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The Economics of Water Management in Southern Africa - An Environmental Accounting Approach (Hardcover): Glenn-Marie Lange,... The Economics of Water Management in Southern Africa - An Environmental Accounting Approach (Hardcover)
Glenn-Marie Lange, Rashid M Hassan
R2,283 Discovery Miles 22 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book presents a valuable new tool for water management - water resource accounting - which significantly advances the economic analysis of water. Water resource accounts integrate detailed information about water supply and use with national income accounts to show the economic use of water, costs and tariffs paid, and the economic value of water for different economic uses. Based on the UN's handbook for environmental accounting, this book describes the implementation and policy application of water accounts in three African countries - Botswana, Namibia and South Africa - and discusses how they have been used by water managers. The book compares water use across the three countries, explaining the differences in water resources and water policy. In addition to the comprehensive outline of physical and monetary water accounts for each country, the authors provide an extensive discussion of water valuation as well as addressing a number of issues of regional importance, including water accounting for an international river basin and the impact of trade on each country's water use. By demonstrating the usefulness of water resource accounts, this book makes a major contribution to the literature on water economics and management, sustainable development, and to the development of environmental accounting in general. The Economics of Water Management in Southern Africa will appeal to a wide readership including: * environmental and development economists * NGOs concerned with sustainable development * environmental advocacy groups * professionals (economists and environmentalists) working in Africa on water and sustainable development issues * water professionals * national accounts experts and statisticians.

The Diffusion of E-commerce in Developing Economies - A Resource-Based Approach (Hardcover): Zeinab Karake, Sheikha Lubna Al... The Diffusion of E-commerce in Developing Economies - A Resource-Based Approach (Hardcover)
Zeinab Karake, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi
R2,144 Discovery Miles 21 440 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The authors of this unique volume provide a timely and valuable perspective on how technology and the Internet revolution are changing business and spurring development across the world, especially in emerging countries. Utilizing a framework grounded in rigorous theory, they provide a fine-grained understanding of electronic commerce adoption processes by public and private sector entities in developing countries. In so doing, they consider how each exchange encounter is shaped by, and in turn shapes, relational characteristics that form the basis for growth and development. Using a resource-based view of economies, the authors hypothesize that differences in the adoption of electronic commerce technologies in developing economies can be attributed to a sense-and-respond capability of governments with respect to new technologies, which they term `technological opportunism'. One of their main objectives is to establish the distinctiveness of technology opportunities from related constructs, such as innovativeness, and show that it offers a significantly better explanation of technology adoption and diffusion than do existing constructs. The book examines a number of developing countries' experiences with electronic government, bringing real life experience to the adoption of an e-government model by looking at the issue from strategic as well as operational perspectives. The volume's ground-breaking research and conclusions will be of great interest to professionals, researchers and students in the areas of e-commerce and economic development; government officials of developing and newly industrialized countries contemplating e-government initiatives; and information technology managers.

Poverty Strategies in Asia - A Growth Plus Approach (Hardcover): John Weiss, Haider A. Khan Poverty Strategies in Asia - A Growth Plus Approach (Hardcover)
John Weiss, Haider A. Khan
R2,425 Discovery Miles 24 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Poverty Strategies in Asia is an examination of a wide range of measures aimed at reducing poverty in the region. It is widely recognized that while high and sustained economic growth is critical for poverty reduction, there are other policy interventions that may also be significant in a `growth plus' approach to poverty reduction. This volume brings together a series of case studies on the poverty impact of alternative interventions in a broad range of Asian economies. The measures examined within the book cover trade liberalization both in general and in a specific market, infrastructure investment (particularly in roads), population policies, cash transfers, microfinance, employment guarantee programs and contract farming. The countries covered include the Philippines, Lao PDR, Pakistan, India and Thailand. While the results illustrated by the contributors are mixed, they demonstrate the potential for further progress in poverty reduction. This latest joint publication by the ADBI and Edward Elgar Publishing will be warmly welcomed by scholars and researchers of Asian studies and development. Professional economists within international and bilateral development agencies and policymakers will also find much to engage them.

The International Handbook on Environmental Technology Management (Hardcover): Dora Marinova, David Annandale, John Phillimore The International Handbook on Environmental Technology Management (Hardcover)
Dora Marinova, David Annandale, John Phillimore
R4,343 Discovery Miles 43 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This important handbook is the first comprehensive account that brings together recent developments in the three related fields of environmental technology, environmental management and technology management. With contributions from more than 55 outstanding authors representing ten countries and five continents, the reader is provided with a vast range of insightful perspectives on the latest industry and policy issues. With the aid of numerous case studies, leading experts reflect on significant changes in the use of technology and management practices witnessed in the last decade. Within this handbook, the authors discuss, in detail: eco-modernization and technology transformation; environmental technology management in business practices; measuring environmental technology management; case studies in new technologies for the environment; and, environmental technology management and the future. The International Handbook on Environmental Technology Management will have a broad audience including researchers, practitioners, policymakers and students in the fields of sustainability and environmental science.

Poverty Targeting in Asia (Paperback, New edition): John Weiss Poverty Targeting in Asia (Paperback, New edition)
John Weiss
R738 Discovery Miles 7 380 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Most governments attempt to target resources directly at the poor through a variety of measures including food and credit subsidies, job creation schemes and basic health and education projects. These measures are usually classified as being either promotional (to help raise welfare in the long term), or protectional (to support the poor in times of adverse shocks). However, for many Asian countries the reality of these poverty targeting measures has proved disappointing. Following a comprehensive overview by the editor, this book offers a detailed assessment of the results of directly channelling resources to the poor and extensively discusses the experience of five Asian countries - India, Indonesia, the People's Republic of China, the Philippines and Thailand. The authors demonstrate how in many cases these targeting measures have failed due to their high cost and errors of both undercoverage (where many of the poor are excluded) and leakage (when many of the better-off also benefit from these schemes). The authors conclude that whilst poverty targeting remains a critically important objective, past targeting errors must not be forgotten and improved methods of both identifying and reaching the poor must be implemented. Written by leading experts in the field and including analysis of original country surveys, this seminal text documents clearly the operation and success of aid schemes in Asia. This book will make a worthy addition to the literature on development, poverty reduction, social welfare and Asian studies. It will also be an important source of reference for academics and students of economic development, aid practitioners, government officials and development NGOs.

Deregulation and its Discontents - Rewriting the Rules in Asia (Hardcover): M Ramesh, Michael Howlett Deregulation and its Discontents - Rewriting the Rules in Asia (Hardcover)
M Ramesh, Michael Howlett
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Deregulation and its Discontents examines the different ways in which the issues related to deregulation and reregulation have been addressed in Asia. The role of government in business has gone through distinct, if overlapping, cycles: regulation, deregulation and reregulation. However, little is known about deregulation and even less about reregulation, particularly in relation to Asia. The contributors to this book examine the links between the cycles through detvailed analyses of the electricity market, pensions and stock markets in the Asia Pacific. They also offer an explanation of regulatory cycles. This unique and inter-disciplinary book is thoroughly accessible and will be suitable for specialist as well as non-specialist readers. It will appeal to academics and researchers of public sector economics, Asian studies - and the political economy of Asia in particular - as well as public officials dealing with regulatory issues.

Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (Hardcover): Martin Carree, A. R Thurik Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth (Hardcover)
Martin Carree, A. R Thurik
R4,216 Discovery Miles 42 160 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This authoritative volume presents a collection of the most influential and important articles dealing with the relationship between entrepreneurship and economic growth and development. The collection covers a range of key issues through which entrepreneurial activity may influence economic progress. The six broad themes in the book provide a general overview along with historical and country-specific studies, articles on entrepreneurship and innovation, details of endogenous growth models in which entrepreneurship plays a vital role, contributions on competition and productivity, and empirical evidence. This comprehensive volume will, without doubt, be of interest to researchers in the fields of economics, growth models, industrial organisation and entrepreneurship, and to policymakers.

Money, Financial Instability and Stabilization Policy (Hardcover): L.Randall Wray, Mathew Forstater Money, Financial Instability and Stabilization Policy (Hardcover)
L.Randall Wray, Mathew Forstater
R2,304 Discovery Miles 23 040 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Money, Financial Instability and Stabilization Policy consists of original articles by leading Post Keynesians, Kaleckians and other heterodox economists from the developed and developing world. Post Keynesian literature has long been associated with the study of money, financial markets and financial instability. Indeed, this is perhaps the area to which Post Keynesians have made the greatest contributions. The authors to this volume present an overview of the latest research on monetary theory and policy, financial markets, and financial instability coming out of the Post Keynesian school of thought. They provide an indication of the wide-ranging interests and of the truly international scope of Post Keynesian research. The first half of the volume is theoretical, while the second half includes papers that are either empirical or more focused on specific concerns. This book will find an appreciative audience in economists generally as well as Post Keynesian, other heterodox economists and macroeconomists specifically.

International Handbook on Industrial Policy (Hardcover): Patrizio Bianchi, Sandrine Labory International Handbook on Industrial Policy (Hardcover)
Patrizio Bianchi, Sandrine Labory
R3,874 Discovery Miles 38 740 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This timely and much-needed Handbook reconsiders an old topic from a fresh perspective, raising a number of new, interesting and worthwhile issues in the wake of ten years of globalization. This comprehensive analysis illustrates that old-style industrial policies whereby the government directly intervened in markets, and was often the producer itself, are no longer relevant. Structural changes occurring in economies - summarized in the term `globalization' - are triggering the definition and implementation of new industrial policies. The contributors, leading experts in their field, unite to evaluate this shift of over a decade ago. Employing various empirical and methodological approaches with a strong theoretical underpinning, this world-wide study of the state-of-the-art of industrial policy issues is an invaluable reference tool. It has been enthusiastically received by a wide-ranging audience including scholars, researchers and policy makers with an interest in industrial economics and policy, business studies and policies for growth, competitiveness and development.

Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Yanrui Wu Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Yanrui Wu
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book addresses a number of important topics and issues associated with China's economic transition, growth and global integration. The chapters, by a distinguished group of scholars, provide a timely assessment of recent developments in the Chinese economy. The authors employ contemporary economic theory and the latest statistics to analyze the sources and spillover effects of China's growth, to investigate the relationship between growth and business cycle, and to shed light on China's growth prospects in the coming decade. In the context of growth, transition and globalization, the chapters also cover issues such as labour economics, urban efficiency, banking and macroeconomic management. Economic Growth, Transition and Globalization in China is a highly focused and unique work of direct policy relevance and is aimed at an international audience. It is an invaluable combination of rigorous theoretical work and empirical material. This timely book should be an important reference for researchers and students of Asian studies, and the Chinese economy, in particular. It will also appeal to business analysts.

Regional and Local Economic Development (Paperback): Cliff Hague, Carrie Breitbach Regional and Local Economic Development (Paperback)
Cliff Hague, Carrie Breitbach
R798 R732 Discovery Miles 7 320 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the growth of a multi-billion-dollar high-technology corridor in Malaysia to conflict over housing development in Chicago, the practice of regional and local economic development around the world is both dynamic and diverse. Regional and Local Economic Development introduces the theory behind economic development and provides examples of successful, and less successful, practice. This broad-ranging new text shows how government, private industry and individuals combine to achieve economic development. It examines the development of policies and practices in recent decades - such as eco-industrial parks, place marketing and social enterprises - and analyzes the ways in which contemporary regional economies are changing. It also summarizes the key academic debates and reviews the main concepts which inform policy-making. Truly global in scope, with case studies from over 30 countries, this book will be welcomed by students and practitioners alike.

Building Capitalism - Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment (Hardcover): Linda Clarke Building Capitalism - Historical Change and the Labour Process in the Production of Built Environment (Hardcover)
Linda Clarke
R2,871 Discovery Miles 28 710 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First published in 1992, this Routledge Revival sees the reissue of a truly original exploration of the nature of urbanization and capitalism. Linda Clarke's vital work argues that: Urbanization is a product of the social human labour engaged in building as well as a concentration of the labour force. The quality of the labour process determines the development of production. Changes to the built environment reflect changes in the production process and, in particular, the development of wage labour. To support these arguments, the author identifies a qualitatively new historical stage of capitalist building production involving a significant expansion of wage labour, and hence capital, and the transition from artisan to industrial production. Linda Clarke draws from a wide range of original material relating to the development of London from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century to provide a complete description of the development process: materials extraction, roadbuilding, housebuilding, paving, cleansing, etc; profiles of builders and contractors involved, and a picture of the new working class communities, as in Somers Town - their living conditions, population, working environment, and politics.

Inequalities of the World - New Theoretical Frameworks, Multiple Empirical Approaches (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Goran... Inequalities of the World - New Theoretical Frameworks, Multiple Empirical Approaches (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Goran Therborn
R1,563 R1,448 Discovery Miles 14 480 Save R115 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Over the last century, global inequality has developed, and continues to develop in unexpected and disturbing patterns. In this important new book, Therborn and his colleagues connect current world inequality to different national constellations of class and power, and transnational processes. Ranging from the US and post-Communist Russia to France and China, and spanning social mobility, labor markets, working-class cultures and global science, this volume is a major contribution to our understanding of contemporary world politics and development. The contributors include: Louis Chauvel, Michael Hout, Arne Kalleberg, Markku Kivinen, Michele Lamont, Huang Ping, Elisa Preis, Denny Vagero, and Peter Weingart.

Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainable Growth - Analytical Framework and Policy Studies of Brazil and Chile (Hardcover,... Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainable Growth - Analytical Framework and Policy Studies of Brazil and Chile (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Mohan Munasinghe, Raul O'Ryan, Ronaldo Seroa Da Motta, Carlos de Miguel, Carlos Young, …
R2,546 Discovery Miles 25 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Macroeconomic policies have come under justifiable scrutiny because of their powerful and pervasive impacts throughout the economy. This book examines the sustainability of growth-oriented macroeconomic strategies, starting from early ideas linking macroeconomic policies, growth and sustainability. A comprehensive and up-to-date literature review and theoretical framework are presented, including both macroeconomic and microeconomic analyses of the linkages between the economy and the environment. Brazil and Chile are used as case studies to illuminate and analyse the impacts and effects of differing macroeconomic policies. A variety of analytical models are used to assess these two very different countries. One important conclusion reached is that the combination of growth and economic imperfections that lead to unsustainable outcomes is characterized by not only economic, but also environmental and >social problems. A variety of policy remedies are discussed to make development more sustainable by reshaping the structure of growth. Macroeconomists, environmental and development economists as well as policy analysts and project managers in the international development community will find much to engage them within this book. Development agencies, NGOs and graduate students interested in both the theory and applications of economic growth and sustainable development issues will also find the book of great interest.

Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling (Hardcover): Aura Reggiani, Peter Nijkamp Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling (Hardcover)
Aura Reggiani, Peter Nijkamp
R3,290 Discovery Miles 32 900 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As a result of the drastic changes caused by major systemic shifts in society, such as the rise of the knowledge economy or the increasing use of information and communication technology, modern economies have witnessed a transition to a networked society, where interconnectivity and interoperability between different economic systems and layers play a significant role. This important new book provides a valuable set of studies on spatial dynamics, emerging networks and modelling efforts. It employs interdisciplinary concepts alongside innovative trajectories to highlight recent advances in analysing and modelling the spatial economy, transport networks, industrial dynamics and regional systems. It is argued that modelling network processes at different spatial scales provides critical information for the design of plans and policies. Furthermore, a key issue in the current complex and heterogeneous landscape is the adoption and validation of new approaches, models and methodologies, which are able to grasp the emergent aspects of economic uncertainty and discontinuity, as well as overcome the current difficulties of carrying out appropriate forecasts. In exploring diverse pathways for theoretical, methodological and empirical analysis, this exciting volume offers promising and evolutionary perspectives on the modern spatial network society. Spatial Dynamics, Networks and Modelling is a unique and illuminating book, which will have widespread appeal among students, scholars and practitioners of spatial economics, regional science, transport economics and geography.

Social Capital, Networks and Economic Development - An Analysis of Regional Productive Systems (Hardcover, illustrated... Social Capital, Networks and Economic Development - An Analysis of Regional Productive Systems (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Mar ia Semitiel Garc ia
R2,065 Discovery Miles 20 650 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book analyses productive systems from a structural relational perspective, linking the structure and evolution of productive systems to economic development. An epistemological approach is adopted, which considers the social nature of economic actors and the importance of historical and geographical aspects. Maria Semitiel Garcia uses the structure and evolution of an agro-food and a metal-mechanical regional productive system to illustrate the benefits of adopting the network perspective as a methodological approach in economic research. The existence and persistence of inter-regional development differences, the structure of production systems, the role of services in these systems and the role of social capital in development are also discussed. Highlighting a holistic and comprehensive study of productive systems and its relationship with development, this book will strongly appeal to a wide-ranging audience, encompassing those with a special interest in regional development, institutional economics, industrial economics and policy, social network analysis and economic sociology.

The East Asian High-Tech Drive (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Yun-Peng Chu, Hal Hill The East Asian High-Tech Drive (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Yun-Peng Chu, Hal Hill
R2,787 Discovery Miles 27 870 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

East Asia has been an area of high economic growth for several decades. The East Asian High-Tech Drive argues that to maintain the growth momentum, the more advanced East Asian economies need to pay particular attention to policies designed to upgrade their industrial capabilities. The authors argue that effectively functioning institutions, predictable commercial policies, investments in human capital and infrastructure, openness and macroeconomic stability are essential for growth and technological development. Regarding the two lower income economies in the sample, Indonesia is found to have the smallest improvement in the skill intensity of its exports, while the Philippines has registered the slowest economic growth. For both countries, industrial upgrading issues are not as imperative as achieving or regaining rapid, labour-intensive growth as both recently experienced major political instabilities. Yun-Peng Chu and Hal Hill have gathered together a strong and cohesive collection of papers written by country experts on the issue of high-tech industrialization in East Asia. They present case studies of Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the PRC and Indonesia. The book uses a new measure of the skill intensity of exports that, it is argued, deepens our understanding of industrialization trajectories in this important and dynamic region. There are also detailed examinations and assessments of government policies in each economy. The editors have prepared an overview chapter that summarizes and integrates the main results of cross-country comparisons in a coherent manner. Academics, scholars and researchers of economic development, industrial and technology studies and Asian studies will all find much to engage them within this book.

The Evolving Economy - Essays on the Evolutionary Approach to Economics (Paperback, New edition): Ulrich Witt The Evolving Economy - Essays on the Evolutionary Approach to Economics (Paperback, New edition)
Ulrich Witt
R746 Discovery Miles 7 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Change manifests itself in all facets of the economy. This important collection of previously published essays illustrates how the evolutionary approach can reveal not only where change comes from, and how it happens, but also where it will lead. The Evolving Economy covers a broad spectrum of issues ranging from the biological foundations of economic behavior to the co-evolution of firms, markets, and institutions. Ulrich Witt's individualistic approach synthesizes elements familiar from the writings of Veblen and Schumpeter on economic evolution. A conceptual debate on what the notion of evolution means in the economic context is as much emphasized as is the discussion of concrete hypotheses explaining why and how evolutionary economic change comes about. Offering an outline of a paradigm focusing on endogenous economic change, this book will be of great interest to economists and economic historians. Sociologists, philosophers and anthropologists will also find this work invaluable as it presents an encompassing assessment of the role of Darwinian thought for understanding human behavior and societal evolutio

Competitiveness and Growth in Europe - Lessons and Policy Implications for the Lisbon Strategy (Hardcover, illustrated... Competitiveness and Growth in Europe - Lessons and Policy Implications for the Lisbon Strategy (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Susanne Mundschenk, Michael H. Stierle, Ulrike Stierle-von Schutz, Iulia Traistaru-Siedschlag
R2,184 Discovery Miles 21 840 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book contributes fresh theoretical and empirical evidence on competitiveness and growth in connection with the commitment made by European leaders at the Lisbon Summit in 2000 to `render the European Union the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world by 2010, capable of sustainable economic growth, with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion'. Until now, there has been little in-depth economic analysis of the objectives and policy implementations of the Lisbon Strategy. Competitiveness and Growth in Europe aims to fill this gap by contributing to a better and deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the Lisbon Strategy. This book presents, in a coherent framework, policy relevant research on the main aspects of the Lisbon Agenda: the determinants of growth, cohesion strategies and the role of institutions, education, R&D and technological progress in economic performance. It will be of particular interest to researchers and policy makers working in the fields of competitiveness and growth in the context of economic and monetary integration as well as to academics of European studies in general.

Regulating Development - Evidence from Africa and Latin America (Hardcover): Edmund Amann Regulating Development - Evidence from Africa and Latin America (Hardcover)
Edmund Amann
R2,425 Discovery Miles 24 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Regulating Development examines the impact that regulation - good or bad - can have on the development of poorer societies. It opens with a succinct review of critical issues, including the implications of the spread of intellectual property rights legislation and the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The volume examines the regulatory experiences of three important developing economies: Brazil, Ghana and South Africa. Key regulatory themes are analysed, most notably capital markets and corporate governance regulation, the regulation of the telecommunications sector and the use of regulatory reforms to promote the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Within each chapter policy lessons are drawn, the relevance of which extend well beyond national or even regional boundaries. The principal aim of the book is to show the extent to which regulation is moving increasingly to centre stage as a driver of development in Africa and Latin America. The book also demonstrates how thoughtful, well-planned regulation can make a real contribution to the emergence of supply-side competitiveness. This book will be invaluable reading for academics, researchers and students with an interest in economics and development studies, as well as for regulators and policymakers in developing countries.

Law and Economic Development (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Hans-Bernd Schafer, Angara V. Raja Law and Economic Development (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Hans-Bernd Schafer, Angara V. Raja
R6,125 Discovery Miles 61 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This authoritative collection demonstrates the increasing application of the law and economics methodology to the problems of developing countries. At the foundation of this application is the institutional approach to economic development, which emphasises the success or failure of key institutions in facilitating development. The impact on future research will be far-reaching and is expected to dominate the debate on development issues for a long time to come. There has been an outpouring of literature, both theoretical and empirical, that examines various facets of development from an institutional perspective and emphasises the crucial role played by the legal system in the economic development of nations. The editors have drawn together a careful selection of the key papers for inclusion in this volume, which will be an invaluable reference for lawyers, economists and development practitioners.

Vanishing Growth in Latin America - The Late Twentieth Century Experience (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Andr es Solimano Vanishing Growth in Latin America - The Late Twentieth Century Experience (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Andr es Solimano
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Economic growth in Latin America and the rise of material welfare has lagged behind that of more dynamic areas of the world economy. In a region prone to policy experiments, the policies of the Washington Consensus applied since the 1990s failed to bring sustained growth to most of Latin America. Andres Solimano and an impressive set of contributors analyze the last 40 years in order to determine the role of economic reforms, external conditions, factor accumulation, income inequality, political instability and productivity in explaining GDP increases. The book also looks at cycles of growth, identifying periods of rapid growth and contrasting them with periods of stagnation and collapse. Recent empirical evidence on the world economy in the later decades of the twentieth century shows that growth tends to be a volatile process with little correlation over time and virtually no discernible trend. This is particularly relevant to Latin America - a region traditionally exposed to external shocks - in which the absence of growth-oriented institutions, pervasive distributive conflicts and volatile politics contribute to make sustained growth an elusive policy goal. In separate chapters on sub-regions of Latin America comprising countries in the Southern Cone and Brazil, the Andean region, and Central America and Mexico, the contributors ascertain the main determinants of output growth, highlighting the factors that can boost growth and those that impede it. They explore the role of shocks, policies, and deeper social and institutional structures, as well as the impact of competitiveness, trade regimes, fiscal policy, education and political instability on growth performance. This comprehensive analysis will be of interest to scholars of economic growth and development and policymakers in Latin America in search of clues on how to promote and maintain growth in a comparative perspective. This book will also be of interest to multilateral organizations and ministries of international cooperation and development in developed countries.

Aid, Institutions and Development - New Approaches to Growth, Governance and Poverty (Paperback): Ashok Chakravarti Aid, Institutions and Development - New Approaches to Growth, Governance and Poverty (Paperback)
Ashok Chakravarti
R626 Discovery Miles 6 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In spite of massive flows over the past 50 years, aid has failed to have any significant impact on development. Marginalization from the world economy and increases in absolute poverty are causing countries to degenerate into failed, oppressive and, in some cases, dangerous states. To address this malaise, Ashok Chakravarti argues that there should be more recognition of the role economic and political governance can play in achieving positive and sustainable development outcomes. Using the latest empirical findings on aid and growth, this book reveals how good governance can be achieved by radically restructuring the international aid architecture. This can be realised if the governments of donor nations and international financial institutions refocus their aid programs away from the transfer of resources and so-called poverty reduction measures, and instead play a more forceful role in the developing world to achieve the necessary political and institutional reform. Only in this way can aid become an effective instrument of growth and poverty reduction in the 21st century. Aid, Institutions and Development presents a new, thoroughly critical and holistic perspective on this topical and problematic subject. Academics and researchers in development economics, policymakers, NGOs, aid managers and informed readers will all find much to challenge and engage them within this book.

Institutional Reform, Regulation and Privatization - Process and Outcomes in Infrastructure Industries (Hardcover, illustrated... Institutional Reform, Regulation and Privatization - Process and Outcomes in Infrastructure Industries (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Rolf W K unneke, Aad F. Correlje, John P. Groenewegen
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides evolutionary and institutional perspectives on the reform of infrastructure industries, tracing the development of this process in a number of sectors and countries. The contributors contend that infrastructure based industries such as telecommunications, public transport, water management and energy have been increasingly exposed to the dynamism of the market since becoming privatized, and have therefore been stimulated into short-term efficiency and long-term innovation. Drawing on institutional economic theory backed up with case studies such as the California energy crisis, the Dutch gas industry, oil and electricity companies in Spain and the privatization of Schipol airport in Amsterdam, the book focuses on process, driving forces, and actors' roles to explain how new balances are established between competing institutions. The degree to which the processes of institutional change are predictable and the effects of deliberate strategic interventions of governments or private actors are explored. Specific technical and sector aspects and their influence on institutional change in various infrastructures are also discussed. This book will strongly appeal to academics and practitioners in politics or industry with an interest in industrial, evolutionary institutional or public sector economics.

Information Communication Technology and Economic Development - Learning from the Indian Experience (Hardcover, illustrated... Information Communication Technology and Economic Development - Learning from the Indian Experience (Hardcover, illustrated edition)
Tojo Thatchenkery, Roger R. Stough
R2,183 Discovery Miles 21 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

India has become a highly visible participant in the information communication technology (ICT) industry. Since the 1990s, it has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world, emerging as the most watched test of global capitalism. The contributors to this volume examine how the ICT-driven development of India appears to have skipped the middle stages of the traditional economic development models and leapfrogged directly to the final stage whereby growth is mostly technologically driven. Information Communication Technology and Economic Development reveals new insights regarding the complex process of globalization. It shows how the generation and circulation of intellectual capital in the US and India in ICT have led to greater productivity in the US while facilitating the economic development of India. Most industrialized nations now see the vast intellectual capital-based services that India provides at extremely competitive rates as key to their own national competitiveness in the global arena. The contributors' findings suggest that India's ICT-led growth will accelerate in the next ten years, launching India as a major global economic power next to the US and China. This provocative and timely volume will be a necessary read for students and scholars of international business, public policy, economic development, management and strategy as well as all those interested in the impact of globalization on national and regional economies.

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