Political Observatory Book Collection


The Political Observatory’s Political Studies Collection, in partnership with Fonte da Palavra Publisher, aims at publishing theses, essays, studies, text compilations and documental surveys in the area of Political Science, which result from the research of the Political Observatory’s members. The publications of these works are sponsored by the Political Observatory. However, the authors are held accountable for its contents. This collection will interest all of those who reason, question or dedicated themselves to the observation, analysis and study of politics.


livro brunoTitle: Portugal e as Organizações Internacionais – Comportamentos, Mensagens e Impactos
Coordenation: Alice Cunha, Aurora Almada e Santos, Yvette Santos
Pages.: 372
Price: 16,00€
ISBN: 978-989-99168-0-7
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Portugal e as Organizações Internacionais – Comportamentos, Mensagens e Impactos presents narratives that, based on different aprroaches, analyse the Portuguese participation in collective institutions, far from transmitting the idea of a linear process, the narratives demonstrate how the Portuguese presence in International Organizations was used as a legitimizing factor and in defence of the national interests, highlighting the country, in certain circumstances in the ability of influencing the decision making processes. The analysed issues, namely the action of individual actors and party entities on countries joining the European Union, the scrutiny on community law, the incorporation of the EU legislation in Portugal or the influence on the relations with the former colonies amount in a profound knowledge of the matter. The narratives prove the existence of a speech and of a quite positive image of the Portuguese development inside collective institutions, without disregarding the toughest moments between Portugal and the International Organizations.

livro brunoUtopia Realista
Author: Maria João Cabrita
Pages: 122
Price: 12,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-182-2
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In Rawls’ political liberalism, the “realistic utopia” substantiates one of the political philosophy tasks as part of the society’s public political culture. Besides the practical orientation and reconciliation functions, the political philosopher should question the limits of the social possibility – a task named by Rawls as “realistic utopia”. Ample and politically functional, both in the context of domestic society as in the international society horizon, the idea of realistic utopia regenerates our sense of justice, referring to specific conceptions of peace, democracy and human rights. Succinctly, this idea illustrates the hope of constructing a fairer political world, extensible far beyond our horizon and opened to cultural, religious and political differences, as well as respectful of the individual convictions and the self-determination of peoples. In an environment of dissatisfaction with society, we remain with the exercise of political observation clashing itself against reality, avoiding and getting through past mistakes, without sacrificing others and the future generations.

livro brunoA Biografia do Poder – Carreiras Políticas no Parlamento Português
Author: Bruno Gonçalves Bernardes
Pages.: 125
Price: 12,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-175-4
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“Biografia do Poder” analyses the common patterns of a political career found in nineteen Portuguese MPs starting from their own perception of their careers in Politics. The study of these political careers allows the reader to understand the interviewees’ choices and the constraints found within them. The study of these choices and their constraints allows us to understand a system where the market privileges a certain type of personal profile. These interviews allow us to build an analysis of the socio-demographic profile, the type of political interest of the subjects, the type of recruitment and career within a party and the level of political professionalization of the interviewees. In conclusion, this study presents a portrait of the formation and rise of political agents in the Portuguese democratic context, with reference to the perception of MPs on their political career.

Capa do livroTitle: Orçamento Participativo – Leituras Comparadas entre Brasil e Portugal
Organization: Angela de C. Correia Gomes, Marta Nunes da Costa, Rui Pereira Gomes
Pages.: 179
Price: 16,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-168-6
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Addressing the Participatory Budget is challenging because it is an instrument that raises shareholding to a level of decision of great importance in the context of public finances. This book attempts to explain and exemplify how two municipalities, one based in Portugal and another in Brazil, are participant in their community’s discussion on how to apply and use their public funds, providing attention to their political, economic and social differences. This book addresses how the municipalities of Braga (PT) and São Bernardo do Campo (BR) are building and consolidating this important process of societal integration in decisions involving choices and giving priority to public services to aid population.

Title: O Poder Político e a Segurança
Organization: Eduardo Pereira Correia e Raquel Duque
Pages.: 204
Price: 19,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-122-8
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This publication is a joint initiative of the Political Observatory (OP) and the Higher Institute of Police Sciences and Internal Security (ISCPSI), the seminar “The Political Power and Security”. Here are gathered the contributions of the seminar’s guests, from public and private institutions that collaborated in the questioning of diverse and relevant topics related to this subject. The guests contributed with topics such as: the theories and conjectures of timeliness in the fields of politics and security, challenges the foundations of democratic states; and a prospective analysis on safety. The availability of reflections and discussions of ideas, paradigms and theories examined in the seminar on these two inextricable issues of society – Political Power and Security – enrich the already existing research on the intersection of Science and Politics.

Title: Cultura Política e Práticas de Cultura
Organization: Carlos Vargas
Pages.: 168
Price: 17,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-122-9
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Culture is an inalienable patrimony of contemporary societies. Starting from the study of Political Science, History and Geography, Economics and Arts, Sociology, Anthropology and Ecology, this work is thereforem a necessary consolidation of political thought which, in a democracy, confronts and questions the different perspectives of a cultural phenomenon. This book considers the dimensions of creation, production, reception, mediation and financing, without forgetting the several times delicate invisible relations of power are established between the different actors involved in the process.

Title: KOSOVO – Jogo sem fim
Author: Patrícia Calca
Pages.: 208
Price: 16,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-095-5
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The geo-strategy of the countries involved in the 1999 events, the history of the region as well as its ethnic, religious and nationalist factions have complicated the reality of the conflict in Kosovo. Understanding what happened a little less than a decade ago may contribute to a bigger and better knowledge of the present and the future of this region in what has become the Aquiles’ heel of the Old Continent. This work also analyses what took place before and after the conflict. On one hand there is an analysis on the causes of the bombings and on the other hand an analysis on the reality of today. The application of game theory as a way to analyse this problem allows a more filtered and clearer scrutiny when searching for syntheses and models. The relations of power are the main drive of this book.

Title: República, Democracia e Soberania – Ensaios sobre a teoria de Estado
Author: Carlos Leone
Pages: 100
Price: 12,00€
ISSN: 978-989-667-098-6
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This assemblage of dispersed texts, some of which published for the first time in Portuguese, present an idea generically defended in all of them: the difference between the regimes’ political frame (in Portugal, the Republic) and the systems of government (democracy). This difference is structural, but tends to be forgotten from the scientific point of view and the public discussion. In a moment where the European Union is walking a path contrary to the one professed here, and while trying to alter the constitutions of its members after the fail of an European Constitution, the tone of these pages clashes, but in doing so, acquires a freer analysis and discussion, outside the usual oppositions between federalists and sovereignists, or europeanists and eurosceptics. It is in the space of this freedom that one can talk about sovereignty.

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