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What the Eyes Don't See - A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Paperback): Mona Hanna-Attisha What the Eyes Don't See - A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Paperback)
Mona Hanna-Attisha
R421 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R80 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Paperback): Dan Egan The Death and Life of the Great Lakes (Paperback)
Dan Egan
R419 R340 Discovery Miles 3 400 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Great Lakes-Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Superior-hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work, and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Scandalous Economics - Gender and the Politics of Financial Crises (Paperback): Aida A. Hozic, Jacqui True Scandalous Economics - Gender and the Politics of Financial Crises (Paperback)
Aida A. Hozic, Jacqui True
R943 Discovery Miles 9 430 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Of all of the lies, fragile alliances, and predatory financial dealings that have been revealed in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, we have yet to come to terms with the ways in which structural inequalities around gender and race factor into (and indeed make possible) the current economic order. Scandalous Economics is about "silences" - the astonishing neglect of gender and race in explanations of the Global Financial Crisis. But, it is also about "noises" - the sexual scandals and gendered austerity policies that have relegated public debate, and the crisis itself, into political oblivion. While feminist economists and movements such as Occupy Wall Street have pointed to the distributional inequalities that are an effect of financial deregulation, scholars haven't really grappled with the representational inequalities inherent in the way we view the politics of the market. For example, capitalism won't be made more equitable simply by appointing women to leadership positions within financial firms or corporations. And the next crisis will not be averted if our understandings of gendered inequalities are framed by sexual scandals in media and popular culture. We need to look at the activities and the privileges of the advantaged - the "TED women" of the crisis - as much as the victimization of the disadvantaged - to fully grasp the interplay between gender and economy in this fragile age of restoration. Scandalous Economics breaks new ground by doing precisely this. It argues that normalization of the post-GFC economic order in the face of its obvious breakdown(s) has been facilitated by co-optation of feminist and queer perspectives into national and international responses to the crisis. Scandalous Economics builds upon the Occupy movement and other critical analysis of the GFC to comprehensively examine gendered material, ideational and representational dimensions that have served to make the crisis and its effects, 'the new normal' in Europe and America as well as Latin America and Asia.

The Madness of Crowds - Gender, Race and Identity (Hardcover): Douglas Murray The Madness of Crowds - Gender, Race and Identity (Hardcover)
Douglas Murray
R654 R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
European Company Law - Text, Cases and Materials (Paperback): Nicola De Luca European Company Law - Text, Cases and Materials (Paperback)
Nicola De Luca
R1,205 R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Save R132 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Taking a text, cases and materials approach, this is the first and only student textbook on European company law, providing an insight into the subject and shedding light on its future development. Textboxes for explanatory commentary, cases and materials - such as EU legislation, official documents and excerpts from scholarly papers - are clearly differentiated from the text, allowing the student to quickly identify sources. Each chapter also includes suggestions for further reading. Structured in seven parts, the book explores a diversity of topics, from what European company law is, the common rules for establishing, financing and accounting a company, and corporate governance, to the structure of the Societas Europaeca Statute, EU company law directives, capital markets and takeover law, and insolvency. An essential resource for the growing number of graduate courses on European company law, European business law, and comparative corporate law.

The Case for a Maximum Wage (Paperback): Sam Pizzigati The Case for a Maximum Wage (Paperback)
Sam Pizzigati
R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Modern societies set limits, on everything from how fast motorists can drive to how much waste factory owners can dump in our rivers. But incomes in our deeply unequal world have no limits. Could capping top incomes tackle rising inequality more effectively than conventional approaches? In this engaging book, leading analyst Sam Pizzigati details how egalitarians worldwide are demonstrating that a "maximum wage" could be both economically viable and politically practical. He shows how, building on local initiatives, governments could use their tax systems to enforce fair income ratios across the board. The ultimate goal? That ought to be, Pizzigati argues, a world without a super rich. He explains why we need to create that world - and how we could speed its creation.

Understanding Public Policy - Theories and Issues (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2020): Paul Cairney Understanding Public Policy - Theories and Issues (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2020)
Paul Cairney
R1,215 Discovery Miles 12 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The fully revised second edition of this textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to theories of public policy and policymaking. The policy process is complex: it contains hundreds of people and organisations from various levels and types of government, from agencies, quasi- and non-governmental organisations, interest groups and the private and voluntary sectors. This book sets out the major concepts and theories that are vital for making sense of the complexity of public policy, and explores how to combine their insights when seeking to explain the policy process. While a wide range of topics are covered - from multi-level governance and punctuated equilibrium theory to 'Multiple Streams' analysis and feminist institutionalism - this engaging text draws out the common themes among the variety of studies considered and tackles three key questions: what is the story of each theory (or multiple theories); what does policy theory tell us about issues like 'evidence based policymaking'; and how 'universal' are policy theories designed in the Global North? This book is the perfect companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying public policy, whether focussed on theory, analysis or the policy process, and it is essential reading for all those on MPP or MPM programmes.

Transforming US Energy Innovation (Hardcover): Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, Venkatesh Narayanamurti Transforming US Energy Innovation (Hardcover)
Laura Diaz Anadon, Matthew Bunn, Venkatesh Narayanamurti
R1,918 Discovery Miles 19 180 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

One of the greatest challenges facing human civilization is the provision of secure, affordable energy without causing catastrophic environmental damage. As the world's largest economy, and as a world leader in energy technologies, the United States is a particularly important case. In the light of increased competition from other countries (particularly China), growing concerns about the local and global environmental impacts of the energy system, an ever-present interest in energy security, and the realization that technological innovation takes place in a complex ecosystem involving a wide range of domestic and international actors, this volume provides a comprehensive and analytical assessment of the role that the US government should play in energy technology innovation. It will be invaluable for policy makers in energy innovation and for researchers studying energy innovation, future energy technologies, climate-change mitigation, and innovation management. It will act as a supplementary textbook for courses on energy and innovation.

Competition Overdose - How Free Market Mythology Transformed Us from Citizen Kings to Market Servants (Hardcover): Maurice... Competition Overdose - How Free Market Mythology Transformed Us from Citizen Kings to Market Servants (Hardcover)
Maurice Stucke; As told to Ariel Ezrachi
R610 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R132 (22%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Using dozens of vivid examples to show how society overprescribed competition as a solution and when unbridled rivalry hurts consumers, kills entrepreneurship, and increases economic inequality, two free-market thinkers diagnose the sickness caused by competition overdose and provide remedies that will promote sustainable growth and progress for everyone, not just wealthy shareholders and those at the top. Whatever illness our society suffers, competition is the remedy. Do we want better schools for our children? Cheaper prices for everything? More choices in the marketplace? The answer is always: Increase competition. Yet, many of us are unhappy with the results. We think we're paying less, but we're getting much less. Our food has undeclared additives (or worse), our drinking water contains toxic chemicals, our hotel bills reveal surprise additions, our kids' schools are failing, our activities are tracked so that advertisers can target us with relentless promotions. All will be cured, we are told, by increasing the competitive pressure and defanging the bloated regulatory state. In a captivating expose, Maurice E. Stucke and Ariel Ezrachi show how we are falling prey to greed, chicanery, and cronyism. Refuting the almost religious belief in rivalry as the vehicle for prosperity, the authors identify the powerful corporations, lobbyists, and lawmakers responsible for pushing this toxic competition-and argue instead for a healthier, even nobler, form of competition. Competition Overdose diagnoses the disease-and provides a cure for it.

Transformative Planning - Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism (Paperback): Tom Angotti Transformative Planning - Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism (Paperback)
Tom Angotti
R558 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R64 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations - Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe (Hardcover): Agnes Batory, Andrew... Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations - Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe (Hardcover)
Agnes Batory, Andrew Cartwright, Diane Stone
R2,506 Discovery Miles 25 060 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations takes a policy studies perspective in considering post-communist EU member states' experiences since accession. The book analyses policy transfer processes and expands the new and growing sub-field of policy failure by interrogating the binary ideas of 'failure' and 'success' in the context of the Central Eastern European (CEE) transition, democratic consolidation and European Union membership. Contributions consider the extent to which external models have had real traction in the political economies and societies of the CEE countries. The book also considers the ways external models were adapted, transformed or sometimes abandoned in response to unexpected difficulties in implementation. It provides critical analysis of the setbacks, real or perceived policy failures, as well as innovations and unexpected outcomes in a number of important policy areas in the 'new' member states of the EU. This book will be of interest to policy studies scholars and European Union/European studies scholars. It is also relevant for students of European politics as well as general public policy degree courses at undergraduate and graduate level.

The Kill Chain - Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare (Hardcover): Christian Brose The Kill Chain - Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare (Hardcover)
Christian Brose
R658 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Public Administration Reforms in Europe - The View from the Top (Paperback): Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van De Walle, Rhys... Public Administration Reforms in Europe - The View from the Top (Paperback)
Gerhard Hammerschmid, Steven Van De Walle, Rhys Andrews, Philippe Bezes
R882 Discovery Miles 8 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Based on a survey of more than 6700 top civil servants in 17 European countries, this book explores the impacts of New Public Management (NPM)-style reforms in Europe from a uniquely comparative perspective. It examines and analyses empirical findings regarding the dynamics, major trends and tools of administrative reforms, with special focus on the diversity of top executives' perceptions about the effects of those reforms. Resulting from research funded by the European Commission, this book is an ambitious, comprehensive portrait of public administration in the central European bureaucracies after more than three decades of NPM reforms and in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. The chapters present extensive data on single countries but invaluably take a comparative approach, presenting a broad, explorational perspective. Public Administration Reforms in Europe is an indispensable resource for researchers, practitioners and students in a variety of social science areas, especially public administration, public policy and public management.

Happiness for All? - Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream (Paperback): Carol Graham Happiness for All? - Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream (Paperback)
Carol Graham
R475 R443 Discovery Miles 4 430 Save R32 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How the optimism gap between rich and poor is creating an increasingly divided society The Declaration of Independence states that all people are endowed with certain unalienable rights. Among them is the pursuit of happiness. But is happiness available equally to everyone in America? How about elsewhere in the world? Carol Graham draws on cutting-edge research linking income inequality with well-being to show how the widening prosperity gap has led to rising inequality in people's beliefs, hopes, and aspirations. The result is an optimism gap between rich and poor that, if left unchecked, could lead to an increasingly divided society. Happiness for All? highlights the importance of well-being measures in identifying and monitoring trends in life satisfaction and optimism, and demonstrates how hope and happiness can lead to improved economic outcomes.

Transformative Planning - Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism (Hardcover): Tom Angotti Transformative Planning - Radical Alternatives to Neoliberal Urbanism (Hardcover)
Tom Angotti
R1,785 R1,492 Discovery Miles 14 920 Save R293 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
How Far to Nudge? - Assessing Behavioural Public Policy (Hardcover): Peter John How Far to Nudge? - Assessing Behavioural Public Policy (Hardcover)
Peter John
R2,216 Discovery Miles 22 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Behavioural public policies, or nudges, have become increasingly popular in recent years, with governments keen to use light-touch interventions to improve the success of their public policies. In this unique book, Peter John explores nudges, their successes and limitations, and sets out a bold manifesto for the future of behavioural public policy. This book traces the beginnings of nudge in behavioural economics and tracks the adoption of its core ideas by policy-makers, providing examples of successful applications. By considering the question 'how far to nudge?', John reviews why it is crucial for governments to address citizen behaviours, and reviews the criticisms of nudge and its ethical limitations. Looking to its future, this book proposes the adoption of a radical version of nudge, nudge plus, involving increased feedback and more engagement with citizens. How Far to Nudge? will be a vital text for students of behavioural public policy and policy analysis, as well as for anyone looking for an introduction to nudge policy and an explanation for its growth in popularity.

Unelected Power - The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State (Hardcover, 2nd edition): Paul Tucker Unelected Power - The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State (Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Paul Tucker
R880 R689 Discovery Miles 6 890 Save R191 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Guiding principles for ensuring that central bankers and other unelected policymakers remain stewards of the common good Central bankers have emerged from the financial crisis as the third great pillar of unelected power alongside the judiciary and the military. They pull the regulatory and financial levers of our economic well-being, yet unlike democratically elected leaders, their power does not come directly from the people. Unelected Power lays out the principles needed to ensure that central bankers, technocrats, regulators, and other agents of the administrative state remain stewards of the common good and do not become overmighty citizens. Paul Tucker draws on a wealth of personal experience from his many years in domestic and international policymaking to tackle the big issues raised by unelected power, and enriches his discussion with examples from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and the European Union. Blending economics, political theory, and public law, Tucker explores the necessary conditions for delegated but politically insulated power to be legitimate in the eyes of constitutional democracy and the rule of law. He explains why the solution must fit with how real-world government is structured, and why technocrats and their political overseers need incentives to make the system work as intended. Tucker explains how the regulatory state need not be a fourth branch of government free to steer by its own lights, and how central bankers can emulate the best of judicial self-restraint and become models of dispersed power. Like it or not, unelected power has become a hallmark of modern government. This critically important book shows how to harness it to the people's purposes.

Federal Grant Management & Controls - Select Assessments (Hardcover): Dana T. Greer Federal Grant Management & Controls - Select Assessments (Hardcover)
Dana T. Greer
R3,413 Discovery Miles 34 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In fiscal year 2013, the federal government obligated over $555 billion for grants. Effective oversight of internal controls is important for providing reasonable assurance that grants are awarded properly, recipients are eligible, and federal grant funds are used as intended. This book examines whether the five largest grant-making agencies' internal control oversight processes for their grant programs were consistent with OMB requirements and describes internal control issues that have been reported related to the grants management process and key grant programs. The book also examines federal, state, and local experiences with implementing grants funded by the Recovery Act by identifying examples of good practices employed and challenges faced in meeting the act's accountability and transparency requirements. Finally, the book examines the extent to which selected federal agencies and grantees have mechanisms and guidance in place to distinguish between administrative and program costs and to facilitate the availability of these data to Congress and the public; and the extent to which there are challenges that hinder the comparability of grant administrative cost data.

The Two Faces of Institutional Innovation - Promises and Limits of Democratic Participation in Latin America (Hardcover):... The Two Faces of Institutional Innovation - Promises and Limits of Democratic Participation in Latin America (Hardcover)
Leonardo Avritzer
R2,212 Discovery Miles 22 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many democratic theorists have viewed the recent innovations adopted throughout Latin America in a positive light. This evaluation has engendered the idea that all innovations are democratic and all democratic innovations are able to foster citizenship. Presenting a realistic analysis of both the positive and negative aspects of innovation, this book argues that these innovations ought to be examined at the intersection between design and the political system. The Two Faces of Institutional Innovation offers a new perspective on developments such as participatory budgeting, the National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) in Mexico and comites de vigilancia in Bolivia, and evaluates the extent to which, in reality, citizens were involved in decision-making, distributive policies and citizen education. Further chapters also examine the expansion of innovation to the field of judicial institutions - one of the key areas in which innovation took place in Latin America, showing that the role of legal corporations in democracy cannot be compared with the role of engaged citizens. Contemporary and astute, this book will captivate students and scholars researching in the areas of innovation policy and regulatory governance. Its analysis of the positive and negative aspects of democratic innovation will also benefit democratic theorists and policy-makers alike.

The Commanders (Paperback): Bob Woodward The Commanders (Paperback)
Bob Woodward
R428 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R28 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It is impossible to examine any part of the war on terrorism in the twenty-first century without seeing the hand of Dick Cheney, Colin Powell or one of their loyalists. The Commanders, an account of the use of the military in the first Bush administration, is in many respects their story -- the intimate account of the tensions, disagreements and debates on the road to war.

The Unsettling of Europe - How Migration Reshaped a Continent (Hardcover): Peter Gatrell The Unsettling of Europe - How Migration Reshaped a Continent (Hardcover)
Peter Gatrell
R844 R665 Discovery Miles 6 650 Save R179 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Fiber - The Coming Tech Revolution-and Why America Might Miss It (Hardcover): Susan Crawford Fiber - The Coming Tech Revolution-and Why America Might Miss It (Hardcover)
Susan Crawford
R547 Discovery Miles 5 470 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The world of fiber optic connections reaching neighborhoods, homes, and businesses will represent as great a change from what came before as the advent of electricity. The virtually unlimited amounts of data we'll be able to send and receive through fiber optic connections will enable a degree of virtual presence that will radically transform health care, education, urban administration and services, agriculture, retail sales, and offices. Yet all of those transformations will pale compared with the innovations and new industries that we can't even imagine today. In a fascinating account combining policy expertise and compelling on-the-ground reporting, Susan Crawford reveals how the giant corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward. And she shows how a few cities and towns are fighting monopoly power to bring the next technological revolution to their communities.

Climate Change and Multi-Dimensional Sustainability in African Agriculture - Climate Change and Sustainability in Agriculture... Climate Change and Multi-Dimensional Sustainability in African Agriculture - Climate Change and Sustainability in Agriculture (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2016)
Rattan Lal, David O Hansen, Balram Singh, David Kraybill, Theodosy Mosogoya, …
R5,406 R4,807 Discovery Miles 48 070 Save R599 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This 35-chapter book is based on several oral and poster presentations including both invited and contributory chapters. The book is thematically based on four pillars of sustainability, with focus on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): Environment, Economic, Social and Institutional. The environmental sustainability, which determines economic and social/institutional sustainability, refers to the rate of use of natural resources (soil, water, landscape, vegetation) which can be continued indefinitely without degrading their quality, productivity and ecosystem services for different ecoregions of SSA. This book will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the U.N. in SSA. Therefore, the book is of interest to agriculturalists, economists, social scientists, policy makers, extension agents, and development/bilateral organizations. Basic principles explained in the book can be pertinent to all development organizations.

Handbook of Critical Policy Studies (Hardcover): Frank Fischer, Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnova, Michael Orsini Handbook of Critical Policy Studies (Hardcover)
Frank Fischer, Douglas Torgerson, Anna Durnova, Michael Orsini
R4,963 Discovery Miles 49 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Critical policy studies, as this volume illustrates, challenges conventional approaches to public policy inquiry with its focus on discursive politics, policy argumentation and deliberation, and interpretive modes of analysis. Assembling the voices of established and emerging scholars, the Handbook of Critical Policy Studies fills a major gap in the policy literature. Moving beyond the false neutrality of empiricism and positivism, this Handbook highlights the responsibility of inquirers to take account of social and political context - including present conditions, past trends and prevailing power relationships - to advance inquiry that relies not only on experts but also on citizens in a manner supporting and encouraging democracy. Not only does this call for a reconsideration of the interplay of qualitative and quantitative methods but also for robust attention to the role of values. Accessible to scholars, practitioners and students alike, the book offers a compilation of new critical work that both assesses past developments and appraises emerging issues.

Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions - Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Future (Paperback): Robert Goodspeed Scenario Planning for Cities and Regions - Managing and Envisioning Uncertain Future (Paperback)
Robert Goodspeed
R826 R742 Discovery Miles 7 420 Save R84 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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