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Handbook of Global Economic Governance: Players, Power and Paradigms

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Routledge, 2013.

Weaver, Catherine

Since the start of the global financial crisis the global economic regime has been in turmoil. Following the massive failures in financial regulation, the collapse of global trade negotiations and persistent development challenges in the wake of world-wide food and financial crises, political and public attention has been focused on the task of rethinking the fundamental ideas and rules that govern the global economy. This Handbook aims to make sense of these emerging trends. The expert authors explore the interplay of players, powers and paradigms to discern and explain key patterns of continuity and change in critical areas of global economic governance, attempting to answer a number of key questions:

  • Who is playing a central role in global economic governance?
  • What are the sources of material and social power that enable actors to demand or assume positions of governing authority, define agendas and write and enforce the rules of the game?
  • What paradigms do these actors bring to the table?

This Handbook brings together contributions from leading scholars to analyze the governance of global trade, finance and development. Specifically, the book explores the patterns of continuity and change in the players, powers and paradigms that shape the global economy. Highlighting the multiple channels through which the ‘three Ps’ shape global governance in different areas of economic activity, the contributions in this Handbook also explore the challenges to legitimacy, relevance and effectiveness that we observe in global economic governance today.

Published in 2013.

AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Busby, Joshua W.

Drawing on a rich set of interviews and surveys, this book shows how the global AIDS treatment advocacy movement helped millions in the developing world gain access to life-saving medication. The movement achieved this by transforming the market for AIDS drugs from one which was 'low volume, high price' to one based on access for all. The authors suggest that a movement's ability to transform markets depends upon whether: (1) markets are contestable; (2) they have framed their arguments to resonate across their target audiences; (3) the movement itself has a coherent goal; (4) the costs are low, or the benefit-to-cost ratio is favourable; and, finally, (5) institutions are present to reward continued achievement of the new market principle. These insights are applied to a range of other cases including malaria, maternal mortality, water/diarrheal disease, non-communicable diseases, education, climate change, the ivory trade, sex trafficking and the Atlantic slave trade.

Published in 2013.

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Nuclear Terrorism and Global Security: The Challenge of Phasing out Highly Enriched Uranium

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New York: Routledge, 2013.

Kuperman, Alan J.

This book examines the prospects and challenges of a global phase-out of highly enriched uranium—and the risks of this material otherwise being used by terrorists to make atom bombs.

Terrorist groups, such as Al Qaeda, have demonstrated repeatedly that they seek to acquire nuclear weapons. Unbeknownst even to many security specialists, tons of bomb-grade uranium are trafficked legally each year for ostensibly peaceful purposes. If terrorists obtained even a tiny fraction of this bomb-grade uranium they could potentially construct a nuclear weapon like the one dropped on Hiroshima that killed tens of thousands.

Nuclear experts and policymakers have long known of this danger but – so far – have taken only marginal steps to address it. This volume begins by highlighting the lessons of past successes where bomb-grade uranium commerce has been eliminated, such as from Argentina’s manufacture of medical isotopes. It then explores the major challenges that still lie ahead: for example, Russia’s continued use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) in dozens of nuclear facilities. Each of the book’s thirteen case studies offers advice for reducing HEU in a specific sector. These insights are then amalgamated into nine concrete policy recommendations for U.S. and world leaders to promote a global phase-out of bomb-grade uranium.

Published in 2013.

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Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2012

Ward, Peter M.
Wilson, Robert H.

Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas features original research and analysis of the principal metropolitan areas in six federalist countries of the Americas—Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the United States, and Venezuela. It finds that a common feature of metropolitan expansion is the lack of a unified governmental structure.

Published in 2012.

Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age

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Cornell University Press, 2012

Gavin, Francis J.

Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America’s Atomic Age reassesses the strategy of flexible response, the influence of nuclear weapons during the Berlin Crisis, the origins of and motivations for U.S. nuclear nonproliferation policy, and how to assess the nuclear dangers the world faces today.

Published in 2012.

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Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis

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Oxford University Press, USA, 2012

Galbraith, James K.

Inequality and Instability demonstrates that finance is the driveshaft that links inequality to economic instability. The book challenges those, mainly on the right, who see mysterious forces of technology behind rising inequality. And it also challenges those, mainly on the left, who have placed the blame narrowly on trade and outsourcing.

Published in 2012.

Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population

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(Springer, 2012 co-edited with Fernando Torres-Gil and Kyriakos Markides)

Angel, Jacqueline L.

Aging, Health, and Longevity in the Mexican-Origin Population creates a foundation for an interdisciplinary discussion of the trajectory of disability and long-term care for older people of Mexican-origin from a bi-national perspective.

Published in 2012.

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Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age

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Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Bussell, Jennifer

Corruption and Reform in India asks why some governments improve public services more effectively than others. Through the investigation of a new era of administrative reform, in which digital technologies may be used to facilitate citizens’ access to the state, Bussell’s analysis provides unanticipated insights into this fundamental question.

Published in 2012.

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The Impact of Global Warming on Texas

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University of Texas Press, 2012

Schmandt, Jurgen

When The Impact of Global Warming on Texas was first published in 1995, it discussed climate change as a likely future phenomenon, predicted by scientific studies. This entirely rewritten second edition presents evidence that early climate change impacts can now be observed and identifies the threats climate change will pose to Texas through the year 2050. It also offers the hopeful message that corrective action, if taken now, can avert unmanageable consequences.

The book begins with a discussion of climate science and modeling and the information that can be derived from these sources for Texas. The authors follow this with an analysis of actual climate trends in the various Texas climate regions, including a predicted rise in temperatures of 5.4 degrees F (plus or minus 1.8 F) by the end of the century. This could lead to less rainfall and higher evaporation, especially in regions that are already dry. Other important effects include possible changes in El Niño (climate variability) patterns and hurricane behaviors. Taking into account projected population growth, subsequent chapters explore likely trends with respect to water availability, coastal impacts, and biodiversity.

The authors then look at the issues from a policy perspective, focusing on Texas's importance to the national economy as an energy producer, particularly of oil and gas. They recommend that Texas develop its own climate change policy to serve the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy independence, ensuring regional security, and improving management of water, air, land, and wildlife.

Published in 2012.

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Public Management

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Journal of Policy Analysis and Management Classics Series. Wiley Online Library, 2012.

Lynn, Laurence E.

Published in 2012.

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Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama

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New York, NY: Free Press, 2011.

Suri, Jeremi

Liberty’s Surest Guardian traces America’s efforts at building nations from the country’s founding, illuminating what America has to offer failed states around the world today.

Published in 2011.

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The Performance of Performance Standards

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Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2011.

Heinrich, Carolyn

Using a variety of data sources, the contributors explore how performance standards and incentives affect the behavior of public managers and agency employees, their approaches to service delivery, and ultimately, the outcomes for participants.

Published in 2011.

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How to Cost Your Labor Contract, 2nd ed.

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Arlington, VA: BNA Books, 2011.

Granof, Michael H.

For a full generation, How to Cost Your Labor Contract has served as the labor-relations and finance manager's choice for advice on assessing contract proposals with regard to a company's overall goals. Now, with the publication of the all-new Second Edition, this trusted guide continues to be the most comprehensive, easy-to-understand explanation on how to calculate the economic impact of wages, benefits, and work practices for anyone who is involved in labor contract costing. While most previously published information on costing amounts to only a few pages of coverage in textbooks on collective bargaining and labor relations, few, if any, publications reach the level of sophistication and depth on this topic as the Second Edition of How to Cost Your Labor Contract.

Published in 2011.

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Handbook of Sociology of Aging

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New York: Springer, 2011.

Angel, Jacqueline L.

The Handbook of Sociology of Aging is the most comprehensive and engaging treatment of the field over the past 30 years. It is an indispensable resource for scholars, policy makers, and aging professionals alike.

The Handbook of Sociology of Aging contains 45 far-reaching chapters, authored by nearly 80 of the most renowned experts, on the most pressing topics related to aging today. With its recurring attention to the social forces that shape human aging, and their social consequences and policy implications of it, the contents will be of interest to everyone who cares about what aging means for individuals, families, and societies.

Two forwards highlight the significance of the handbook for scholarship and and policy-making on aging. The chapters illustrate the field’s extraordinary breadth and depth, which have never before been represented in a single volume. They range from foundational matters, including classic and contemporary theories and methods, to topics of longstanding and emergent interest, such as social diversity and inequalities, social relationships, social institutions, economies and governments, social vulnerabilities, public health, and care arrangements. The volume closes with a set of personal essays by senior scholars who share their experiences and hopes for the field, and an essay by the editors that previews some of the most exciting aspects for the decade ahead.

The Handbook of Sociology of Aging showcases the very best that sociology has to offer the study of human aging.

Published in 2011.

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International Political Economy: Debating the Past, Present, and Future

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Routledge, 2010

Weaver, Catherine

With International Political Economy, Weaver co-edits a set of lively, provocative essays by leading voices in international political economy to debate the evolution of IPE, its current state and its future directions. Featuring contributions from the most influential scholars in the field from North America, Europe and Australia, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the cutting edge debates in contemporary international political economy.

Published in 2010.

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Religion and American Foreign Policy, 1945-1960: The Soul of Containment

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Cambridge University Press, Paperback Edition, 2010

Inboden, William Charles

 In Religion and American Foreign Policy, Inboden examines the influences of religion on the Cold War. Presidents Truman and Eisenhower and other American leaders believed that human rights and freedoms were endowed by God, that God had called the United States to defend liberty in the world, and that Soviet communism was especially evil because of its atheism and its enmity to religion. This public theology was used to mobilize domestic support for Cold War measures, to determine the strategic boundaries of containment, to appeal to people of all religious faiths around the world to unite against communism, and to undermine the authority of communist governments within their own countries.

Published in 2010.

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Galbraith: The Affluent Society & Other Writings 1952-1967

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The Library of America, 2010

Galbraith, James K.

 In The Affluent Society & Other Writings, James Galbraith edits the works of John Kenneth Galbraith, the best-known American economist of the twentieth century, and a writer of remarkable style and grace. Galbraith, who forged a brilliantly unconventional career as scholar, intellectual, writer and public servant, is represented here by four of his most important books: American Capitalism: The Concept of Countervailing Power, The Great Crash, 1929, The Affluent Society, and The New Industrial State.

James Galbraith also serves as an editor for the journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. The journal publishes articles about theoretical, applied and methodological aspects of structural change in economic systems.

Additionally, Galbraith was elected to to the “Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei,” also known as the Lincean Academy, the oldest honorific scientific academy in the world. Although the academy covers all scientific and literary fields, Galbraith is a member of the division for moral, historical and philological sciences, specifically for the social and political sciences.

Published in 2010.

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Moral Movements and Foreign Policy

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Cambridge University Press, 2010

Busby, Joshua W.

 Why do advocacy campaigns succeed or fail? What conditions motivate states to accept commitments championed by advocacy movements? Through in-depth case studies, Busby sheds light on these core questions by examining the ways in which campaigns use rhetoric to tap into cultural currents and the ways in which decision makers assess the values and costs of change.

Published in 2010.

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George P. Mitchell and the Idea of Sustainability

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Texas A&M University Press, 2010.

Schmandt, Jurgen

An energy tycoon, real estate developer, and philanthropist, George P. Mitchell is also an idealist, a big thinker who gave his time and fortune to the study of sustainability long before it became a household word.

Jurgen Schmandt, who has worked for Mitchell for many years, explains and traces the idea of a sustainable society, from its origin in the eighteenth-century concept of the "commons" to its twentieth-century iteration in the 1987 United Nations report "Our Common Future." He then chronicles Mitchell’s commitment to this idea from the early 1960s, when the focus was on population growth, to today, when climate change and global warming dominate the debate.

Mitchell advanced his belief that humankind could create "a balance between economic and ecological well-being" by organizing and hosting conferences, awarding prizes, supporting scholars and scientists, and funding research and publications. He did it at the Aspen Institute, at The Woodlands Conferences, at the National Academy of Sciences, at the Mitchell Center for Sustainable Development, and at the Houston Advanced Research Center. (Paradoxically, he did not always do it in his own energy company.)

Documenting one important man’s engagement with one important idea, Schmandt has preserved a significant episode in the ongoing quest to create societies that are "capable of reaching and then sustaining a decent quality of life for their citizens."
 

Published in 2010.

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Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas

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New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

Wilson, Robert H.

Residential segregation is a key issue for good governance in Latin American cities. The isolation of people of different social classes or ethnicities has potential political and social consequences, including differential access to and quality of education, health and other services. This volume 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 US comparison. It demonstrates the high degree of residential segregation of contemporary Latin American cities and discusses implications for the welfare of urban residents.

Published in 2009.

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Sectoral Approaches to Workforce Development: Toward an Effective U.S. Labor-Market Policy

Human Resource Economics: Essays in Honor of Vernon M. Briggs, Jr., Charles W. Whalen (ed.), The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI

King, Christopher

Published in 2009.

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US Defense Politics: the Origin of Security Policy

London: Routledge, 2009.

Gholz, Eugene

Published in 2009.

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Unbearable Cost: Bush, Greenspan and the Economics of Empire

London and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006.

Galbraith, James K.

Published in 2009.

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America's Future in Space: Aligning the Civil Space Program with National Needs

National Research Council. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2009.

Flamm, Kenneth S.

Published in 2009.

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Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform

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Princeton University Press

Weaver, Catherine

 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.

Published in 2009.

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Urban Segregation and Government in the Americas

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Palgrave MacMillan

Wilson, Robert H.

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.

Published in 2009.

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Housing, the State, and the Poor: Policy and Practice in Three Latin American Cities

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Cambridge University Press

Ward, Peter M.

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.

Published in 2009.

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The Fate of Young Democracies

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Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Kapstein, Ethan

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.

Published in 2009.

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Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Property of Reform

Princeton University Press, Princeton, N.J., 2008.

Weaver, Catherine

Published in 2008.

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Managing Materials for a 21st Century Military

National Research Council. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2008.

Flamm, Kenneth S.

Published in 2008.

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