Download The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey by M. Steven Fish PDF

By M. Steven Fish

The place is the ability? scholars of politics have contemplated this query and social scientists have scrutinized formal political associations and the distribution of strength between businesses of the govt and the country. yet we nonetheless lack a wealthy financial institution of knowledge measuring the facility of particular governmental corporations, quite nationwide legislatures. This ebook assesses the power of the nationwide legislature of each kingdom on the planet with a inhabitants of no less than a half-million population. The Legislative Powers Survey (LPS), is an inventory of 32 goods that gauges the legislature's sway over the administrative, its institutional autonomy, its authority in particular components, and its institutional skill. facts have been generated by way of an enormous foreign survey of specialists, wide research of secondary assets, and painstaking research of constitutions and different correct records. person nation chapters offer solutions to every of the 32 survey goods, supplemented through specialist statement and correct excerpts from constitutions.

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Download Bicycle Days by John Burnham Schwartz PDF

By John Burnham Schwartz

Whilst Alec Stern arrives in Japan, he discovers a land of chance. for under in Tokyo may perhaps an impressionable younger guy clean out of school locate, in a single stroke, a brand new activity, a brand new relations, and a society that lavishes awareness on Japanese-speaking gaijin. but, at the same time Alec claims a spot during this new global, he's haunted through stories of the only he left behind—a global as soon as infinitely safe yet which disintegrated with the breakup of his mom and dad' marriage.In this incandescently saw novel, John Burnham Schwartz introduces readers to at least one of the main attractive protagonists in modern fiction whereas mesmerizing them with the fervour of his eye and the aptness of his voice. via its exquisitely rendered scenes—a fishing journey of Zen-like serenity; an evening at a intercourse membership the place guffawing businessmen dive into the action—and vividly imagined characters—the giggling mom who taught Alec to trip a bicycle; the attractive unhappy jap girl who teaches him how one can love—Bicycle Days surprises, strikes, and enlightens us as only a few books do.

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Download A Gathering Place (Cape Light, Book 3) by Thomas Kinkade PDF

By Thomas Kinkade

Now that the Cape mild election is over, Mayor Emily Warwick can eventually specialise in her burgeoning courting with Sara-the daughter she gave up for adoption 20 years in the past. Seeing her in any case those years has stirred up a few conflicting emotions for Emily. whereas she is thankful to have Sara again in her existence, she can not help yet remorse their years aside. regularly she might flip to Reverend Ben for advice, yet turmoil inside of his family has encouraged a situation of religion for the minister, making him query no matter if he's certified to counsel his congregants. after which there is the truth that Emily is slowly falling for newspaper writer Dan Forbes, who'd been ready to go away for a longer crusing journey till an twist of fate dashed his plans-giving him and Emily extra time to advance their bond. yet with grown young children of his personal, may Dan ever are looking to commence one other family members? Emily hopes so-because she's longing for a moment probability at life...

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Download Community, Trade, and Networks: Southern Fujian Province by Hugh R. Clark PDF

By Hugh R. Clark

The examine strains the industrial and demographic heritage of a nook of China's southeast coast from the 3rd to the 13th centuries, taking a look at the connection among adjustments within the agrarian and concrete economies of the realm and their connections to the increasing function of family and international alternate. It offers a formerly unexplored standpoint at the position of commercialized construction and alternate in a local financial system within the premodern period and demonstrates that alternate used to be in a position to force swap in a premodern economic climate in a manner that has now not in general been famous.

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Download Let Their Spirits Dance: A Novel by Stella Pope Duarte PDF

By Stella Pope Duarte

Let Their Spirits Dance is the relocating tale of a family's trip throughout the USA. Thirty years after the demise of the family's son and brother, Jesse, in Vietnam, the relatives has remained in lots of methods locked in a time of grief and ache. Having heard her son's voice, Alicia makes a vow to the touch his identify at the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and her selection evokes her warring young ones, in addition to 1000's of strangers around the country.

Stella Pope Duarte portrays a relations suffering from the common scars suffered by way of all who've been touched by way of demise via conflict. during this powerfully evocative novel, Pope Duarte connects kinfolk, pals, and a complete country with the names at the Wall, honoring the boys and ladies who served in Vietnam in addition to those that watched and waited, yet by no means forgot.

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