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Public administration: does it need reshuffling?

As you know, one of the key requirements of the Maidan in 2014 and entire Ukrainian society demanding reforms was the reshuffling of the system of governance. In part, this has already happened, Ukraine has returned to the Constitution of 2004, but, according to experts, the problems are still there. Moreover, it didnt suffice to only juridically return to the old system of governance, because the new government goes on tipping the scales of full powers, playing its own games hated by people. It has become apparent that the redistribution of powers at the very top makes it impossible for Ukraine to get out of the crisis. It is high time for Ukraine to zero in on reforms, including the reshuffling of administration.

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Until fat cats retain the power, no reforms can succeed

Until fat cats retain the power, no reforms can succeed: Until fat cats retain the power, no reforms can succeed

Vitaliy Dudin, political scientist

We are told that there is no alternative to the unpopular reforms, but we argue that there is an alternative is possible: it consists in redistribution of wealth, nationalization of big business, progressive taxation, de-offshorization, Ukraine`s external debt write-off, including debt to the IMF. We believe that it was received on very dubious grounds, and spent on highly questionable grounds. Anyway, Ukraine simply will not survive without radical social reforms.

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Entire system is aimed at utilization of a person and not her/his self-development

Entire system is aimed at utilization of a person and not her/his self-development: Entire system is aimed at utilization of a person and not her/his self-development

Oleg Soskin, Director of the Institute of Societal Transformation

There is only one way to break vertical management: it is necessary to dissolve regional and oblast administrations. Why did we fail at transforming our country? Because the principle of centralization was written down in the Constitution. Otherwise we would have long managed to break the oligarchy. And since it is written down, it is necessary to amend the Constitution. To amend the Constitution, we need power; the reform were never powerful enough to change the Constitution. But so far everything looks like nothing can be done. At least, the model cannot be changed from the top.

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Divergence of interests of the society and the state has been there for 15 years now

Divergence of interests of the society and the state has been there for 15 years now: Divergence of interests of the society and the state has been there for 15 years now

Olexandr Stehniy, Executive Director of the Center for Social and Marketing Research "SOCIS", Doctor of Social Sciences

Before the bloody events on the Maidan in winter 2014, we put the question: if the local or public authorities violate the laws, will you undertake something? There were disappointing data, when the vast majority recognized that it got no gumption, but now we witness a weak progress. There arises the desire for self-organization and the desire to change something is being spread.

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Today, under the influence of the public the purification of power is budging

Today, under the influence of the public the purification of power is budging: Today, under the influence of the public the purification of power is budging

Andriy Yeremenko, founder of the research ACTIVE GROUP Co.

Ukraine needs to delegate responsibilities down to the regions. It is not much of a show now. The optimal balance may be as follows: Kyiv controls army, tax and customs policy. It also partially controls law enforcement and judicial systems. The rest goes down to the regions. The role of civil society will exactly satisfy the expectations and possibilities of the civil society. That is, if it is able to fully control the state, then it will do it. But it may well be that its role will increase, but still remain a controlling and sometimes only advisory one.

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Decentralization may be a protector against conflicts in the future

Decentralization may be a protector against conflicts in the future: Decentralization may be a protector against conflicts in the future

Yuliya Tyshchenko, Chairman of the Board, Manager of the Program of support of the democratic processes, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research

The society is ready for painful reforms; it only needs explanation and rationalization: what is the target of painful and unpopular measures, when and how will they rehabilitate economy.

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Chain of command is crated among several groups of influence now

Chain of command is crated among several groups of influence now: Chain of command is crated among several groups of influence now

Serhiy Taran, CEO of the Center for Sociological and Political Studies "Sotsiovymir", Director of the International Institute for Democracy

A lot of countries succeeded due to the powerful chain of command. Moreover, in case of reforms, the powerful chain of command is indispensable. But not its very existence but its goal is of primary importance: will it pursue reforms or personal enrichment, as it was under Yanukovych. And, secondly, the way it is formed: will it be democratic or undemocratic government.

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Apportioning money to communities is the key solution of all problems

Apportioning money to communities is the key solution of all problems: Apportioning money to communities is the key solution of all problems

Volodymyr Zolotariovv, journalist

You may have noted that Poroshenko and Groisman have stopped talking about decentralization. Everything has ended in talk. It was nothing but hot air. The system cannot be reformed, because the interests of the top men are short-term only; that is, they tend only to bleed the economy and ensure their future. They`ve never relied on long-term projects. Any attempt to change needs time in the first place; they have no time to wait.

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Time and again our Maidans are looking for political and economic liberties, but they always lead to the restoration of the oligarchy instead

Time and again our Maidans are looking for political and economic liberties, but they always lead to the restoration of the oligarchy instead: Time and again our Maidans are looking for political and economic liberties, but they always lead to the restoration of the oligarchy instead

Mykhailo Minakov, Ph.D., Director of the Quality Policy Fund, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies of the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy"

After and partly because of Maidan 2014, we have a contradictory situation of reconstruction of consolidated power and efforts to consolidate it and win. The reform of Public administration and implementation of the logic of public administration and democratic accountability during the crisis of sovereignty, war and recession is a hopeless job.

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Firm political will and corruption control is the only way to successful reforms

Firm political will and corruption control is the only way to successful reforms: Firm political will and corruption control is the only way to successful reforms

Igor Koliushko, expert on public law, director of the NGO "Center for Political and Legal Reforms"

"I cannot say that the demands of Maidan to change the power system have begun to be implemented. In fact, all public authorities who have to implement these reforms either mimic them, or do nothing at all. "

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Both society and power in Ukraine are equally ill

Both society and power in Ukraine are equally ill: Both society and power in Ukraine are equally ill

Roman Bezsmertny, Ukrainian public figure, Deputy Prime Minister in the governments of Tymoshenko and Yekhanurov

We continue to be captives of totalitarian institutional model. This applies to all without exception: government, local self-government, judiciary, legislature, and certain segments of human rights to name a few. That is, in some sectors our management models acquired new forms, but essentially we continue to practice the Soviet totalitarian model of governance.

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Imagineering 2015: The age of holacracy

by Enrique Dans Jan 2, 2015
9 apr 2015
Zappos, the company founded by Tony Hsieh, and now part of Amazon.com, has announced its transition toward holacracy, a radically different way of organizing a company characterized by the absence of job titles, managers, or hierarchies.

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The changing nature of government: network governance

by William D. Eggers
8 apr 2015
Thriving in the networked age requires governments to change the way they think and operate. Governments in the future will not simply be bureaucratic providers of a narrow range of public goods.

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Decentralisation at a crossroads - Territorial reforms in Europe in times of crisis

by Victor Gnis
6 apr 2015
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) is the broadest organisation of local and regional authorities in Europe. Its members are 57 national associations of municipalities and regions from 41 European countries.

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Government decentralization in the 21st century a literature review

by Stacey White
3 apr 2015
If there is one takeaway from this review, it is that detailed empirical evidence about decentralization continues to be ambiguous and inconclusive.

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30 Years of Chinas Governance Reform (1978 to 2008)

by Yu Keping
1 apr 2015
This paper systematically surveys the dominant processes and key issues of Chinas governance reforms over the 30 years since the reform and opening period began. The main thrust of Chinas governance reforms is from unitary governance to pluralist governance, from centralization to decentralization, from rule of man to rule of law, from regulatory government to service oriented government, and from internal party democracy to peoples democracy.

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Lessons for the Future of Government Reform

By Elaine Kamarck
30 mar 2015
It has been twenty years since there has been an across the board analysis of government reform. There are two challenges: budget deficits and the trust deficit. A serious bi-partisan reform effort could do wonders for both deficits.

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Good Governance: Well-Meaning Slogan Or Desirable Development Goal?

By Bjorn Lomborg
25 mar 2015
Good governance is important, but instead of platitudes we should focus on measurable, attainable targets that will actually make a big difference for the next 15 years.

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Multistakeholder Governance - Principles and Challenges of an Innovative Political Paradigm

by Bertrand de La Chapelle
23 mar 2015
Multistakeholder governance was deemed necessary in Internet matters to fulfill potential for this new governance paradigm.

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Is there a new governance paradigm? The lithuanian and portuguese cases

Arvydas guogis, vainius smalskys, mykolas romeris, david ferraz
19 mar 2015
Both countries had reformed public administration in recent years according to the New Public Management doctrine, but it seems that both models of New Public Management and New Governance are supplementary and not the opposite.

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Governance: paradigm shifts that need to be made for the transition

Pierre Calame
17 mar 2015
Proposals for the French Rio+20 collective and for the Thematic Social Forum in Porto Alegre. The following text is a summary of a number of proposals for paradigm shifts, and not for the numerous improvements that could be made to the existing systems.

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Bureaucracy Kills: A Lesson from Rome

by William Henry Chamberlain
26 feb 2015
The process of decline and fall of Rome empire has real and urgent lessons for America and for the European nations which are heirs of Roman culture and civilization.

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How to Fix American Government and Revive Democracy

by Douglas J. Amy
24 feb 2015
The stronger our democracy becomes, the more people will see the expansion of government powers as the expansion of their powers. What really needs to be reduced is not government, but the unfair power of affluent special interests.

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Rules Can`t Think: Why Government Needs Radical Simplification

by Philip K. Howard
20 feb 2015
The U.S. government has become a rusty pile of accumulated entitlements, endless forms, and overlapping programs.

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The Chinese Communist Party

by Beina Xu, and Eleanor Albert, November 17, 2014
5 feb 2015
he CCP has shown a technocratic capacity to adapt in response to the developmental stresses of society brought on by China`s dizzying economic rise.

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Climate change, unions, and a united left agenda

by Naomi Klein
3 feb 2015
The climate change, when its full economic and moral implications are understood is the most powerful weapon progressives have ever had in the fight for equality and social justice.

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The Paradox of Adversity: New Left Party Party Survival and Collapse in Latin America

by Brandon Van Dyck
30 jan 2015
Most new parties do not survive because they do not build strong organizations composed of committed activists.

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British politics urgently needs a new force - a movement on the Left to counter capitalism`s crisis

by Owen Jones, 2013
23 jan 2015
If a new, networked movement of the Left could agree on some key principles, and avoid creating another battleground for ultra-left sects, it could give a voice to millions.

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Left and Right in a Divided Europe

by Sam Vaknin, Ph.D
21 jan 2015
The Procrustean categories of "left" and "right" do injustice political subtleties. As central Europe matures into fully functioning capitalistic liberal democracies, proper leftwing parties and their rightwing adversaries are bound to emerge.

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Political Evolution: Why Do Young Voters Lean Left? It`s in the Genes

By Avi Tuschman April 17, 2014
19 jan 2015
political orientations across space and time arise from three clusters of measurable personality traits. The three clusters revolve around opposing attitudes toward tribalism, inequality, and differing perceptions of human nature. Our political personalities also shape our choice of a mate and influence societies larger reproductive patterns.

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Comeback for the Left in Eastern Europe?

by John Feffer Become, 2014
15 jan 2015
nly in Poland the New Left successfully reached beyond academia and organizing on the margins without being tempted into the dead-end of party politics. Krytyka Polityczna has survived as a transplant in other cultures and prospered.

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Europes new left parties can make the dreams of 1968 come true

by Srecko Horvat
13 jan 2015
For Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain or Slovenias United Left, power is a real possibility if they survive the long march through the institutions.

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Introduction: Europe Against the Left

by Seth Ackerman
25 dec 2014
The new political trend that has become visible since the mid-2000s - a new group of far-left challengers, many of them descended from various strands of the communist tradition, has gradually moved from the political margins to the center of political life, to fight for genuine left politics in a number of countries.

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The Decline of Europe

by Robert D. Kaplan, 2014
23 dec 2014
Just as the European left has had no solutions to the current crisis, neither will the nationalistic right. The rise of the right is part of a narrative about the decline of Europe and its place in the world.

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The Working Class and Left Politics: Back on the American Radar

by Dan La Botz, 2014
18 dec 2014
The key to the development of the labor and social movements in the United States and in Europe will be the militant minorities, ginger groups in the workplace and unions, in communities, and in the various social movements who take actions that challenge the status quo.

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The new ideological crisis of capitalism

by Steve Wallace
16 dec 2014
The crisis of capitalist ideology has been opened up a new front, and the task of the left is to utilise it to the maximum. For the first time the view that there is not merely something unjust and immoral in capitalism but something fundamentally unstable and economically dysfunctional.

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What Happened to the Left Alternative?

by V. Upadhyay, 2014
11 dec 2014
During the 1970s, left movements were very strong across many parts of the world. But, in a basic sense, global political landscape underwent a fundamental transformation around 1980. In this paper explored the reasons for the differences in popular acceptance of left ideas between Latin America and other developing countries.

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A Legacy of Pain and Pride

by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, 2014
5 dec 2014
A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served.

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Separatism and Empire Building in the 21st Century

By Prof. James Petras, Global Research, May 22, 2014
3 dec 2014
There is a fundamental need to demystify the notion of autonomy by examining the classes which demand it, the consequences of devolving power and the external benefactors of a shift from the national state to regional local power elites.

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A New Look at Germany`s Postwar Reconstruction

By RomainLeick, Matthias Schreiber and Hans-Ulrich Stoldt
27 nov 2014
Whetherthe German Wirtschaftswunder was triggered by reconstruction effectsafter the war or whether there was a genuine growth effect dueto the policy reforms? It seems, that there was in fact some sort of growth miracle.

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The staggering price of Quebec independence

by Christopher Ragan
25 nov 2014
It would be nice if the politicians recognized some of the economic costs involved, and led Quebeckers to ask themselves what price theyre really prepared to pay.

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How Scotland`s independence movement lost the vote and still won everything

by John Aziz, September 19, 2014
20 nov 2014
Would we default to being the United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, or England for short? The right-wing nationalist forces that Scottish independence would unleash in England can turn it apart for small pieces.

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Contemporary armed conflictsand their socio-economic impacts

by Eugenia Date-Bah
18 nov 2014
Armed conflicts continue to constitute an alarming feature of the global environment at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The concept of human security can facilitate an examination of the link a ges between peace building, employment promotion, and others ocio economic issues.

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Putin`s Empire of the Mind - How Russia`s president morphed from realist to ideologue -- and what he`ll do next

By Mark Galeotti , Andrew S. Bowen, 2014
13 nov 2014
Putin has come to see his role and Russia`s destiny as great, unique, and inextricably connected. Even if this is merely an empire, this is the construct with which the rest of the world will have to deal.

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Review Putins Wars: The Rise of Russias New Imperialism

by Valerie Pacer Aug 5 2014
11 nov 2014
Marcel H. Van Herpens recent work, Putins Wars: The Rise of Russias New Imperialism, explains why so important to understanding the on-going events in Ukraine. He will argue that Russia is both a post-imperial state and a pre-imperial state.

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Frozenconflictsandthe EU a searchfor a positiveagenda

by JaapOra
6 nov 2014
The main aim of this essay is to examine the ways the European Union has contributed to the finding of solutions and to also analyse where there is more potential for constructive engagement by the European Union.

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Spectre of Separatism Haunts Europe

by Gordon N. Bardos
4 nov 2014
Regional independence and autonomy movements are on the rise everywhere. If the EU can`t sort itself out, they will only get stronger.

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Independence in Europe: Secession, Sovereignty, and the European Union

by Christopher K. Connolly
30 oct 2014
The EU will play a leading role in determining the outcome of Flemish, Scottish, and Catalan nationalist claims.

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Catalonias independence movement

by G.Ţ., The Economist, 14.10.2014
28 oct 2014
Catalan separatism is not going a way, Spain`s political fractures are likely to widen.

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Assessing the Decline of the Effective Control Doctrine

by Brad Roth
24 oct 2014
Attempted secessions (for example, Kosovo and Somaliland) and coups détat (for example, Madagascar and Honduras in 2009) prompt contestation over whether or not legal status is to be conferred on local exercises of de facto authority.

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New World Disorder How we GotHere

Jack A. Goldstone
14 oct 2014
Nationalism is a force that cannot be ignored. Failure to do so will leave us facing the real risk of a World War III not the nuclear superpower war that some had feared, but a bonfire of extremist nationalism among developing nations that has already begun to sweep many parts of the globe.

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Is the future of global security a tragedy, farce, or comedy?

By Heikki Patomäki
9 oct 2014
This essay is examination of the macrohistorical patterns exhibited by the global political economy over the past two centuries and a set of possible scenarios that might constitute the human future in the twenty-first century.

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NATO: Response to the Crisis in Ukraine and Security Concerns in Central and Eastern Europe

by Paul Belkin, Derek E. Mix, Steven Woehrel
7 oct 2014
This report of Congressional Research Service addresses the NATO and U.S. military response to the crisis in Ukraine.

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Options for the evolution of NATO

by Tate Nurkin, August 2014
2 oct 2014
Discussion of the future of NATO will require a common assessment of the threat levels and risk tolerance levels of a large number of allies and partners, as well as politically difficult decisions, increased European leadership and capabilities, and a US that is still engaged in North Atlantic security.

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Cyprus: The Long Decline of International Law

By Henrik R. Clausen, 2011.
30 sep 2014
The Cyprus problem is a long series of failures to uphold international law, in letter, in spirit as well as in principle, due mainly to the large powers with interests in and around Cyprus choosing political expediency over legally solid solutions.

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Cyberwar is War: A Critique of Hacking Can Reduce Real-World Violence

by Alex Calvo, 2014
25 sep 2014
We must acknowledged the potentially deep impact of the Internet of Things, second, we must treat cyber warfare as an integral part of any military and of any security policy, and third, that this must be reflected not only in terms of training and equipment, but also with regard to doctrine.

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An Enduring Condition: On War Time

by Peter Maass
18 sep 2014
We are now experiencing a time of permanent war, one that does not bother every day Americans.

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Armed Non-State Actors: Current Trends & Future Challenges

by DCAF & Geneva Call
16 sep 2014
The first part of the paper analyses one type of NSAs: armed opposition groups. The second part looks at other types of (illegal) NSAs that operate also in non-conflict situations, such as crime groups, youth gangs, and militias and vigilantes; thus considers both the destructive and protective potentials of these units as security actors and suggests some ways forward.

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The future is non-state

by Bruce Baker
11 sep 2014
The fragile nature of the post-conflict state structures and the requirements of the post-conflict local environment necessitate partnership with non-state actors for the delivery of policing services. Where the future lies, however, is in support for the non-state.

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Hybrid Warfareand Challenges

by F. G. Hoffman, 2014
9 sep 2014
What once might have been distinct operational types or categorizations among terrorism and conventional, criminal, and irregular warfare have less utility today.

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The Exhausted Insurgency

by Nate Roy, 2014
4 sep 2014
This particular essay asks whether or not certain social, political, or economic aspects ultimately play a role in ending an insurgency.The purpose of this essay is to enter into an ongoing debate regarding the definition of an ended insurgency, and systematically attempt to construct an informed answer for COIN scholars and practitioners seeking to define the end-state of an insurgency.

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The Post-Conflict Security Sector

by David M. Law
1 sep 2014
This essay draws on a recent study of how the international community has dealt with the need to construct or reconstruct the security sector in six countries where there has been severe conflict. The author observes that external actors have tended to take a limited and unbalanced approach to the security sector, focusing on building the efficiency of statutory security actors, and neglecting the development of managerial and governance capacity.

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The 2014 Ukraine-Russia crisis: Implications for energy markets and scholarship

by Andreas Goldthau, Tim Boersma
24 jul 2014
While the energy world is entering the next phase with renewed emphasis on new ables and energy efficiency, a substantial number of politiciansan foreign policy makers seem to best uckin a Cold War paradigm. The observed tendencies may offer intriguing opportunities for research related to energy policy far beyond the traditional real msof economics and geopolitics.

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Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward?

John-Paul Flintoff, June 2013
22 jul 2014
Locally grown food, community-owned powerstations, local currencies can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition network in fact, it`s our only hope John-Paul Flintoff, June 2013.

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There Are Good Alternatives to US Capitalism, But No Way to Get There

Jerry Mander
17 jul 2014
Jerry Mander`s new book explores the fatal flaws of the "obsolete" capitalist system and strategies for change, 2013. The following is an excerpt from Jerry Mander`s new book The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System.

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The Rise of the New Economy Movement

by Gar Alperovitz, 2012
15 jul 2014
Activists, theorists, organizations and ordinary citizens are rebuilding the American political-economic system from the ground up. The New Economy Movement as with the civil rights, feminist, environmental and so many other earlier historic movements it, too, will overcome.

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Fragility and conflicts

by Marta Reynal-Querol
8 jul 2014
If we want to find measures to prevent conflicts in the long-term, we need to address the propagation mechanisms of conflicts.

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The future of the state

3 jul 2014
In the global struggle between state and market, markets have gained the upper handor so governments keep saying. Is it true?

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Failed States, Collapsed States, Weak States: Causes and Indicators

by Robert Rotberg
1 jul 2014
It establishes clear criteria for distinguishing collapse and failure from generic weakness or apparent distress, and collapse from failure. It further analyzes the nature of state weakness and advances reasons why some weak states succumb to failure, or collapse, and why others in ostensibly more straightened circumstances remain weak and at risk without ever destructing.

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The Decline of the NationState

Phil Howison
26 jun 2014
This essay explores possible reasons for the decline of thenationstate and examines ideas about the political structures likely to supersede the nationstate.

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Economic `degrowth` no laughing matter

by Jon Morgan, 2012
19 jun 2014
Degrowth is more than simply the opposite of growth. It is an idea, a seed that allows us to reshape not only perceptions but also our world.

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Can We Design a European New Deal for the 21st Century?

Jacques Rigaudiat
17 jun 2014
The only way to survive is together, which is why we need a common policy to emerge from the crisis, a New Deal for the Europe of the 21st century.

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Toward a Post-Growth Society

by James Gustave Spethposted Jul 06, 2011
12 jun 2014
Its business as usual is the utopian fantasy, while creating something very new and different is the pragmatic way forward.

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On the Edge

By Noam Chomsky,May 11, 2014
10 jun 2014
In the moral calculus of currently prevailing state capitalism, profits and bonuses in the next quarter greatly outweigh concern for the welfare of ones grandchildren, and since these are institutional maladies, they will not be easy to overcome. While much remains uncertain, we can assure ourselves, with fair confidence, that future generations will not forgive us our silence and apathy.

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Bad society, Life after Capitalism

by Robert Skidelsky, 2011
6 jun 2014
Perhaps socialism was not an alternative to capitalism, but it sheir. It will inherit the earth not by dispossessing the rich of their property, but by providing motives and incentives for behavior that are unconnected with the further accumulation of wealth.

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e-Democracy: Possibilities & Problems

by D Samarender Reddy, 2014
4 jun 2014
The trend is clear we are moving towards a digital Europe of e-government, electronic identity cards and e-signatures.But today, politics as usual may actually make things worse. Civically conceived e-participation efforts need to counter such negative trends rather than being viewed as a next option.

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Constitutionality of Remote Internet Voting: The Estonian Perspective

by Ülle Madise, Priit Vinkel
2 jun 2014
Estonia is the first to allow voters nationwide to chose their representatives online. Now Internet voting has gone from private and military trials to mainstream politics in two European states Estonia and Switzerland.

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Direct democracy enters new phase of digital era

by Sonia Fenazzi 2013
29 may 2014
The government plans to introduce e-voting for all Swiss citizens and will give its expatriates across the world a pioneering role. The government declared that the introduction of e-voting was the logical consequence of developments in society and in the communications sector over recent decades.

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Post-WikiLeaks, Manning, Snowden world brighter for freedom fighter

s.AnnieMachon, 2014
27 may 2014
As we have seen through history, the only protection against a slide towards totalitarianism is a free media that allows a free transfer of ideas between people without the need to self-censor. The global US military-security complex is embedded into the DNA of the internet.

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An extension of politics by other means: Security and Internet Governance

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22 may 2014
There is a feeling that we in the hard security fields (military, police, and intelligence affairs) tend to get cybersecurity wrong. State-centric actors may be able to monitor chat rooms or read your meta-data, but they may never be able to gain or maintain real legitimacy, much less trust.

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Berlusconi and Beppe Grillo: tv against the internet in Italy?

by Anders Pettersson
20 may 2014
The success of Beppe Grillos Five-Star Movement has focused attention on his use of the Internet as a campaigning tool. The real innovation has been his and the movements use of the Internet to encourage grassroots co-ordination among activists at the local level.

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Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media

by Evgeny Morozov
15 may 2014
Now that Internet-centrism is not just a style of thought but also an excuse for a naïve and damaging political ideology, the costs of letting its corrosive influence go unnoticed have become too high.

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Social media and social movements

by Jonny Jones
13 may 2014
The idea that the Internet is a neutral space on which all sides can compete is hopelessly utopian.Capitalism has proved itself remarkably adept at exploiting new avenues for capital accumulation, and the online world is no exception.

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Too Much World: Is the Internet Dead?

by Hito Steyerl
29 apr 2014
Data, and images are now routinely transitioning beyond screens into a different state of matter. In the past few years many people have noticed that the internet feels awkward. So If one can share a restaurant dish JPEG on Facebook, why not the real meal? Why not apply fair use to space, products and resources?

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Information warfare 3.0: Weapons of mass effectiveness

by Michael Raska, 2013
24 apr 2014
haracter of information warfare absorbs advancing information and communications technologies, while blurring distinctions between its civil and military domains, types of conflict, targets, modes and magnitude of attacks.

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Mass Mind Control Through Network Television - Are Your Thoughts Your Own?

By Alex Ansary
22 apr 2014
One of the most common examples of mind control in our so-called free and civilized society is the advent and usage of the television set. The media monopoly has a carefully crafted dehumanization program to anyone that dissents the official version of events.

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Networks and Netwars

Edited by John Arquilla, David Ronfeldt, RAND Corp
17 apr 2014
The concepts of cyberwar and netwar encompass a new spectrum of conflict that is emerging in the wake of the information revolution. To confront this new type of conflict, it is crucial for governments, military, and law enforcement to begin networking themselves.

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The Internet vs Television: How They Affect Us, How We Affect Them

by Aaron Miner, 2013
14 apr 2014
Television news and mass media lies and equivocates to us on a regular basis. But it is not the final word on television, or any other medium. In the end, a medium is only as bad as the uses to which we put it.

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Parties, causes and political power

by Ben Little
1 apr 2014
Today`s slick electoral machines have debased the idea of seeking political power, contends Soundings co-editor Ben Little. Which marks a sea change since the first decades after WWII, when local parties were intensely engaged in candidate selection and struggles over party resources.

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Change Comes Slowly for Bulgaria, Even With E.U. Membership

By Andrew Higgins, December 24, 2013
25 mar 2014
The last government of Bulgaria was brought down amid protests over a hotchpotch of causes including soaring energy bills and low pensions, but this time the people are protesting about corruption in the political elite, shady ties between the government and businesses and power-grabbing oligarchs.

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Brazil Protests 2013 Grow: One Million Brazilians Hit The Streets

By M.Sibaja, J.Barchfield, B.Brooks and M.Kaplan.
20 mar 2014
The public unrest sprang up in response to an increase in public transportation fares, but it has turned into a broader war cry, with protesters holding signs decrying corruption, poor public services and lack of investment in education and health.

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Turkey Riot Aftermath: PM Erdogan start Punishes Protesters in Turkey, 2013

18 mar 2014
Following mass anti-government Gezi Park protests in Turkey, AKP Government is now taking revenge on its critics. But a new wave of street protests has flared in Istanbul following the arrest on graft charges of two dozen banking figures with close ties to the Turkish government.

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Spain`s `Partido X`: From Seeds of Anti-Austerity Movement, New Party Rises. From the public encampments that spurred a global movement, can a political party answer call of the `indignados`?

by Jon Queally, 2013
13 mar 2014
he seeds planted amid the economic calamities of recent years are now growing into a new kind of political party - `Partido X`

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The Main Slogan of the Dung Fork Rebellion is Tutti A Casa (Everybody Go Home): Radical Systemic Political Change Including An End to the Dictate of the EU

by Leonardo Mazzei, December 22, 2013
11 mar 2014
The new pitchfork protest was announced weeks ago but it still seems to have taken the whole country by surprise. There are many features that look unusual and that are being discussed.

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Italy`s New Brand: 5-Star Movement

6 mar 2014
The reformist movements such as Italian M5S are becoming more and more hybridandde coupled from traditional left and right alignments. For many peoplere presenting the old establishment, this has been a real revolution. For the working class this is yetano ther reformist movement.

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How to break the stranglehold of academics on critical thinking

by Razmig Keucheyan.
4 mar 2014
New social movements such as Occupy need institutions to help elaborate their ideas. Where will a modern collective intellectuality spring from? Hence, more than ever, intellectuals should learn from the movements from below.

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Why it`s time to occupy the state

by Paolo Gerbaudo, December 2013
25 feb 2014
Many Occupy protesters who took to the squares and streets now see electoral politics as the road to real change. Some veterans of the Occupy and indignados movements are considering a turn towards electoral politics. This change of direction reflects an increasing awareness among activists that to change the world we also need to take state power.

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Neoliberalism and public unrest: Time to make the connection

by Mandeep Tiwana
20 feb 2014
While the power of transnational corporations expands, income and wealth disparities are threatening societies. As governments rush to embrace neoliberal economic policies, public dissatisfaction and unrest is rising across the globe.

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Open Government

by Eduardo Paes, mayor, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2013
17 feb 2014
The digital revolution has deepened the crisis within representative democracy. Traditional representative democracy within nations is no longer enough. People want more participation and collaboration with their government. They demand to be closer to institutions and authorities. The Polis is back and the Internet is the new Agora.

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Effective social policies: where is the most added value?

Agnès Hubert
6 feb 2014
The commitment of the European Commission to social innovation is now firmly embedded in some of the most important policies of the next decade, and its contribution to the reform of social policies and to behavioural and systemic changes is promising.

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Time for Equality: Closing Gaps, Opening Trails

by Alicia Bárcena and Antonio Prado
4 feb 2014
The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says equality is the "guiding principle" for a paradigm change in the Caribbean and Latin America. Equality without democracy is equality without basic rights and without the rule of law, in other words, a contradiction in terms.

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Latin Americas Inequality Success Story

by Nora lustig
31 jan 2014
During the first decade of this century, income. Inequality in most countries in Latin America declined. This is a very positive development, and not only in terms of fairness. Because inequality in the region is tied to imperfect and segmented markets, discrimination, and unequal opportunities, reducing inequality may unleash new forces for economic growth.

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The social investment imperative beyond the financial crisis

by Anton Hemerijck
23 jan 2014
Will the Great Recession conjure up a new opportunity to reconfigure social policy? There is an obvious need for a balanced approach, with budgetary discipline and social investment as complementary pillars to a new, credible, politically astute and socially responsive, European long-term growth strategy.

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Exposed: Enron billionaires diabolical plot to loot worker pensions.How an Enron billionaire, Wall Street and a major "nonpartisan" foundation are quietly robbing American workers

By David Sirota, Sep 26, 2013
21 jan 2014
This post is an excerpt of a major report the author wrote for the Institute for America`s Future.

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At the Top, a Recovery Now Finally Completed

By Sam Pizzigati,Sept. 2013
16 jan 2014
The exceedingly comfortable who sit in Americas richest 1 percent have regained the outsized share of the nations income they held just before the economy cratered five years ago. The latest studies on wealth and income distribution from the Credit Suisse Research Institute and the World Bank reveal a world where extreme poverty need not exist.

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Austerity without end

by Peter Schwarz, 2012
14 jan 2014
Greece is being subjected to a social experiment unlike anything known in Western countries since the Second World War. Given the return of mass poverty to Europe sets the stage for the return of revolution, the working class and the youth must prepare themselves for the inevitable confrontation with the financial elite.

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Recessions can hurt, but austerity kills

kills`by Jon Henley, 15 May 2013
26 dec 2013
In the US, more than five million people have lost access to health care. In Greece, there`s a 200% increase in HIV cases. And in some of the worst-hit countries, suicide rates are up. David Stuckler, author of an explosive new book, says the facts speak for themselves.

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Austerity pushing Europe into social and economic decline, says Red Cross

by Ian Traynor, 2013
24 dec 2013
Europe is sinking into a protracted period of deepening poverty, mass unemployment, social exclusion, greater inequality, and collective despair as a result of austerity policies adopted in response to the debt and currency crisis.

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A Trojan Horse For Social Europe

by Ronald Janssen
19 dec 2013
In the media, the social dimension Communication is presented as a way to put social concerns at the heart of economic governance. However, a closer analysis reveals that the usual neoliberal agenda of unfettered (labour) markets. It comes as no surprise that austerity policies triggered a double dip in Europes economy.

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OECD: Inequality Rising Faster than Ever

by Salvatore Babones, 2013
17 dec 2013
The Great Recession has widened the gap between the developed worlds affluent and everyone else. The current European revolt against CEO greed, if successful, might leave Corporate Europe looking just like Corporate America in the 1950s.

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Planning for the Future: A Sneak Peek at Tomorrow`s Europe

By Konstantin von Hammerstein, Christoph Pauly and Christoph Schult.
28 nov 2013
Germany would have to take on additional risks within the euro zone. In return, southern Europeans would have to grant Brussels control over their national budgets -- according to German principles. It could, in the end, be the savior of the common European currency -- or it could mean the implosion of Europe.

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Spains Future Is Bright

by Luis de Guindos, 2012 (Mr. de Guindos is Spains economy minister)
26 nov 2013
If Spain is measured by the way it faces its difficulties, one must at least recognize the enormous effort made, mainly by Spanish society. Their future hangs in the balance as well.

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Global Competitiveness: France Climbs Two Places

21 nov 2013
The recent unveiling of Frances 2013 budget has prompted an economic polemic among politicians from both the left and right. The government of French President Francois Hollande deserves credit for its decision to cut payroll taxes, but the 20 billion euro reduction in costs for companies wont administer the competitiveness shock.

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The future of Europe: or how to burst the bubbles around our heads?

By Ferenc Miszlivetz 22 March 2013
14 nov 2013
Choosing a new path for development based upon self-reflection only happens rarely in history. This would be impossible without a fundamental shift in the self-perception of the vast majority of Europeans, including the political and business elite, national political classes, intellectuals and academics, churches and religious communities.

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Demolishing five myths about Europes decline

by Indermit Gill, 2012
12 nov 2013
Five wrong notions have encouraged Asia and America to misdiagnose Europes ailments, Indermit Gill writes. And although Europeans need to make big changes, he believes the EUs economic model can still be made to work.

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Why we need a United States of Europe now

by Viviane Reding,Vice-President of the European Commission
7 nov 2013
We need a two-chamber system for Europe, as in the USA. One day, perhaps, we ought to have a directly elected President of the European Commission. I believe a United States of Europe is the right vision to surmount the current crisis, but above all to overcome the failings of the Maastricht Treaty.

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Time to shake off the gloom: Europe matters

By John McCormick, 2013
5 nov 2013
Critics like to depict the European Union as undemocratic and unpopular, but their arguments are too often based on myths and misunderstandings. This does us all a disservice, and in this period of uncertainty about the future of Europe it is more important than ever that we have a firm grasp of the issues at stake.

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Time to demolish the myths about EU enlargement

by Michael Leigh, 2012
29 oct 2013
Enlargement is not as some claim the cause of Europes ills, but has instead brought with it many advantages. Author explains how the carrot of enlargement offers the EU the way out of the political impasse, economic stalemate and identity crisis it now faces.

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Building stability and sustained prosperity in Europe

Speech by Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, at the event entitled The Future of Europe in the Global Economy hosted by the City of London Corporation, London, 23 May 2013
24 oct 2013
The ECB, as an institution at the frontier of European integration, has played an active role in addressing the crisis, but it needs to create the more stable banking union with a Single Resolution Mechanism like the FDIC in the US.

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Future Constellations of Europe: Strategic Reflections

Werner Weidenfeld
22 oct 2013
Europe is experiencing a historical turning point. The struggle for imperial hegemony of earlier epochs and the experience of big military disasters all gathered similar dimensions of political depth like the first steps of the success story of integration.

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More integration would boost European cooperation

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso
17 oct 2013
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso said a European consensus for an economically more competitive Europe and a socially more inclusive Europe. `Such a consensus is not just a political formula. It is of critical importance for economic confidence for investors and for consumers`.

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Small towns attractiveness for living, working and doing business

Case study the Czech Republic by Jiří Ježek
9 oct 2013
The aim of this paper is to introduce international professional community with a sum up of results of the extensive empirical research of inhabitants of the Czech Republic which took place in a period 2007 2010 within the project Competitiveness of small towns in the Czech Republic. It is necessary to deal with the topic of the small towns also in the future, and to help them.

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Polish city thats moved to Britain

Graeme Culliford
7 oct 2013
Nine years after it joined the European Union, Poland is facing a national crisis compounded by its peoples determination to find a better life beyond its borders. Lodz is one of the fastest depopulating cities in the country and is expected to lose almost a quarter of its population by 2035.

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