Political Demography How Population Changes Are Reshaping International Security and National Politics

ISBN-10: 0199945969

ISBN-13: 9780199945962

Edition: 2012

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Description: The field of political demography - the politics of population change - is dramatically underrepresented in political science. At a time when demographic changes - aging in the rich world, youth bulges in the developing world, ethnic and religious shifts, migration, and urbanization - are waxing as never before, this neglect is especially glaring and starkly contrasts with the enormous interest coming from policymakers and the media."Ten years ago, [demography] was hardly on the radar screen," remarks Richard Jackson and Neil Howe of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, two contributors to this volume. "Today," they continue, "it dominates almost any discussion of America's long-term fiscal, economic, or foreign-policy direction."Demography is the most predictable of the social sciences: children born in the last five years will be the new workers, voters, soldiers, and potential insurgents of 2025 and the political elites of the 2050s. Whether in the West or the developing world, political scientists urgently need to understand the tectonics of demography in order to grasp the full context of today's political developments. This book begins to fill the gap from a global and historical perspective and with the hope that scholars and policymakers will take its insights on board to develop enlightened policies for our collective future.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jack A. Goldstoneis the Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has won major prizes from the American Sociological Association and the Historical Society for his research on revolutions, population, and political conflict. His 2010 essay in Foreign Affairs, The New Population Bomb has received world-wide attention. A Phi Beta Kappa visiting lecturer, Goldstone has authored or edited ten books and published over one hundred articles in books and scholarly journals. His latest books are Why Europe? The Rise of the West 1500ndash;1850(2008) and Understanding Revolutions(forthcoming).

Eric P. Kaufmann is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century(2010), The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America(2004), and three other books. He has written on religion and demography for Newsweek International, Foreign Policy, and Prospectmagazines.

Monica Duffy Toftis Associate Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her current research examines the role of nationalism, religion, and rationality in relation to political violence. She is the author of The Geography of Ethnic Violence: Identity, Interests, and the Indivisibility of Territory(2003), Securing the Peace: The Durable Settlement of Civil Wars(2010), and Godrsquo;s Century(2011).

Political Demography and Political Science
Introduction
A Theory of Political Demography: Human and Institutional Reproduction
Population and International Security
Demography and Geopolitics: Understanding Today's Debate in Its Historical and Intellectual Context
America's Golden Years? U.S. Security in an Aging World
A New Framework for Aging and Security: Lessons from Power Transition Theory
Demography, Development, and Conflict
Age Structure and Development through a Policy Lens
The Age-Structural Maturity Thesis: The Impact of the Youth Bulge on the Advent and Stability of Liberal Democracy
Youth Bulges and Violence
Demography, Climate Change, and Conflict
Demography and National Politics
Racial Demographics and the 2008 Presidential Election in the United States
Demography and Immigration Restriction in American History
The Changing Face of Europe
"Go Forth and Multiply": The Politics of Religious Demography
Demography in Ethnic and Religious Conflicts
Wombfare: The Religious and Political Dimensions of Fertility and Demographic Change
Deter or Engage?: The Demographic Structure of Ethno Nationalist Mobilization
Demographic Change and Conflict in Contemporary Africa
The Devil in the Demography? Religion, Identity and War in C�te d'lvoire
Conclusion
PoHtics and Demography: A Summary of Critical Relationships
References
Index
About the Contributors
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