Books & Chapters

American foreign policy ideology and the rule of international law: Contesting power through the International Criminal Court

9 September 2015

American engagement with international law (IL) is regularly criticised as fraught with contradiction and distorted by beliefs in “exceptionalism.” That raises a puzzling question: Why is American international legal policy framed by commitment to the “rule of IL” when this systematically provides a benchmark for challenging the legitimacy of American global power? This thesis by Malcolm Jorgensen argues that the very meaning of the rule of IL is contested according to competing foreign policy ideologies: between American policymakers and their global counterparts, and among American policymakers themselves. Read thesis

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The Arabs at War in Afghanistan

3 November 2014

A former senior mujahidin figure and an ex-counter-terrorism analyst cooperating to write a book on the history and legacy of Arab-Afghan fighters in Afghanistan is a remarkable and improbable undertaking. Yet this is what Mustafa Hamid, aka Abu Walid al-Masri, and Leah Farrall have achieved with the publication of their ground-breaking work. The result of thousands of hours of discussions over several years, The Arabs at War in Afghanistan offers significant new insights into the history of many of today’s militant Salafi groups and movements. By revealing the real origins of the Taliban and al-Qaeda and the jostling among the various jihadi groups, this account not only challenges conventional wisdom, but also raises uncomfortable questions as to how events from this important period have been so badly misconstrued. Link to publishers

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Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States and China

13 August 2014

US Studies Centre CEO Dr Bates Gill has contributed the chapter "Untapped Trilateralism: Common Economic and Security Interests of the European Union, the United States and China" to a new book exploring the economic, political, investment, and trade relations between China and the EU. China and the EU in Context: Insights for Business and Investors brings together the research of world-class commentators on China and is edited by Executive Director of the China Studies Centre and Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney Kerry Brown. Read more

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Working in the Big Easy

26 June 2014

In this book US Studies Centre lecturer Thomas J. Adams and the University of New Orleans's Chair in Latin American Studies Steve Striffler look at the history and politics of labour in New Orleans. Read more

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Election of 1876/Compromise of 1877

27 May 2014

Centre research associate Marc Palen explores the long controversy surrounding the contested presidential election of 1876 between Republican Rutherford B. Hayes and Democrat Samuel Tilden. The subsequent compromise of 1877 held within it the fate of the Reconstruction South and the national political system; its reverberations were felt particularly strongly in 2000 amid the close presidential race between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The essay can be found in A Companion to the Reconstruction Presidents 1865-1881, edited by Edward O. Frantz and published by Chichester: Wiley Blackwell in 2014. 

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In the Interest of Others: Organizations and Social Activism

9 September 2013

In the Interest of Others develops a new theory of organisational leadership and governance to explain why some organisations expand their scope of action in ways that do not benefit their members directly. John Ahlquist and Margaret Levi document eighty years of such activism by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union in the United States and the Waterside Workers Federation in Australia. They systematically compare the ILWU and WWF to the Teamsters and the International Longshoremen's Association, two American transport industry labour unions that actively discouraged the pursuit of political causes unrelated to their own economic interests. Read more

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Freedom of Speech and Society: A Social Approach to Freedom of Expression

30 January 2013

Traditionally, freedom of speech has been justified as necessary for democratic government and as an essential individual right. This study by Dr Harry Melkonian departs from traditional legal and philosophical theories and breaks new ground by demonstrating that well-established and contemporary social theory explains the essential role of speech in highly differentiated modern societies. Link to publishers

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The Reasons for Compliance with Law

16 November 2012

Margaret Levi, Tom R. Tyler and Audrey Sacks contribute the chapter "The Reasons for Compliance with Law" to the book Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights edited by Ryan Goodman, Derek Jinks, and Andrew K. Woods and published by Oxford University Press. Link to Oxford University Press

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After Eden: The Transformation of the Landscape of Political Power in the United States

24 February 2012

by Margaret Levi

A chapter in Anxieties of Democracy, edited by Ira Katznelson and Partha Chatterjee (Oxford University Press, 2012). This volume is a comparative study of democracy in India and the United States, using as its basis Alexis de Tocqueville's landmark study Democracy in America. Link to book details

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Chinese–US economic relations after the Global Financial Crisis

14 July 2011

by Geoffrey Garrett

Garrett contributes to Rising China: Global Challenges and Opportunities (edited by Jane Golley and Ligang Song and published by ANU Press) with this chapter on the large and complex challenges facing Sino–American relations post-GFC. Read chapter

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