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Patrick Maxime Michel

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THE SINO-AFRICAN PARTNERSHIP

A GEO-POLITICAL ECONOMY APPROACH

Earl Conteh-Morgan

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Fair Cooperation

A new Paradigm for Cultural Diplomacy and Arts Management

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Annika Hampel

European cultural policy is based on the exchange of artists. It has devoted decades to the objective of encouraging dialogue and enabling cooperative production; especially between the countries of the so-called ‘Global North’ and ‘Global South’.

Cultural policy makers and agents in Europe, such as those working in cultural institutions and at the ministries responsible for cultural relations, constantly stress their claims of a ‘dialogue of equals’. However, if and how cultural cooperations really are in practice brought to life on equal terms is an open question.

Annika Hampel analyzes the working conditions of partnerships to understand how current artistic collaborations function, what structures and processes they involve, on what premises and within what frameworks the collaborators work, and what challenges they have to cope with.

The foundation of her reflections are the experiences and insights of actors in cooperative projects who are responsible for the implementation of the goals of the European Cultural Policies in practice. Annika Hampel uses five case studies, which offer insights across the spectrum of artistic cooperation, to display the wide range of Indo-German collaborations in the arts.

From her analysis of the practical reality, Annika Hampel develops and proposes cultural and political measures to foster a new culture of international cooperation on an equal footing. The author shows how to minimize power relations, promote cultural diversity, and exploit the underused potential of cooperative work.

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Sophie Wintgens and Audrey Weerts

Depuis l’avènement de l’État moderne au 17e siècle, l’État a connu de nombreuses évolutions. De l’idée d’État-nation en passant par celle d’État-providence, le concept s’est imposé dans nos sociétés contemporaines. Toutefois, son affirmation en tant que forme d’organisation du pouvoir politique s’accompagne également de questionnements croissants. L’État a-t-il la capacité de répondre aux enjeux nationaux et internationaux actuels ? Soumis à un grand nombre de contraintes tant internes qu’externes, dispose-t-il encore d’une marge de manœuvre ? Est-il en voie de transformation, voire de disparition ?

Cet ouvrage collectif a pour objectif d’apporter un éclairage original à ces interrogations. Construit autour de trois grands axes de réflexion mettant tous les aspects de l’État en question, il est un terrain d’échange entre plusieurs disciplines des sciences sociales. Mêlant réflexions théoriques et études de cas, il vise à enrichir le débat sur les évolutions de l’État dans une perspective pluridisciplinaire.

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Austerity and the Implementation of the Europe 2020 in Spain

Re-shaping the European Productive and Social Model: a reflexion from the South

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Javier Ramos-Diaz and Maria Esther Del Campo Garcia

This book adopts a critical perspective to analyze the Europe-2020 Strategy and its effects on the transformation of the European productive and social model, particularly in Spain. The evidence provided in this book suggests that the Europe-2020 strategy cannot be dissociated from the policies of commodification initiated in the Stability and Growth Pact (Maastricht, 1997) nor from the Austerity measures implemented to deal with the financial crisis in 2007. 

These policies of "commodification" and "austerity" are seriously limiting Europe-2020 capacity to foster a smart, sustainable and inclusive productive transition, while adding greatly to the continuous process of precarization and social exclusion that European societies are suffering, especially in Southern Europe.   

The book presents empirical evidence on these externalities in areas as diverse as EU foreign policy, entrepreneurship or gender equality. But the special emphasis has been placed in those areas that the Europe 2020 strategy considers crucial such as employment, R&D, climate change and energy sustainability, education and fighting against poverty in Spain.

Thanks to the profuse analyses carried out by a group of leading Spanish academics, the book constitutes a benchmark for scholars, practitioners and the general public interested in European and Spanish economic policy issues.

"Essential contributions on the challenges faced by the Spanish economy when it comes to strengthening the Welfare State" (Valeriano Gómez, former Minister of Employment)

"A most useful collection of contributions addressing Spain’s difficulties in dealing with an indebted economy, and in need of re-shaping its strategic productive and social models within the EU" (Luis Moreno, IPP-CSIC).

"This book provides appealing insights into the evolution of the Spanish productive and social protection systems under austerity, as well as an analysis of crucial aspects of the implementation of the EU 2020 Strategy. A must-read for professionals and students interested on European" (Ana Marta Guillén, Dep Sociology- Oviedo University)

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Leszek Leszczyński and Adam Szot

The book analyzes various aspects and examples of public administration discretionary power within the processes of law application. It presents a variety of factors that may affect the range of discretion as well as the influence on public administration’s reasoning. The authors evaluate the complexity of forms and procedures for control of decision latitude that is exercised by the public administration and the society.

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Diplomatisches Protokoll versus Corporate Protocol

Das internationale diplomatische Protokoll im Vergleich zum Protokoll in Unternehmen. Eine Analyse des Protokolls als politische Institution

Olaf Jelinski

Im Fokus der Studie steht die Anwendung von protokollarischen Gepflogenheiten in Unternehmen. Sie widmet sich der institutionellen Komposition von Ordnungen, die sich in der Politik sowie darüber hinaus in anderen Bereichen der Gesellschaft widerspiegeln. Thematisch bewegt sich die Analyse im disziplinenübergreifenden Dreieck aus internationaler Diplomatie, Politischer Theorie und Unternehmenskommunikation bzw. -repräsentation.

Die Untersuchung entwickelt eine umfassende Definition von Protokoll und zeigt auf, inwieweit das Protokoll in global agierenden Wirtschaftsunternehmen mit dem internationalen diplomatischen Protokoll vergleichbar ist.

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Competition, Coordination, Social Order

Responsible Business, Civil Society, and Government in Open Society

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Jacek Giedrojc

The author analyses competition as one of four coordinating mechanisms helping agents mutually to orientate their actions, avoid chaos, and produce social order. Competition is a key dimension of developed societies. It helps to structure and is also conducive to social change. Competing agents constrain one another, making it hard for anyone to change their position. They discover new routines the best of which may later be institutionalized. Competition is a solvent of power but only in relatively equal societies. Entrenched wealth or status restricts competition, thus impoverishing social order. The author also evaluates the theory of competition to explore such topics as corporate social responsibility, relations between government, business and civil society, and reflexivity in social sciences.

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Das Potsdamer Abkommen 1945–2015

Rechtliche Bedeutung und historische Auswirkungen

Christoph Koch

Der Sammelband behandelt die rechtliche und historische Bedeutung des Potsdamer Abkommens, das festlegt, wie die Alliierten ihre durch Debellation des Dritten Reiches erworbene oberste Regierungsgewalt über Deutschland wahrzunehmen gedachten. Die Intention war die Schaffung eines demokratischen Deutschland, von dem hinfort keine Gefahr für den Weltfrieden ausgehen sollte. Zu den Hindernissen ihrer Verwirklichung gehört der Ausbruch des Kalten Kriegs, der das brisante Patt von Ost und West erzeugte, das Europa eine seiner längsten Friedenszeiten eintrug. Dazu gehört zudem das westdeutsche Gegenprogramm, das die Verbindlichkeit des Abkommens für Deutschland leugnet und ihm die Behauptung des Fortbestands des Deutschen Reiches über den 8.5.1945 und die Identität der BRD mit diesem entgegensetzt. Beide Widerstände fanden in der Aufnahme der BRD in das westliche Bündnis zusammen, durch die sich die BRD in der von den Nationalsozialisten angestrebten Koalition sah und Hoffnungen auf eine Revision der Niederlage hegte, denen der «2+4-Vertrag» ein vorläufiges Ende setzt.

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Azerbaijan at the Crossroads of Eurasia

The Tumultuous Fate of a Nation Caught Up Between the Rivalries of the World’s Major Powers

Fazil Zeynalov

Modern Azerbaijan came into being in 1991 following a national struggle for the re-establishment of its independence, initiated long before the collapse of the Soviet Union. It is situated in a unique geographic location, at the crossroads of Eurasia and on the famous Silk Road that links Europe and Asia. It has been the stage of particularly rich historical events, testament to its ancient State traditions, the wealth of its cities, the violence of the imperial invasions. Today this secular country, facing war with Armenia, is central to the geopolitical stakes in the region, whether in terms of the international strategies of major powers or the geo-economic considerations of oil and gas exports to Europe. It has put in place a multi-faceted foreign policy and initiated political and economic reforms as it moves towards a better future.