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Analysis of the Development of Beijing (2018) (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Beijing Academy of Social Sciences Analysis of the Development of Beijing (2018) (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Beijing Academy of Social Sciences
R1,916 Discovery Miles 19 160 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides an overview of the rapid development Beijing has seen in a wide range of areas in 2017, both in itself and as an integral part of a larger region, as China's economic development continues to improve in overall quality and regional coordination. General reports on progress Beijing made and problems it faced in 2017 in improving its economy, public services, municipal and community governance, urban planning, and funding for innovations are followed by case studies that look at best practices and how they can be applied towards promoting coordinated development of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. The strategy features prominently in the outlook contributors present for the greater metropolitan area of Beijing for 2018. This book is a valuable source of reference for anyone trying to gain a better understanding the what, how, and why in relation to one of the world's fastest growing mega-cities.

Capitalism in the Web of Life - Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Paperback): Jason W. Moore Capitalism in the Web of Life - Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital (Paperback)
Jason W. Moore
R545 R428 Discovery Miles 4 280 Save R117 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Both green and red analyses of capitalism's deepening contradictions have acknowledged the close relation of economic and environmental crises. But environmentalists have not yet fully integrated social and historical factors in their scathing indictment of the current disaster. Capitalism in the Web of Life will undoubtedly help to change that. Charting the recurrent crises, and long cyclical expansions of capitalism as socio-ecological process over the past six centuries, Jason Moore provides a groundbreaking theory and historical account of capitalism's development that comprehends the transformation of nature as constitutive of capital accumulation. Along the way, he moves beyond the society/nature distinction that limits so much environmentalism.

Civic Capitalism (Hardcover): Colin Hay, Anthony Payne Civic Capitalism (Hardcover)
Colin Hay, Anthony Payne
R984 R764 Discovery Miles 7 640 Save R220 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

As we struggle with the legacy of the crisis and with the prospect of accelerating environmental degradation, it is time to ask not what we can do for capitalism but what capitalism can do for us, as citizens of a democratic society. In Civic Capitalism, Colin Hay and Anthony Payne build on their influential analysis of the crisis of the Anglo-liberal growth model to set out a coherent account of the steps required to build an alternative that is more sustainable socially, economically and environmentally. They argue that it is time to move on from the Anglo-liberal model of capitalism whose failings were so cruelly exposed by the crisis. They outline a new model that will work better in advanced capitalist societies, showing how this might be acheived in Britain today. They call this civic capitalism the governance of the market, by the state, in the name of the people, to deliver collective public goods, equity and social justice. This reverses the long ascendant logic of Anglo-liberalism in which citizens have been made to answer to the perceived logics of the capitalism they have been made to serve. The crisis shows us that we can no longer be driven by the perceived imperatives of the old model and by those who have claimed for far too long and, as it turns out, falsely to be able to discern for us the imperatives of the market. It is now time to ask what capitalism can do for us and not what we can do for capitalism.

Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Manfred B. Steger, Ravi K. Roy Neoliberalism: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Manfred B. Steger, Ravi K. Roy
R183 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R43 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Anchored in the principles of the free-market economics, 'neoliberalism' has been associated with such different political leaders as Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Augusto Pinochet, and Junichiro Koizumi. In its heyday during the late 1990s, neoliberalism emerged as the world's dominant economic paradigm stretching from the Anglo-American heartlands of capitalism to the former communist bloc all the way to the developing regions of the global South. At the dawn of the new century, however, neoliberalism has been discredited as the global economy, built on its principles, has been shaken to its core by a financial calamity not seen since the dark years of the 1930s. So is neoliberalism doomed or will it regain its former glory? Will reform-minded G-20 leaders embark on a genuine new course or try to claw their way back to the neoliberal glory days of the Roaring Nineties? Is there a viable alternative to neoliberalism? Exploring the origins, core claims, and considerable variations of neoliberalism, this Very Short Introduction offers a concise and accessible introduction to one of the most debated 'isms' of our time. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Labor Transfer in Emerging Economies - A Perspective from China's Reality to Theories (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Xiaochun... Labor Transfer in Emerging Economies - A Perspective from China's Reality to Theories (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Xiaochun Li
R2,716 R2,455 Discovery Miles 24 550 Save R261 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Based on new phenomena appearing in many emerging economies, this book presents a theoretical study on the economic influences of labor transfer from several aspects. In recent years, thanks to the continuous progress of social forms as well as science and technology, there are a large number of new developing trends in emerging nations. Taking China as an example, several economic issues have sprung up with the huge scale of labor transfer, such as development of modern agriculture, environmental protection, privatization of mixed enterprises, training of human capital, and migrant workers' remittances to their hometowns. However, the existing researches on labor transfer pay little attention to them. In order to bridge the gap, this book combines new economic data with basic theories of labor migration, and discusses economic influences of labor transfer in four angles: human capital, migrants' remittances, environmental protection, and development of modern agriculture. Each part is composed of two or three analytical elements. Our conclusions not only enrich existing theoretical researches, but also provide theoretical support for related national economic policies.

Political Economy of Macao since 1999 - The Dilemma of Success (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017): Yufan Hao, Sheng Li, Guanjin Pan Political Economy of Macao since 1999 - The Dilemma of Success (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Yufan Hao, Sheng Li, Guanjin Pan
R2,469 R2,041 Discovery Miles 20 410 Save R428 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book takes a comprehensive look at the governance and civil society of Macao, the shadowy mecca of gambling in Asia, and the reforms, changes, and social movements which are challenging that reputation today. Thanks to the rapid expansion of the local casino industry, Macao has experienced spectacular economic growth since it returned to Chinese rule in 1999. Following double-digit rates of economic growth between 2002 and 2013, Macao has become one of the wealthiest regions in Asia, with GDP per capita rising from USD$14,258 in 2001 to USD$89,333 in 2014. However, as the casino industry has overshadowed all other sectors of the local economy, it has not only made Macao's economy highly vulnerable and difficult to sustain, but has also aroused increasing social discontent. The authors lay out a comprehensive and well-argued discussion of the dilemma of the economic monoculture, and strategies by which to overcome it, in the process producing a book that will be of profound interest to scholars of greater China, students of political economy, and travelers to Macao.

The The Cambridge History of Capitalism 2 Volume Hardback Set The Cambridge History of Capitalism, Volume 1 - The Rise of... The The Cambridge History of Capitalism 2 Volume Hardback Set The Cambridge History of Capitalism, Volume 1 - The Rise of Capitalism: From Ancient Origins to 1848 (Hardcover, New)
Larry Neal, Jeffrey G. Williamson
R2,153 Discovery Miles 21 530 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The first volume of The Cambridge History of Capitalism provides a comprehensive account of the evolution of capitalism from its earliest beginnings. Starting with its distant origins in ancient Babylon, successive chapters trace progression up to the 'Promised Land' of capitalism in America. Adopting a wide geographical coverage and comparative perspective, the international team of authors discuss the contributions of Greek, Roman and Asian civilizations to the development of capitalism, as well as the Chinese, Indian and Arab empires. They determine what features of modern capitalism were present at each time and place, and why the various precursors of capitalism did not survive. Looking at the eventual success of medieval Europe and the examples of city-states in northern Italy and the Low Countries, the authors address how British mercantilism led to European imitations and American successes, and ultimately, how capitalism became global.

The Illusion of Free Markets - Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Paperback): Bernard E. Harcourt The Illusion of Free Markets - Punishment and the Myth of Natural Order (Paperback)
Bernard E. Harcourt
R400 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R44 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

It is widely believed today that the free market is the best mechanism ever invented to efficiently allocate resources in society. Just as fundamental as faith in the free market is the belief that government has a legitimate and competent role in policing and the punishment arena. This curious incendiary combination of free market efficiency and the Big Brother state has become seemingly obvious, but it hinges on the illusion of a supposedly natural order in the economic realm. The Illusion of Free Markets argues that our faith in "free markets" has severely distorted American politics and punishment practices. Bernard Harcourt traces the birth of the idea of natural order to eighteenth-century economic thought and reveals its gradual evolution through the Chicago School of economics and ultimately into today's myth of the free market. The modern category of "liberty" emerged in reaction to an earlier, integrated vision of punishment and public economy, known in the eighteenth century as "police." This development shaped the dominant belief today that competitive markets are inherently efficient and should be sharply demarcated from a government-run penal sphere. This modern vision rests on a simple but devastating illusion. Superimposing the political categories of "freedom" or "discipline" on forms of market organization has the unfortunate effect of obscuring rather than enlightening. It obscures by making both the free market and the prison system seem natural and necessary. In the process, it facilitated the birth of the penitentiary system in the nineteenth century and its ultimate culmination into mass incarceration today.

Household Energy Consumption in China: 2016 Report (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Xinye Zheng, Chu Wei Household Energy Consumption in China: 2016 Report (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Xinye Zheng, Chu Wei
R2,222 R1,795 Discovery Miles 17 950 Save R427 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is primarily based on data from the third analysis of domestic energy consumption, and it combines the conclusive summarizes from the previous two investigations. The book sets out to extend the spatial dimension of the research to a global one and discusses future development of domestic energy consumption from a global perspective. Additionally, the book seeks to discover general rules and diversity features via comparison, domestic vs. global. Future predictions via observations and summaries of history are provided for the reader in this volume as well. The studies in this volume not only provide a basic and supportive index for academic research, but also provide readers with a concrete sketch for people to understand energy use in their day-to-day lives, and it provides policy makers with fundamental, need-to-know data.

Information, Incentives, and Education Policy (Hardcover): Derek A. Neal Information, Incentives, and Education Policy (Hardcover)
Derek A. Neal
R728 R622 Discovery Miles 6 220 Save R106 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

How do we ensure that waste and inefficiency do not undermine the mission of publicly funded schools? Derek Neal writes that economists must analyze education policy in the same way they analyze other procurement problems. Insights from research on incentives and contracts in the private sector point to new approaches that could induce publicly funded educators to provide excellent education, even though taxpayers and parents cannot monitor what happens in the classroom. Information, Incentives, and Education Policy introduces readers to what economists know-and do not know-about the logjams created by misinformation and disincentives in education. Examining a range of policy agendas, from assessment-based accountability and centralized school assignments to charter schools and voucher systems, Neal demonstrates where these programs have been successful, where they have failed, and why. The details clearly matter: there is no quick-and-easy fix for education policy. By combining elements from various approaches, economists can help policy makers design optimal reforms. Information, Incentives, and Education Policy is organized to show readers how standard tools from economics research on information and incentives speak directly to some of the most crucial issues in education today. In addition to providing an overview of the pluses and minuses of particular programs, each chapter includes a series of exercises that allow students of economics to work through the mathematics for themselves or with an instructor's assistance. For those who wish to master the models and tools that economists of education should use in their work, there is no better resource available.

How Reform Worked in China - The Transition from Plan to Market (Paperback): Yingyi Qian How Reform Worked in China - The Transition from Plan to Market (Paperback)
Yingyi Qian
R1,062 R798 Discovery Miles 7 980 Save R264 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A noted Chinese economist examines the mechanisms behind China's economic reforms, arguing that universal principles and specific implementations are equally important. As China has transformed itself from a centrally planned economy to a market economy, economists have tried to understand and interpret the success of Chinese reform. As the Chinese economist Yingyi Qian explains, there are two schools of thought on Chinese reform: the "School of Universal Principles," which ascribes China's successful reform to the workings of the free market, and the "School of Chinese Characteristics," which holds that China's reform is successful precisely because it did not follow the economics of the market but instead relied on the government. In this book, Qian offers a third perspective, taking certain elements from each school of thought but emphasizing not why reform worked but how it did. Economics is a science, but economic reform is applied science and engineering. To a practitioner, it is more useful to find a feasible reform path than the theoretically best way. The key to understanding how reform has worked in China, Qian argues, is to consider the way reform designs respond to initial historical conditions and contemporary constraints. Qian examines the role of "transitional institutions"-not "best practice institutions" but "incentive-compatible institutions"-in Chinese reform; the dual-track approach to market liberalization; the ownership of firms, viewed both theoretically and empirically; government decentralization, offering and testing hypotheses about its link to local economic development; and the specific historical conditions of China's regional-based central planning.

Capitalism - A Conversation in Critical Theory (Hardcover): Nancy Fraser, Rahel Jaeggi Capitalism - A Conversation in Critical Theory (Hardcover)
Nancy Fraser, Rahel Jaeggi
R1,206 R933 Discovery Miles 9 330 Save R273 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

In this important new book, Nancy Fraser and Rahel Jaeggi take a fresh look at the big questions surrounding the peculiar social form known as "capitalism," upending many of our commonly held assumptions about what capitalism is and how to subject it to critique. They show how, throughout its history, various regimes of capitalism have relied on a series of institutional separations between economy and polity, production and social reproduction, and human and non-human nature, periodically readjusting the boundaries between these domains in response to crises and upheavals. They consider how these "boundary struggles" offer a key to understanding capitalism's contradictions and the multiple forms of conflict to which it gives rise. What emerges is a renewed crisis critique of capitalism which puts our present conjuncture into broader perspective, along with sharp diagnoses of the recent resurgence of right-wing populism and what would be required of a viable Left alternative. This major new book by two leading critical theorists will be of great interest to anyone concerned with the nature and future of capitalism and with the key questions of progressive politics today.

Adam Smith Lib/E - Father of Economics (Standard format, CD): Jesse Norman Adam Smith Lib/E - Father of Economics (Standard format, CD)
Jesse Norman
R696 R491 Discovery Miles 4 910 Save R205 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Capitalism - Competition, Conflict, Crises (Paperback): Anwar Shaikh Capitalism - Competition, Conflict, Crises (Paperback)
Anwar Shaikh
R800 Discovery Miles 8 000 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Orthodox economics operates within a hypothesized world of perfect competition in which perfect consumers and firms act to bring about supposedly optimal outcomes. The discrepancies between this model and the reality it claims to address are then attributed to particular imperfections in reality itself. In Capitalism, Shaikh's approach demonstrates that most of the central propositions of economic analysis can be derived without any reference to standard devices such as hyperrationality, optimization, perfect competition, perfect information, representative agents, or so-called rational expectations. In every case, Shaikh's innovative theory is applied to modern empirical patterns and contrasted with neoclassical, Keynesian, and Post-Keynesian approaches to the same issues. Shaikh's object of analysis is the economics of capitalism, and he explores the subject in this expansive light. This is how the classical economists, as well as Keynes and Kalecki, approached the issue. Anyone interested in capitalism and economics in general can gain a wealth of knowledge from this ground-breaking text.

Money from Nothing - Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa (Paperback): Deborah James Money from Nothing - Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa (Paperback)
Deborah James
R527 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R76 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Money from Nothing" explores the dynamics surrounding South Africa's national project of financial inclusion--dubbed "banking the unbanked"--which aimed to extend credit to black South Africans as a critical aspect of broad-based economic enfranchisement.
Through rich and captivating accounts, Deborah James reveals the varied ways in which middle- and working-class South Africans' access to credit is intimately bound up with identity, status-making, and aspirations of upward mobility. She draws out the deeply precarious nature of both the aspirations and the economic relations of debt which sustain her subjects, revealing the shadowy side of indebtedness and its potential to produce new forms of oppression and disenfranchisement in place of older ones. "Money from Nothing" uniquely captures the lived experience of indebtedness for those many millions who attempt to improve their positions (or merely sustain existing livelihoods) in emerging economies.

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis - The Uncertain Future of Capitalism (Paperback): Ernesto Screpanti Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis - The Uncertain Future of Capitalism (Paperback)
Ernesto Screpanti
R411 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R62 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In this provocative study, economist Ernesto Screpanti argues that imperialism--far from disappearing or mutating into a benign "globalization"--has in fact entered a new phase, which he terms "global imperialism." This is a phase defined by multinational firms cut loose from the nation-state framework and free to chase profits over the entire surface of the globe. No longer dependent on nation-states for building a political consensus that accommodates capital accumulation, these firms seek to bend governments to their will and destroy barriers to the free movement of capital. And while military force continues to play an important role in imperial strategy, it is the discipline of the global market that keeps workers in check by pitting them against each other no matter what their national origin. This is a world in which the so-called "labor aristocracies" of the rich nations are demolished, the power of states to enforce checks on capital is sapped, and global firms are free to pursue their monomaniacal quest for profits unfettered by national allegiance. Screpanti delves into the inner workings of global imperialism, explaining how it is different from past forms of imperialism, how the global distribution of wages is changing, and why multinational firms have strained to break free of national markets. He sees global imperialism as a developing process, one with no certain outcome. But one thing is clear: when economic crises become opportunities to discipline workers, and when economic policies are imposed through increasingly authoritarian measures, the vision of a democratic and humane world is what is ultimately at stake.

Worlds of Capitalism - Institutions, Economic Performance and Governance in the Era of Globalization (Hardcover, annotated... Worlds of Capitalism - Institutions, Economic Performance and Governance in the Era of Globalization (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Max Miller
R2,655 Discovery Miles 26 550 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The decades following the Second World War have been depicted as a kind of "golden age of capitalism." In Western societies, an unprecedented economic growth and a balancing of the competing claims of capital and labour had, apparently, been brought under the control of political and democratic institutions. However, efforts to combine this outstanding economic performance with social security appear to be endangered half way through the first decade of the 21st century. This book draws together an international team of contributors, including Douglass North, Harold Demsetz and Michael Piore to assess the current world order.

Creating Economy - Enterprise, Intellectual Property, and the Valuation of Goods (Hardcover): Barbara Townley, Philip Roscoe,... Creating Economy - Enterprise, Intellectual Property, and the Valuation of Goods (Hardcover)
Barbara Townley, Philip Roscoe, Nicola Searle
R1,194 Discovery Miles 11 940 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Creativity is at the vanguard of contemporary capitalism, valorised as a form of capital in its own right. It is the centrepiece of the vaunted 'creative economy', the creative industries, and is increasingly a focus of public policy. But what is economic about creativity? How can creative labour become the basis for a distinctive global industry? And how has the solitary artist, a figment of the romantic thought, become the creative entrepreneur of twenty-first century economic imagining? This book offers a fresh approach to this topic within the creative industries through a focus on intellectual property. It follows IP and its associated rights (IPR) through the creative economy, showing how it shapes creative products and configures the economic agency of creative producers. IP helps to manage risk, settle what is valuable, extract revenues, and protect future profits. It is the central mechanism in organising the market for creative goods. Most importantly, it shows that IP/IPR is crucial in the dialectic between symbolic and economic value on which the creative industries depend; IP/IPR hold the creative industries together. This book is based on a detailed empirical study of creative producers in the UK, extending the sociological studies of markets to an analysis of the UK's creative industries. In doing so, it makes an important, empirically grounded contribution to debates around creativity, entrepreneurship, and uncertainty in creative industries, and will be of interest to scholars and policymakers alike.

Innovation in Developing Countries - Lessons from Vietnam and Laos (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Nobuaki Matsunaga Innovation in Developing Countries - Lessons from Vietnam and Laos (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Nobuaki Matsunaga
R2,208 R1,781 Discovery Miles 17 810 Save R427 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The main focus of this book is innovation for developing countries: what is the innovation for, what are the current conditions of the innovation, and how to effectively innovate in developing economies. It contains the latest insights and analyses of innovation based on intensive interviews as well as primary and secondary data of manufacturing firms in developing countries, Vietnam and Laos in particular. Innovation requires something new. Integration of deep understanding of innovation and econometric analyses are a "new combination" in this book, which contrasts with other, similar books in the field. This new approach may benefit policy makers as well as scholars and firms in poor countries. The main points of the book are summarized as follows: First, for most poor countries "learning innovation" is considered the key to economic growth rather than "leading-edge innovation", which is a more popular theme in similar books on innovation. Second, an overwhelming majority of innovations currently used in poor countries are developed in advanced countries, so technology transfer and learning from the latter are a fundamental source of innovation in the former. Third, a surprisingly high rate of firms (around 50%) reported that they introduced new or significantly improved products or processes in poor countries, and this high innovation rate is a great benefit to be enhanced by government policies. Fourth, the common factors driving innovation of manufacturing firms in Vietnam and Laos are (1) human capital, (2) social capital, and (3) innovation in the past. Fifth, the impact of innovation on firm performance is found to be mixed in these countries. Sixth, so far almost all studies on innovation have focused on product or process innovation, but additional light is shed here on organizational innovation.

Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Keijiro Otsuka, Kaoru Sugihara Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Keijiro Otsuka, Kaoru Sugihara
R1,130 R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Save R201 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book is open access under a CC BY-NC-ND license. This book addresses the issue of how a country, which was incorporated into the world economy as a periphery, could make a transition to the emerging state, capable of undertaking the task of economic development and industrialization. It offers historical and contemporary case studies of transition, as well as the international background under which such a transition was successfully made (or delayed), by combining the approaches of economic history and development economics. Its aim is to identify relevant historical contexts, that is, the `initial conditions' and internal and external forces which governed the transition. It also aims to understand what current low-income developing countries require for their transition. Three economic driving forces for the transition are identified. They are: (1) labor-intensive industrialization, which offers ample employment opportunities for labor force; (2) international trade, which facilitates efficient international division of labor; and (3) agricultural development, which improves food security by increasing supply of staple foods. The book presents a bold account of each driver for the transition.

Franchising Dreams - The Lure of Entrepreneurship in America (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Peter M. Birkeland Franchising Dreams - The Lure of Entrepreneurship in America (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Peter M. Birkeland
R475 R445 Discovery Miles 4 450 Save R30 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

McDonald's. Blockbuster Video. Jiffy Lube. Subway. Franchising has become an ever-present feature of the American landscape. One-third of the U.S. gross domestic product flows through franchises, and one out of every sixteen workers is employed by one. But how did franchising come to play such a dominant role in the American economy? What are the day-to-day experiences of franchisees and franchisers in the workplace? What challenges and pitfalls await them as they stake their claim to prosperity? These are just a few of the questions explored in "Franchising Dreams," a documentary-like look into the frustrations and uncertainties that entrepreneurs face in their pursuit of the American dream.
Peter M. Birkeland worked for three years in the front-line operations of franchise units for three companies, met with CEOs and executives, and attended countless trade shows, seminars, and expositions. All this firsthand experience gave him unprecedented access to the hopes and aspirations of franchisees. His book closely traces different franchisees and follows them as their dreams of wealth and independence buckle beneath the weight of frustrating logistics and contractual technicalities. Through extensive interviews and research, Birkeland not only discovers what makes franchisees succeed or fail, he uncovers the difficulties in running a business according to someone else's system and values. Bearing witness to a market flooded with fierce competitors and dependent on the inscrutable whims of consumers, he uncovers the numerous challenges that franchisees face in making their businesses succeed.

Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis - The Uncertain Future of Capitalism (Hardcover): Ernesto Screpanti Global Imperialism and the Great Crisis - The Uncertain Future of Capitalism (Hardcover)
Ernesto Screpanti
R1,857 Discovery Miles 18 570 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In this provocative study, economist Ernesto Screpanti argues that imperialism--far from disappearing or mutating into a benign "globalization"--has in fact entered a new phase, which he terms "global imperialism." This is a phase defined by multinational firms cut loose from the nation-state framework and free to chase profits over the entire surface of the globe. No longer dependent on nation-states for building a political consensus that accommodates capital accumulation, these firms seek to bend governments to their will and destroy barriers to the free movement of capital. And while military force continues to play an important role in imperial strategy, it is the discipline of the global market that keeps workers in check by pitting them against each other no matter what their national origin. This is a world in which the so-called "labor aristocracies" of the rich nations are demolished, the power of states to enforce checks on capital is sapped, and global firms are free to pursue their monomaniacal quest for profits unfettered by national allegiance. Screpanti delves into the inner workings of global imperialism, explaining how it is different from past forms of imperialism, how the global distribution of wages is changing, and why multinational firms have strained to break free of national markets. He sees global imperialism as a developing process, one with no certain outcome. But one thing is clear: when economic crises become opportunities to discipline workers, and when economic policies are imposed through increasingly authoritarian measures, the vision of a democratic and humane world is what is ultimately at stake.

The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism - How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers (Paperback): Michael Perelman The Invisible Handcuffs of Capitalism - How Market Tyranny Stifles the Economy by Stunting Workers (Paperback)
Michael Perelman
R353 R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Save R47 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Mainstream, or more formally, neoclassical, economics claims to be a science. But as Michael Perelman makes clear in his latest book, nothing could be further from the truth. While a science must be rooted in material reality, mainstream economics ignores or distorts the most fundamental aspect of this reality: that the vast majority of people must, out of necessity, labor on behalf of others, transformed into nothing but a means to the end of maximum profits for their employers. The nature of the work we do and the conditions under which we do it profoundly shape our lives. And yet, both of these factors are peripheral to mainstream economics. By sweeping labor under the rug, mainstream economists hide the nature of capitalism, making it appear to be a system based upon equal exchange rather than exploitation inside every workplace. Perelman describes this illusion as the "invisible handcuffs" of capitalism and traces its roots back to Adam Smith and his contemporaries and their disdain for working people. He argues that far from being a basically fair system of exchanges regulated by the "invisible hand" of the market, capitalism handcuffs working men and women (and children too) through the very labor process itself. Neoclassical economics attempts to rationalize these handcuffs and tells workers that they are responsible for their own conditions. What we need to do instead, Perelman suggests, is eliminate the handcuffs through collective actions and build a society that we direct ourselves.

Social Movements in Times of Austerity: Bringing Capitalism Back Into Protest Analysis (Paperback): Donatella della Porta Social Movements in Times of Austerity: Bringing Capitalism Back Into Protest Analysis (Paperback)
Donatella della Porta
R509 R410 Discovery Miles 4 100 Save R99 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Recent years have seen an enormous increase in protests across the world in which citizens have challenged what they see as a deterioration of democratic institutions and the very civil, political and social rights that form the basis of democratic life. Beginning with Iceland in 2008, and then forcefully in Egypt, Tunisia, Spain, Greece and Portugal, or more recently in Peru, Brazil, Russia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Ukraine, people have taken to the streets against what they perceive as a rampant and dangerous corruption of democracy, with a distinct focus on inequality and suffering. This timely new book addresses the anti-austerity social movements of which these protests form part, mobilizing in the context of a crisis of neoliberalism. Donatella della Porta shows that, in order to understand their main facets in terms of social basis, strategy, and identity and organizational structures, we should look at the specific characteristics of the socioeconomic, cultural and political context in which they developed. The result is an important and insightful contribution to understanding a key issue of our times, which will be of interest to students and scholars of political and economic sociology, political science and social movement studies, as well as political activists.

Economic Challenges Facing Japan's Regional Areas (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Tatsuo Hatta Economic Challenges Facing Japan's Regional Areas (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Tatsuo Hatta
R987 R892 Discovery Miles 8 920 Save R95 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book analyzes issues related to economic challenges for Japan's regional revitalization. Japan's responses to such challenges and to the problem of an aging population are of deep interest to the nations outside of Japan. This book brings together 19 articles contributed by Japan's leading scholars, originally prepared for an online policy information portal, SPACE NIRA launched by the Nippon Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA) with Dr. Tatsuo Hatta, President of the Asian Growth Research Institute, as its General Editor. This book is a significant and useful reference for all scholars, students, and individuals with an interest in current policy issues in Japan.

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