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Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of Faculty Authors

AUSTIN, Texas-- Oct. 26, 2009-- "Between Covers: An Annual Celebration of Faculty Authors" was created in 2006 as a yearly forum to honor LBJ School of Public Affairs faculty authors and their respective published works.  This year’s celebration will be held on November 2 in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Brown Room, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Faculty to be honored in 2009 are:

book coverJacqueline Angel, (with Ronald Angel), Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State (Springer)

Hispanic Families at Risk: The New Economy, Work, and the Welfare State, (Springer) written by LBJ School Professor Jacqueline Angel (with Ronald Angel), examines the overrepresenation of Mexican Americans in low wage or service sector jobs, which rarely come with health insurance or retirement coverage.

In their analysis the authors work to deemphasize cultural or individual failure explanations of the persistent economic and benefit disparities between Hispanics and other groups and focus on the role of institutionalized structural factors.

This work will be of interest to anyone working in the fields of cultural studies, public health and the sociology of work. With the focus on real world causes for the problems as well as potential solutions, policy-makers will also find this informative book an essential resource.

book coverKen Flamm (ed.) (with Sadao Nagaoka, Masayuki Kondo, and Charles Wessner) 21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the United States (National Academies Press)

21st Century Innovation Systems for Japan and the United States: Lessons from a Decade of Change, (National  Academies Press), edited by LBJ School School Professor Kenneth Flamm (along with Sadao Nagaoka, Masayuki Kondo and Charles Wessner) is a collection of works from a major conference of leading policymakers, officials, and researchers held by Japan's National Institute of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Academies Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy, in cooperation with Hititsubashi University.  Among the topics addressed in this published work are government programs and intitiatives to support the development of small- and medium-sized enterprises, government, university and industry collaboration and consortia, and the impact of the intellectual property regime on innovation.

book coverEthan B. Kapstein (with Nathan Converse) The Fate of Young Democracies (Cambridge University Press) 

LBJ School of Public Affairs Professor Ethan B. Kapstein, along with Nathan Converse, explores the recent backlash against democracy in such  countries as Bolivia, Venezuela, Russia  and Georgia and examines the concerns about viability of this regime type in the developing  world in The Fate of Young Democracies, (Cambridge University Press).

The Fate of Young Democracies draws on a data set of every democratization episode since 1960 and examimes the underlying reasons for backsliding and reversal in the world's fledgling democracies and offers some proposals with respect to what the international community might do to help these states stay on track toward political stability.

book coverPeter Ward (with Alan Gilbert) Housing, the State, and the Poor: Policy and Practice in Three Latin American Cities (Cambridge University Press)

Housing, the State and the Poor: Policy and Practice in Three Latin American Cities, (Cambridge University Press) by LBJ School Professor Peter Ward with Alan Gilbert, is concerned with the housing and service needs of the poor in Latin American and how they are articulated and satisfied. It examines the aims and implementation of government policies towards low-income housing dwellers and tries to relate those policies to the wider interests of the state.

This book will interest not only those concerned with housing and planning but also those who wish to understand social and economic policies towards the poor in most kinds of developing countries.

book coverRobert H. Wilson, (with Bryan R. Roberts) Urban Segregation and Government in the Americas (Palgrave MacMillan)

Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas, (Palgrave MacMillan) edited by LBJ Professor and Associate Dean Robert H. Wilson, with Bryan R. Robert, uses the recent availability of geo-coded census data and techniques of spatial analysis to conduct the first detailed comparative examination of residential segregation in six major Latin American metropolises, with Austin, Texas, as a U.S. comparison. It demonstrates the high degree of residential segregation of contemporary Latin American cities and discusses implications for the welfare of urban residents.

 

Book Awards

Catherine Weaver, Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform (Princeton University Press)

book cover LBJ School Assistant Professor Catherine Weaver's book, Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform, (Princeton University Press) was awarded the Chadwick Alger Award for Best Book on Multilateralism and International Organizations from the International Studies Association (February 2009) and was winner of the Harold Lasswell Prize from the Society of Policy Scientists (September 2009).

Using a rich sociological model and several years of field research, Weaver delves into the political and cultural worlds within and outside of the World Bank to uncover the tensions that incite and perpetuate organized hypocrisy -- the pervasive gaps between the organization's talk, decisions, and actions. She examines the courses and dynamics of hypocrisy in the critical cases of the Bank's governance and anticorruption agenda, and its recent Strategic Compact organization.

Special Recognition

book cover Michele DeitchFrom Time Out to Hard Time: Young Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System (LBJ School of Public Affairs)

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David Eaton (ed.) Comprehensive Transboundary Water Quality Management Agreement (American Society of Civil Engineers)

 

 

book cover Shama Gamkhar (with John Dinan) The State of American Federalism 2008-2009: The Presidential Election, the Economic Downturn, and the Consequences of Federalism (Publius the Journal of Federalism: Annual Review of American Federalism)

 

 

book cover Ken Flamm (with other members of the Committee on the Rationale and Goals of the Civil Space Program), America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs(National Academies Press)

 

 

book cover Ken Flamm (with other members of the Committee on Assessing the Need for a Defense Stockpile), Managing Materials for a Twenty-first Century Military (National Academies Press)