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Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities - Strategies, Methods and Outlook (Hardcover): Daniel A. Mazmanian, Hilda Blanco Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities - Strategies, Methods and Outlook (Hardcover)
Daniel A. Mazmanian, Hilda Blanco
R3,739 Discovery Miles 37 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and applying the methods and strategies for cities to attain a more sustainable future. Against a backdrop of unprecedented levels of urbanization, 21st century cities across the globe share mutual concerns for the challenges they face. This Companion focuses on the importance of the city as a critical building block for a more sustainable future within broader subnational, national and continental contexts, and ultimately, within a global systems context. It discusses the sustainable strategies being devised, as well as the methods and tools for achieving them. Examples of social, economic, political and environmental sustainable policy strategies are presented and the extent to which they actually increase sustainability is analyzed. Topics explored include compact cities and urban metabolism; environmental justice; water resources planning and the impact of climate change on industry, food policy and urban design. This book will appeal to academics and students of planning, public policy and administration, as well as environmental and urban studies. It will also be of interest to those working in urban planning and sustainable development professions.

The International Handbook on Social Innovation - Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research... The International Handbook on Social Innovation - Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research (Paperback)
Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood, Abdelillah. Hamdouch
R805 Discovery Miles 8 050 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This enriching Handbook covers many aspects of the scientific and socio-political debates on social innovation today. The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro and macro spheres, with the purpose of satisfying unmet or new human needs across different layers of society. It connects social innovation to empowerment dynamics, thus giving a political character to social movements and bottom-up governance initiatives. Together these should lay the foundations for a fairer, more democratic society for all. This interdisciplinary work, written by scholars collaborating to develop a joint methodological perspective toward social innovation agency and processes, will be invaluable for students and researchers in social science and humanities. It will also appeal to policy makers, policy analysts, lobbyists and activists seeking to give inspiration and leadership from a social innovation perspective.

Dogs and Demons - The Fall of Modern Japan (Paperback, Export Edition): Alex Kerr Dogs and Demons - The Fall of Modern Japan (Paperback, Export Edition)
Alex Kerr
R347 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R110 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How did one of the world's greatest and most ancient civilizations reach the state of economic, cultural and environmental decline that defines it today? Why, through decades of spectacular economic progress, did nobody comment on the terrifying price paid by ordinary Japanese? Now economically devastated, shunned by foreign tourists and regularly voted by visiting businessmen as one of the world's least appetizing destinations, Japan must now wake up to the 'state-sponsored vandalism' that has crushed families into tiny flats, bulldozed and cemented over the banks of most of the country's rivers and destroyed its historic towns.

As a long-time resident of Japan, Alex Kerr is ideally placed to write this angry and entertaining book about the ruination of a country he loves.

The Putin Interviews - Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin (Standard format, CD): Oliver Stone The Putin Interviews - Oliver Stone Interviews Vladimir Putin (Standard format, CD)
Oliver Stone; Narrated by Qarie Marshall, Pete Cross, Lesa Lockford, Chris Lutkin
R861 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R211 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Mozambique and Brazil - Forging New Partnerships or Developing Dependency? (Paperback): Chris Alden, Ana Cristina Alves, Sergio... Mozambique and Brazil - Forging New Partnerships or Developing Dependency? (Paperback)
Chris Alden, Ana Cristina Alves, Sergio Chichava
R265 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R55 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days
Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe - Place-Based Development in International Economic Networks... Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization in Europe - Place-Based Development in International Economic Networks (Hardcover)
Mark Thissen, Frank van Oort, Dario Diodato, Arjan Ruijs
R2,065 Discovery Miles 20 650 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Regions economically differ from each other - they compete in different products and geographical spaces, exhibit different strengths and weaknesses, and provide different possibilities for growth and development. What fosters growth in one region may hamper it in another. This highly original book presents an accessible methodology for identifying competitors and their particular circumstances in Europe, discusses regional competitiveness from a conceptual perspective and explores both past and future regional development policies in Europe. The authors illustrate that for the concept of regional competition to be valued correctly it should not solely be identified by the structural asset characteristics of cities and regions. They therefore present a unique applied analytic framework that takes into account economically valued network relations between places of (mobile) production factors and traded goods. Underpinned with thorough analysis and theory, the framework uses actual networks of competing and economically valued relations between regions to help develop smart specialization strategies that are central in the place-based policy initiatives of the new European cohesion policy. This path-breaking book presents a crucial contribution to the current academic discussion on regional competitiveness and the policy debate on smart specialization, place-based development and cohesion policy in the European Union. As such it will prove an invaluable read for academics, researchers, students and policy-makers with an interest in economics - particularly applied regional economics, European studies and regional studies.

Harlemworld - Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (Paperback, 2nd ed.): John Jackson Harlemworld - Doing Race and Class in Contemporary Black America (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
John Jackson
R483 R454 Discovery Miles 4 540 Save R29 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Harlem is one of the most famous neighborhoods in the world--a historic symbol of both black cultural achievement and of the rigid boundaries separating the rich from the poor. But as this book shows us, Harlem is far more culturally and economically diverse than its caricature suggests: through extensive fieldwork and interviews, John L. Jackson reveals a variety of social networks and class stratifications, and explores how African Americans interpret and perform different class identities in their everyday behavior.

Civilising Grass - The Art Of The Lawn On The South African Highveld (Paperback): Jonathan Cane Civilising Grass - The Art Of The Lawn On The South African Highveld (Paperback)
Jonathan Cane
R380 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R85 (22%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

What does the lawn want? To be watered, fertilised, mowed, admired, fretted over, ignored? This unusual question serves as a starting point for Civilising Grass: The Art of the Lawn on the South African Highveld, an unexpected and often disconcerting critique of one of the most common and familiar landscapes in South Africa. The lawn, Jonathan Cane argues, is not quite as innocent as we might think. Besides the fact that lawns suck up scarce water, consume chemicals, displace indigenous plants and reduce biodiversity, they are also part of a colonial lineage of dispossession and violence. They reduce the political problem of land to the aesthetic question of landscape, thereby obscuring issues of ownership, redress, belonging and labour. The question then becomes: Who takes care of whose lawn, in what clothes, under what conditions and for what reward?

Civilising Grass offers a detailed reading of artistic, literary and architectural lawns between 1886 and 2017. The eclectic archive includes plans, poems, maps, gardening blogs, adverts, ethnographies and ephemera, as well as literature by Koos Prinsloo, Marlene van Niekerk and Ivan Vladislavic. In addition, the book includes colour reproductions of lawn artworks by David Goldblatt, Lungiswa Gqunta, Pieter Hugo, Anton Kannemeyer, Sabelo Mlangeni, Moses Tladi and Kemang Wa Lehulere.

This book shows that even if the enchantment of a green, flat and soft lawn is almost universal, there are also unexpected moments when alternatives present themselves, occasions when people reject the politeness of the lawn, and situations in which we might glimpse a possible time after the lawn. Drawing on theory and conceptual tools from interdisciplinary fields such as ecocriticism, queer theory, art history and postcolonial studies, Civilising Grass offers the first sustained investigation of the lawn in Africa and contributes to the growing conversation about the complex relationships between humans and non-humans on the continent.

Social Capital and Rural Development in the Knowledge Society (Hardcover): Hans Westlund, Kiyoshi Kobayashi Social Capital and Rural Development in the Knowledge Society (Hardcover)
Hans Westlund, Kiyoshi Kobayashi
R2,545 Discovery Miles 25 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Social capital is often considered a key factor for local development. This book analyzes the role of social capital for rural areas' survival and development in the current age of metropolitan growth - an era in which urban is the norm and where rural areas must adapt to this new situation and build innovative urban-rural relations. The traditional division between `rural' and `urban' is no longer valid in the knowledge society. Instead of being a homogeneous unit based on primary sector production, the countryside in the developed world increasingly consists of areas with very different development paths. With examples from Europe, Asia and America, the book discusses building and renewal of rural social capital from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives, and from the standpoint of business, and both the public and private sectors. Being the first book to treat social capital and rural development in the age of megacities and the knowledge economy, it will be of great benefit to academics interested in social capital research and rural development.

African Economic Transformation In The Digital Age (Paperback): Mammo Muchie, Angathevar Baskaran African Economic Transformation In The Digital Age (Paperback)
Mammo Muchie, Angathevar Baskaran
R817 R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Save R229 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The International Handbook on Social Innovation - Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research... The International Handbook on Social Innovation - Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research (Hardcover)
Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood, Abdelillah. Hamdouch
R3,984 Discovery Miles 39 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This enriching Handbook covers many aspects of the scientific and socio-political debates on social innovation today. The contributors provide an overview of theoretical perspectives, methodologies and instructive experiences from all continents, as well as implications for collective action and policy. They argue strongly for social innovation as a key to human development. The Handbook defines social innovation as innovation in social relations within both micro and macro spheres, with the purpose of satisfying unmet or new human needs across different layers of society. It connects social innovation to empowerment dynamics, thus giving a political character to social movements and bottom-up governance initiatives. Together these should lay the foundations for a fairer, more democratic society for all. This interdisciplinary work, written by scholars collaborating to develop a joint methodological perspective toward social innovation agency and processes, will be invaluable for students and researchers in social science and humanities. It will also appeal to policy makers, policy analysts, lobbyists and activists seeking to give inspiration and leadership from a social innovation perspective.

The Plot to Destroy Democracy - How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West (Paperback): Malcolm... The Plot to Destroy Democracy - How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West (Paperback)
Malcolm Nance; Foreword by Rob Reiner
R312 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R58 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author provides a provocative, comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia's master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump, with a foreword by Rob Reiner. "A convincing cry that treason is afoot." - Kirkus Reviews "[E]ven as this plot gets more intricate (and, yes, sometimes it does read like a political thriller), readers will be turning pages quickly, feeling both anxiety and betrayal. . . . [E]ven supporters of the president will have something to think about." - Booklist In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made President of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election-and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union, and Western democracy. Career U.S. intelligence officer Malcolm Nance examines how Russia has used cyberwarfare, political propaganda, and manipulation of our perception of reality-and will do so again-to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within, and what we can expect to come should we fail to stop their next attack. Nance has utilized top secret Russian-sourced political and hybrid warfare strategy documents to demonstrate the master plan to undermine American institutions that has been in effect from the Cold War to the present day. He exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout both the U.S. and Europe to leverage an axis of autocracy, and how Putin's agencies have worked since 2010 to bring fringe candidate Donald Trump into elections. Revelatory, insightful, and shocking, The Plot to Destroy Democracy puts a professional spy lens on Putin's plot and unravels it play-by-play. In the end, Nance provides a better understanding of why Putin's efforts are a serious threat to our national security and global alliances-in much more than one election-and a blistering indictment of Putin's puppet, President Donald J. Trump.

Geographies of the Super-Rich (Hardcover): Iain Hay Geographies of the Super-Rich (Hardcover)
Iain Hay
R2,063 Discovery Miles 20 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely and path-breaking book brings together a group of distinguished and emerging international scholars to critically consider the geographical implications of the world's super-rich, a privileged yet remarkably overlooked group. Emerging from this unique collection is an enlightening picture of the influence of the super-rich over a diverse range of affairs, extending from the shape of urban and rural landscapes to the future of art history. By concentrating on those at the apex of the economic pyramid, this book provides valuable insights to the institutions, practices and cultural values of our society, as well as allowing us a more comprehensive view of the consequences of global capitalism. Presenting case studies from across the globe - from Singapore to St Barts, London to Lexington - the spatial and cultural span of the book is wide-ranging and diverse. This truly unique book will prove a fascinating read for academics, researchers and students in the fields of geography, regional and urban studies, sociology, political science and development studies.

Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development - National and Regional Perspectives (Paperback): Michael... Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development - National and Regional Perspectives (Paperback)
Michael Fritsch
R867 Discovery Miles 8 670 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Recent research has found pronounced differences in the level of entrepreneurship and new business formation across various regions and nations. This timely Handbook reveals that the development of new ventures as well as their effects on overall economic growth are strongly shaped by their regional and national environment. The expert group of contributors gives an overview on the current state of the art in this field, and proposes avenues for further investigation. Topics include the regional determinants of new business formation, the effects of start-ups on growth, the role of globalization for regional entrepreneurship, the effect of national and regional framework conditions, as well as the role of universities as incubators of innovative new firms.

Brands and Branding Geographies (Paperback): Andy Pike Brands and Branding Geographies (Paperback)
Andy Pike
R910 Discovery Miles 9 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Despite overstated claims of their `global' homogeneity, ubiquity and contribution to `flattening' spatial differences, the geographies of brands and branding actually do matter. This vibrant collection provides a comprehensive reference point for the emergent area of brand and branding geographies in a multi-disciplinary and international context. The eminent contributors, leaders in their respective fields, present critical reflections and synthesis of a range of conceptual and theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches, incorporating market research, oral history, discourse and visual analyses. They reflect upon the politics and limits of brand and branding geographies and map out future research directions. The book will prove a fascinating and illuminating read for academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policy-makers focusing on the spatial dimensions of brands and branding.

The Economics of East Asian Integration - A Comprehensive Introduction to Regional Issues (Paperback): Masahisa Fujita, Ikuo... The Economics of East Asian Integration - A Comprehensive Introduction to Regional Issues (Paperback)
Masahisa Fujita, Ikuo Kuroiwa, Satoru Kumagai
R1,127 Discovery Miles 11 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This study is intended to be the most comprehensive textbook on economic integration in East Asia. It introduces the reader to various issues related to the topic such as institutional building of FTAs; production networks and the location choice of MNEs; R&D and innovation; infrastructure development and transport costs; international migration and service trade; monetary integration; regional disparity and poverty. It also deals with critical energy, environmental and agricultural concerns. Each chapter contains ample data and rigorous analyses, complemented by illustrative box articles. Covering a wide range of aspects surrounding economic integration in East Asia, this well-researched text will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of development studies, regional economics and Asian studies. It will be of particular value to those on courses concerned with economic and regional integration.

Government, Governance and Welfare Reform - Structural Changes and Subsidiarity in Italy and Britain (Hardcover): Alberto... Government, Governance and Welfare Reform - Structural Changes and Subsidiarity in Italy and Britain (Hardcover)
Alberto Brugnoli, Alessandro Colombo
R1,941 Discovery Miles 19 410 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This unique and original book focuses on institutional changes, welfare reforms and transformations in both Britain and Italy over the last three decades. The book illustrates that although it was a widely held belief in both countries that the arena of social and economic governance would shift to the national level, to the surprise of many, a different trend has emerged. In otherwise very different national experiences, both Britain and Italy have seen the sub-national level of governance become crucial in redefining public services, and in designing, delivering, and monitoring key services. The expert contributors use a distinctive and original principle - subsidiarity - as a lens through which to examine and assess these governance regimes, their philosophies, and their organizational choices. Academics, researchers and students of social policy, public policy, public administration and regional studies will find this book to be a highly fascinating read. It will also provide a wealth of information for policymakers and think tanks.

The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States (Hardcover): Kristian Coates Ulrichsen The Political Economy of Arab Gulf States (Hardcover)
Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
R6,959 Discovery Miles 69 590 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This insightful research collection examines the internal and external transformation of the Arab Gulf states and their repositioning within the global order. It explores the interlocking challenges of transition toward post-rentier structures of governance and assesses the domestic, regional and global implications. A multi-level approach begins with sections on domestic political and economic reform and the reformulation of domestic agendas to reflect new issues such as climate-change. Subsequent sections cover the evolution of regional security agendas, new trends in foreign policy, and the Arab Gulf states' rapid emergence as global actors, and provide a frank portrayal of this dynamic region. This essential single volume, with an original introduction by the editor, will be of great interest to researchers and scholars as well as practitioners involved in this field.

Studies in Applied Geography and Spatial Analysis - Addressing Real World Issues (Hardcover): Robert Stimson, Kingsley E. Haynes Studies in Applied Geography and Spatial Analysis - Addressing Real World Issues (Hardcover)
Robert Stimson, Kingsley E. Haynes
R2,666 Discovery Miles 26 660 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely and fascinating book illustrates how applied geography can contribute in a multitude of ways to assist policy processes, evaluate public programs, enhance business decisions, and contribute to formulating solutions for community-level problems. The book showcases studies by applied geographers from across the globe collaborating with the public sector, businesses, NGOs and communities to demonstrate how geography - with its space and place perspective and its explicitly spatial methods and tools - has been employed to address significant real-world issues. The 20 case studies have been conducted at a variety of levels of scale and situational contexts, and employ a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches including spatial and statistical modelling, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), impact analysis and action research. This enlightening and informative book will prove an invaluable reference tool for academics, students and practitioners with a specific interest in applied geography and spatial analysis.

Street of Eternal Happiness - Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (Paperback): Rob Schmitz Street of Eternal Happiness - Big City Dreams Along a Shanghai Road (Paperback)
Rob Schmitz 1
R255 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R42 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'Enjoyable and illuminating . . . Rob Schmitz writes with great affection' Guardian Shanghai: a global city in the midst of a renaissance, where dreamers arrive each day to partake in a mad torrent of capital, ideas and opportunity. Rob Schmitz is one of them. He immerses himself in his neighbourhood, forging relationships with ordinary people who see a brighter future in the city's sleek skyline. There's Zhao, whose path from factory floor to shopkeeper is sidetracked by her desperate measures to ensure a better future for her sons. Down the street lives Auntie Fu, a fervent capitalist forever trying to improve herself while keeping her sceptical husband at bay. Up a flight of stairs, CK sets up shop to attract young dreamers like himself, but learns he's searching for something more. As Schmitz becomes increasingly involved in their lives, he makes surprising discoveries which untangle the complexities of modern China: a mysterious box of letters that serve as a portal to a family's - and country's - dark past, and an abandoned neighbourhood where fates have been violently altered by unchecked power and greed. A tale of twenty-first-century China, Street of Eternal Happiness profiles China's distinct generations through multifaceted characters who illuminate an enlightening, humorous and, at times, heartrending journey along the winding road to the Chinese dream. Each story adds another layer of humanity to modern China, a tapestry also woven with Schmitz's insight as a foreign correspondent. The result is an intimate and surprising portrait that dispenses with the tired stereotypes of a country we think we know, immersing us instead in the vivid stories of the people who make up one of the world's most captivating cities.

Reshaping Regional Policy (Paperback): Harry W. Richardson, Chang-Hee Christine Bae, Sang-Chuel Choe Reshaping Regional Policy (Paperback)
Harry W. Richardson, Chang-Hee Christine Bae, Sang-Chuel Choe
R910 Discovery Miles 9 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Originally initiated by the Presidential Committee on Regional Development in South Korea, this wide-ranging volume investigates the new directions in regional development policy taking shape around the world. In addition to contributions with individual emphasis on regional policy in Korea, the book compares, contrasts and extends regional policy thought in the European Union and other Asian countries. The book first examines some radical new directions in Korea's regional policies instigated by the Presidential Committee on Regional Development. The existing nine provinces and seven `Special Cities' (i.e. metropolitan areas), will yield considerable power and budget authority to seven new mega-regions. Many of the ideas behind the new policies (such as territorial cohesion, regional innovation and regional competitiveness) were inspired from abroad, especially Europe. There are also changes at the lower urban scale to modify Korea's traditional top-down strategies. Previous policies, named `balanced national development', were targeted at undermining Seoul by redistributing activities, including government, to other parts of the country under the zero sum game assumption. This new policies aim to benefit both the Capital Region and other mega-regions under a `win-win' assumption. The book evaluates these approaches. Original contributions from some of the field's foremost scholars - including Sang-Chuel Choe, Sir Peter Hall, Andreas Faludi, Michael Storper, Takashi Onishi, Maryann Feldman and Sam Ock Park - identify priorities for territorial integration, develop ideas for cross-border cooperation, discuss EU policy and policies for overall regional competitiveness, examine the construction of regional entrepreneurial advantage and consider fiscal policy and decision-making. Professors, students and public policy officials in the fields of regional studies, planning and regional economics, economic geography and political science will find this book current and enlightening.

Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience (Hardcover): Philip Cooke, Mario Davide Parrilli, Jose Luis Curbelo Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Resilience (Hardcover)
Philip Cooke, Mario Davide Parrilli, Jose Luis Curbelo
R3,314 Discovery Miles 33 140 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The critical message of this book is that in the current context of global change, local and national territories have to upgrade their resilience in terms of improving both their competitiveness and capability to innovate. Localized creativity, small high-tech entrepreneurship, related innovation platforms, social capital embedded in dynamically open territorial communities and context-specific though continuously upgrading policy platforms are all means to face new challenges and to promote increased absorptive capacity within local and national territories. The contributors illustrate that these capabilities are much needed in the current globalized economy as a path towards sustainability and for creating new opportunities for their inhabitants. They analyse the challenges and development prospects of local/regional production systems internally, across territories, and in terms of their potential and territorial connectivity which can help exploit opportunities for proactive policy actions. This is increasingly relevant in the current climate, in which the balanced allocation of resources and opportunities, particularly for SMEs, cannot be expected to be the automatic result of the working of the market. Exploring conceptual and methodological aspects, and documenting original accounts of innovative territories, this book will be of great interest to academics, students and researchers within the fields of economics, industrial organization, and technology and innovation.

Globalization Trends and Regional Development - Dynamics of Fdi and Human Capital Flows (Hardcover): Roberta Capello, Tomaz... Globalization Trends and Regional Development - Dynamics of Fdi and Human Capital Flows (Hardcover)
Roberta Capello, Tomaz Ponce Dentinho
R2,304 Discovery Miles 23 040 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely book investigates the challenges that emerge for local economies when faced with the new globalization trends that characterize today's world economy. In this instance, globalization is interpreted as a process of internationalization of production and markets which can take various forms - such as increasing international trade or increasing foreign direct investments - all of which give rise to the growing integration and interdependency of European economies with regard to the other main world economies. The expert contributors use a fresh perspective in their analysis of globalization trends, emphasizing recent changes and providing an up-to-date picture of current developments in both foreign investments and the consequent migration of human capital. Qualitative rather than quantitative trends in human capital and financial capital flows are taken into account, with a particular focus on their impacts on regional growth perspectives. Highlighting the European economy's strengths and weaknesses in facing the challenges of the new globalization trends, this book will provide a stimulating read for a wide-ranging audience encompassing scholars of regional science, regional economics, economic and regional geography, international economics and international business.

Amity in the Middle East - How the World Sports Peace Project and the Passion for Football Brought (Paperback): Geoffrey... Amity in the Middle East - How the World Sports Peace Project and the Passion for Football Brought (Paperback)
Geoffrey Whitfield
R345 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R81 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The World Sports Project brought together Israeli and Arab youngsters and adults from towns in Israel, staff and students from four English universities, Premier League clubs, most notably Arsenal, the British Embassy and the British Council in Israel, the Israel Sports Authority, and runners in the Flora London Marathon. It became a pointer to more creative ways for community relations in divided societies. Who is this book intended for? For those wanting to read about Arab and Jewish youngsters playing football together; for those interested in conflict prevention and peace-making; and for those wanting to run such a project in other political climes. Over three years, a successful Football/Conflict Prevention Project took place on an annual basis, close to Nazareth. Those who took part will be able to tell their children and grandchildren of the time when Jews and Arab-Christians and Arab-Moslems played in mixed teams against mixed teams. Their team could only win when they learned to work together, when trust and confidence in each other overrode political antagonisms. With such a model, the future of peoples in other strife-torn communities could move forward to hope, and not backward to despair.

Jordan and the Arab Uprisings - Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (Paperback): Curtis R. Ryan Jordan and the Arab Uprisings - Regime Survival and Politics Beyond the State (Paperback)
Curtis R. Ryan
R550 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R123 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In 2011, as the Arab uprisings spread across the Middle East, Jordan remained more stable than any of its neighbors. Despite strife at its borders and an influx of refugees connected to the Syrian civil war and the rise of ISIS, as well as its own version of the Arab Spring with protests and popular mobilization demanding change, Jordan managed to avoid political upheaval. How did the regime survive in the face of the pressures unleashed by the Arab uprisings? What does its resilience tell us about the prospects for reform or revolutionary change? In Jordan and the Arab Uprisings, Curtis R. Ryan explains how Jordan weathered the turmoil of the Arab Spring. Crossing divides between state and society, government and opposition, Ryan analyzes key features of Jordanian politics, including Islamist and leftist opposition parties, youth movements, and other forms of activism, as well as struggles over elections, reform, and identity. He details regime survival strategies, laying out how the monarchy has held out the possibility of reform while also seeking to coopt and contain its opponents. Ryan demonstrates how domestic politics were affected by both regional unrest and international support for the regime, and how regime survival and security concerns trumped hopes for greater change. While the Arab Spring may be over, Ryan shows that political activism in Jordan is not, and that struggles for reform and change will continue. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with a vast range of people, from grassroots activists to King Abdullah II, Jordan and the Arab Uprisings is a definitive analysis of Jordanian politics before, during, and beyond the Arab uprisings.

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