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Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Economic and Political Origins
Daron Acemoglu
0521855268
December 2005
Hardcover
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Review
'... brilliant in its parsimony of means and power of explanation.' Financial Times
'...there is much to admire. True to their title, Messrs Acemoglu and Robinson offer a unified theory of both democracy and its opposite. ... The authors are brutal wielders of Occam's razor, and the 27 factors have been chopped down to a coherent handful. ... According to two scholars cited in this book, even to look for a general theory of democratic reform requires great temerity. Happily, Messrs Acemoglu and Robinson have temerity in spades.' The Economist
'I expect Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy to be highly influential ... The thesis is compellingly inventive ... Acemoglu and Robinson will deservedly win an audience. Students of economics will study this text as much for its methodical exposition and academic proofs...


The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth
Benjamin M. Friedman
0679448918
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
Ever feel like you just can't get ahead with the bills? You're not alone. More than half of Americans believe the American dream has become impossible for most people to achieve. And two-thirds think this goal will be even harder for the next generation. (One reason for the gloominess--average full-time income has fallen 15 percent since 1975.) All this has Benjamin Friedman worried. In his hefty, 549-page tome, The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, the acclaimed Harvard economist and advisor to the Federal Reserve Board says economic stagnation is bad for the moral health of a nation. Friedman, a former chair of Harvard's economics department, argues that economic growth is vital to social and political progress. Witness Hitler's Germany. Without growth, people look for answers in intolerance and fear. And that,...


China The Balance Sheet: What the World Needs to Know Now About the Emerging Superpower
C. Fred Bergsten (Editor)
1586484648
April 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
C. Fred Bergsten, Bates Gill, Nicholas R. Lardy and Derek Mitchell are the principal authors of this investigative analysis, full of new information and perspectives on China, the result of a year-long task force jointly sponsored by CSIS and IIE, to which distinguished China experts have contributed. It is accessible, narrative-driven, filled with facts, but written for the general reader. The expert judgments presented in China: The Balance Sheet will inform policymakers in Washington, scholars and the business community for years to come.

About the Author
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a nonprofit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decision makers concerned...


Culture and Prosperity
John A. Kay
0060587067
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why does a farmer in Sweden have a higher standard of living than a farmer in South Africa? Why does a schoolteacher in Switzerland earn more than one in Chicago? According to leading economic theorist John Kay, economic markets are key to the wealth or poverty of the world's nations. In Culture and Prosperity, Kay explores why market economies outperform socialist or centrally directed markets -- and why the imposition of market institutions often fails. His search for the truth about markets takes him from the shores of Lake Zurich to the streets of Mumbai, through theories of evolutionary psychology and moral philosophy to the flower market at San Remo and Christie's salesroom in New York.

Witty, engaging, and grounded in cutting-edge economic theory,...



Economic Justice in an Unfair World: Toward a Level Playing Field
Ethan B. Kapstein
0691117721
April 2006
Hardcover
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Review
Michael Barnett, University of Minnesota : A clear, accessible, and first-rate contribution to the debates surrounding fairness in the global economy and ethics in international affairs.
Ngaire Woods, Oxford University : The globalizing economy is offering exciting opportunities to some, but that is little comfort to the millions who are sinking ever deeper into poverty. What should the wealthy world do? Ethan Kapstein offers an answer that combines a powerful critique of ideas about international justice and a hard-headed alternative solution.
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development : For many years the development community has been making the humanitarian case for increases in foreign aid and for public policies that target global poverty reduction. Now in this important book, Ethan Kapstein...


How We Compete
Suzanne Berger
0385513593
Dec 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
"Impressive... This is an evidence-based bottom-up account of the realities of globalisation. It is more varied, more subtle, and more substantial than many of the popular works available on the subject." -- Financial Times

Based on a five-year study by the MIT Industrial Performance Center, How We Compete goes into the trenches of over 500 international companies to discover which practices are succeeding in today’s global economy, which are failing –and why.

There is a rising fear in America that no job is safe. In industry after industry, jobs seem to be moving to low-wage countries in Asia, Central America, and Eastern Europe. Production once handled entirely in U.S. factories is now broken into pieces and farmed out to locations around the world. To...


Comparative Economic Systems
Gregory
0618261818
July 2003
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description

The definitive text in its field since 1975, the Seventh Edition continues the timely examination of different economic systems—both in theory and in practice. Gregory and Stuart have revamped the text to mirror major changes within the global economy of the 21st century. In addition to a new title, the book now features more emphasis on transition, the acceleration of globalization, present trading agreements, and recent exchange rate regimes.

Parts I–III lay the groundwork for later comparisons by outlining traditional systems (plan and market) as well as a broad spectrum of system variants. Also, these parts cover the impact of globalization and the emergence of important regional clusters. Parts IV–VI primarily address the era of transition dating from the late 1980s through the 21st...



International Business Law and Its Environment
Richard Schaffer, et al
0324261020
May 3, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The text uses a thematic approach to managing the risks of trade in goods and services, the protection and licensing of intellectual property, and foreign direct investment. The authors examine both private and public law issues from both an international and comparative perspective. This edition focuses on the transactional aspects of international business as well as on the legal, cultural, political and economic environment affecting managerial decision making on a global scale.

About the Author
Richard Schaffer is Professor of Business Law, Department of Finance, Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University. His primary teaching responsibilities have been in the area of business law, and the law of international trade and investment. Professor Schaffer...


The Role of Government in East Asian Economic Development
Masahiko Aoki
0198294913
Nov 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
This collection of papers stems from a recent World Bank project focused upon the contentious issue of whether government has played any positive role in the success of the so-called "high-performing" Asian economies. It goes beyond the influential World Bank volume The East Asian Miracle to
chart a middle ground that recognizes diversity among the different East Asian economies, as well as the evolutionary nature of government intervention.


Comparative Economic Systems, Vol. 2
Richard L. Carson
1563249219
December 1997
Textbook Paperback
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Regulatory Competition and Economic Integration
Geradin Damien
0198299052
Apr 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
This study addresses one of the hottest policy questions on both sides of the Atlantic--at what level of government should regulation be undertaken?. The editors bring together leading scholars to examine the various aspects of the debate between "harmonization" and "regulatory competition"
across three comparative dimensions. The book provides a sharp focus on the circumstances that would yield gains from regulatory competition and to contrast those cases where heightened cooperation in standard setting or broader regulatory harmonization might increase social welfare.


Riding the Waves of Culture: Understanding Diversity in Global Business
Fons Trompenaars
0786311258
December 1997
Hardcover
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Book Description

As U.S. organizations continue to explore overseas business opportunities, they will be challenged to adapt to the new market's local characteristics, legislation, fiscal regime, sociopolitical environment and cultural system. Riding the Waves of Culture shows international managers how to build the skills, sensitivity, and cultural awareness needed to establish and sustain management effectiveness across cultural borders. This revised edition is updated with new research and statistics.

More than an encyclopedia of cultures and customs, this essential guide: Describes successful and failed cross-cultural business transactions of multinational organizations such as AT&T, Heineken, Motorola and Volvo Offers techniques managers can use to anticipate and mediate some of the difficult dilemmas of...



The Fragmentation of New England
Bruce C. Daniels
0313263582
Nov 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
A readable and wide-ranging contribution to the social history of New England, this volume treats subjects as diverse as economic growth, wealth distribution, poor relief, local government, office-holding, leadership, urban development, and historiography.

About the Author
BRUCE C. DANIELS is Professor of History at the University of Winnipeg.


Ethics for the New Millennium
Dalai Lama
1573228834
May 2001
Paperback
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Book Review
In a modern society characterized by insensitivity to violence, ambivalence to the suffering of others, and a high-octane profit motive, is talk of ethics anything more than a temporary salve for our collective conscience? The Dalai Lama thinks so. In his Ethics for the New Millennium, the exiled leader of the Tibetan people shows how the basic concerns of all people--happiness based in contentment, appeasement of suffering, forging meaningful relationships--can act as the foundation for a universal ethics.

His medicine isn't always easy to swallow, however, for it demands of the reader more than memorizing precepts or positing hypothetical dilemmas. The Nobel Peace laureate invites us to recognize certain basic facts of existence, such as the interdependence of all things, and from these to recalibrate our hearts and...



The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures , Revised and Updated
Richard Duncan
0470821701
June 22, 2005
Paperback
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Review
Posterity may remember The Dollar Crisis as a seminal book in the field of 21st century economics. Indeed, rarely has a book offered such a grim yet, well argued view of the current economic situation facing the world.-- Steven Irvine, FinanceAsia Duncan writes like a man who’s already seen tomorrow. -- James Grant, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer

I held a class for about 150 people on the book entitled "The Dollar Crisis," authored by Richard Duncan. If you want to better understand why the real estate bubble bust and the crash of the dollar will probably lead to a prolonged recession, you may want to read this book sooner rather than later. In a nutshell, we really do not have a real estate bubble... the world is in a currency bubble. In other words, the governments of the world...



Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values
Michael Adams
0143014234
May 2005
Paperback
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Winnipeg Free Press
If timing is everything, Toronto pollster Michael Adams clocks in perfectly with his latest book.

Toronto Star
A persuasive and arresting antidote to the popular wisdom du jour . . .

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Economic Development
Enzo Grilli
0313280479
July 1994
Hardcover
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Review
“This excellent, highly-readable book, the fourth in a series of comparative economic handbooks, examines the problems and experiences of developing countries. Contributors are leading experts in the field of development economics. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional.”–Choice
“Academics and parctitioners alike will benefit from the comprehensive literature reviews and the comparative descriptive statistics.”–The Southern Economic Journal

Book Description
The fourth volume in the Handbook of Comparative Economic Policies, this book provides an overview of the development problems and experiences of developing countries. Rather than focusing on development economics per se, the volume discusses the problems faced by...


Comparative Economic Systems
Martin C. Schnitzer
0324004281
October 1999
Textbook Hardcover
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Book Description
This marketing leading text focuses on comparisons between the three major types of economic systems in the world today - capitalism, socialism, and the economies of the LDC?s and developing countries. Several variants of capitalism are represented by exploring the U.S., Germany, and Japan. Also discussed are the problems involved in the transformation of the former communist countries of Russia and Eastern Europe into capitalist countries (Poland, The Czech Republic and Hungary). Developing economy coverage includes comparisons between China and India, and coverage of the Latin American countries of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, as well as comparisons between African nations.

About the Author
Martin C. Schnitzer received his PH.D. in Economics from the University of...


Comparative Studies in Local Economic Development
Peter B. Meyer
0313288208
Apr 1993
Hardcover
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Book Description
These expert case studies focus on ways in which a variety of innovative local economic development programs have been implemented in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Authorities with varied experience show how policies and programs must fit into a political and legal system, meet specific external and environmental requirements, serve certain groups and settings, and bring about tangible results. The surveys range from South Bend, Indiana, Baltimore, Maryland, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to the Ruhrgebiet, Germany, West Scotland, Wales, and Northamptonshire, United Kingdom. Among other issues the case studies cover, among other issues, waterfront development, urban revitalization, regional reconstruction, job preservation, and proactive community development.

About the...


India's and China's Recent Experience with Reform and Growth
Wanda S. Tseng (Editor), David G. Cowen (Editor)
1403943516
April 3, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
China and India already rank among the world's largest economies, and each is moving rapidly towards the centre stage of the global economy. In this process different priorities have been placed on economic reforms in the past two decades--China taking a more outward strategy and India, until recently, a more inward one. Can they continue to rank among the fastest expanding economies? This volumes addresses the issue, highlighting what has worked and what more needs to be done to ensure sustained rapid economic growth and poverty reduction. Addressing the two countries' recent experiences with growth and reform, this book provides important insight for other developing economies.


Macroeconomic Policy in Open Economies
Michele U. Fratianni
0313289891
May 1997
Hardcover
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Review
“[I]s a very comprehensive and up-to-date reference book on macroeconomic policy in open economics....This handbook will be invaluable to economists concerned with international macroeconomics and its policy applications.”–Review of World Economics

Book Description
Focusing on the international dimension of macroeconomic policy, this handbook covers the main areas of modern macroeconomic policy in open economies. The emphasis is on policy applications rather than the development of economic theory. There are three basic goals: (1) an understanding of how economic theories affect actual policy making, (2) a description of the institutional and conceptual development of the international economy, and (3) an explanation of the way policy-making institutions deal with the...


Comparative Economic Systems
Richard L. Carson
0873325826
May 1990
Paperback
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Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities (American and Comparative Environmental Policy)
Kent E. Portney
0262661322
August 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Review
"The focus on 'communities' in this book is perhaps an important guide to the future." -- Sylvia Karlsson, Environment

Book Description
Today at least twenty-five major U.S. cities have pursued some form of sustainability initiative. Although many case studies and "how-to" manuals have been published, there has been little systematic comparison of these cities' programs and initiatives. In this book Kent Portney lays the theoretical groundwork for research on what works and what does not, and why.

Distinguishing cities on the basis of population characteristics and region for his analysis, Portney shows how cities use the broad rubric of sustainability to achieve particular political ends. Cities that take sustainability seriously, such as Portland, San Francisco, and...


The Witch Doctors : Making Sense of the Management Gurus
John Micklethwait, Adrian Wooldridge
0812929888


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Book Review
Management theory is a worldwide growth industry these days. Terrified of falling behind, business executives flock from one management guru to another in search of a competitive edge. Catchwords such as "chaos," "excellence," and "quality" echo in corporate halls and bounce around boardrooms the world over. Which ideas and theories are sound, and which are ultimately useless fads? John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge spent two years answering this question. Their resulting book, The Witch Doctors, separates the management wheat from the chaff. In mercifully jargon-free prose, they look at the promise and problems of what's driving the current management industry explosion. Starting with Peter Drucker and Tom Peters, the authors examine the major ideas and their proponents, focusing...


Trade and Payments in Central and Eastern Europe's Transforming Economies
Dominick Salvatore
0313297649
May 1997
Hardcover
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Review
“[T]his handbook provides a good overview on problems and literature, facts and figures, and methods for analytical research. It equips not only professional researchers with the necessary information but also targets students of comparative economics.”–Europe-Asia Studies

Book Description
This volume examines one of the major systemic changes in world economic history: the economic transformation in the Central European nations and the former Soviet states. Part I considers the dramatic adjustments in commodity structure and the geographic distribution of trade in these countries, while Part II surveys the sweeping transition of the Central and Eastern European countries' payments systems and the evolution of financial markets, exchange rates, and banking systems....

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