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The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs (Hardcover): Albert N Link, John T. Scott The Economics of Evaluation in Public Programs (Hardcover)
Albert N Link, John T. Scott
R4,877 Discovery Miles 48 770 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This research collection illustrates the wide range of methodologies and methods available for the evaluation of public programs. All these methods address the benefits of the programs and most compare the benefits to costs, but the types of benefits and their measures vary greatly across the studies and across the different types of public programs. The key articles presented here explore these different approaches and offer many examples of actual evaluations of public programs across different public policy settings. Professor Link and Professor Scott have provided an authoritative original introduction, which elucidates this diversity of approaches and settings and challenges scholars to contemplate an evaluation in terms of its theoretical foundation.

Prospective Longevity - A New Vision of Population Aging (Hardcover): Warren C. Sanderson, Sergei Scherbov Prospective Longevity - A New Vision of Population Aging (Hardcover)
Warren C. Sanderson, Sergei Scherbov
R830 R754 Discovery Miles 7 540 Save R76 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From two leading experts, a revolutionary new way to think about and measure aging. Aging is a complex phenomenon. We usually think of chronological age as a benchmark, but it is actually a backward way of defining lifespan. It tells us how long we've lived so far, but what about the rest of our lives? In this pathbreaking book, Warren C. Sanderson and Sergei Scherbov provide a new way to measure individual and population aging. Instead of counting how many years we've lived, we should think about the number of years we have left, our "prospective age." Two people who share the same chronological age probably have different prospective ages, because one will outlive the other. Combining their forward-thinking measure of our remaining years with other health metrics, Sanderson and Scherbov show how we can generate better demographic estimates, which inform better policies. Measuring prospective age helps make sense of observed patterns of survival, reorients understanding of health in old age, and clarifies the burden of old-age dependency. The metric also brings valuable data to debates over equitable intergenerational pensions. Sanderson and Scherbov's pioneering model has already been adopted by the United Nations. Prospective Longevity offers us all an opportunity to rethink aging, so that we can make the right choices for our societal and economic health.

Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society - Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power Is Made and... Cambridge Studies in Economics, Choice, and Society - Political Capitalism: How Economic and Political Power Is Made and Maintained (Paperback)
Randall G. Holcombe
R588 Discovery Miles 5 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Problems associated with cronyism, corporatism, and policies that favor the elite over the masses have received increasing attention in recent years. Political Capitalism explains that what people often view as the result of corruption and unethical behavior are symptoms of a distinct system of political economy. The symptoms of political capitalism are often viewed as the result of government intervention in a market economy, or as attributes of a capitalist economy itself. Randall G. Holcombe combines well-established theories in economics and the social sciences to show that political capitalism is not a mixed economy, or government intervention in a market economy, or some intermediate step between capitalism and socialism. After developing the economic theory of political capitalism, Holcombe goes on to explain how changes in political ideology have facilitated the growth of political capitalism, and what can be done to redirect public policy back toward the public interest.

Local Government Finance - The Challenges of the 21st Century (Hardcover): Unido Local Government Finance - The Challenges of the 21st Century (Hardcover)
Unido
R2,440 Discovery Miles 24 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book, compiled from the 2nd Global Report of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) on Decentralization and Local Democracy, analyzes the architecture of fiscal decentralization in one hundred and ten countries as well as in major metropolitan areas. In the majority of these countries, local authorities are taking on more and more responsibilities for public investment and the provision of services that are essential for both economic development and the well being of their citizens. If increasing fiscal decentralization has been a global trend in recent decades, there are significant variations across and within regions and countries. Local budgets make up on average 25% of public expenditure in the countries of the European Union but less than 5% in many developing countries. Decentralization in terms of revenue and expenditure autonomy has also increased, however this has been uneven across countries and has seen greater advances in expenditure than in revenues, where sources remain limited and uncertain, especially for small and middle size cities. With accelerating urbanization and important shifts in the global context (climate change, increasing risk of natural disaster, migration, and demographic changes among others), current funding levels are insufficient for local governments to respond to the urbanization of poverty, growing investment requirements and other pressing needs. The economic and financial crisis that began in 2008 only worsened the situation. This report, offered as part of UCLG's ongoing commitment to deepen understanding of the level of government closest to citizens, identifies universal challenges facing local government finance, as well as those more regional and country specific. Some of the most common are inadequate sources of revenue, unpredictable transfers and grants, excessive higher-level budget controls, and unfunded mandates. In addition to analyzing these challenges and opportunities, the Report proposes recommendations to strengthen the fiscal role and performance of local governments around the world. About UCLG: Founded in May 2004, United Cities and Local Governments is the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government. Based in Barcelona, UCLG is the largest local government organization in the world; representing over half the world's population, the cities and association members of UCLG are present in 140 UN Member States across seven world regions - Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Middle East and West Asia, Latin America and North America. Over 1000 cities are direct members of United Cities and Local Governments, as well as 112 national associations which represent all the cities and local governments in a single country.

Cambridge Studies in Law and Society - Transforming Gender Citizenship: The Irresistible Rise of Gender Quotas in Europe... Cambridge Studies in Law and Society - Transforming Gender Citizenship: The Irresistible Rise of Gender Quotas in Europe (Paperback)
Eleonore Lepinard, Ruth Rubio-Marin
R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gender quotas are a controversial policy measure. However, over the past twenty years they have been widely adopted around the world and especially in Europe. They are now used in politics, corporate boards, state and local public administration and even in civil society organizations. This book explores this unprecedented phenomenon, providing a unique comparative perspective on gender quotas' adoption across thirteen European countries. It also studies resistance to gender quotas by political parties and supreme courts. Providing up-to-date comprehensive data on gender quotas regulations, Transforming Gender Citizenship proposes a typology of countries, from those which have embraced gender quotas as a new way to promote gender equality in all spheres of social life, to those who have consistently refused gender quotas as a tool for gender equality. Reflecting on divergences and commonalities across Europe, the authors analyze how gender quotas may transform dominant conception of citizenship and gender equality.

Civil Service Systems in Western Europe (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Frits M. van der Meer Civil Service Systems in Western Europe (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Frits M. van der Meer
R2,283 Discovery Miles 22 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of Civil Service Systems in Western Europe presents a comprehensive overview of the important issues in modern bureaucracies and provides a comparative analysis of the civil service systems of various Western European nations. Country-specific case studies - based on neo-institutional frameworks and underpinned by extensive empirical research - are presented by the expert contributors. The specific nature and development of civil service systems is emphasized, and special attention is paid to the current features of each national civil service. Each chapter has been reworked to include new material and topics, and new chapters on Denmark, France and the United Kingdom have been included. Combining both theoretical and empirical studies, this book will prove to be invaluable to scholars and students of public administration, political science and international affairs, as well as to civil servants, politicians and policymakers.

Strategic Social Marketing - For Behaviour and Social Change (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition): Ross Gordon Strategic Social Marketing - For Behaviour and Social Change (Paperback, 2 Revised Edition)
Ross Gordon
R1,007 Discovery Miles 10 070 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Public Management in the Postmodern Era - Challenges and Prospects (Hardcover): John Fenwick, Janice McMillan Public Management in the Postmodern Era - Challenges and Prospects (Hardcover)
John Fenwick, Janice McMillan
R2,045 Discovery Miles 20 450 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Challenging the traditional orthodoxies of public management, this timely and comprehensive book adopts a lively and critical approach to key questions of public policy and management. With state-of-the-art contributions from leading international scholars, Public Management in the Postmodern Era explores a public sector that has moved irreversibly beyond the familiar territory of New Public Management and the exhausted tenets of modernization. Within a global environment where the old explanations and solutions have failed, the book advances a postmodern analysis. It argues strongly its original case that postmodern perspectives are of immediate relevance to issues of practice as well as to enduring problems of theory. The ambitious remit of the book will be of direct value to practitioners, scholars, academic researchers and students in politics, public policy and public management. With an international scope, the book will appeal to a worldwide audience.

Public Management Reform and Modernization - Trajectories of Administrative Change in Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Spain... Public Management Reform and Modernization - Trajectories of Administrative Change in Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Spain (Hardcover)
Edoardo Ongaro
R2,310 Discovery Miles 23 100 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the 1980s, a wave of reforms of public management has swept the world. The investigation into the effects of such major transformations has, however, been unbalanced: important countries have received only limited attention. This timely book fills the gap by investigating the dynamics of contemporary public management reform in five European countries that gave shape to the Napoleonic administrative tradition - France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain. Edoardo Ongaro presents an in-depth investigation of the reform of public management in these countries, revisiting major topics of theoretical interest in the study of public administration. He addresses key issues regarding the influence of the past on the transformation of the public sector, and the direction of reforms. The work looks both backward, to the legacy of the Napoleonic administrative tradition and the way it affected the paths of reform, and forward, exploring whether and to what extent the fascinating idea of the Neo-Weberian State is an alternative to global paradigms such as New Public Management and New Public Governance. This unique book will prove a fascinating read for scholars in the fields of public administration, public management, government and political science. Policy-makers - and their advisors - engaged in reform of the public sector will also find this book to be of great interest.

Secrets and Leaks - The Dilemma of State Secrecy (Paperback, Revised edition): Rahul Sagar Secrets and Leaks - The Dilemma of State Secrecy (Paperback, Revised edition)
Rahul Sagar; Preface by Rahul Sagar
R395 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R76 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Secrets and Leaks examines the complex relationships among executive power, national security, and secrecy. State secrecy is vital for national security, but it can also be used to conceal wrongdoing. How then can we ensure that this power is used responsibly? Typically, the onus is put on lawmakers and judges, who are expected to oversee the executive. Yet because these actors lack access to the relevant information and the ability to determine the harm likely to be caused by its disclosure, they often defer to the executive's claims about the need for secrecy. As a result, potential abuses are more often exposed by unauthorized disclosures published in the press. But should such disclosures, which violate the law, be condoned? Drawing on several cases, Rahul Sagar argues that though whistleblowing can be morally justified, the fear of retaliation usually prompts officials to act anonymously--that is, to "leak" information. As a result, it becomes difficult for the public to discern when an unauthorized disclosure is intended to further partisan interests. Because such disclosures are the only credible means of checking the executive, Sagar writes, they must be tolerated, and, at times, even celebrated. However, the public should treat such disclosures skeptically and subject irresponsible journalism to concerted criticism.

Delegation in the Regulatory State - Independent Regulatory Agencies in Western Europe (Paperback): Fabrizio Gilardi Delegation in the Regulatory State - Independent Regulatory Agencies in Western Europe (Paperback)
Fabrizio Gilardi
R730 Discovery Miles 7 300 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

During the past 25 years, independent regulatory agencies have become widespread institutions for regulatory governance. This book studies how they have diffused across Europe and compares their formal independence in 17 countries and seven sectors. Through a series of quantitative analyses, it finds that governments tend to be more prone to delegate powers to independent regulators when they need to increase the credibility of their regulatory commitments and when they attempt to tie the hands of their successors. The institutional context also matters: political institutions that make policy change more difficult are functional equivalents of delegation. In addition to these factors, emulation has driven the diffusion of independent regulators, which have become socially valued institutions that help policymakers legitimize their actions, and may even have become taken for granted as the appropriate way to organize regulatory policies. Providing a broad comparison of independent regulatory agencies in Europe, Delegation in the Regulatory State will be of great interest to researchers and students in political science, public policy, and public administration.

BTEC Level 3 National Public Services Student Book 1 (Paperback): Debra Gray, Tracey Lilley, Elizabeth Toms BTEC Level 3 National Public Services Student Book 1 (Paperback)
Debra Gray, Tracey Lilley, Elizabeth Toms 1
R774 Discovery Miles 7 740 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Combined with our Student Book 2, these resources cover all mandatory and optional units for the extended diploma in uniformed Public Services, and all mandatory and optional units for the diploma in non-uniformed Public Services. Written by an expert author team - including Public Services expert Debra Gray, verifiers and former Public Services professionals so you can have total confidence students will have everything they need. WorkSpace case studies throughout both Student Books put work in context for the student, and bring learning to life. Case studies are relevant and engaging, such as commentary on the situation in Afghanistan. Assessment activities in each unit provide practice for students so that they can achieve their best possible grades. Edexcel's Assignment tips offer invaluable unit-by-unit advice on how students can get the most from their BTEC course.

International Handbook of Public Management Reform (Hardcover): Shaun Goldfinch, Joe L. Wallis International Handbook of Public Management Reform (Hardcover)
Shaun Goldfinch, Joe L. Wallis
R3,511 Discovery Miles 35 110 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This major Handbook provides a state-of-the-art study of the recent history and future development of international public management reform. Through a careful cross-country analysis spanning the last three decades this timely volume critically evaluates whether countries are converging towards a single public management model. The book goes on to investigate unresolved issues surrounding leadership, e-government, accountability and computer systems failure currently facing reformers. Shaun Goldfinch and Joe Wallis have brought together a number of eminent scholars from across Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia to explore the role of economic ideas, human resources and the state of public management reform in twelve countries. Providing a broad global overview of public management and facilitating a greater understanding of the difficult issue of reform, this book will find widespread appeal amongst academics and postgraduate students of public administration as well as practitioners in the field.

Public Sector Leadership - International Challenges and Perspectives (Hardcover): Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink, Anthony E.... Public Sector Leadership - International Challenges and Perspectives (Hardcover)
Jeffrey A. Raffel, Peter Leisink, Anthony E. Middlebrooks
R2,839 Discovery Miles 28 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A truly international examination of public sector leadership, this book explores the ways leaders of developed nations are addressing current challenges. The overriding question explored by the authors is how public leadership across the globe addresses new challenges (such as security, financial, demographic), new expectations of leaders, and what public sector leadership means in the new era. The book allows the reader to view a large number of situations across the globe to better understand the relation between context and leadership. It integrates the two fields of leadership and public administration, providing a wide-ranging and complementary empirical context to the topic. Transcending state-centered perspectives, the authors include new developments in governance and public-private sector collaboration while retaining a focus on the public values involved. The chapters address public sector leadership issues in a wide array of nations, integrating international perspectives with a globally diverse authorship. Several chapters address issues of collaboration across sectors, changing roles in the New Public Management paradigm, and corresponding new visions of leadership. Several of the chapters are explicitly comparative, including a study of mental health leadership training topics in eight nations, central banking in Europe, and efficiency studies in Britain, Denmark, and Norway. The chapters can be used as thought-provoking case studies as part of a supplemental text, and are accompanied by substantial bibliographies. Scholars, students, and practitioners in leadership, public policy and administration, and organization studies will find this volume a useful reference.

Spatial Economic Modelling of Megathrust Earthquake in Japan - Impacts, Reconstruction, and Regional Revitalization (Hardcover,... Spatial Economic Modelling of Megathrust Earthquake in Japan - Impacts, Reconstruction, and Regional Revitalization (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2017)
Suminori Tokunaga, Budy P. Resosudarmo
R2,456 R2,173 Discovery Miles 21 730 Save R283 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book presents an evaluation of the impacts of megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis on regional economies and subsequent reconstruction, as well as regional revitalization by the spatial economic model and dynamic macro and regional computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. The cases examined are the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. The study constructs three models of these megathrust earthquakes and the associated tsunami. In the first model, the regional CGE model is proposed with a database comprising the two-regional social accounting matrix for 2005 between the region comprising four disaster-affected prefectures of Japan and the non-disaster region. For the recursive dynamic regional CGE model, the model that expanded and improved the dynamic two-regional CGE model to reflect the incomplete employment conditions and the aging society is used to analyze the impacts of an earthquake and the construction of industrial clusters. In the second model, the interregional input-output model is proposed in order to analyze the impacts of the earthquake and rapid population decline and construction of a biogas electricity power plant. In the third model, a new economic geography (NEG) model is proposed, consisting of the 47 prefectures of Japan in order to investigate the impacts of the Great East Japan and Nankai megathrust earthquakes and the associated tsunami and to consider how they change the regional economies of Japan. Using these three models, the impacts of megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis on regional economies and reconstruction and on regional revitalization are evaluated.

Self-Governance in Science - Community-Based Strategies for Managing Dangerous Knowledge (Paperback): Stephen M Maurer Self-Governance in Science - Community-Based Strategies for Managing Dangerous Knowledge (Paperback)
Stephen M Maurer
R717 Discovery Miles 7 170 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Commercial and academic communities use private rules to regulate everything from labor conditions to biological weapons. This self-governance is vital in the twenty-first century, where private science and technology networks cross so many borders that traditional regulation and treaty solutions are often impractical. Self-Governance in Science analyzes the history of private regulation, identifies the specific market factors that make private standards stable and enforceable, explains what governments can do to encourage responsible self-regulation, and asks when private power might be legitimate. Unlike previous books which stress sociology or political science perspectives, Maurer emphasizes the economic roots of private power to deliver a coherent and comprehensive account of recent scholarship. Individual chapters present a detailed history of past self-government initiatives, describe the economics and politics of private power, and extract detailed lessons for law, legitimacy theory, and public policy.

Rethinking Public Service Delivery - Managing with External Providers (Paperback): John Alford, Janine O'Flynn Rethinking Public Service Delivery - Managing with External Providers (Paperback)
John Alford, Janine O'Flynn
R790 R724 Discovery Miles 7 240 Save R66 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Winner of the 2014 Academy of Management Public-Nonprofit (PNP) Division Best Book Award Many public services today are delivered by external service providers such as private firms and voluntary organizations. These new ways of working - including contracting, partnering, client co-production, inter-governmental collaboration and volunteering - pose challenges for public management. This major new text assesses the ways in which public sector organizations can improve their services and outcomes by making full use of the alternative ways of getting things done.

Politics of the Administrative Process (Paperback, 7th Revised edition): Donald F Kettl Politics of the Administrative Process (Paperback, 7th Revised edition)
Donald F Kettl
R2,138 R1,895 Discovery Miles 18 950 Save R243 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Politics of the Administrative Process shows how efficient public administration requires a delicate balance-the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens. With its engaging vignettes, rich examples and a unique focus on policymaking and politics, the Seventh Edition continues its strong emphasis on politics, accountability, and performance. This new edition has been thoroughly updated with new scholarship, data, events, and case studies, giving students multiple opportunities to apply ideas and analysis as they read.

The State at Work, Volume 1 - Public Sector Employment in Ten Western Countries (Hardcover): Hans-Ulrich Derlien, B.Guy Peters The State at Work, Volume 1 - Public Sector Employment in Ten Western Countries (Hardcover)
Hans-Ulrich Derlien, B.Guy Peters
R2,682 Discovery Miles 26 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Representing the most extensive research on public employment, these two volumes explore the radical changes that have taken place in the configuration of national public services due to a general expansion of public employment that was followed by stagnation and decreases. Part-time employment and the involvement of women also increased as a component of the public sector and were linked to the most important growth areas such as the educational, health care and personal social services sectors. The two volumes that make up this study shed important insight on these changes. Volume 1 offers a unique internationally comparative multi-dimensional analysis of ten public service systems belonging to different families of major advanced western countries. It contains the most comprehensive and comparable quantitative analyses available anywhere of ten public service systems; Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Sweden. Volume 2 is a comprehensive analysis of the ten public service systems, with in-depth comparisons of the systems along eight dimensions including central-regional-local government employment proportions and the change of the services since the 1950s with respect to social composition (gender, minorities, elites, career groups). Scholars and professionals in the fields of public administration, politics and economics will find this two-volume compendium informative and practical.

The State at Work, Volume 2 - Comparative Public Service Systems (Hardcover): Hans-Ulrich Derlien, B.Guy Peters The State at Work, Volume 2 - Comparative Public Service Systems (Hardcover)
Hans-Ulrich Derlien, B.Guy Peters
R2,676 Discovery Miles 26 760 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Representing the most extensive research on public employment, these two volumes explore the radical changes that have taken place in the configuration of national public services due to a general expansion of public employment that was followed by stagnation and decreases. Part-time employment and the involvement of women also increased as a component of the public sector and were linked to the most important growth areas such as the educational, health care and personal social services sectors. The two volumes that make up this study shed important insight on these changes. Volume 1 offers a unique internationally comparative multi-dimensional analysis of ten public service systems belonging to different families of major advanced western countries. It contains the most comprehensive and comparable quantitative analyses available anywhere of ten public service systems; Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US, Germany, Spain, France, Denmark and Sweden. Volume 2 is a comprehensive analysis of the ten public service systems, with in-depth comparisons of the systems along eight dimensions including central-regional-local government employment proportions and the change of the services since the 1950s with respect to social composition (gender, minorities, elites, career groups). Scholars and professionals in the fields of public administration, politics and economics will find this two-volume compendium informative and practical.

Public Management (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2012): Ian Greener Public Management (Paperback, 2nd ed. 2012)
Ian Greener
R937 R849 Discovery Miles 8 490 Save R88 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Taking a critical approach, it examines the key concepts and ideas of public management. Comparative case studies introduce students to public management ideas from the US, the UK, and Europe. The new edition is fully updated to reflect the financial crisis and its impact on the way public services are now being reformed across the world.

Transparency in a New Global Order - Unveiling Organizational Visions (Hardcover): Christina Garsten, Monica Lindh De Montoya Transparency in a New Global Order - Unveiling Organizational Visions (Hardcover)
Christina Garsten, Monica Lindh De Montoya
R2,402 Discovery Miles 24 020 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book argues that transparency is a concept that has gained increasing currency and favour as an organizing principle and administrative goal in recent years. Calls for transparency have been directed towards states, markets, corporations and national political processes as well as towards large institutions such as the European Union. Focusing on empirically rich case studies, the contributors explore the ideas and practices of transparency in different contexts, encouraging a discussion of the many facets of the term and its strengths, ambiguities and limitations. They aim to shed light on the powerful global discourse and practices contained in the concept, and to fill a gap in the literature since few attempts have, until now, been made to examine the actual content and practice of transparency. Also discussed are the complex negotiations through which it is determined what should be displayed and what should remain hidden, the uses of power and control, and the processes through which transparency is, or is not, achieved. This analysis of the concepts, models and metaphors that guide and shape organizational, social and aesthetical practices today will provide a much-needed contribution to the literature for academics, researchers and students focusing on these areas.

The Disappearing State? - Retrenchment Realities in an Age of Globalisation (Paperback): Francis G. Castles The Disappearing State? - Retrenchment Realities in an Age of Globalisation (Paperback)
Francis G. Castles
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Whilst the prevailing orthodoxy of the expenditure retrenchment literature is that globalisation and neo-liberal ideas are leading to a downsizing of the state, empirical research - basing its conclusions on patterns of welfare state spending - does not support such a view. This book brings a new perspective to bear by looking at what has been happening to other areas of the state's activity. Edited by Francis G. Castles, a leading authority in the field, and bringing together an outstanding group of British, German and American scholars, it examines trends in non-social or `core' spending on public administration, defence, public order, education, economic affairs and debt financing and in the regulatory ordering of the economic sphere. The book not only opens up new areas of comparative public policy research, but also demonstrates clearly that there have been real reductions in the reach of state in some areas, although patterns of causation are more complex and varied than generally presumed by the retrenchment literature. The research findings reported in The Disappearing State? provide pivotal, relevant and challenging core material for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses in public and social policy, political economy and the sociology of the modern state.

Knowledge Policy - Challenges for the 21st Century (Hardcover): Greg Hearn, David Rooney Knowledge Policy - Challenges for the 21st Century (Hardcover)
Greg Hearn, David Rooney
R2,283 Discovery Miles 22 830 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Knowledge Policy illustrates how the production of knowledge has become central to economic life, and that competitiveness in the 21st century market place is characterized by the ability to translate scientific and technological knowledge into innovation. Does this therefore render cultural and social knowledge unimportant? The contributors attempt to answer this and other important questions using a broader epistemological base for the term `knowledge'. Policy implications are then developed from this perspective. By examining long-term challenges, this unique book explains what we actually mean by the term `knowledge' and raises fundamental critiques of existing conceptions of knowledge. It argues that fresh policy thinking is needed not only in more obviously knowledge-intensive sectors, but also across all areas of knowledge production. By way of illustration, the effects of the different dynamics of the knowledge era on defence, health, employment, environment, indigenous and international relations, multiculturalism and urban policy are explored. The book then addresses the enduring question of whether it is possible to produce too much knowledge at the expense of wisdom. Providing a thorough treatment on the meaning, production and application of knowledge, this book will provide a fascinating read for academics, researchers, students, practitioners and policymakers with an interest in public policy and knowledge-based economies.

Delegation in the Regulatory State - Independent Regulatory Agencies in Western Europe (Hardcover): Fabrizio Gilardi Delegation in the Regulatory State - Independent Regulatory Agencies in Western Europe (Hardcover)
Fabrizio Gilardi
R1,948 Discovery Miles 19 480 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

During the past 25 years, independent regulatory agencies have become widespread institutions for regulatory governance. This book studies how they have diffused across Europe and compares their formal independence in seventeen countries and seven sectors. Through a series of quantitative analyses, it finds that governments tend to be more prone to delegate powers to independent regulators when they need to increase the credibility of their regulatory commitments and when they attempt to tie the hands of their successors. The institutional context also matters: political institutions that make policy change more difficult are functional equivalents of delegation. In addition to these factors, emulation has driven the diffusion of independent regulators, which have become socially valued institutions that help policymakers legitimize their actions, and may even have become taken for granted as the appropriate way to organize regulatory policies.Providing a broad comparison of independent regulatory agencies in Europe, Delegation in the Regulatory State will be of great interest to researchers and students in political science, public policy, and public administration.

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