RSSIssue 21.4

<i>The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers </i> by Ngaire Woods

The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers by Ngaire Woods

| November 2007
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Woods is an insightful and thoughtful authority on the Bretton Woods institutions. In this book she examines their activities and focuses on their engagements with Mexico, Russia, and the sub-Saharan African nations.

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<i>All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes</i> by Daniel Drezner

All Politics Is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes by Daniel Drezner

| November 2007
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At a time when many international relations scholars are qualifying their premature predictions of the withering of the state, Daniel Drezner’s new book makes a compelling case for the continued centrality of the state in the process of globalization.

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<i>Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge</i>, edited by Thomas Carothers

Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge, edited by Thomas Carothers

| November 2007
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This book is an attempt to collect some of the little known about Rule-of-law (ROL) reform, and it does this creditably. Although the book’s contributors are rather pessimistic about the theory and practice of ROL reform, they do point to ways to improve its prospects.

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<i>Does Foreign Aid Really Work?</i> by Roger C. Riddell & <i>Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics</i> by Carol Lancaster

Does Foreign Aid Really Work? by Roger C. Riddell & Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics by Carol Lancaster

| November 2007
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These two recent works by Roger C. Riddell and Carol Lancaster display a sober understanding of aid challenges, present a balanced view of the context within which aid operations take place, and provide valuable insights about the workings of aid organizations.

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The Rules of War [Full Text]

| November 2007
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These three books show how the enduring principles of just war theory can be applied insightfully and fruitfully to even the latest kinds of conflict, weaponry, and tactics; and they show how just war theory raises significant issues of the background political context, out of which all wars develop.

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States of Risk: Should Cosmopolitans Favor Their Compatriots?

| November 2007
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This article claims that it is not mutual benefit but mutual risk that grounds compatriot preference. Exposure to risks such as state abuse provide us with a reason to take our compatriots’ interests seriously. The same argument, however, displays the limits of this reasoning, and also grounds a demanding obligation to aid other societies.

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Human Rights Versus Emissions Rights: Climate Justice and the Equitable Distribution of Ecological Space

| November 2007
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Arguing that issues of both emissions and subsistence should be comprehended within a single framework of justice, the proposal here is that this broader framework be developed by reference to the idea of “ecological space.”

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American Religious NGOs in North Korea: A Paradoxical Relationship

| November 2007
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Despite North Korea’s antipathy to outside religious influence, it is primarily American NGOs with financial backing from religious organizations that have maintained development and exchange programs with the regime.

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