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Schwartzberg, Melissa 1975-

Works: 11 works in 54 publications in 1 language and 1,632 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Cross-cultural studies  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Melissa Schwartzberg
Democracy and legal change by Melissa Schwartzberg( )

16 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on historical evidence, classical political thought, and contemporary constitutional and democratic theory, 'Democracy and Legal Change' reexamines the relationship between democracy and the rule of law from an often surprising set of vantage points
Counting the many : the origins and limits of supermajority rule by Melissa Schwartzberg( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Supermajority rules govern many features of our lives in common: from the selection of textbooks for our children's schools to residential covenants, from the policy choices of state and federal legislatures to constitutional amendments. It is usually assumed that these rules are not only normatively unproblematic but necessary to achieve the goals of institutional stability, consensus, and minority protections. In this book, Melissa Schwartzberg challenges the logic underlying the use of supermajority rule as an alternative to majority decision making. She traces the hidden history of supermajority decision making, which originally emerged as an alternative to unanimous rule, and highlights the tensions in the contemporary use of supermajority rules as an alternative to majority rule. Although supermajority rules ostensibly aim to reduce the purported risks associated with majority decision making, they do so at the cost of introducing new liabilities associated with the biased judgments they generate and secure."--Publisher's description
Wealth by American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy( Book )

10 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An in-depth political, legal, and philosophical study into the implications of wealth inequality in modern societies. Wealth, and specifically its distribution, has been a topic of great debate in recent years. Calls for justice against corporations implicated in the 2008 financial crash; populist rallying against "the one percent"; distrust of the influence of wealthy donors on elections and policy--all of these issues have their roots in a larger discussion of how wealth operates in American economic and political life
Privatization by Melissa Schwartzberg( Book )

6 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The 21st century has seen a proliferation of privatization across industries in the United States, from security and the military to public transportation and infrastructure. In shifting control from the state to private actors, do we weaken or strengthen structures of governance? Do state-owned enterprises promise to be more equal and fair than their privately-owned rivals? What role can accountability measures play in mediating the effects of privatization; and what role does coercion play in the state governance and control? In this latest installment from the NOMOS series, an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars in political science, law, and philosophy examine the moral and political consequences of transferring state-provided or state-owned goods and services to the private sector. The essays consider how we should evaluate the decision to privatize, both with respect to the quality of outcomes that might be produced, and in terms of the effects of privatization on the core values underlying democratic decision-making. Privatization also affects the structure of governance in a variety of important ways, and these essays evaluate the consequences of privatization on the state. Privatization sheds new light on these highly salient questions of contemporary political life and institutional design."
Law, legal change, and entrenchment by Melissa Schwartzberg( )

4 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While despots constantly change their rules, it is thought, democrats revere stable law. Yet we observe an attachment to modifiable law from the time of antiquity, and amendment clauses have become a constitutional sine qua non. In contrast, we also see the use of unamendable, or "entrenched," laws--and in ancient Athens, even entrenched decrees. Given these apparent contradictions, the project addresses two questions. One, why would legislators permit their laws to be changed? Two, since legislators generally choose to incorporate flexibility, why might they wish to entrench particular provisions?
Origins and limits of supermajority rule : counting the many by Melissa Schwartzberg( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Political legitimacy( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Discussion of Josiah Ober's The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Abstract : Ancient Greece has long exercised a powerful hold on the imagination of modern political science. But until fairly recently, this influence has largely been philosophical, related to the origins of many theoretical concepts—including the concept of politics itself—in the ancient world. In The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Josiah Ober offers a synoptic and ambitious social theoretical account of the ancient Greek world, the sources of its power, the causes of its decline, and the lessons that can be drawn from this story for contemporary social and political science. We have thus invited a range of political scientists to comment on Ober's account of classical Greece and its relevance to contemporary political inquiry
Rousseau on fundamental law by Melissa Schwartzberg( )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Rousseau on Fundamental Law by Melissa Schwartzberg( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

0Privatization( Book )

1 edition published in 2019 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Democracy and legal change
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