Confessions Of An Interest Group

Author: Carolyn M. Warner
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400823680
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Following World War II, the Catholic Church in Europe faced the challenge of establishing political influence with newly emerging democratic governments. The Church became, as Carolyn Warner pointedly argues, an interest group like any other, seeking to attain and solidify its influence by forming alliances with political parties. The author analyzes the Church's differing strategies in Italy, France, and Germany using microeconomic theories of the firm and historical institutionalism. She demonstrates how only a strategic perspective can explain the choice and longevity of the alliances in each case. In so doing, the author challenges earlier work that ignores the costs to interest groups and parties of sustaining or breaking their reciprocal links. Confessions of an Interest Group challenges the view of the Catholic Church as solely a moral force whose interests are seamlessly represented by the Christian Democratic parties. Blending theory, cultural narrative, and archival research, Warner demonstrates that the French Church's superficial and brief connection with a political party was directly related to its loss of political influence during the War. The Italian Church's power, on the other hand, remained stable through the War, so the Church and the Christian Democrats more easily found multiple grounds for long-term cooperation. The German Church chose yet another path, reluctantly aligning itself with a new Catholic-Protestant party. This book is an important work that expands the growing literature on the economics of religion, interest group behavior, and the politics of the Catholic Church.

Christian Democracy Across The Iron Curtain

Author: Piotr H. Kosicki
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319640879
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This book is the first scholarly exploration of how Christian Democracy kept Cold War Europe’s eastern and western halves connected after the creation of the Iron Curtain in the late 1940s. Christian Democrats led the transnational effort to rebuild the continent’s western half after World War II, but this is only one small part of the story of how the Christian Democratic political family transformed Europe and defied the nascent Cold War’s bipolar division of the world. The first section uses case studies from the origins of European integration to reimagine Christian Democracy’s long-term significance for a united Europe. The second shifts the focus to East-Central Europeans, some exiled to Western Europe, some to the USA, others remaining in the Soviet Bloc as dissidents. The transnational activism they pursued helped to ensure that, Iron Curtain or no, the boundary between Europe’s west and east remained permeable, that the Cold War would not last and that Soviet attempts to divide the continent permanently would fail. The book’s final section features the testimony of three key protagonists. This book appeals to a wide range of audiences: undergraduate and graduate students, established scholars, policymakers (in Europe and the Americas) and potentially also general readerships interested in the Cold War or in the future of Europe.

The Presbytery Of Seattle 1858 2005

Author: Robert L. Welsh M.D.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781465326430
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The Presbytery of Seattle 1858-2005 is a chronological narrative concerning Seattle Presbytery, its churches and its predecessors, the Presbyteries of Puget Sound and Oregon. The book briefly summarizes the church and Presbyterian history in Europe and in the American Colonies. It describes the history leading to the missionary beginnings of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Old Oregon with Rev. Henry H. Spalding and Dr. Marcus Whitman from 1836-1847. Rev. George F. Whitworth, the next Presbyterian minister who arrived in Washington Territory in 1854, planted the first churches and organized the Presbytery of Puget Sound in 1858 with two fellow ministers. Much of the early history of the Presbyterian churches in Washington Territory was related to the Presbyterian church in Oregon and early California. The pioneer ministers of Oregon and Washington are discussed. The earliest Presbyterian churches of Washington Territory were organized near Olympia. As a frontier presbytery only three ministers were necessary for organization, yet even that number could not be sustained and the Presbytery of Puget Sound lapsed in 1865 and was re-organized in 1876. Gradually the presbytery expanded and organized additional churches throughout the whole territory. Currently the Presbytery of Seattle encompasses two counties, King and Kitsap, which surround urban Seattle. In 1883 the Sumner Academy of Sumner, Washington began through the efforts of Rev. Whitworth and became Whitworth College in 1890. For over thirty years, beginning in 1909, the Seattle First Presbyterian Church was the largest Presbyterian Church in the nation. At its peak in 1939 it reported 8,818 members and eleven assistant pastors with 26 branches and a session of 110 elders. From its branches and support 24 Presbyterian churches were organized in the Seattle area. The place and accomplishments of women within the church are explored. The first woman to preach in a Seattle Presbyterian church was evangelist Mrs. Louisa M. Woosley in 1894. Largely because of her efforts the Third Cumberland Presbyterian Church (CPC) was organized in 1895. She was the first woman ordained by the Cumberland Presbyterians in 1889, however in 1894 her ordination was voided by the CPC. She was reordained a minister in 1913. The Third CPC became the Cherry Street Presbyterian Church in 1909 with the Cumberland PCUSA merger. Nine women at the Seattle First Presbyterian Church were the first officially ordained deaconesses in the nation in 1915. The slow acceptance of women as elders after 1930 and subsequently women ordained to Word and Sacrament after 1974 within the presbytery is discussed. Anyone interested in the Presbyterian church in early Oregon, Washington Territory and Washington State will find facts and stories of the 196 historic churches of the Puget Sound and Seattle Presbyteries. All Presbyterian ministers, elders and members will gain new insights into the vision, hopes, successes and failures of the church. The book is unique as it is the first extensive history of the Presbyterian Church in Washington since the publication of The History of the Synod of Washington of the PCUSA in 1908.


Author: Thomas Docherty
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1849666598
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This book explores what is at stake in our confessional culture. Thomas Docherty examines confessional writings from Augustine to Montaigne and from Sylvia Plath to Derrida, arguing that through all this work runs a philosophical substratum - the conditions under which it is possible to assert a confessional mode - that needs exploration and explication. Docherty outlines a philosophy of confession that has pertinence for a contemporary political culture based on the notion of 'transparency'. In a postmodern 'transparent society', the self coincides with its self-representations. Such a position is central to the idea of authenticity and truth-telling in confessional writing: it is the basis of saying, truthfully, 'here I take my stand'. The question is: what other consequences might there be of an assumption of the primacy of transparency? Two areas are examined in detail: the religious and the judicial. Docherty shows that despite the tendency to regard transparency as a general social and ethical good, our contemporary culture of transparency has engendered a society in which autonomy (or the very authority of the subject that proclaims 'I confess') is grounded in guilt, reparation and victimhood.

Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man

Author: John Perkins
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
ISBN: 9781576755129
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Perkins, a former chief economist at a Boston strategic-consulting firm, confesses he was an "economic hit man" for 10 years, helping U.S. intelligence agencies and multinationals cajole and blackmail foreign leaders into serving U.S. foreign policy and awarding lucrative contracts to American business.


Author: Richard Feldman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781118130995
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Ricochet Confessions Of A Gun Lobbyist "Ricochet tells the truth. With each page I can hear the echo of footsteps down the Rayburn Building's marbled halls as Feldman tells the intimate story few know and even fewer survive." —Jack Brooks (D-Tex.), former Chairman, U.S. House Judiciary Committee "Ricochet casts an eye-opening spotlight on the shadowy world of behind-the-scenes gun politics. Is it accurate? Absolutely! I was there." —John Aquilino, former Director, NRA Public Education "Ricochet is right on target. Feldman's behind-the-scenes memoir vividly describes America's firearms debate and struggle to win in extraordinary detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it." —John W. Magaw, former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

True Confessions Of Group Sex

Author: Tony Damosto
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1620959615
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Documenting sexual experiences beyond the boundaries of conventional coupledom, this collection of ten true confessions of group sex reveals the secrets of erotic adventures involving three, four and more. In Pool Party, Riane reveals what happened when four female friends met four guys on a warm summer night which ended with a private pool party. Best Friends is Alec’s tale of his friendship with his best buddy and the twists and turns of competition and collaboration during daring dates. In Building Sight, Dawn confesses to extending her sexual education with two workmen whilst on sabbatical leave from her academic post. Super Service is a confession from the world of military men in which Martin reveals the effectiveness of good teamwork with willing partners. In Housemates, Laura reveals how a house party not only changed her relationship with her housemates for ever but changed her attitude to diverse sexual relationships for the better. Fair Exchange shines a light on the secret world of partner swapping among young couples when Jake enthusiastically embraces Lily’s desires. Barn Three discloses the liberating effects of living away from home for the first time as Miranda reveals how her fledgling interest in multiple partners developed into an adventure with Jerome and his two cousins. In Two Timing, Max explains how he occupied his time when his girlfriend was away for the weekend and his surprising meeting with two women who not only worked together but also played together. In The Hornbill, Helen reveals what happened when she visited an adult contact club for the first time, in the company of her friend Lorna, and the astonishing turn of events at the end of the evening. Love Match is Sandro’s confession about his relationship with Hayley during a mixed doubles tennis tournament and their temptation to participate in unusual off-court activities organised by other players.

Confessions Of A Used Program Salesman

Author: Will Tracz
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 9780201633696
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With tongue in cheek and pun in hand, Will Tracz - notorious for his "Confessions of a Used Program Salesman" articles popularized by IEEE Computer, IEEE Software, and ACM Software Engineering Notes - explores the very serious and important topic of software reuse. In this entertaining and comprehensive guide, he shows you how to go beyond ad hoc software reuse to institutionalize the process - how to create a well-planned program, design modular software specifically for reuse across applications, and take full advantage of your efforts. A seasoned practitioner, Will Tracz offers sound advice and hard-won truths from the reuse trenches. Through these insightful "Confessions," the book takes a close look at such specific issues as the characteristics of quality reusable software; intellectual property rights; the roles of Ada, C++, Case, and design patterns; and more. You will discover emerging technologies that have the greatest impact on software reuse, and the step-by-step program included in the book will lead you down the road to reuse, steering you clear of the potholes and hazards that others have discovered at a heavy cost. After reading this book you will have no more excuses. You will understand the importance and advantages of creating reusable software, and you will know how to make it happen. "It (Confessions of A Used Program Salesman) succeeds by giving an excellent introduction into the principles of software reuse without getting bogged down in technical details." -Re-Print (The British Computer Society's Reuse Group Newsletter) 0201633698B04062001