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This section includes book reviews of 600-900 words, as well as some book notes of 100-200 words, on books of particular interest to the members of our group. If members either have a review that they consider of interest to the SG, or a recent book of their own, which they would like to see reviewed in the newsletter, please contact Cas Mudde at: Book Notes The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy, Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2000, 452 pp., USD 95.00, ISBN 1-56802-426-6 (hbk). From the book cover: "The Concise Encyclopedia of Democracy is a single-volume version of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Democracy. It features more than 300 articles covering democratic concepts, individuals, and countries. The articles emphasize the historical and practical, rather than the theoretical. Readers will find five types of articles in the volume: biographies, regional and country profiles, topical analyses, historical overviews, and discussions of important documents, speeches, and U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Biographical sketches of individuals significant in the development of democratic theory or in the implementation of democracy in the major nations of the contemporary world bring the topics to life. The biographies bridge more than 2,000 years – from Plato to Wei Jongsheng – and span the world – from Nelson Mandela to Margaret Thatcher. Although the topics are international in scope, particular emphasis is given to the American experience and the democracies that are part of the high school curriculum and introductory college courses. Especially valuable to students are new entries on the U.S. Constitution and general government practices that meet the National Standards in Civics and Government. The 150 maps, photographs, charts, and timelines are designed to present researchers with information in a concise, visual format." Christoph Butterwegge and Georg Lohmann (eds.), Jugend, Rechtsextremismus und Gewalt. Analysen und Argumente, Opladen: Leske und Budrich, 2nd edition, 2001, 304 pp., DM 29.80 DM / SFr 27.50 / ÖS 218, ISBN 3-8100-3222-0 (pbk). Reviewed by Thomas Ohlemacher (University of Hamburg & Criminological Institute of Lower Saxony

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