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The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics) Hardcover – February 29, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0521193818 ISBN-10: 0521193818 Edition: 1st
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"Clifford Bob is the first person to show how contentious movement politics on both the left and right has moved to a global stage. Tracing transnational networks within a range of movements, both religious and secular, he shows how countermovement struggles have expanded far beyond national boundaries. The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics is indispensable reading for understanding globalization and contemporary politics."-David S. Meyer, University of California, Irvine

"Clifford Bob debunks a deep-seated myth that 'global civil society' consists of progressive NGOs that successfully pressure governments to bring themselves in line with liberal norms incorporated in human rights treaties. As is so often the case, the received wisdom turns out to be wishful thinking, and the truth is complex. Bob's carefully documented case studies reveal that international politics, like domestic politics, is an arena of ideological conflict where right-wing groups have shown that they can hold their own. This is a thoroughly satisfying and persuasive exercise in myth-debunking; it will reorient the literature and influence scholars for some time to come."-Eric Posner, University of Chicago Law School

"Clifford Bob is one of the scholarly community's most counterintuitive thinkers on transnational networks, politics, and advocacy. His first book, The Marketing of Rebellion, highlighted understudied problems of scarcity, conflict and competition among local and international activists. With this new book, Bob once again forces us to think in new ways about important topics. The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics highlights neglected dynamics of claim and counter-claim, showing that liberals and left-wingers often share the global stage with equally committed conservatives. The unflagging left-right struggle that Bob uncovers shapes each side's goals, tactics, and achievements. As a result, this book offers exciting new insights on the world of transnational policymaking."-James Ron, Harold E. Stassen Chair of International Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota

"The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics is a very important book. By detailing the influence of right-wing activist networks in the battle for policy influence, it takes the gloss off the idealistic view of activism as always for the 'right' (meaning left wing) ideas that are seen to prevail through persuasion and deliberation. As such, it 'rights' the balance in the literature on global politics, by showing how right-wing ideas travel across the globe, carried by social activists who win through conflict and contestation, in pitched battles in both global institutions and national arenas. Best of all, the cases it discusses make for fascinating reading."-Vivien A. Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University

"Bob has made another excellent contribution to the understanding of transnational relations. Summing Up: Recommended." -P.J. Stoett, Concordia University, CHOICE Magazine

"In his new book, The Global Right Wing and the Clash of World Politics , Bob, a political scientist, strips away the myths that have allowed liberals and progressives to believe that the growth of civil society will inevitably aid their cause." -Walter Russell Mead,Bard College, Foreign Affairs

Book Description

This book analyzes transnational advocacy, not by environmental and rights groups, but by conservatives. Mobilizing around diverse issues, their networks challenge progressive foes. In ensuing battles, opponents struggle to advance their causes and destroy their rivals, deploying exclusionary strategies, negative tactics, and dissuasive ideas. Examining combat over gay rights and gun control, Clifford Bob's conclusions about norms, activists, and institutions will change how campaigners fight, scholars analyze policy wars, and all of us understand global politics.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521193818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521193818
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,475,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clifford Bob is an author and professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He studies and teaches about human rights, activism, foreign policy, and globalization. In an earlier incarnation, he worked as a lawyer at a New York City law firm. Today, he enjoys traveling, international cooking, and biking - preferably with his lovely wife, Joan, and grown children, Alex and Natalie.

His latest book, The Global Right Wing, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. An earlier book, The Marketing of Rebellion, won several awards and was featured on National Public Radio's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

He has published widely in political science, sociology, law, and policy, including a controversial 2002 cover article in Foreign Policy magazine. His opinion articles have appeared in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Daily Mail (Islamabad), Sidney Morning Herald (Australia), Times-Picayune (New Orleans), and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He blogs at Duck of Minerva.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 20, 2012
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Clifford Bob has provided two well researched case studies that present a clear model of the role NGOs play in both international and domestic policy. Using examples from the gay rights and gun control debates Bob shows how international NGOs on both sides of the political spectrum battle over policy at an international level while assisting local groups at a national level. Definitely worth the $13.20 for the kindle edition.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura K. Landolt on June 4, 2012
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Clifford Bob's exciting new book takes countermovement and advocacy coalition frameworks 'to a whole new level'--the transnational level, to be exact. On the one hand, this book is valuable for its accessible, vivid and engaging descriptive content. It illuminates the multiple levels and different institutional sites of contention utilized by competing networks in ways that undergraduates would very much enjoy. On the other hand, the book is also valuable for its scholarly contribution. In particular, Bob's model offers important correctives to social constructivists' analysis of global civil society, transnational activism and norm diffusion, and helps to explain how and why meaningful policy change is so difficult (and 'nonpolicy' so common) at the international level. - Laura K. Landolt, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Oakland University
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