Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State
World Perspectives and Emergent Systems for the New Order in the New Age, Volume 7, Book 1
by A. London Fell
February 2008, 408pp, 6x9
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-275-93977-9
$95, £74, 83€, A131

Continuing the series Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State, this book details developments in the Western Hemisphere, comprising North and South America, examining events and trends from the 1990s to the early twenty-first century.

This is Book I (Western Hemisphere) of Volume Seven (World Perspectives and Emergent Systems for the New Order in the New Age) in the series Origins of Legislative Sovereignty and the Legislative State), including coverage of North and South America. Another book on the Eastern Hemisphere, comprising a larger expanse from Western Europe to Eastern Asia, will follow to round out global or worldwide considerations. Three main parts deal in turn with United States Government and Society, United States Foreign Policy, and Latin American Governments and Societies, with an Annex on Canada and North American Blocs and an Epilogue on U.S. and Other ‘Union’ Models. The lengthy first chapter in Part I continues the focus on U.S. presidents from the Founders to Reagan, moving ahead here from Reagan to George W. Bush. As in the case herein of Latin America, the fading out of the old order of Cold War dictatorships gave rise in the 1990s to an emergent new order of more democratic (and free trade) tendencies, often patterned around U.S. models, albeit often imperfectly or incompletely so, within the contexts of their own cultures and traditions. The nascent new order for the new decade of the 1990s and then for the new century and new millennium is still an ongoing work in progress.

In a different sense, the United States itself experienced an emerging new order in its domestic and foreign affairs in the 1990s and beyond-first with the call for a new world order under George H.W. Bush around 1991, then with the impetus toward a more global economy under Clinton, and more recently through the crusade against international terrorism under George W. Bush. As indicated in the titles of the present Book I on the Western Hemisphere and in its sequel Book II on the Eastern Hemisphere, the main subjects and sources revolve around current news history. Issues and viewpoints uppermost in the public mind as expressed in the public press through reports and accounts are crucial here.

Reviews

"The distinctive attribute of the book is its use of contemporary headlines taken from major newspapers to depict trends in the growth of legislative sovereignty as the defining characteristic of state and government during the period covered."—The Law and Politics Book Review, July 1, 2008
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