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The Real Costs of American Health Care

by David Goldhill

A Vintage Shorts Original Selection

 

Despite all attempts to make it otherwise, the American health care system remains arcane, bloated, inefficient, and damaging to our health. We pay high premiums, endure...


Good times, bad times: The welfare myth of them and us

by John Hills

This ground-breaking book uses extensive research and survey evidence to challenge the myth that the population divides into those who benefit from the welfare state and those who pay into it. It shows that...


The Torment of Secrecy: The Background and Consequences of American Secruity Policies

by Edward Shils

One of the few minor classics to emerge from the cold war years of McCarthyism-an essay in sociological analysis and political philosophy that considers the cold war preoccupation with espionage, sabotage, and...


Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

by Robert D. Putnam

A New York Times bestseller and “a passionate, urgent” (The New Yorker) examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity...


Cultures of Democracy in Serbia and Bulgaria: How Ideas Shape Publics

by Dr James Dawson & Professor Florian Bieber

At a time when some EU member states are attracting attention for the rise to power of illiberal, anti-democratic political movements, this book’s analytical focus on ideas and identities helps explain why...


Refugees and the Myth of Human Rights: Life Outside the Pale of the Law

by Emma Larking

Most Western liberal democracies are parties to the United Nations Refugees Convention and all are committed to the recognition of basic human rights, but they also spend billions fortifying their borders, detaining...


Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship: Does neoliberalism matter?

by Louise Humpage

This unique book traces public views on social citizenship across three decades through attitudinal data from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia. It will be valuable for academics and students in...


Poverty Ethics and Justice

by Hennie Lötter

We understand poverty a lot better these days than even two decades ago. However, despite attempts by individuals, organizations, and governments, suffering caused by poverty persists on an alarming scale throughout...


The Valley

by Joan MacLeod

Eighteen-year-old Connor, an aspiring author whose fantastical stories foretell his growing struggle with depression, can’t wait to be free of his adverb-wielding, solve-it-all mother, Sharon. But six weeks...


Development as Freedom

by Amartya Sen

By the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Economics, an essential and paradigm-altering framework for understanding economic development--for both rich and poor--in the twenty-first century. 

Freedom, Sen argues,...


Converging Regions: Global Perspectives on Asia and the Middle East

by Dr Charlotte Schriwer, Dr Nele Lenze & Professor Timothy M Shaw

For over a millennium, Asia and the Middle East have been closely connected through maritime activities and trade, a flourishing relationship that has given rise to new and thriving societies across the Indian...


Contemporary Sociological Thinkers and Theories

by Mr Sandro Segre

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the major theoretical perspectives in contemporary sociology, covering schools of thought or intellectual movements within the discipline, as well as the work of...


Muslim Citizens in the West: Spaces and Agents of Inclusion and Exclusion

by Miss Nina Markovic & Professor Samina Yasmeen

Drawing upon original case studies spanning North America, Europe and Australia, Muslim Citizens in the West explores how Muslims have been both the excluded and the excluders within the wider societies in which...


Integrity in Government through Records Management: Essays in Honour of Anne Thurston

by Mr James Lowry & Professor Justus Wamukoya

As a celebration of Anne Thurston’s pioneering work on records and archives management as an essential basis for demonstrating integrity in government, this excellent volume brings together scholars and practicing...


From Silence to Protest: International Perspectives on Weakly Resourced Groups

by Didier Chabanet & Frédéric Royall

The editors of this book examine social movement scholars’ use of contemporary concepts and paradigms in the study of protest as they analyse the extent to which these tools are valid (or not) in very different...


The short guide to social policy

by John Hudson & Stefan Kuhner

This short but systematic introductory text offers a clear and concise overview of the competing policy mechanisms that are typically used in the major pillars of social policy.


Injustice: Why social inequality still persists

by Daniel Dorling

Danny Dorling claims in this timely book that in rich countries inequality is now caused by unacknowledged beliefs which propagate it. Hard-hitting and uncompromising in its call to action, this is essential...


Cheating Our Kids

by Joe Williams

Journalist Joe Williams shows how parents can use consumer power to put children first, shining light on the special interests controlling our schools, where politics and pork infuse everything and our children's...


Migration and Integration in Singapore: Policies and Practice

by Yap Mui Teng, Gillian Koh & Debbie Soon

Between 2000 and 2010, Singapore witnessed a huge influx of foreign migrants. The proportion of permanent residents in the total population increased from 7% to 11%, while the share of non-resident foreigners...


Moral Hazard in Health Insurance

by Amy Finkelstein, Jonathan Gruber & Joseph Newhouse

In this short and accessible book, Amy Finkelstein—winner of the 2012 John Bates Clark award—tackles the tricky question of moral hazard, which is the tendency to take risks when the cost will be borne by...