BARBARA WEJNERT

Barbara Wejnert

Contact:

bwejnert@buffalo.edu bwejnert@gmail.com

Books

Diffusion of Democracy: The Past and Future of Global Democracy. Cambridge University Press

Diffusion of Democracy: The Past and Future of Global Democracy.
Cambridge University Press

This book explores the course and causes of the worldwide diffusion of democracy through an assessment of the political and economic development of individual countries from the year 1800 to 2005. Using this extended range of data and examining multiple variables I created a conceptual model for the diffusion of democracy and to measure national democratization. The book characterizes each nation’s political system, its networking with other countries, level of development, and media advancement, in order to pinpoint what leads to national and regional progress to or regress from democratization. The innovative findings challenge established thinking and reveal that the growth of literacy does not lead to democratization but is instead an outcome of democracy. I also found that networks between non-democratic and democratic states are more important to a nation’s democratization than financial aid given to non-democratic regimes or the level of national development.
SAVE MOTHERHOOD IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD

SAVE MOTHERHOOD IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD.
Routledge: New York

This book provides cutting edge information on safe motherhood in a global context. The chapters focus on research, program development and implementation, and policy dealing with various aspects of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Safe motherhood is a critical issue since healthy, safe motherhood is the prerequisite for a healthy, productive society. Writing about the situation in their countries, the authors are from Eastern Europe, America, Asia and Africa and are academic scholars and health practitioners. The book is multidisciplinary with scholars from sociology, gender studies, economics, social policy, social geography, population management and political science. Topics include lactation policy and misunderstandings of lactations in African countries and in the United States; postnatal stress disorder that is either understudied or not considered as a problem in many developing countries; potential causes of a decline of maternal health in democratizing states; the effect of geographical environment on reproductive health; and revelation of mysteries of consequences of pre-birth pain in the early life of children. Case studies provide examples of successful model programs. Solutions offered are based on utilizing available resources and technology in ways that maximize education and training of local health professionals and family members.
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INTERVENTIONS

EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INTERVENTIONS

Market economy trends in the new era of globalization have widened the gap between education and technology opportunities for men and women. Women are a great human resource and their role in the society is vital for its progress. The involvement and engagement of women in the present day Information society on an equal footing with men would directly contribute to improving the livelihood of people, making it more sustainable and thereby promoting the social and economic advancement of societies.

Science and Technology brings economic growth and well being to people. Undoubtedly, science and technology can be vastly enriched through women's involvement, which closely links to the empowerment of women through science and technology. It is not the concern of one nation only, but there are many players and stakeholders in the aim to reach this millennium goal. Women empowerment may be through innovative scientific activities, integrating action oriented literacy, sound micro-finance and micro-enterprise training as well as an understanding of legal rights and advocacy. Apart from the efforts of the United Nations family of organizations, multilateral bodies and civil society, the positive role of women also depends on the supportive attitudes of their local family unit, the local community in each village and town.
TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY IN EASTERN EUROPE AND RUSSIA

TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY IN EASTERN EUROPE AND RUSSIA

Using examples of democratic changes in former Communist states, Wejnert provides a dual-level conceptual framework that concentrates on objectification of the fundamental and unique roles of various mechanisms and components of transition. The first of these two levels is an integrative framework of the diverse social processes of transition. Here, the essays included examine the effects of global and domestic factors, and diffusion on the articulation of transition from communism. The second level is a similarly integrative framework of the interrelation of three distinct social entities of economy, polity, and culture as recorded at a time-point when the polity-economy-culture components of the transition are inserted into the processes of social change.

This collection brings together Eastern European, Russian, and American scholars as well as prominent political figures from democratically elected East European governments. Included are Jan Kavan, Vice-Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and Grzegorz Kolodko of Poland, the designer of the post-communist therapy economic plan. The theoretical and pratically oriented papers are enriched by the broad perspective of the book, making it particularly useful to scholars, students, and researchers of Eastern Europe and Russia.
GLOBAL GENDER REAFLECTIONS

GLOBAL GENDER REAFLECTIONS

This book highlights the ways in which feminist analysis has contributed to a richer understanding of international development and globalization. By combining theoretical, empirical, and political perspectives, it includes cutting-edge debates on development, globalization, economic restructuring, global health and feminist theory.

The manuscript attempts to answer several questions pertaining contemporary situation of women in a global world. Among these concerns are--does global development alleviate feminization of poverty or contribute to it? Has free trade hurt women especially poor women more than helped? What are globalization's effects on women rights and education? Does global development bring women together or harm their closeness?

It is a volume dedicated to academics and practitioners studying and practicing in the field of gender and global development.
Research on Russia and Eastern Europe: WOMEN IN POST-COMMUNISM (Research on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe) (Hardcover)

Research on Russia and Eastern Europe: WOMEN IN POST-COMMUNISM (Research on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe) (Hardcover)

Early in 1990s changes in Eastern Europe and in the newly unified Germany began to show further consequences that were not always positive for former communist societies and were particularly negative for women. At about the time, it was a perfect occasion to join the important topic of the historical developments in Eastern Europe and devote the volume to Alice Cook, Professor Emeritus at Cornell’s College of Industrial Labor Relations, and her own interest in women. Some of the papers in this volume were originally presented at the Cornell conference on Women and Gender Relations in the Changing World of Germany and Eastern Europe, while other important topics have been added to the collection. Among the added papers were those related to the situation of women in the former Yugoslavia, Russia and Bulgaria, thereby broadening the scope and nature of the volume and enriching its content. Thus this volume provides a relatively comprehensive view of the current status of women in Easter-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.

BOOKS within series Research in Political Sociology (vol.18 – 22) Barbara Wejnert (series editor)

Democratic Paths and Trends

Democratic Paths and Trends

The volume presents a discussion about challenges and developments of democratization within the United States, other well-established democracies and newly democratizing countries. The discourse is presented from cross-cultural and comparative perspectives, and includes discussions on countries decision to democratize, worldwide trend towards democratization, as well as diffusion of democracy and paths of democratic transitions. The discussed case studies include issues of nationalism, globalization, revocation of citizenship and grass root involvement in democratic processes. Presentation of worldwide democratic trends is concluded with a paper that supports all previous chapters and puts many of their basic tenets succinctly and summarily.
Democracies Challenges to Societal Health

Democracies Challenges to Societal Health

Volume 19 in the "Research in Political Sociology" series is devoted to health problems, challenges and accomplishments in democratic societies. It includes papers addressing health systems, health policies, obstacles to societal healthy behaviors, and/or health conditions that are experienced in democratic societies in the world. The democratic society is understood in a broadly defined term. It includes developed Western democracies, as well as less developed or underdeveloped countries that have democratic system. According to such definition, the category "democracies" includes democratic countries that have well established democratic system and respect broad network of people rights, as well as democracies that are formally consider democratic states but de facto respect only a few rights or their governments are guided by limited democratic principles. Therefore, the collection of the 19th volume of "Research in Political Sociology" includes papers addressing these issues in a broad spectrum of countries from India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania, to Sweden, Canada and the United States.
Linking Environment, Democracy and Gender

Linking Environment, Democracy and Gender

This volume highlights the ways in which scholarly analysis has contributed to a rich understanding of the links between spreading democracy, gender equality, and environmental protection. Combining theoretical, empirical, and policy perspectives, the volume includes cutting-edge debates on the meaning of democracy and the processes of its development, as well as the response of democracies to environmental and gender concerns. In particular, the volume answers questions applicable to the situation of women in the democratizing world as well as to environmental problems, linking together the issues of gender and environment. It discusses the difference between democratic and non-democratic countries in terms of protection and care for their citizens; security of women's rights and women's opportunities offered by democratic vs. non-democratic states; relations between environmental issues and gender; and women's response to environmental problems.
Voices of Globalization

Voices of Globalization

This volume addresses issues of political and economic globalization and worldwide connectedness of countries posing a question whether it symbolizes progress or regress for world's societies. Starting with the notion of modernization resulting from globalized development, and supported by the notion of "the end of civilization and the last men" envisioned as outcomes of worldwide democratization, the collection of papers focuses on economic and political issues experiences by countries at the time of rapid diffusions of democracy and of global market economy. The case studies of pertinent political issues such as international migration, human rights and international conflict, political interventions, tolerance and equality, environmental protection and green energy, and economic justice are discussed by authors focusing on modern societies of developed and developing world. The concluding chapter provides a summary of presented topics in form of a discussion forum on outcomes of globalization.
The Many Faces of Populism Current Perspectives

The Many Faces of Populism Current Perspectives

Populism comes in many guises. Both Berlusconi's personalization of politics and the Northern League's anti-immigrant regionalist movement are viewed as examples of the phenomenon of populism. A type of leftwing populism embodied by Hugo Chavez swept across Latin America. Insurgent and antisystem movements and parties in places as different as the Netherlands, India, Norway, Thailand, Russia and the United States have experienced what have been labeled populists Populism comes in many guises. Both Berlusconi's personalization of politics and the Northern League's antiimmigrant regionalist movement are viewed as examples of the phenomenon of populism. A type of leftwing populism embodied by Hugo Chavez swept movements. Such varied manifestations beg the question: what is populism? The objective of this edited volume is to provide an answer by examining "the many faces of populism." The unifying element across the different explorations of the phenomenon of populism is that there is a shared genus that allows for a typology of the different faces of populism and a demarcation of what is not a form of populism.

Soon to be Published Books


POLISH PEOPLE POWER

Polish People Power reverts back to the issue of the consequences of the Solidarity Movement in Poland in view of its impact not only on political and economic transitions that took place in Poland in 1980 and 1989, but also the spread of democracy across other former communist states of Eastern Europe. In addition to the study of the Solidarity Movement, this book includes analysis of the post-Solidarity dissident movement that spread across the Eastern European countries: Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany. Dissidents’ networks and channels of their communication are depicted via interviews conducted with the former dissidents.
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