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Education and Social Change in China: Inequality in a Market Economy

by Gerard A. Postiglione

Market reform, financial decentralization, and economic globalization have greatly accentuated China's social and regional inequalities. Education is expected to address these inequalities in a context of rapid...


From Lexington to Baghdad and Beyond: War and Politics in the American Experience

by Douglas Snow & Dennis M. Drew

Decisions about when, where, and why to commit the United States to the use of force, and how to conduct warfare and ultimately end it, are hotly debated not only contemporaneously but also for decades afterward....


Governing Metropolitan Regions in the 21st Century

by Donald Phares

While government provides the structure of public leadership, governance is the art of public leadership. This timely book examines current trends in metropolitan governance issues. It analyzes specific cases...


Handbook of Cultural Intelligence

by Soon Ang & Linn Van Dyne

Cultural intelligence is defined as an individual's ability to function effectively in situations characterized by cultural diversity. With contributions from eminent scholars worldwide, the "Handbook of Cultural...


Handbook of Urban Services: A Basic Guide for Local Governments: A Basic Guide for Local Governments

by Charles K. Coe

City and county governments provide a wide array of highly technical urban services. Gaining a rudimentary understanding of them can be a daunting challenge for students as well as new and inexperienced public...


Human Resource Management in the Public Sector: Policies and Practices

by Lee Roy Beach

This affordable text covers the management of both human resource systems and employees in local government settings. It focuses on the significant changes facing local governments, especially the growing demand...


Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results: Managing for Results

by Michael S. Dukakis & John H. Portz

Highlights the skills and practices necessary for effective leader-managers in the public sector. It begins by clarifying the differences between leadership and management. It then draws on in-depth interviews...


Nation Building, State Building, and Economic Development: Case Studies and Comparisons: Case Studies and Comparisons

by Sarah C.M. Paine

Why do some countries remain poor and dysfunctional while others thrive and become affluent? The expert contributors to this volume seek to identify reasons why prosperity has increased rapidly in some countries...


New York Politics: A Tale of Two States

by Edward V Schneier & Brian Murtaugh

Most New Yorkers have very little knowledge of how influence is wielded in Albany. This acclaimed book offers a chance to look behind those closed doors. The authors - an Albany-based political scientist and...


Qualitative Research Approaches for Public Administration

by Larry S. Luton

Thoroughly updated, more concise than the previous edition, and available for the first time in paperback,


Soft Power Superpowers

by Yasushi Watanabe & David L McConnell

The term "soft power" describes a country's ability to get what it wants by attracting rather than coercing others - by engaging hearts and minds through cultural and political values and foreign policies that...


The Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History

by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day & Immanuel Ness

Strikes have been part of American labor relations from colonial days to the present, reflecting the widespread class conflict that has run throughout the nation's history. Against employers and their goons,...


The Guns of August 2008: Russia's War in Georgia

by Svante E. Cornell & S. Frederick Starr

In the summer of 2008, a conflict that appeared to have begun in the breakaway Georgian territory of South Ossetia rapidly escalated to become the most significant crisis in European security in a decade. The...


Shedding Light on Shadow Banking

by Artak Harutyunyan & Alexander Massara

In this paper, we develop an alternative approach to estimate the size of the shadow banking system, using official data reported to the IMF complemented by other data sources. We base our alternative approach...


Uncertainty, Expectations, and Financial Instability: Reviving Allais's Lost Theory of Psychological Time

by Eric Barthalon

Eric Barthalon applies the neglected theory of psychological time and memory decay of Nobel Prize–winning economist Maurice Allais (1911–2010) to model investors’ psychology in the present context of recurrent...


Economic Growth and Sustainability: Systems Thinking for a Complex World

by Karen L. Higgins

How to sustain our world for future generations has perplexed us for centuries. We have reached a crossroads: we may choose the rocky path of responsibility or continue on the paved road of excess that promises...


Financial Crisis, Contagion, and Containment: From Asia to Argentina

by Padma Desai

This book provides a sweeping, up-to-date, and boldly critical account of the financial crises that rocked East Asia and other parts of the world beginning with the collapse of the Thai baht in 1997. Retracing...


From Local Patriotism to a Planetary Perspective: Impact Crater Research in Germany, 1930s-1970s

by Martina Kölbl-Ebert

The Nördlinger Ries and Steinheim Basin, two geological structures in Germany, were traditionally viewed as volcanic edifices until they were recognized as impact craters in the 1960s. The changing views about...


Institutional Adjustment: A Challenge to a Changing Economy

by Carey C. Thompson

This collection of essays presents a stimulating and challenging examination of the nature of institutional adjustment, its history and its future, its problems and its purposes. The focus is on the pioneer...


Financial Frictions in Data:Evidence and Impact

by Marzie Taheri Sanjani

This paper investigates financial frictions in US postwar data to understand the interaction between the real business cycle and the credit market. A Bayesian estimation technique is used to estimate a large...