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Political economy

See below for a selection of the latest books from Political economy category. Presented with a red border are the Political economy books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Political economy books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Advances in Spatial and Economic Modeling of Disaster Impacts

Advances in Spatial and Economic Modeling of Disaster Impacts

Author: Yasuhide Okuyama Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/08/2019

This book presents essential advances in analytical frameworks and tools for modeling the spatial and economic impacts of disasters. In the wake of natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earthquake, and the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, as well as major terrorist attacks, the book analyzes disaster impacts from various perspectives, including resilience, space-time extensions, and decision-making strategies, in order to better understand how and to what extent these events impact economies and societies around the world. The contributing authors are internationally recognized experts from various disciplines, such as economics, geography, planning, regional science, civil engineering, and risk management. Thanks to the insights they provide, the book will benefit not only researchers in these and related fields, but also disaster management professionals, graduate students, and decision-makers.

The Political Economy of Contemporary China An Institutional Analysis of Market and State

The Political Economy of Contemporary China An Institutional Analysis of Market and State

Author: Jane (SOAS, University of London, UK) Du Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

China's agricultural reform has veered between different goals with a variety of policy instruments employed, resulting in the creation of a complex of market institutions and a cyclical growth pattern. The existing literature usually focuses on the decisive role of economic institutions in these reforms but China's economic transition was marked by frequent political interventions. Its agricultural growth was even achieved under strict governmental control. This book will relax the hypothesis of perfect market conditions to seek to explain agricultural growth and technological change under complex market institutions in post-Mao China. The first half of this book explores the formation of those market institutions in China's post-1979 agricultural transition. Through an empirical study of the evolution of agricultural policies it is shown that China's post-1979 agricultural reform is not a market-oriented but rather a state-oriented agricultural transition by means of a pricing system reform. The second half of the book offers a microeconomic perspective through an empirical study of rice production in Northeast China and the Southeast coastal region of the Yangzi Delta. The results of this study suggest that market structure determines the nature of the technological gap and production difference between areas. Through these empirical analyses of post-Mao Chinese agricultural growth, this book encourages readers to re-think the nature of Chinese Economy in the past fifty years.

Public Governance and the Classical-Liberal Perspective Political Economy Foundations

Public Governance and the Classical-Liberal Perspective Political Economy Foundations

Classical liberalism entails not only a theory about the scope of government and its relationship with the market but also a distinct view about how government should operate within its proper domain of public choices in non-market settings. Building on the political economy principles underpinning the works of diverse authors such as Friedrich Hayek, James Buchanan and Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, this book challenges the technocratic-epistocratic perspective in which social goals are defined by an aggregated social function and experts simply provide the means to attain them. The authors argue that individualism, freedom of choice, and freedom of association have deep implications on how we design, manage and assess our public governance arrangements. The book examines the knowledge and incentive problems associated with bureaucratic public administration while contrasting it with democratic governance. Aligica, Boettke, and Tarko argue that the focus should be on the diversity of opinions in any society regarding what should be done and on the design of democratic and polycentric institutions capable of limiting social conflicts and satisfying the preferences of as many people as possible. They thus fill a large gap in the literature, the public discourse, and the ways decision makers understand the nature and administration of the public sector.

The Structure and Operation of Modern Economies

The Structure and Operation of Modern Economies

Author: Alessandro Romagnoli Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2019

Colombia's Political Economy at the Outset of the Twenty-First Century From Uribe to Santos and Beyond

Colombia's Political Economy at the Outset of the Twenty-First Century From Uribe to Santos and Beyond

Author: Bruce M. Bagley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

This volume examines Colombia's political economy at the outset of the twenty-first century. A group of leading experts explores various issues, such as drug trafficking, organized crime, economic performance, the internal armed conflict, and human rights. The experts highlight the various challenges that Colombia faces today. This volume is a major contribution to the field and provides a current panorama of the Colombia conflict.

China's Hong Kong

China's Hong Kong

Author: Tim (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Summers Format: Book Release Date: 31/07/2019

The constitutional settlement under which Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the PRC in 1997 was based on the idea of one country, two systems . At the time of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, there was much speculation over how and whether an open society and market economy would be respected by an authoritarian communist state, one which has since risen to become the world's second largest economy. Since the protests and street occupations over the issue of democracy in 2014, Hong Kong is firmly back in the news. As 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese rule, this book looks afresh at the constitutional settlement and considers whether it has been able to withstand the changes in Hong Kong, the economic rise of China and the shifts in the global economy that have accompanied them. Tim Summers argues that the developments in Hong Kong have to be understood as a unique interplay between local, national and global developments and challenges the assumption that the main dynamic at play in Hong Kong is its tussle for control with Beijing.

China's Hong Kong

China's Hong Kong

Author: Tim (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Summers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2019

The constitutional settlement under which Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the PRC in 1997 was based on the idea of one country, two systems . At the time of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule, there was much speculation over how and whether an open society and market economy would be respected by an authoritarian communist state, one which has since risen to become the world's second largest economy. Since the protests and street occupations over the issue of democracy in 2014, Hong Kong is firmly back in the news. As 2017 marked the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to Chinese rule, this book looks afresh at the constitutional settlement and considers whether it has been able to withstand the changes in Hong Kong, the economic rise of China and the shifts in the global economy that have accompanied them. Tim Summers argues that the developments in Hong Kong have to be understood as a unique interplay between local, national and global developments and challenges the assumption that the main dynamic at play in Hong Kong is its tussle for control with Beijing.

The Small Island States of Europe

The Small Island States of Europe

Author: Lino Briguglio Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2019

Pace and Briguglio provide new insights into the subject of small states and European integration with a comparative assessment of four small island-states and European integration. This book looks at these island-states precisely because islands, as opposed to land-bound small states have a number of characteristics that distinguish them from the other small states, namely a maritime dimension and the insularity-connectivity problem which influences their culture, society, politics and economics. When small states engage in regional integration they do this to overcome some of the drawbacks of smallness and in the case of island-states to overcome the problems of 'insularity'. As such, the contributors do not discuss the vexed question 'what is a small state?' Instead they look at what small states seek from the process of European integration.

Global Ordering Structures and Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres Finance Rhetoric, Capitalist Development and the Small Island Paradox

Global Ordering Structures and Caribbean Offshore Financial Centres Finance Rhetoric, Capitalist Development and the Small Island Paradox

Author: Don Marshall Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2019

This book is concerned about how Offshore Financial Centres (OFCs), the bulk of which are located in the global South, are signified in global financial governance discourses. This sets the tone for a re-reading of Commonwealth Caribbean political economy and the development challenges confronting those residual micro states reliant on sustained success of their international business sectors. Marshall locates the external challenge of the OFC within the maze of global financial governance bodies established to ensure international financial stability.

The Public Option How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality

The Public Option How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality

Author: Ganesh Sitaraman, Anne L. Alstott Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/07/2019

A solution to inequalities wherever we look-in health care, secure retirement, education-is as close as the public library. Or the post office, community pool, or local elementary school. Public options-reasonably priced government-provided services that coexist with private options-are all around us, ready to increase opportunity, expand freedom, and reawaken civic engagement if we will only let them. Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options-yet they are seldom celebrated as such. These government-supported opportunities coexist peaceably alongside private options, ensuring equal access and expanding opportunity for all. Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott challenge decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and consider the vast improvements that could come from the expansion of public options. Far from illustrating the impossibility of effective government services, as their critics claim, public options hold the potential to transform American civic life, offering a wealth of solutions to seemingly intractable problems, from housing shortages to the escalating cost of health care. Imagine a low-cost, high-quality public option for child care. Or an extension of the excellent Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees to all Americans. Or every person having access to an account at the Federal Reserve Bank, with no fees and no minimums. From broadband internet to higher education, The Public Option reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs while spurring healthy competition. More effective than vouchers or tax credits, public options could offer us all fairer choices and greater security.