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Author: Fahed Al-Sumait

brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 4 (2011) 125–145 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI 10.1163/187398611X571319 Public Opinion Discourses on Democratization in the Arab Middle East Fahed Al-Sumait * University of Washington, USA Email: alsumait

In: Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication
The Politics of Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa
What are the prospects and means of achieving development through a democratic politics of socio-economic rights? Starting from the position that socio-economic rights are as legally and normatively valid as civil and political rights, this anthology explores the politics of acquiring and transforming socio-economic rights in South Africa. The book brings together an interdisciplinary group of leading scholars in an examination of the multifaceted politics of social and economic policy-making, rights-based political struggles and socio-economic rights litigations. The post-apartheid South African experience shows that there is no guarantee that democracy will eliminate poverty or reduce social inequality, but also that democratic institutions and politics may provide important means for asserting interests and rights in regard to development. Thus it is argued that democratic politics of socio-economic rights may democratise development while also developing democracy.
Author: Elton Skendaj

Democratizing Process 1 Elton Skendaj Cornell University Abstract Th is article presents a case study of the dynamics of implementing an internationally-funded peace education project at the local level. Drawing on the author’s personal experience as Albanian National Coordinator for the Peace and Disarmament

In: Southeastern Europe
Author: J. Bruce Jacobs
Taiwan—together with India, Japan and South Korea—is one of only four consolidated Asian democracies. Democratizing Taiwan provides the most comprehensive analysis of Taiwan's peaceful democratization including its past violent authoritarian experiences, leadership both within and outside government, popular protest and elections, and constitutional interpretation and amendments. Using extensive field research including the conduct of many interviews with government and party leaders, journalists, academics and a wide variety of citizens over many years as well as substantial research into documents, newspapers and academic research, Professor Jacobs provides many new insights into Taiwan's democratization. He also analyses areas in which Taiwan continues to face difficulties.