Polity and Cyprus - The Chain Store Paradox (Polity Series) by Argyro Toumazoucategories: Book, Cyprus
Argyro Toumazouabout this book: This book comprises 13 chapters subdivided in 31 paragraphs. It has as target-readers academics, diplomats, journalists, lawyers, officials, politicians, students and in general persons keenly interested in the legal and constitutional order in Cyprus. Among these readers, there are undoubtedly many who devote some percentage of their time, energy and sometimes brain substance working on the issues raised by the Cyprus problem. Moreover, the problem attracts many researchers and writers both in Cyprus and abroad.
• What inspired you to write the book?
Based on my learning and experience of the subject, it was easy for me to research and put together the best authorities within my reach. Besides, the topic of the book is an ongoing concern that provides constantly food-for- thought. Having a new approach that is unprecedented, trailblazing and surprising is a good omen for success. The premise of the book ties brilliantly to the stories covered in the news.
• Who are the primary readers of your book?
So far, all the readers of the book express positive feedback. They come primarily from the legal profession and from other highly qualified circles. The paperback version received a grant of €700 from the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus in 2009. Here is the testimonial by H.E. Andreas Demetriou, the Former Minister of Education and Culture: This publication is one of merit and contributes to the enrichment of the bibliography in the specific field examining the functions to the State.
• How long did it take to write it?
It took a long time to complete it, as new additions emerged, in view of the dynamic perspective of politics in Cyprus. This covered a period starting from April 2008 up to the delivery to the press in 2009 for the paperback version. Moreover the digital version had been repeatedly revised to ensure accuracy and wholeness up to the date of launching in 2011.
• How did you come up with the title?
As I was concerned with legitimacy, I started a title reading "Legitimate Polity and Cyprus". Very soon however the word legitimate and legal in Greek, having only one letter different, m and k, were proven to be a source of confusion. For this reason the adjective was dropped, leading to a shorter title, leaving the longer title, which would be "The Prerequisites of a Legitimate Polity" to be developed within the context of the book. However it is left to the reader to ponder what a model State is and what is a wrong State. This may depend on his or her historical knowledge and may be subjective approach to the problem which may differ from reader to reader. The title may not be easy to translate in languages other than Greek and English.
• Why did you choose this cover?
I meant to have a plain cover as the case is in most legal books. However the designer came up with three different versions, from which I chose the one at hand. The cover can undergo considerable improvement and in case of a new edition it may be revised.
• What was the hardest part of writing your book?
It was not hard to assemble the book as it makes a sense of its own and the parts dovetail together in many respects. Bibliography and footnotes had to be verified; the table of contents had to be revised and the index had to be re-adjusted in order to help the reader as much as possible when reading the book or looking for a particular issue.
• Did you do research for your book? What did that involve?
I had to do extensive research to make sure the authorities highlighted in the book were represented in due form and content so as to safeguard their authentic validity, their scientific background. I also ensured that I kept the components of the book in good stead. The research done involved the locating of the authorities and the endeavour to present them in the best way so as to offer a reliable reference book to the reader.
• Did you learn anything from writing the book and what was it?
Writing the book helped me learn a lot, especially about the latent aspects of the problem. These aspects constitute a basis for further research and can be a source of shedding new light in such an intricate problem that has drawn and is drawing the attention of innumerable dignitaries around the globe, many of whom I cannot match in intelligence and learning.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
The book is only the tip of the iceberg. Argyro Toumazou is at the readers' disposal for coaching, seminars and Webinars. She is the ideal speaker for their next event.
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