-in-one textbook provides in-depth coverage of specification content and recent political developments and helps students to apply their knowledge through case studies, debates on key issues and practice questions. - Includes all core and non-core political ideas, with key thinkers thoroughly integrated into the theory - Provides complete guidance to the USA route of the specification - Strengthens understanding by interweaving both historical context and contemporary examples, such as Brexit, into the text - Builds confidence by highlighting key terms and explaining synoptic links between different topics in the specification - Develops analysis and evaluation skills with 'stretch and challenge' activities - Features practice questions with answer guidance online Available in print as Student Textbooks or in two digital formats: Student eTextbooks are downloadable versions of the printed textbooks purchased on a copy-by-copy basis and allocated to the students in Dynamic Learning Whiteboard eTextbooks are online, interactive versions of the textbooks for front-of-class teaching and lesson planning We are seeking endorsement from Pearson Edexcel for the Student Textbook and Student eTextbook.

Policy Analysis in the Netherlands

By van Nispen, Frans,Scholten, Peter
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  • Publisher : Policy Press
  • Book Code : 1447347331
  • Total of Pages : 368
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 405
  • Pdf File: policy-analysis-in-the-netherlands.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This comprehensive study, part of the International Library of Policy Analysis, edited by Iris Geva-May and Michael Howlett, brings together for the first time a systemic overview of policy analysis activities in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is internationally regarded as one of the front-runners of policy analysis and evaluation in Europe. This book provides a much-needed overview of developments in policy analysis in both academia and practice at various levels of governance. It brings together contributions from key scholars as well as from professionals in the field. The book captures the diversity of modes of policy analysis which have evolved since the 1970s. Above all, it provides an overview of the current state of affairs and is, as such, suitable for anyone who is interested in governance and performance. Features of the ILPA series include: • a systematic study of policy analysis systems by government and non-governmental actors • a history of the country’s policy analysis, empirical case studies and a comparative overview • a key reference collection for research and teaching in comparative policy analysis and policy studies

Unlocking Constitutional and Administrative Law

By Mark Ryan,Steve Foster
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1317313593
  • Total of Pages : 672
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 373
  • Pdf File: unlocking-constitutional-and-administrative-law.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Constitutional and administrative law (public law) is an essential element of all law degrees. Unlocking Constitutional and Administrative Law will ensure that you grasp the main concepts with ease, while giving you an indispensable foundation in the subject. This revised fourth edition is fully up to date with the latest key changes in the law and constitutional developments. The UNLOCKING THE LAW series is designed specifically to make the law accessible. Each chapter contains: aims and objectives; activities such as self-test questions; charts of key facts to consolidate your knowledge; diagrams to aid memory and understanding; prominently displayed cases and judgments; chapter summaries; a glossary of legal terminology; essay questions with answer plans. The series covers all the core subjects required by the Bar Council and the Law Society for entry onto professional qualifications as well as popular option units.

Constitutional and Administrative Law

By Keith Syrett,John Alder
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Book Code : 1350929018
  • Total of Pages : 528
  • Category : Law
  • Members : 306
  • Pdf File: constitutional-and-administrative-law.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This textbook provides a thorough and accessible introduction to the basic principles of United Kingdom Constitutional and Administrative Law, including Human Rights Law. It has been revised and updated to reflect recent developments, both legal and political. The fundamental concepts of UK Constitutional and Administrative Law are explained in a clear, engaging, succinct style, making them straightforward for students to understand so they build up their knowledge of the subject systematically and thoroughly. This book is also an essential starting point for more advanced law students and a valuable source of legal context for political science students alike. Both authoritative and accessible, it enables the reader to appreciate the nature and complexity of this most fundamental part of our legal system. New to this Edition: - Updated content on Brexit, in particular the changing relationship between Government and Parliament as reflected in the various votes which have taken place over the past few years. - Questions about the nature of parliamentary proceedings, the role and independence of the Speaker of the House of Commons, and the prerogative power to prorogue Parliament - Issues more tangentially related to Brexit such as the process for appointment of a new Prime Minister and arrangements in hung parliaments - Important issues in relation to the position of the devolved governments and legislatures vis-à-vis Westminster and more broadly on the implications for creation of a written constitution - The continuing utility (or otherwise) of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act 2011