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Dynamics of Poverty in Rural Bangladesh (Hardcover, 2013 ed.): Pk MD Motiur Rahman, Noriatsu Matsui, Yukio Ikemoto Dynamics of Poverty in Rural Bangladesh (Hardcover, 2013 ed.)
Pk MD Motiur Rahman, Noriatsu Matsui, Yukio Ikemoto
R3,327 R2,929 Discovery Miles 29 290 Save R398 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The study of poverty dynamics is important for effective poverty alleviation policies because the changes in income poverty are also accompanied by changes in socioeconomic factors such as literacy, gender parity in school, health care, infant mortality, and asset holdings. In order to examine the dynamics of poverty, information from 1,212 households in 32 rural villages in Bangladesh was collected in December 2004 and December 2009. This book reports the analytical results from quantitative and qualitative surveys from the same households at two points of time, which yielded the panel data for understanding the changes in situations of poverty. Efforts have been made to include the most recent research from diverse disciplines including economics, statistics, anthropology, education, health care, and vulnerability study. Specifically, findings from logistic regression analysis, polychoric principal component analysis, kernel density function, income mobility with the help of the Markov chain model, and child nutrition status from anthropometric measures have been presented. Asset holdings and liabilities of the chronically poor as well as those of three other economic groups (the descending non-poor, the ascending poor, and the non-poor) are analyzed statistically. The degrees of vulnerability to poverty are examined by years of schooling, landholding size, gender of household head, social capital, and occupation. The multiple logistic regression model was used to identify important risk factors for a household's vulnerability. In 2009, some of the basic characteristics of the chronically poor were: higher percentage and number of female-headed households, higher dependency ratio, lower levels of education, fewer years of schooling, and limited employment. There was a low degree of mobility of households from one poverty status to another in the period 2004-2009, implying that the process of economic development and high economic growth in the macroeconomy during this time failed to improve the poverty situation in rural Bangladesh.

States of Credit - Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities (Hardcover): David Stasavage States of Credit - Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities (Hardcover)
David Stasavage
R1,020 R824 Discovery Miles 8 240 Save R196 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"States of Credit" provides the first comprehensive look at the joint development of representative assemblies and public borrowing in Europe during the medieval and early modern eras. In this pioneering book, David Stasavage argues that unique advances in political representation allowed certain European states to gain early and advantageous access to credit, but the emergence of an active form of political representation itself depended on two underlying factors: compact geography and a strong mercantile presence.

Stasavage shows that active representative assemblies were more likely to be sustained in geographically small polities. These assemblies, dominated by mercantile groups that lent to governments, were in turn more likely to preserve access to credit. Given these conditions, smaller European city-states, such as Genoa and Cologne, had an advantage over larger territorial states, including France and Castile, because mercantile elites structured political institutions in order to effectively monitor public credit. While creditor oversight of public funds became an asset for city-states in need of finance, Stasavage suggests that the long-run implications were more ambiguous. City-states with the best access to credit often had the most closed and oligarchic systems of representation, hindering their ability to accept new economic innovations. This eventually transformed certain city-states from economic dynamos into rentier republics.

Exploring the links between representation and debt in medieval and early modern Europe, "States of Credit" contributes to broad debates about state formation and Europe's economic rise.

The Palgrave International Handbook of Basic Income (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Malcolm Torry The Palgrave International Handbook of Basic Income (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Malcolm Torry
R3,240 Discovery Miles 32 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"This Handbook offers a timely 'snapshot' of the fast-moving global debates on Basic Income. Embracing a range of ideological, ethical, historical and cross-national perspectives, it looks at the case for Basic Income through both a focused and a wide-angled lens. Rather than asserting hard and fast conclusions, it ends with the valuable message that context is all." -Ruth Lister, Loughborough University, UK "A must-read Handbook that provides solid foundations for the growing number of researchers, policymakers and campaigners involved in the ongoing debate on Basic Income." -Ruben M. Lo Vuolo, the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Public Policy, Argentina "A comprehensive, competent, accessible, up-to-date picture of the current state of knowledge and debate on basic income in several disciplines and in many countries." -Philippe Van Parijs, the University of Louvain, Belgium A Basic Income is an unconditional regular payment for every individual. But is it desirable? And is it feasible? This Handbook brings together scholars from various disciplines and from around the world to examine the history, characteristics, effects, viability and implementation of Basic Income. A variety of pilot projects and ideological perspectives are considered in depth.

A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics - 100 Years of Austerity, Politics, and Bureaucracy in Britain (Hardcover): Christopher... A Century of Fiscal Squeeze Politics - 100 Years of Austerity, Politics, and Bureaucracy in Britain (Hardcover)
Christopher Hood, Rozana Himaz
R1,688 Discovery Miles 16 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume identifies and compares 'fiscal squeezes' (major efforts to cut public spending and/or raise taxes) in the UK over a century from 1900 to 2015. The authors examine how different the politics of fiscal squeeze and austerity is today from what it was a century ago, how (if at all) fiscal squeezes reshaped the state and the provision of public services, and how political credit and blame played out after austerity episodes. The analysis is both quantitative and qualitative, starting with reported financial outcomes from historical statistics and then going behind those numbers to explore the political choices and processes in play. This analysis identifies some patterns that have not been explained or even recognized in earlier works on retrenchment and austerity. For example, it identifies a long term shift from what it terms a 'surgery without anaesthetics' approach (deep but short-lived episodes of spending restraint or tax increases) in the earlier part of the period towards a 'boiling frogs' approach (episodes in which the pain is spread out over a longer period) in more recent decades. It also identifies a curious reduction of revenue-led squeezes in more recent decades, and a puzzle over why blame-avoidance logic only led to outsourcing painful decisions over squeeze in a minority of cases. Furthermore, the volume's distinctive approach to classifying types of fiscal squeezes and qualitatively assessing their intensity seeks to solve the puzzle as to why voter'punishment' of governments that impose austerity policies seems to be so erratic.

Political Economy of Institutions, Democracy and Voting (Hardcover, 2011 Ed.): Norman Schofield, Gonzalo Caballero Political Economy of Institutions, Democracy and Voting (Hardcover, 2011 Ed.)
Norman Schofield, Gonzalo Caballero
R3,521 R2,899 Discovery Miles 28 990 Save R622 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book presents the latest research in the field of Political Economy, dealing with the integration of economics and politics and the way institutions affect social decisions. The authors are eminent scholars from the U.S., Canada, Britain, Spain, Italy, Mexico and the Philippines. Many of them have been influenced by Nobel laureate Douglass North, who pioneered the new institutional social sciences, or by William H. Riker who contributed to the field of positive political theory.

The book focuses on topics such as: case studies in institutional analysis; research on war and the formation of states; the analysis of corruption; new techniques for analyzing elections, involving game theory and empirical methods; comparing elections under plurality and proportional rule, and in developed and new democracies.


Bailouts - Public Money, Private Profit (Paperback, New): Robert Wright Bailouts - Public Money, Private Profit (Paperback, New)
Robert Wright
R386 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R51 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Today's financial crisis is the result of dismal failures on the part of regulators, market analysts, and corporate executives. Yet the response of the American government has been to bail out the very institutions and individuals that have wrought such havoc upon the nation. Are such massive bailouts really called for? Can they succeed?

Robert E. Wright and his colleagues provide an unbiased history of government bailouts and a frank assessment of their effectiveness. Their book recounts colonial America's struggle to rectify the first dangerous real estate bubble and the British government's counterproductive response. It explains how Alexander Hamilton allowed central banks and other lenders to bail out distressed but sound businesses without rewarding or encouraging the risky ones. And it shows how, in the second half of the twentieth century, governments began to bail out distressed companies, industries, and even entire economies in ways that subsidized risk takers while failing to reinvigorate the economy. By peering into the historical uses of public money to save private profit, this volume suggests better ways to control risk in the future.

Additional Columbia / SSRC books on the privatization of risk and its implications for Americans:

Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System--and How to Heal ItEdited by Jacob S. Hacker

Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment InsecurityEdited by Katherine S. Newman

Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of RiskEdited by Mitchell A. Orenstein

The Economics, Regulation, and Systemic Risk of Insurance Markets (Paperback): Felix Hufeld, Ralph S. J. Koijen, Christian... The Economics, Regulation, and Systemic Risk of Insurance Markets (Paperback)
Felix Hufeld, Ralph S. J. Koijen, Christian Thimann
R762 Discovery Miles 7 620 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Despite the importance of insurance in enabling individual and collective social, economic, and financial activities, discussions about the macroeconomic role and risks of insurance markets are surprisingly limited. This book brings together academics, regulators, and industry experts to provide a multifaceted array of research and perspectives on insurance, its role and functioning, and the potential systemic risk it could create. The first part discusses the macroeconomic role of insurance and how insurance is different from banking and general finance. Understanding the differences between the balance sheets of insurers and other financial intermediaries is essential for understanding the potential differences in risk nature and optimal regulation. The second part of the book focuses on the risks managed by the insurance sector and the potential for systemic risk. The chapters discuss the risks both on the asset and liability sides of insurers' balance sheets. The third part of the book covers the impact of regulation on insurance companies. Existing regulation is often complex and has a large impact on insurance companies' decision-making and functioning. The chapters also illustrate the unintended consequences of various forms of regulation. The book concludes with a summary of a survey that has been conducted in collaboration with McKinsey, where insurance executives have been asked about the risks and regulation in the insurance sector. The survey provides guidance for future research on insurance markets.

Transforming Government and Building the Information Society - Challenges and Opportunities for the Developing World... Transforming Government and Building the Information Society - Challenges and Opportunities for the Developing World (Hardcover, Edition.)
Nagy K. Hanna
R3,807 R3,135 Discovery Miles 31 350 Save R672 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Information and communication technology (ICT) is central to reforming governance, innovating public services, and building inclusive information societies. Countries are learning to weave ICT into their strategies for transforming government as enterprises have learned to use ICT to innovate and transform their processes and competitive strategies. ICT-enabled transformation offers a new path to digital-era government that is responsive to the challenges of our time. It facilitates innovation, partnering, knowledge sharing, community organizing, local monitoring, accelerated learning, and participatory development.

In Transforming Government and Building the Information Society, Nagy Hanna draws on multi-disciplinary research on ICT in the public sector, and on his rich experience of over 35 years at the World Bank and other aid agencies, to identify the key ingredients for the strategic integration of ICT into governance and poverty reduction strategies. The author showcases promising practices from around the world to outline the strategic options involved in using ICT to maximize developmental impact-transforming government institutions and public services, and empowering communities for inclusion and grassroots innovation.

Despite the ICT promise, Hanna acknowledges that reforming governance and empowering poor communities are difficult long-term undertakings. Hanna moves beyond the imperatives and visions of e-transformation to strategic design and implementation options, and draws practical lessons for policymakers, reformers, innovators, community leaders, ICT specialists and development experts.

e-Transformation: Enabling New Development Strategies (Hardcover, 2010 ed.): Nagy K. Hanna e-Transformation: Enabling New Development Strategies (Hardcover, 2010 ed.)
Nagy K. Hanna
R4,572 R3,752 Discovery Miles 37 520 Save R820 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Could information and communication technology (ICT) become the transformative tool for a new style of global development? Could ICT promote knowledge-based, innovation-driven, and smart, adaptive, participatory development? As countries seek a way out of the present period of economic contraction, they are trying to weave ICT into their development strategies, in the same way organizations have learned to use ICT to transform their business models and strategies. This integration offers a new path to development that is responsive to the challenges of our times.

In e-Transformation, Nagy Hanna identifies the key ingredients for the strategic integration of ICT into national development, with examples from around the world. He draws on his rich experience of over 35 years at the World Bank and other aid agencies to outline the strategic options involved in using ICT to maximize developmental impact transforming public service institutions, networking businesses for innovation and competitiveness, and empowering communities for social inclusion and poverty reduction. He identifies the key interdependencies in e-transformation and offers a holistic framework to tap network effects and synergies across all elements of the process, including leadership, cyber policies, institutions, human resources, technological competencies, information infrastructure, and ICT uses for government, business, and society.

Integrating analytical insights and practical applications across the fields of development, political economy, public administration, entrepreneurship, and technology management, the author candidly argues that e-transformation, like all bold ideas, faces implementation challenges. In particular, the aspiration-reality gap needs to be systematically addressed if ICT-enabled innovation and transformation is to become a development practice. E-transformation is first and foremost about thinking strategically and creatively about the options made possible by the information technology revolution in the context of globalization. To this end, the author provides tools and best practices designed to nurture innovation, select entry points, prioritize among competing demands, and sequence and scale up. He outlines the roles of all participants political, managerial, entrepreneurial, social and technical whose leadership is essential for successful innovation."

IEA Yearbook of Government Performance 2002-2003 (Hardcover): Peter Warburton IEA Yearbook of Government Performance 2002-2003 (Hardcover)
Peter Warburton
R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Big government may be coming back into fashion. Public spending in Britain -- especially on services such as health, education and transport -- is on the increase. But how likely is it that more spending will result in better services? In this new Yearbook, Peter Warburton assembles evidence from Britain and from around the world to examine how taxation and government spending have been changing and to assess the effectiveness of government activity. He investigates the scale and scope of government, over time and in comparison with other countries, and sets out indicators of government performance, considering not only macroeconomic questions but issues now at the centre of political discussion such as health and education services and crime reduction. Six essays by leading commentators provide more detailed discussions of measuring the public sector, greater choice in health, the poverty trap, private education, imprisonment and child care and adoption. Dr Warburton's concludes that 'If there is a simple message to be gleaned from all the evidence, it is that an increase in public sector resources is no substitute for excellence in resource allocation.'

Fiscal Policy in Dynamic Economies (Hardcover): Kim Heng Tan Fiscal Policy in Dynamic Economies (Hardcover)
Kim Heng Tan
R3,171 Discovery Miles 31 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The role of fiscal policy in short-run macroeconomic stabilization is, by now, well known in the academic literature and in policy circles. However, this focus on the short-run, especially in a democracy, means that much less attention has been paid to the other consequences of the use of fiscal policy. By studying the intergenerational-welfare aspects of fiscal policy, this book deals with some fundamental issues of fiscal policy. Why does public debt tend to rise over time in democracies? Why is there a tendency for government spending on consumption and on social security to grow? Why do governments fail to invest in public capital adequately? Should a dollar transferred from the young be treated as a dollar transferred to the old? By studying the international aspects of fiscal policy, the book establishes international differences in fiscal policy as determinants of persistent trade imbalances and international indebtedness. It also considers some basic questions on international transfers and austerity in open economies. What criteria should be used to define a successful foreign-aid programme? Why is foreign aid likely to fail in a world of global wealth disparity? Can reliance be placed on the international coordination of austerity to improve welfare in the long run? Is austerity accompanied by international transfers superior to austerity unaccompanied by international transfers? This book based on the OLG model fills a gap on fiscal-policy issues in the recent spate of books on overlapping generations.

Fiscal Management in Resource-Rich Countries - Essentials for Economists and Public Finance Professionals (Paperback): Rolando... Fiscal Management in Resource-Rich Countries - Essentials for Economists and Public Finance Professionals (Paperback)
Rolando Ossowski, Havard Halland
R676 R614 Discovery Miles 6 140 Save R62 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book sets out indicators to assess the fiscal stance in resource rich countries, then discusses fiscal policy in three related dimensions: short-run stabilization; the management of fiscal risks and vulnerabilities; and the promotion of long-run sustainability.

The European Debt Crisis - How Portugal Navigated the post-2008 Financial Crisis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020): Joao Moreira Rato The European Debt Crisis - How Portugal Navigated the post-2008 Financial Crisis (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2020)
Joao Moreira Rato
R1,338 Discovery Miles 13 380 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book explores Portugal's response to the 2008 economic crisis and how the country regained the trust of the global capital markets through investor support. The experiences and successes of Portugal are compared with the other Eurozone countries, in particular Greece which had to negotiate a series of assistance programs, to highlight the strategies which helped lessen the impact of the debt crisis. This book aims to provide insight into the global investor ecosystem and to how financial globalization works in practice, illustrating how the multinational investor universe, the financial media, rating agencies, and how investment banks interact. It will be relevant to students and researchers interested in financial policy and the political economy. It will be relevant to students and researchers interested in financial markets and political economy, and also financial market practicioners and policy makers.

Doing More with Less 2nd edition - Measuring, Analyzing and Improving Performance in the Not-For-Profit and Government Sectors... Doing More with Less 2nd edition - Measuring, Analyzing and Improving Performance in the Not-For-Profit and Government Sectors (Hardcover, 2nd ed. 2014)
B. Marr, J. Creelman
R1,097 Discovery Miles 10 970 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Public sector organizations are in one of the most challenging environments they have ever had to face as they bear much of the cost of the recession. More than ever before, public sector leaders need to instil strong performance improvement disciplines into their organizations that enable these leaders to fully understand: key outcomes and priority deliverables, how to allocate reduced financial resources and where to reduce costs and improve efficiencies without jeopardizing service delivery.
Written in an accessible and practical style, this fully-updated second edition addresses the efficiency drive using models, tools and ideas more commonly found in the corporate world, such as balanced scorecard and Lean. It also includes new case studies and real-life examples, from Audit Scotland, Belfast City Council, Brisbane City Council, City of Charlotte, Civil Service College (Singapore) FBI, NHS, Ministry of Works (Bahrain), Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the US Postal Service.

Public Finance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Ambar Ghosh, Chandana, Ghosh Public Finance (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Ambar Ghosh, Chandana, Ghosh
R552 Discovery Miles 5 520 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The objective of the theory of public finance is to determine the optimal scales of government interventions or expenditures in different areas, and the optimum modes of financing these expenditures. The problems that governments handle are complex, and this makes the theory of public finance challenging. It is continuously searching for better, more acceptable and easier-to-implement solutions to problems. This book, now in its second edition, examines the major theories of public finance, starting with fundamental principles, and explains how government decisions are taken on the basis of the guidelines based on these theories. This new edition includes updated data throughout, including newly revised tax slabs. This book exposes students to various facets of public finance to help develop analytical frameworks to: Address issues of efficient allocation of resources between private, public and mixed good. Ensure equitable distribution of the tax burden among individuals. Find ways of minimizing the inefficiency of the tax structure. Study the statutory and economic incidence of different types of taxes. Examine the implications of government borrowing. Develop a rationale of distributing economic or fiscal responsibilities and tax powers among different tiers of government. The book makes understanding the subject easier by developing simple mathematical models to derive major results in each of the above areas, and by explaining the economics behind the results in detail. The concepts are illustrated with the help of simple examples taken from the Indian economy. Moreover, the book assesses India's economic policies in the light of the theories discussed. Another distinguishing feature is that it contains a large number of review questions and numerical problems on every topic discussed to help students apply the techniques learnt, and thereby, develop a sound understanding of the subject.

Austerity and Recovery in Ireland - Europe's Poster Child and the Great Recession (Hardcover): William K. Roche, Philip J.... Austerity and Recovery in Ireland - Europe's Poster Child and the Great Recession (Hardcover)
William K. Roche, Philip J. O'Connell, Andrea Prothero
R1,921 Discovery Miles 19 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In international commentary and debate on the effects of the Great Recession and austerity, Ireland has been hailed as the poster child for economic recovery and regeneration out of deep economic and fiscal contraction. While the genesis of Ireland's financial, economic and fiscal crisis has been covered in the literature, no systematic analysis has yet been devoted to the period of austerity, to the impact of austerity on institutions and people, or to the roots of economic recovery. In this book a group of Ireland's leading social scientists present a multi-disciplinary analysis of recession and austerity and their effects on economic, business, political and social life. Individual chapters discuss the fiscal and economic policies implemented, the role of international, and, in particular, of EU institutions, and the effects on businesses, consumption, work, the labour market, migration, political and financial institutions, social inequality and cohesion, housing and cultural expression. The book shows that Ireland cannot be viewed uncritically as a poster child for austerity. While fiscal contraction provided a basis for stabilizing the perilous finances of the State, economic recovery was due in the main to the long-established structure of Irish economic and business activity, to the importance of foreign direct investment and the dynamic export sector, and to recovery in the international economy. The restructuring and recovery of the financial system was aided by favourable international developments, including historically low interest rates and quantitative easing. Migration flows, nominal wage stability, the protection of social transfer payments and the involvement of trade unions in severe public sector retrenchment - long-established features of Irish political economy - were of critical importance in the maintenance of social cohesion.

Cost Sharing for Primary Health Care - Lessons from Yemen (Paperback): Abdul Serouri Cost Sharing for Primary Health Care - Lessons from Yemen (Paperback)
Abdul Serouri
R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The dilemma of how to meet the primary health needs of the population, especially poor people, with decreasing government resources, is a real issue for government, policy makers and donors in Yemen. The Oxfam-supported research project that led to this study was initiated in April 2000 in the context of health sector reform, and examined the perceptions of users and providers of cost-sharing schemes in Yemen. This study, drawn from the findings of the research, seeks to demonstrate the impact of cost sharing on the population of Yemen, and specifically on poor and vulnerable people. The authors show that health care is increasingly unaffordable for the majority of the population, particularly in rural areas. They aim to alert decision-makers to features of cost-sharing policies that are likely to hamper equitable access to services, and prevent quality improvements and sustainability. The study highlights the essential elements for an equitable health-financing policy in Yemen: affordable and locally available drugs and services, rational drug use, improved staff training, and continuous support and supervision by the implementing agency. The critical issues raised in this research will be extremely valuable in wider discussions of the planning and evaluation of health sector reform.

Economics and Ageing - Volume IV: Political Economy (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Jose Luis Iparraguirre Economics and Ageing - Volume IV: Political Economy (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Jose Luis Iparraguirre
R1,509 Discovery Miles 15 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This upper level textbook provides a coherent introduction to the economic implications of individual and population ageing. Placing economic considerations into a wider social sciences context, this is ideal reading not only for advanced undergraduate and masters students in health economics and economics of ageing, but policy makers, professionals and practitioners in gerontology, sociology, health-related sciences, and social care. This volume introduces topics in the economics of happiness, quality of life, and well-being in later life. It also covers questions of inequality and poverty, intergenerational economics, and housing. Other areas described in this book include behavioural economics, political economy, and consumption in ageing societies.

Affordable Housing Development - Financial Feasibility, Tax Increment Financing and Tax Credits (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019):... Affordable Housing Development - Financial Feasibility, Tax Increment Financing and Tax Credits (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Jaime P. Luque, Nuriddin Ikromov, William B Noseworthy
R2,128 R1,770 Discovery Miles 17 700 Save R358 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book explains the nuts and bolts of affordable housing development. Divided into two complementary sections, the book first provides an overview of the effectiveness of existing federal and state housing programs in the United States, such as the LIHTC and TIF programs. In turn, the book's second section presents an extensive discussion of and insights into the financial feasibility of an affordable real estate development project. Researchers, policymakers and organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors will find this book a valuable resource in addressing the concrete needs of affordable housing development. "Luque, Ikromov, and Noseworthy's new book on Affordable Housing Development is a "must read" for all those seeking to address the growing and vexing problem of affordable housing supply. The authors provide important insights and practical demonstration of important financial tools often necessary to the financial feasibility of such projects, including tax-increment financing and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Further, the authors provide important backdrop to the affordability crisis and homelessness. I highly recommend this book to all who seek both to articulate and enhance housing access." By Stuart Gabriel, Arden Realty Chair, Professor of Finance and Director, Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA "Over several years Jaime Luque, Nuriddin Ikromov and William Noseworthy applied their analytical bent, and no small measure of empathy, to homelessness as actually experienced in Madison, Wisconsin - and they inspired multiple classes of urban economics students to join them. "Homelessness" is a complex web of issues affecting a spectrum of populations, from individuals struggling with addiction or emotional disorders, to families who've been dealt a bad hand in an often-unforgiving economy. Read this book to follow Jaime, Nuriddin, and William as they evaluate a panoply of housing and social programs, complementing the usual top-down design perspective with practical analysis of the feasibility of actual developments and their effectiveness. Analytical but written for a broad audience, this book will be of interest to anyone running a low-income housing program, private and public developers, students, and any instructor designing a learning-by-doing course that blends rigor with real-world application to a local problem." By Stephen Malpezzi, Professor Emeritus, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, Wisconsin School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Dean, Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute.

Embedded Autonomy - States and Industrial Transformation (Paperback, New): Peter B. Evans Embedded Autonomy - States and Industrial Transformation (Paperback, New)
Peter B. Evans
R1,320 R1,052 Discovery Miles 10 520 Save R268 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In recent years, debate on the state's economic role has too often devolved into diatribes against intervention. Peter Evans questions such simplistic views, offering a new vision of why state involvement works in some cases and produces disasters in others. To illustrate, he looks at how state agencies, local entrepreneurs, and transnational corporations shaped the emergence of computer industries in Brazil, India, and Korea during the seventies and eighties.

Evans starts with the idea that states vary in the way they are organized and tied to society. In some nations, like Zaire, the state is predatory, ruthlessly extracting and providing nothing of value in return. In others, like Korea, it is developmental, promoting industrial transformation. In still others, like Brazil and India, it is in between, sometimes helping, sometimes hindering. Evans's years of comparative research on the successes and failures of state involvement in the process of industrialization have here been crafted into a persuasive and entertaining work, which demonstrates that successful state action requires an understanding of its own limits, a realistic relationship to the global economy, and the combination of coherent internal organization and close links to society that Evans called "embedded autonomy."

Public Sector Accounting, Auditing and Control in South Eastern Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Vesna Vasicek, Gorana Roje Public Sector Accounting, Auditing and Control in South Eastern Europe (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Vesna Vasicek, Gorana Roje
R2,505 R2,120 Discovery Miles 21 200 Save R385 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book comprehensively presents the current practice and further development paths of public sector accounting, auditing and control systems in 7 South Eastern European countries based on the contributions of highly-respected researchers. Each chapter is a study of the territorial organisation, public sector scope, formulation and execution of central government and local and regional self-government budgets, accounting and financial reporting reforms and practice, audit and other oversight (supervision) in the public sector, and challenges in the further development of public sector accounting and auditing of each country. It also provides insights into the challenges that SEE countries are faced with as they move towards the adoption of accrual accounting and the implementation of IPSAS and/or EPSAS, and offers a valuable reference resource for academics, researchers, students, auditors, public administrators, policy makers and standard setters.

The Public Principles of Public Debt - A Defense and Restatement (Hardcover): James M. Buchanan The Public Principles of Public Debt - A Defense and Restatement (Hardcover)
James M. Buchanan
R526 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R61 (12%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Public Principles of Public Debt" is one of James M. Buchanan's most important and influential books. The radical idea he conceived was that: our reliance on public debt has amassed a sort of orthodoxy that is commonly--and needlessly--assumed by taxpayers, by politicians, and by economists themselves.
Buchanan dismisses the nearly universal belief (which continues to this day) that the burden of debt is borne by the current generation, and he argues persuasively that public debt is shouldered in large part by generations still to come.
Written in 1958, this book represents Buchanan's first published monograph, and its publication met with much controversy, confusion, and speculation in the economic community. But the book also added to Buchanan's rising stature in the early part of his career as a brilliant and original thinker.
The arguments Buchanan lays out in this book had a considerable impact on much of his later work. Buchanan's object here is to establish a set of analytical claims about debt incidence. Current anxieties over implicit Social Security debt are clear indications of the rightness of Buchanan's then-revolutionary theory.
James M. Buchanan is an eminent economist who won the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986 and is considered one of the greatest scholars of liberty in the twentieth century.
The entire series includes: Volume 1 "The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty"
Volume 2 "Public Principles of Public Debt "
Volume 3 "The Calculus of Consent "
Volume 4 "Public Finance in Democratic Process"
Volume 5 "The Demand and Supply of Public Goods"
Volume 6 "Cost and Choice"
Volume 7 "The Limits of Liberty"
Volume 8 "Democracy in Deficit"
Volume 9 "The Power to Tax"
Volume 10 "The Reason of Rules"
Volume 11 "Politics by Principle, Not Interest"
Volume 12 "Economic Inquiry and Its Logic"
Volume 13 "Politics as Public Choice"
Volume 14 "Debt and Taxes"
Volume 15 "Externalities and Public Expenditure Theory"
Volume 16 "Choice, Contract, and Constitutions"
Volume 17 "Moral Science and Moral Order"
Volume 18 "Federalism, Liberty, and the Law"
Volume 19 "Ideas, Persons, and Events"
Volume 20 "Indexes"

Cost & Choice -- An Inquiry in Economic Theory (Paperback): James Buchanan Cost & Choice -- An Inquiry in Economic Theory (Paperback)
James Buchanan
R287 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R25 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

While relatively short, COST AND CHOICE, according to Hartmut Kliemt in the foreword, "holds quite a central place in Buchanan's work. For the fundamental economic notion of 'cost', or 'opportunity cost', is intimately related to the individualist and subjectivist perspective that is so essential to the Buchanan enterprise." To be sure, the Austrian school of economists enunciated similar views of cost decades before Buchanan, but Buchanan advances his theories by attempting to integrate his views into the orthodox classical and neoclassical framework. When he published the book in 1969, Buchanan hoped that other scholars would follow him in researching the opportunity-cost concept and its applications. Unlike the theatre of public policy, where Buchanan's work is widely celebrated and influential, his important work on the issue of cost and choice, so clearly explicated in this volume, has done little to move the mainstream of economic thinking in the thirty years since its original publication. It is hoped that this new edition of Buchanan's seminal work will place Buchanan's groundbreaking ideas in wider circulation. Buchanan writes in the preface, "My aim is to utilise the theory of opportunity cost to demonstrate basic methodological distinctions that are often overlooked and to show that a consistent usage of this theory clarifies important areas of disagreement on policy issues."

The American Warfare State - The Domestic Politics of Military Spending (Paperback): Rebecca U. Thorpe The American Warfare State - The Domestic Politics of Military Spending (Paperback)
Rebecca U. Thorpe
R707 Discovery Miles 7 070 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

How is it that the United States-a country founded on a distrust of standing armies and strong centralized power-came to have the most powerful military in history? Long after World War II and the end of the Cold War, in times of rising national debt and reduced need for high levels of military readiness, why does Congress still continue to support massive defense budgets? In The American Warfare State, Rebecca U. Thorpe argues that there are profound relationships among the size and persistence of the American military complex, the growth in presidential power to launch military actions, and the decline of congressional willingness to check this power. The public costs of military mobilization and war, including the need for conscription and higher tax rates, served as political constraints on warfare for most of American history. But the vast defense industry that emerged from World War II also created new political interests that the framers of the Constitution did not anticipate. Many rural and semirural areas became economically reliant on defense-sector jobs and capital, which gave the legislators representing them powerful incentives to press for ongoing defense spending regardless of national security circumstances or goals. At the same time, the costs of war are now borne overwhelmingly by a minority of soldiers who volunteer to fight, future generations of taxpayers, and foreign populations in whose lands wars often take place. Drawing on an impressive cache of data, Thorpe reveals how this new incentive structure has profoundly reshaped the balance of wartime powers between Congress and the president, resulting in a defense industry perennially poised for war and an executive branch that enjoys unprecedented discretion to take military action.

Public Procurement Reforms in Africa - Challenges in Institutions and Governance (Hardcover): Christine Leon de Mariz, Claude... Public Procurement Reforms in Africa - Challenges in Institutions and Governance (Hardcover)
Christine Leon de Mariz, Claude Menard, Bernard Abeille
R2,154 Discovery Miles 21 540 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Institutional reforms and their contribution to development and growth have been a source of renewed interest as well as of many challenges over the last two decades. Identifying the forces that push towards reform and the conditions that determine the success or failure of reforms, building organizational arrangements needed to make modifications to the rules of the game sustainable, and understanding the limits to the transfer of reforms and to the help that international organizations and foreign institutions can provide to support change, raise intellectually difficult and politically highly sensitive issues. This book attempts to address these issues from an economic perspective. Combining knowledge and field experience, it develops an analysis of institutional changes and organizational transformations based on the experience of the public procurement reforms carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. This highlights the economic significance of procurement and the formidable obstacles that institutional changes face. Using an original dataset, it explores the gap between the expectations and what has been achieved. It develops a framework that intends to capture the complex interaction between the different components of reform and aims to provide useful insights for researchers and policy makers.

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