The Political Machine

The Political Machine

The Political Machine investigates the essential role that material culture plays in the practices and maintenance of political sovereignty.

Author: Adam T. Smith

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400866502

Category: History

Page: 264

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The Political Machine investigates the essential role that material culture plays in the practices and maintenance of political sovereignty. Through an archaeological exploration of the Bronze Age Caucasus, Adam Smith demonstrates that beyond assemblies of people, polities are just as importantly assemblages of things—from ballots and bullets to crowns, regalia, and licenses. Smith looks at the ways that these assemblages help to forge cohesive publics, separate sovereigns from a wider social mass, and formalize governance—and he considers how these developments continue to shape politics today. Smith shows that the formation of polities is as much about the process of manufacturing assemblages as it is about disciplining subjects, and that these material objects or "machines" sustain communities, orders, and institutions. The sensibilities, senses, and sentiments connecting people to things enabled political authority during the Bronze Age and fortify political power even in the contemporary world. Smith provides a detailed account of the transformation of communities in the Caucasus, from small-scale early Bronze Age villages committed to egalitarianism, to Late Bronze Age polities predicated on radical inequality, organized violence, and a centralized apparatus of rule. From Bronze Age traditions of mortuary ritual and divination to current controversies over flag pins and Predator drones, The Political Machine sheds new light on how material goods authorize and defend political order.
Categories: History

The Political Machine

The Political Machine

Author: Thomas P. Clifford

Publisher: New York : Vantage Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036530884

Category: Boston (Mass.)

Page: 113

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Categories: Boston (Mass.)

Life in the Political Machine

Life in the Political Machine

Ultimately, this book calls for greater attention to subnational variations in citizens' political attitudes and behaviors in order to more fully understand the process through which a national democratic political culture can emerge.

Author: Jonathan T. Hiskey

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197500422

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Whether in the northern provinces of Argentina, the central states of Mexico, or the southern states of the United States, less-than-democratic subnational regimes are often found within democratic national political systems. However, little is known about how or if these subnational pockets foster political attitudes and behavior that threaten the democratic norms that exist at the national level. Life in the Political Machine offers one of the first systematic explorations of the ways in which subnational "dominant-party enclaves" influence citizens' political attitudes and behaviors through a focus on the provinces and states of Argentina and Mexico. Specifically, the authors find starkly divergent patterns of political attitudes and behaviors among citizens in dominant-party enclaves as opposed to those living in competitive multiparty systems. In the latter, the authors find a political culture that approximates what scholars have long documented in established democracies. In the former, they uncover three factors--the politicization of the rule of law, an uneven electoral playing field, and the partisan cooptation of state resources--that strongly shape citizens' understanding of democratic principles, accountability, and political participation. The authors argue that this environment erodes public support for democracy at the national level and that these local strongholds of illiberalism thus provide added fuel to the recent drift from democracy globally. Ultimately, this book calls for greater attention to subnational variations in citizens' political attitudes and behaviors in order to more fully understand the process through which a national democratic political culture can emerge.
Categories: Political Science

Political Machines

Political Machines

At the same time, contemporary radical politics has come to raise questions about the political preoccupation with technical progress, while also developing a certain degree of technical sophistication itself.In a series of in-depth ...

Author: Andrew Barry

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0485006340

Category: Political Science

Page: 305

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Technology assumes a remarkable importance in contemporary political life. Today, politicians and intellectuals extol the virtues of networking, interactivity and feedback, and stress the importance of new media and biotechnologies for economic development and political innovation. Measures of intellectual productivity and property play an increasingly critical part in assessments of the competitiveness of firms, universities and nation-states. At the same time, contemporary radical politics has come to raise questions about the political preoccupation with technical progress, while also developing a certain degree of technical sophistication itself.In a series of in-depth analyses of topics ranging from environmental protest to intellectual property law, and from interactive science centres to the European Union, this book interrogates the politics of the technological society. Critical of the form and intensity of the contemporary preoccupation with new technology, Political Machines opens up a space for thinking the relation between technical innovation and political inventiveness.>
Categories: Political Science

The Anti politics Machine

The Anti politics Machine

It is the political intelligibility of these effects, along with the process that produces them, that this book seeks to illuminate through a detailed case study of the workings of the "development" industry in one country, Lesotho, and in ...

Author: James Ferguson

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816624372

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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Development, it is generally assumed, is good and necessary, and in its name the West has intervened, implementing all manner of projects in the impoverished regions of the world. When these projects fail, as they do with astonishing regularity, they nonetheless produce a host of regular and unacknowledged effects, including the expansion of bureaucratic state power and the translation of the political realities of poverty and powerlessness into "technical" problems awaiting solution by "development" agencies and experts. It is the political intelligibility of these effects, along with the process that produces them, that this book seeks to illuminate through a detailed case study of the workings of the "development" industry in one country, Lesotho, and in one "development" project. Using an anthropological approach grounded in the work of Foucault, James Ferguson analyzes the institutional framework within which such projects are crafted and the nature of "development discourse," revealing how it is that, despite all the "expertise" that goes into formulating development projects, they nonetheless often demonstrate a startling ignorance of the historical and political realities of the locale they are intended to help. In a close examination of the attempted implementation of the Thaba-Tseka project in Lesotho, Ferguson shows how such a misguided approach plays out, how, in fact, the "development" apparatus in Lesotho acts as an "anti-politics machine," everywhere whisking political realities out of sight and all the while performing, almost unnoticed, its own pre-eminently political operation of strengthening the state presence in the local region.James Ferguson is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of California at Irvine.
Categories: Business & Economics

The Political Machine the Urban Bureaucracy and the Distribution of Public Services

The Political Machine  the Urban Bureaucracy  and the Distribution of Public Services

THE POLITICAL MACHINE, THE URBAN BUREAUCRACY, AND THE
DISTRIBUTION OF PUBLIC SERVICES of racial discrimination, of reliance upon
bureaucratic norms, or of response to political pressure? rfllgd, what role does
the political ...

Author: Kenneth R. Mladenka

Publisher:

ISBN: NWU:35556003683760

Category: Chicago (Ill.)

Page: 78

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Categories: Chicago (Ill.)

Congressional Record

Congressional Record

These political bosses achieve their power through doing favors , rendering
services , or giving opportunities for financial gain to the individuals who
comprise the political machine . INDEBTED TO MACHINE The candidate who
wins an ...

Author: United States. Congress

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000126169782

Category: Law

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The Congressional Record is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress. It is published daily when Congress is in session. The Congressional Record began publication in 1873. Debates for sessions prior to 1873 are recorded in The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States (1789-1824), the Register of Debates in Congress (1824-1837), and the Congressional Globe (1833-1873)
Categories: Law

Pakistan s Political Parties

Pakistan s Political Parties

... of Information Higher-tier politicians typically communicate directives to
members of their political machines, whether that be the ... The union council
chairperson has become pivotal in the electoral machine since the revival of
elected local ...

Author: Mariam Mufti

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

ISBN: 9781626167711

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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Pakistan’s 2018 general elections marked the second successful transfer of power from one elected civilian government to another—a remarkable achievement considering the country’s history of dictatorial rule. Pakistan’s Political Parties examines how the civilian side of the state’s current regime has survived the transition to democracy, providing critical insight into the evolution of political parties in Pakistan and their role in developing democracies in general. Pakistan’s numerous political parties span the ideological spectrum, as well as represent diverse regional, ethnic, and religious constituencies. The essays in this volume explore the way in which these parties both contend and work with Pakistan’s military-bureaucratic establishment to assert and expand their power. Researchers use interviews, surveys, data, and ethnography to illuminate the internal dynamics and motivations of these groups and the mechanisms through which they create policy and influence state and society. Pakistan’s Political Parties is a one-of-a-kind resource for diplomats, policymakers, journalists, and scholars searching for a comprehensive overview of Pakistan’s party system and its unlikely survival against an interventionist military, with insights that extend far beyond the region.
Categories: Political Science

United States Congressional Serial Set

United States Congressional Serial Set

The New Deal passes laws to authorize the labor - leader racketeers to loop the
poor workingman and make him cough up a part of his earnings to fill the coffers
of the big labor political machine and the New Deal shake - down gang comes ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015087667609

Category: United States

Page:

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Categories: United States

Cyclop dia of Political Science Political Economy and of the Political History of the United States

Cyclop  dia of Political Science  Political Economy  and of the Political History of the United States

The amount of time which early attaining of a population of a hundred must be
given , and the money it requires success million of souls , it will readily be seen
that some fully to establish a political machine , are both so change must be
made ...

Author: John Joseph Lalor

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951001407440E

Category: Economics

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Categories: Economics

The Fortnightly Review

The Fortnightly Review

the vindication of the professional politician and the politicalmachine . ” For
years a large , cultured , and influential class in America have wasted time and
energy ridiculing the “ machine ” politician . He was a parasite , an unmixed evil .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: CORNELL:31924066515192

Category: Great Britain

Page: 28

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Categories: Great Britain

The Fortnightly

The Fortnightly

the vindication of the professional politician and the politicalmachine . ” For
years a large , cultured , and influential class in America have wasted time and
energy ridiculing the “ machine ” politician . He was a parasite , an unmixed evil .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015024377908

Category:

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Current Literature

Current Literature

The makes the discovery of printing and the uses corrupt political machine of to -
day , controlled by of the tobacco - plant synchronous , or the faulty a boss , Mr.
Coler regards as contrary to the AmerGerman that makes his Junkers say ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: WISC:89012745402

Category:

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Document

Document

To this extent there is a failure of popular government , which is government by
the whole people . It is no justification of this neglect of duty to say that the
political machine " is too powerful to be successfully attacked or overthrown . .
The power ...

Author: Boston (Mass.)

Publisher:

ISBN: UIUC:30112105503590

Category:

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Contemporary Club Papers

Contemporary Club Papers

There is no question , however , that much the most important problem before us
is what is known as the politicalmachine , " whatever may be its origin . It is
probably largely the outgrowth of the indifference of the average citizen to matters
 ...

Author: Contemporary Club (Davenport, Iowa)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015039337442

Category: Civics

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List of members in each volume.
Categories: Civics

Our Day

Our Day

When Comptroller Coler was asked at one time how it was possible to defeat a
political machine , he made a significant reply . It is all the more significant , since
the Comptroller is himself identified with Tammany . He said : " There are two ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101064050642

Category: Church and the world

Page:

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Categories: Church and the world

The Outlook

The Outlook

... well - considered charter vantage in securing the aid of the Boss which rules
Philadelphia , and the hetereo and his machine . He and his , content geneous
instrument which misrules New with political power and its perquisites , York .
have ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: HARVARD:32044092810175

Category:

Page:

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New Outlook

New Outlook

... in securing the aid of the Boss which rules Philadelphia , and the hetereo . and
his machine . He and his , content geneous instrument which misrules New with
political power and its perquisites , York . have been content to leave the man .

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000020215736

Category:

Page:

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The Arena

The Arena

and the political machine . ... Primary - Election laws , such as have been recently
adopted in a number of States , will prevent corporations , and their allies the
political machines , from dictating nominations , if citizens will only attend the ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: PRNC:32101064462581

Category: American essays

Page:

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Categories: American essays

Medical and Surgical Reporter

Medical and Surgical Reporter

The political machine is to ap- are trying to get loose from politics . The insane
point a ... Why should other colleges , Greek and Latin Now , provided this thing
could be run as these schools , not be subject to politics ? Perhaps it projectors ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: CHI:099918672

Category: Medicine

Page:

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Categories: Medicine