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Wellbeing and Devolution
Wellbeing and Devolution

by Jennifer Wallace

"In this book, Wallace elegantly shows how committed government intervention can improve wellbeing with rigour and impact. It's an essential read for anyone concerned with the future of the UK."Julia Unwin, CBE"As someone who commissioned one of the first attempts to learn from the devolved nations I am delighted to see this publicat...

Swiss Public Administration
Swiss Public Administration

by Andreas Ladner, Nils Soguel, Yves Emery, Sophie Weerts, Stéphane Nahrath

Swiss citizens approve of their government and the way democracy is practiced; they trust the authorities and are satisfied with the range of services Swiss governments provide. This is quite unusual when compared to other countries. This book provides insight into the organization and the functioning of the Swiss state. It claims that, beyond poli...

Environmental Governance in Latin America
Environmental Governance in Latin America

by Fábio de Castro, Barbara Hogenboom, Michiel Baud

The multiple purposes of nature - livelihood for communities, revenues for states, commodities for companies, and biodiversity for conservationists - have turned environmental governance in Latin America into a highly contested arena. In such a resource-rich region, unequal power relations, conflicting priorities, and trade-offs among multiple goal...

Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands
Tobacco Control Policy in the Netherlands

by Marc C. Willemsen

Governments have known since the 1960s that smoking results in irreversible health damage. This book examines why governments have done so little to combat this when they have been aware of the problem and its solutions for decades. What are the strategies and decisions that make a difference, given that policy environments are often not conducive ...

Practical Economics
Practical Economics

by Nika Gilauri

In this book, Nika Gilauri reveals his formulas for government reform and economic recovery, including how to fight against corruption, reform fiscal policy and tax systems, privatize state-owned enterprises, build a welfare system for those most in need, create a competitive education and healthcare system, and streamline procurement. All formulas...

Open Government
Open Government

by Laurel Ruma, Daniel Lathrop

In a world where web services can make real-time data accessible to anyone, how can the government leverage this openness to improve its operations and increase citizen participation and awareness? Through a collection of essays and case studies, leading visionaries and practitioners both inside and outside of government share their ideas on how to...

Your Post has been Removed
Your Post has been Removed

by Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale. While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, b...

River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads
River Basin Development and Human Rights in Eastern Africa — A Policy Crossroads

by Claudia J. Carr

This book offers a devastating look at deeply flawed development processes driven by international finance, African governments and the global consulting industry. It examines major river basin development underway in the semi-arid borderlands of Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan and its disastrous human rights consequences for a half-million indigen...

Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
Asian Century… on a Knife-edge

by John West

This book delves into the widely held belief that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century" by examining the Asia's rapid economic development in the post-war era and the challenges it faces in forging ahead of world leaders in the West.The impact of the current turbulent global political climate on Asia is critically analyzed, employi...

The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes
The EU and China in African Authoritarian Regimes

by Christine Hackenesch

This book analyses the domestic politics of African dominant party regimes, most notably African governments' survival strategies, to explain their variance of opinions and responses towards the reforming policies of the EU. The author discredits the widespread assumption that the growing presence of China in Africa has made the EU's task of suppor...

Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough
Why Knowing What To Do Is Not Enough

by Anne-Greet Keizer, Will Tiemeijer, Mark Bovens

This book sets out to explain the reasons for the gap between "knowing" and "doing" in view of self-reliance, which is more and more often expected of citizens. In today's society, people are expected to take responsibility for their own lives and be self-reliant. This is no easy feat. They must be on constant high alert in area...

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research
New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research

by Alex Nicholls, Julie Simon, Madeleine Gabriel

Interest in social innovation continues to rise, from governments setting up social innovation 'labs' to large corporations developing social innovation strategies. Yet theory lags behind practice, and this hampers our ability to understand social innovation and make the most of its potential. This collection brings together work by leading social ...

Taking the EU to Court
Taking the EU to Court

by Christian Adam, Michael Bauer, Miriam Hartlapp, Emmanuelle Mathieu

This book provides an exhaustive picture of the role that annulment conflicts play in the EU multilevel system. Based on a rich dataset of annulment actions since the 1960s and a number of in-depth case studies, it explores the political dimension of annulment litigation, which has become an increasingly relevant judicial tool in the struggle over ...

Wellbeing Economics
Wellbeing Economics

by Paul Dalziel, Caroline Saunders, Joe Saunders

Economists have long sought to maximise economic growth, believing this to be their best contribution to improving human welfare. That approach is not sustainable in the face of ongoing issues such as global climate change, environmental damage, rising inequality and enduring poverty. Alternatives must be found. This book addresses that challenge....

The Early Years
The Early Years

by Samuel Berlinski, Norbert Schady

The Early Years analyzes the development of Latin American and Caribbean children and makes a compelling case for government intervention in what is instinctively a family affair. Spending on effective programs for young children is an investment that, if done well, will have very high returns, while failure to implement such programs will lower th...

Evidence Use in Health Policy Making
Evidence Use in Health Policy Making

by Justin Parkhurst, Stefanie Ettelt, Benjamin Hawkins

This book provides a set of conceptual, empirical, and comparative chapters that apply a public policy perspective to investigate the political and institutional factors driving the use of evidence to inform health policy in low, middle, and high income settings. The work presents key findings from the Getting Research Into Policy (GRIP-Health) pro...

Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries
Young People's Views of Government, Peaceful Coexistence, and Diversity in Five Latin American Countries

by Wolfram Schulz, John Ainley, Cristián Cox, Tim Friedman

This open access report presents findings from the five Latin American countries that participated in the second cycle of the IEA International Civic and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS 2016). ICCS 2016 investigated the ways in which a range of countries are preparing their young people to undertake their roles as citizens during the second decad...

European E-Democracy in Practice
European E-Democracy in Practice

by Leonhard Hennen, Ira van Keulen, Iris Korthagen, Georg Aichholzer, Ralf Lindner, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen

This free book explores how digital tools and social media technologies can contribute to better participation and involvement of EU citizens in European politics. By analyzing selected representative e-participation projects at the local, national and European governmental levels, it identifies the preconditions, best practices and shortcomings of...

Narrating China's Governance
Narrating China's Governance

by Department of Commentary People's Daily

This open access book captures and elaborates on the skill of storytelling as one of the distinct leadership features of Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the President of the People's Republic of China. It gathers the stories included in Xi's speeches on various occasions, where they conveyed the essence of Chin...

Reforms, Organizational Change and Performance in Higher Education
Reforms, Organizational Change and Performance in Higher Education

by Rómulo Pinheiro, Lars Geschwind, Hanne Foss Hansen, Kirsi Pulkkinen

This book investigates the effects of changes in leadership and managerial structures of Nordic universities resulting from reforms in the last decade. It builds on a rich, comparative dataset across a multiplicity of system-wide (macro) and organisational (meso and micro) dimensions, namely: reform or policy initiatives; drivers, aims, instruments...

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy
Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets and Policy

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets, and Policy by D. Curtis and I. Irvine provides complete, concise coverage of introductory macroeconomics theory and policy. The textbook observes short-run macroeconomic performance, analysis, and policy motivated by the recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s, the financial crisis and recession of 2008-2009, and...

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models
Microeconomics: Markets, Methods and Models

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D.Curtis and I. Irvine provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomics theory, application and policy. The textbook begins with an explanation and development of the standard tools of analysis in the discipline and carries on to investigate the meaning of 'well-being' in the cont...

Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Higher Education in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Nancy W. Gleason

This collection examines how higher education responds to the demands of the automation economy and the fourth industrial revolution. Considering significant trends in how people are learning, coupled with the ways in which different higher education institutions and education stakeholders are implementing adaptations, it looks at new programs ...

Pragmatic Philanthropy
Pragmatic Philanthropy

by Ruth A. Shapiro, Manisha Mirchandani, Heesu Jang

This cutting edge text considers how Asian philanthropists and charitable organizations break with Western philanthropic traditions and examines the key traits and trends that make social investment in Asia unique. Based on 30 case studies of excellent social delivery organizations (SDOs) and social enterprises as well as interviews with ultra-high...

Re-Inventing Africa's Development
Re-Inventing Africa's Development

by Jong-Dae Park

This book analyses the development problems of sub-Sahara Africa (SSA) from the eyes of a Korean diplomat with knowledge of the economic growth Korea has experienced in recent decades. The author argues that Africa's development challenges are not due to a lack of resources but a lack of management, presenting an alternative to the traditional view...

Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships
Accountability in Public Policy Partnerships

by Julia Steets

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, www.oapen.org. This book presents a new model of accountability which ensures that public-private partnerships don't erode public accountability. It defines concrete accountability standards for different types of partnerships....

Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate
Enabling Asia to Stabilise the Climate

by Shuzo Nishioka

This book presents good practices in Asia and ASEAN countries for effectively promoting advances in response to climate change, which can help to achieve sustainable development in Asia and around the world. As a proposal, the aim is to influence the discussions at COP 21 by providing a positive agenda with concrete actions from an Asian perspectiv...

A Fair Share of Tax
A Fair Share of Tax

by Lotta Björklund Larsen

This book takes a taxpayer's perspective to the relations taxation creates between people and their state. Larsen proposes that in order to understand tax compliance and cheating, we have to look beyond law, psychological experiments and surveys to include tax collectors and taxpayers' practices. The text explores the view of taxes seen as citizen'...

Social Theory of Fear
Social Theory of Fear

by Geoffrey R. Skoll

In the current crisis of the capitalist world system, elites promote fear of crime and terrorism to keep and expand their privileges and control the masses. This book offers an analysis of the crisis and strategies for rebellion....

A History of Force Feeding
A History of Force Feeding

by Ian Miller

This book is the first monograph-length study of the force-feeding of hunger strikers in English, Irish and Northern Irish prisons. It examines ethical debates that arose throughout the twentieth century when governments authorised the force-feeding of imprisoned suffragettes, Irish republicans and convict prisoners. It also explores the fraught ro...

Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development
Economics of Land Degradation and Improvement – A Global Assessment for Sustainable Development

by Ephraim Nkonya, Alisher Mirzabaev, Joachim von Braun

This volume deals with land degradation, which is occurring in almost all terrestrial biomes and agro-ecologies, in both low and high income countries and is stretching to about 30% of the total global land area. About three billion people reside in these degraded lands. However, the impact of land degradation is especially severe on livelihoods of...

Marginality
Marginality

by Joachim von Braun, Franz W. Gatzweiler

This volume presents new insights on marginality, i.e. the situation of people living on the edge of socio-economic and ecological systems. The marginality concept leads to different development policies. While the prevalence of poverty declined by about 50 percent in the past two decades, any further reduction of poverty will be more difficult, be...

Anti-fragile ICT Systems
Anti-fragile ICT Systems

by Kjell Jørgen Hole

This book introduces a novel approach to the design and operation of large ICT systems. It views the technical solutions and their stakeholders as complex adaptive systems and argues that traditional risk analyses cannot predict all future incidents with major impacts. To avoid unacceptable events, it is necessary to establish and operate anti-frag...

Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation
Data-Driven Policy Impact Evaluation

by Nuno Crato, Paolo Paruolo

In the light of better and more detailed administrative databases, this book provides statistical tools for evaluating the effects of public policies advocated by governments and public institutions. Experts from academia, national statistics offices and various research centers present modern econometric methods for an efficient data-driven policy...

Science of Societal Safety
Science of Societal Safety

by Seiji Abe, Mamoru Ozawa, Yoshiaki Kawata

This book covers comprehensive but fundamental principles and concepts of disaster and accident prevention and mitigation, countermeasures, and recovery from disasters or accidents including treatment and care of the victims. Safety and security problems in our society involve not only engineering but also social, legal, economic, cultural, and psy...

The Third Sector as a Renewable Resource for Europe
The Third Sector as a Renewable Resource for Europe

by Bernard Enjolras, Lester M. Salamon, Karl Henrik Sivesind, Annette Zimmer

This book provides a critical account of the third sector and its future in Europe. It offers an original conceptualization of the third sector in its European manifestations alongside an overview of its major contours, including its structure, sources of support, and recent trends. It also assesses the impact of this sector in Europe which conside...

Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific
Multiculturalism and Conflict Reconciliation in the Asia-Pacific

by Kosuke Shimizu, William S. Bradley

This edited collection focuses on theories, language and migration in relation to multiculturalism in Japan and the Asia-Pacific. Each chapter aims to provide alternative understandings to current conflicts that have arisen due to immigration and policies related to education, politics, language, work, citizenship and identity....

China's Gas Development Strategies
China's Gas Development Strategies

by Shell Centre, The Development Research Center (DRC) of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China

This book examines how China can increase the share of natural gas in its energy system. China's energy strategy has global ramifications and impact, and central to this strategy is the country's transition from coal to gas. The book presents the culmination of a two-year collaboration between the Development Research Center of the State Council (D...

Youthquake 2017
Youthquake 2017

by James Sloam, Matt Henn

This book investigates the reasons behind the 2017 youthquake – which saw the highest rate of youth turnout in a quarter of a century, and an unprecedented gap in youth support for Labour over the Conservative Party – from both a comparative and a theoretical perspective. It compares youth turnout and party allegiance over time and traces chang...

Emerging States and Economies
Emerging States and Economies

by Takashi Shiraishi, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book asks why and how some of the developing countries have "emerged" under a set of similar global conditions, what led individual countries to choose the particular paths that led to their "emergence," and what challenges confront them. If we are to understand the nature of major risks and uncertainties in the world, we m...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This book describes the coming about and first results of the AiREAS "healthy city" cooperative in the city of Eindhoven and Province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. AiREAS is an initiative focused on the multidisciplinary co-creation of healthy cities using the core human value of human health and air quality as guiding principle fo...

Russia's Turn to the East
Russia's Turn to the East

by Helge Blakkisrud, Elana Wilson Rowe

This book explores if and how Russian policies towards the Far East region of the country – and East Asia more broadly – have changed since the onset of the Ukraine crisis and Russia's annexation of Crimea. Following the 2014 annexation and the subsequent enactment of a sanctions regime against the country, the Kremlin has emphasized the easter...

Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty
Reconsidering Constitutional Formation I National Sovereignty

by Ulrike Müßig

Legal studies and consequently legal history focus on constitutional documents, believing in a nominalist autonomy of constitutional semantics.Reconsidering Constitutional Formation in the late 18th and 19th century, kept historic constitutions from being simply log-books for political experts through a functional approach to the interdependencies ...

United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order
United Nations Peace Operations in a Changing Global Order

by Cedric de Coning, Mateja Peter

This open access volume explores how UN peace operations are adapting to four trends in the changing global order: (1) the rebalancing of relations between states of the global North and the global South; (2) the rise of regional organisations as providers of peace; (3) the rise of violent extremism and fundamentalist non-state actors; and (4) incr...

R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions
R.J. Rummel: An Assessment of His Many Contributions

by Nils Petter Gleditsch

The book provides a critical and constructive assessment of the many contributions to social science and politics made by Professor R. J. Rummel. Rummel was a prolific writer and an important teacher and mentor to a number of people who in turn have made their mark on the profession. His work has always been controversial. But after the end of the ...

Saving for Development
Saving for Development

by Inter-American Development Bank

Why should people - and economies - save? This book on the savings problem in Latin America and the Caribbean suggests that, while saving to survive the bad times is important, saving to thrive in the good times is what really counts. People must save to invest in health and education, live productive and fulfilling lives, and make the most of thei...

Rising Powers and Peacebuilding
Rising Powers and Peacebuilding

by Charles T Call, Cedric de Coning

This edited volume examines the policies and practices of rising powers on peacebuilding. It analyzes how and why their approaches differ from those of traditional donors and multilateral institutions. The policies of the rising powers towards peacebuilding may significantly influence how the UN and others undertake peacebuilding in the future. Thi...

Integration Processes and Policies in Europe
Integration Processes and Policies in Europe

by Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas, Rinus Penninx

In this book, experts on integration processes, integration policies, transnationalism, and the migration and development framework provide an academic assessment of the 2011 European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals, which calls for integration policies in the EU to involve not only immigrants and their society of settlement, ...

Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People
Improving Psychiatric Care for Older People

by Claire Hilton

This book tells the story of Barbara Robb and her pressure group, Aid for the Elderly in Government Institutions (AEGIS). In 1965, Barbara visited 73-year-old Amy Gibbs in a dilapidated and overcrowded National Health Service psychiatric hospital back-ward. She was so appalled by the low standards that she set out to make improvements. Barbara's bo...

Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities
Geographies of Asylum in Europe and the Role of European Localities

by Birgit Glorius, Jeroen Doomernik

This book describes how the numerous arrivals of asylum seekers since 2015 shaped reception and integration processes in Europe. It addresses the structuration of asylum and reception systems, and spaces and places of reception on European, national, regional and local level. It also analyses perceptions and discourses on asylum and refugees, their...

Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere
Early Public Libraries and Colonial Citizenship in the British Southern Hemisphere

by Lara  Atkin, Sarah Comyn, Porscha Fermanis, Nathan Garvey

This open access Pivot book is a comparative study of six early colonial public libraries in nineteenth-century Australia, South Africa, and Southeast Asia. Drawing on networked conceptualisations of empire, transnational frameworks, and 'new imperial history' paradigms that privilege imbricated colonial and metropolitan 'intercultures', it looks a...

The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power
The Technological and Economic Future of Nuclear Power

by Reinhard Haas, Lutz Mez, Amela Ajanovic

This open book discusses the eroding economics of nuclear power for electricity generation as well as technical, legal, and political acceptance issues. The use of nuclear power for electricity generation is still a heavily disputed issue. Aside from technical risks, safety issues, and the unsolved problem of nuclear waste disposal, the economic pe...

Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China
Regulatory Pathways For Smart Grid Development in China

by Gert Brunekreeft, Till Luhmann, Tobias Menz, Sven-Uwe Müller, Paul Recknagel

A series of reforms have greatly improved the efficiency, reliability, and environmental performance of the Chinese power sector. However, significant challenges remain: rapidly rising electricity demand, concerns about power system reliability and energy security, environmental degradation and climate change. China's government explicitly set up t...

Happiness is the Wrong Metric
Happiness is the Wrong Metric

by Amitai Etzioni

This timely book addresses the conflict between globalism and nationalism. It provides a liberal communitarian response to the rise of populism occurring in many democracies. The book highlights the role of communities next to that of the state and the market. It spells out the policy implications of liberal communitarianism for privacy, freedom o...

Housing Market Dynamics in Africa
Housing Market Dynamics in Africa

by El-hadj M. Bah, Issa Faye, Zekebweliwai F. Geh

This book utilizes new data to thoroughly analyze the main factors currently shaping the African housing market. Some of these factors include the supply and demand for housing finance, land tenure security issues, construction cost conundrum, infrastructure provision, and low-cost housing alternatives. Through detailed analysis, the authors invest...

Understanding China's School Leadership
Understanding China's School Leadership

by Daming Feng

This book outlines key terms of China's school leadership in Chinese political and legal, financial, administrative, and cultural contexts. It reveals and interprets the real meaning of these practical terms based on existing laws, government documents, school policy texts as well as the latest empirical findings from school leaders and teachers' s...

Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia
Education and Skills for Inclusive Growth, Green Jobs and the Greening of Economies in Asia

by Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Brajesh Panth

This book presents an overview of the main research findings and case studies concerning education and skills for inclusive growth, green jobs and the greening of economies. Focusing on India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam, it discusses government and business sector responses to these issues and how Technical and Vocational Education and Train...

The Future of Election Administration
The Future of Election Administration

by Mitchell Brown, Kathleen Hale, Bridgett A. King

As the American election administration landscape changes as a result of major court cases, national and state legislation, changes in professionalism, and the evolution of equipment and security, so must the work of on-the-ground practitioners change. This Open Access title presents a series of case studies designed to highlight practical response...

Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
Education and Development in Colonial and Postcolonial Africa

by Damiano Matasci, Miguel Bandeira Jerónimo, Hugo Gonçalves Dores

This open access edited volume offers an analysis of the entangled histories of education and development in twentieth-century Africa. It deals with the plurality of actors that competed and collaborated to formulate educational and developmental paradigms and projects: debating their utility and purpose, pondering their necessity and risk, and eva...

From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine
From War to Peace in the Balkans, the Middle East and Ukraine

by Daniel Serwer

This book focuses on the origins, consequences and aftermath of the 1995 and 1999 Western military interventions that led to the end of the most recent Balkan wars. Though challenging problems remain in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia, the conflict prevention and state-building efforts thereafter were partly successful as countries of the reg...

Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia
Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia

by Almas Heshmati, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Guanghua Wan

This book looks at the major policy challenges facing developing Asia and how the region sustains rapid economic growth to reduce multidimensional poverty through socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable measures. Asia is facing many challenges arising from population growth, rapid urbanization, provision of services, climate change and t...

Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field
Research, Ethics and Risk in the Authoritarian Field

by Marlies Glasius, Meta de Lange, Jos Bartman, Emanuela Dalmasso, Aofei Lv, Adele Del Sordi, Marcus Michaelsen, Kris Ruijgrok

This free book offers a synthetic reflection on the authors' fieldwork experiences in seven countries within the framework of 'Authoritarianism in a Global Age', a major comparative research project. It responds to the demand for increased attention to methodological rigor and transparency in qualitative research, and seeks to advance and practical...

Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa
Development, Sexual Cultural Practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa

by Samantha Page

This open access book introduces the theoretical frameworks and academic debates concerning sexual cultural practices and HIV/AIDS in Africa. It shows how these frameworks have been applied in a practical sense in Africa to investigate sexual cultural practices and their link with HIV/AIDS. The author provides an overview of both the field of study...

White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin
White Gold: The Commercialisation of Rice Farming in the Lower Mekong Basin

by Rob Cramb

This open access book is about understanding the processes involved in the transformation of smallholder rice farming in the Lower Mekong Basin from a low-yielding subsistence activity to one producing the surpluses needed for national self-sufficiency and a high-value export industry. For centuries, farmers in the Basin have regarded rice as "...

Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific
Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific

by Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Jouko Sarvi

Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, which in recent years has been the engine of global economic growth , this volume surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. Underlying the increasing pressure for new models of TV...

Producing Open Source Software
Producing Open Source Software

by Karl Fogel

The corporate market is now embracing free, "open source" software like never before, as evidenced by the recent success of the technologies underlying LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). Each is the result of a publicly collaborative process among numerous developers who volunteer their time and energy to create better software. The...

Blown to Bits
Blown to Bits

by Hal Abelson, Ken Ledeen, Harry Lewis

For thousands of years, people have been saying that the world is changing and will never again be the same. Yet the profound changes happening today are different, because they result from a specific technological development. It is now possible, in principle, to remember everything that anyone says, writes, sings, draws, or photographs. Everythi...

Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Principles of Microeconomics is an adaptation of the textbook, Microeconomics: Markets, Methods, and Models by D. Curtis and I. Irvine, which provides concise yet complete coverage of introductory microeconomic theory, application and policy in a Canadian and global environment. This adaptation employs methods that use equations sparingly and do...

Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics

by Douglas Curtis, Ian Irvine

Principles of Macroeconomics is an adaptation of the textbook, Macroeconomics: Theory, Markets, and Policy by D. Curtis and I. Irvine, and presents a complete and concise examination of introductory macroeconomics theory and policy suitable for a first introductory course. Examples are domestic and international in their subject matter and are o...

Transformation and Development
Transformation and Development

by Anja Mihr

This book features various studies on democratization, transformation, political and economic development, and security issues in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) geographical region and beyond. Written by experts and academics in the fields of human rights, security, transformation and development, particularly in pos...

Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America
Indigenous Cultures and Sustainable Development in Latin America

by Timothy MacNeill

This book outlines development theory and practice overtime as well as critically interrogates the "cultural turn" in development policy in Latin American indigenous communities, specifically, in Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, and Bolivia. It becomes apparent that culturally sustainable development is both a new and old idea, which is simu...

Security in an Interconnected World
Security in an Interconnected World

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Huub Dijstelbloem, Peter de Goede

This open access book follows the idea that security policy must be based on strategic analysis. Defence policy and the role of the armed forces can subsequently be determined on the grounds of said analysis. More than ever, internal and external security, and developments both in the Netherlands and abroad are interconnected. The world order is sh...

Media and Digital Management
Media and Digital Management

by Eli M. Noam

Being a successful manager or entrepreneur in the media and digital sector requires creativity, innovation, and performance. It also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. Aimed at the college market, this book is a short, foundational volume on media management. It summarizes the major dimensions of a business school ...

Managing Media and Digital Organizations
Managing Media and Digital Organizations

by Eli M. Noam

What does it take for success in the media business? Creativity, innovation, and performance, of course. Plus experience and good judgment. However, it also requires an understanding of the principles and tools of management. This book summarizes the major dimensions of a business school curriculum and applies them to the entire media, media-tech, ...

Vote Buying in Indonesia
Vote Buying in Indonesia

by Burhanuddin Muhtadi

Muhtadi's analysis of vote-buying in post-democratization Indonesia is original, profound, subtle, nuanced, and convincing as well as beautifully organized and well written. Equally important, its imaginative policy prescriptions will be widely read and cited as a significant contribution to the literature of comparative electoral politics. —Wil...

Higher Education Reforms in Romania
Higher Education Reforms in Romania

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Eva Egron-Polak, Jamil Salmi

Romania is an active player in various international higher education areas, while undergoing a series of higher education reforms within its national framework. The Higher Education Evidence Based Policy Making: a necessary premise for progress in Romania project was implemented by the Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development ...

Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future
Radiological Issues for Fukushima's Revitalized Future

by Tomoyuki Takahashi

This book overviews environmental issues 4 years after the Fukushima nuclear accident, covering a wide range of areas related to radiation and radioactivity. The topics discussed are necessary to make clear the relationship between the results of research and Fukushima's revitalized future. The chapters are divided into four parts: Part 1 presents ...

Science and Technology Governance and Ethics
Science and Technology Governance and Ethics

by Miltos Ladikas, Sachin Chaturvedi, Yandong Zhao, Dirk Stemerding

This book analyzes the possibilities for effective global governance of science in Europe, India and China. Authors from the three regions join forces to explore how ethical concerns over new technologies can be incorporated into global science and technology policies. The first chapter introduces the topic, offering a global perspective on embeddi...

Transgovernance
Transgovernance

by Louis Meuleman

'Transgovernance: Advancing Sustainability Governance' analyses what implications recent and ongoing changes in the relations between politics, science and media – together characterized as the emergence of a knowledge democracy – may have for governance for sustainable development, on global and other levels of societal decision making, and v...

Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela
Grassroots Politics and Oil Culture in Venezuela

by Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This book presents an ethnographic study of how grassroots activism in Venezuela during the Chávez presidency can be understood in relation to the country's history as a petro-state. Taking the contested relationship between the popular sectors and the Venezuelan state as a point of departure, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen explores how notions such a...

Japan's Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power
Japan's Arduous Rejuvenation as a Global Power

by Victor Teo

This book assesses the profound impact of Japan's aspirations to become a great power on Japanese security, democracy and foreign relations. Rather than viewing the process of normalization and rejuvenation as two decades of remilitarization in face of rapidly changing strategic environment and domestic political circumstances, this volume context...

Promoting Active Citizenship
Promoting Active Citizenship

by Karl Henrik Sivesind, Jo Saglie

This book analyses the considerable variation in the shares of private provision for core services in education, health and social services, in the Scandinavian countries.The chapters compare countries, service areas, and the for-profit, non-profit and public sectors. Each focuses on different levels of change: the mix of welfare providers, nationa...

Making Medicines in Africa
Making Medicines in Africa

by Maureen Mackintosh, Geoffrey Banda, Paula Tibandebage, Watu Wamae

The importance of the pharmaceutical industry in Sub-Saharan Africa, its claim to policy priority, is rooted in the vast unmet health needs of the sub-continent. Making Medicines in Africa is a collective endeavour, by a group of contributors with a strong African and more broadly Southern presence, to find ways to link technological development, i...

Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer
Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer

by Koichi Hishida

Universities and research institutes are increasingly expected to contribute to society by creating innovation from the returns of their research results and the establishment of new technologies. Toward that goal, Keio University in Japan held an international symposium titled "Fulfilling the Promise of Technology Transfer: Fostering Innovati...

The Crisis for Young People
The Crisis for Young People

by Andy Green

This book provides an original and challenging analysis of one of the most pressing social issues of our times: intergenerational inequality. Based on recent mixed-method research, it explores the extent and scope of generational divides through an up-to-date analysis of the changing opportunities for young people in Britain across different life d...

Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education
Mergers and Alliances in Higher Education

by Adrian Curaj, Luke Georghiou, Jennifer Cassingena Harper, Eva Egron-Polak

Higher education in Europe and beyond faces a series of major challenges. The economic crisis has accelerated expectations of an increased role in addressing economic and societal challenges while, at the same time, putting pressure on available finances. Broader trends such as shifting student demographics and expectations, globalisation and mobil...

The Dynamics of Opportunity in America
The Dynamics of Opportunity in America

by Irwin Kirsch, Henry Braun

Across the country, our children are beginning life from very different starting points. Some have aspirations and believe they can be achieved. For too many others, aspirations are tempered, if not dashed, by the sobering realities of everyday life. These different starting points place children on distinctly different trajectories of growth and d...

Talent Development in European Higher Education
Talent Development in European Higher Education

by Dr. Marca V.C. Wolfensberger

This book examines the much-debated question of how to unleash the potential of young people with promising intellectual abilities and motivation. It looks at the increasingly important topic of excellence in education, and the shift in focus towards the provision of programs to support talented students in higher education. It provides a systemati...

Formalizing the Shadow Economy in Serbia
Formalizing the Shadow Economy in Serbia

by Gorana Krstić, Friedrich Schneider

The main objective of this book is to develop a strategy and policy measures to enhance the formalization of the shadow economy in order to improve the competitiveness of the economy and contribute to economic growth; it explores these issues with special reference to Serbia. The size and development of the shadow economy in Serbia and other Centra...

Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy
Food Price Volatility and Its Implications for Food Security and Policy

by Matthias Kalkuhl, Joachim von Braun, Maximo Torero

This book provides fresh insights into concepts, methods and new research findings on the causes of excessive food price volatility. It also discusses the implications for food security and policy responses to mitigate excessive volatility. The approaches applied by the contributors range from on-the-ground surveys, to panel econometrics and innova...

Greening the Financial Sector
Greening the Financial Sector

by Doris Köhn

Given the manifold challenges of financial sectors in developing and transition countries, one might be tempted to believe that embarking on "green" finance is not a priority for financial systems development. However, there are a number of arguments against this view. Environmental finance, particularly energy efficiency and renewable en...

Global Business Strategy
Global Business Strategy

by Kazuyuki Motohashi

This book presents theories and case studies for corporations in developed nations, including Japan, for designing strategies to maximize opportunities and minimize threats in business expansion into developing nations. The case studies featured here focus on Asia, including China and India, and use examples of Japanese manufacturers. Five case st...

Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain
Anti-Vivisection and the Profession of Medicine in Britain

by A.W.H. Bates

This book explores the social history of the anti-vivisection movement in Britain from its nineteenth-century beginnings until the 1960s. It discusses the ethical principles that inspired the movement and the socio-political background that explains its rise and fall. Opposition to vivisection began when medical practitioners complained it was cont...

Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks
Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks

by Nobuhiro Kaneko, Shinji Yoshiura, Masanori Kobayashi

We are not free from environmental risks that accompany the development of human societies. Modern economic development has accelerated environmental pollution, caused loss of natural habitats, and modified landscapes. These environmental changes have impacted natural systems: water and heat circulation, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity. These ch...

European Citizenship after Brexit
European Citizenship after Brexit

by Patricia Mindus

This book investigates European citizenship after Brexit, in light of the functionalist theory of citizenship. No matter its shape, Brexit will impact significantly on what has been labelled as one of the major achievements of EU integration: Citizenship of the Union. For the first time an automatic and collective lapse of status is observed. It is...

Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development
Evaluating Climate Change Action for Sustainable Development

by Juha I. Uitto, Jyotsna Puri, Rob D. van den Berg

This book is open access under a Creative Commons license.This authoritative book presents the ever progressing state of the art in evaluating climate change strategies and action. It builds upon a selection of relevant and practical papers and presentations given at the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development held...

Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity
Reconsidering Constitutional Formation II Decisive Constitutional Normativity

by Ulrike Müßig

This second volume of ReConFort, published open access, addresses the decisive role of constitutional normativity, and focuses on discourses concerning the legal role of constitutional norms. Taken together with ReConFort I (National Sovereignty), it calls for an innovative reassessment of constitutional history drawing on key categories to convey ...

Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa
Indigenous Knowledge and Education in Africa

by Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

This book presents a strong philosophical, theoretical and practical argument for the mainstreaming of indigenous knowledge in curricula development, and in teaching and learning across the African continent. Since the dawn of political independence in Africa, there has been an ongoing search for the kind of education that will create a class of pr...

Digital Kenya
Digital Kenya

by Bitange Ndemo, Tim Weiss

Presenting rigorous and original research, this volume offers key insights into the historical, cultural, social, economic and political forces at play in the creation of world-class ICT innovations in Kenya. Following the arrival of fiber-optic cables in 2009, Digital Kenya examines why the initial entrepreneurial spirit and digital revolution has...

Technologies for Development
Technologies for Development

by Silvia Hostettler, Samira Najih Besson, Jean-Claude Bolay

This book presents 18 case studies that explore current scientific and technological efforts to address global development issues, such as poverty, from a holistic and interdisciplinary point of view, putting actual impacts at the centre of its analysis. It illustrates the use of technologies for development in various fields of research, such as h...

Mediation in Collective Labor Conflicts
Mediation in Collective Labor Conflicts

by Martin Euwema, Francisco Medina, Ana Belén García, Erica Romero Pender

This book opens up the black box of mediation in collective conflicts through the analyses and comparisons of various systems. Mediation and related third party interventions such as conciliation and facilitation are discussed as effective prevention and regulation tools for different types of collective labor conflicts. These interventions fit in...

The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment
The Hindu Kush Himalaya Assessment

by Philippus Wester, Arabinda Mishra, Aditi Mukherji, Arun Bhakta Shrestha

This open access volume is the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. It comprises important scientific research on the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainable mountain development and will serve as a basis for evidence-based decision-making to safeguard the environment and advance people's well-b...

Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident
Reflections on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

by Joonhong Ahn, Cathryn Carson, Mikael Jensen, Kohta Juraku, Shinya Nagasaki, Satoru Tanaka

This book focuses on nuclear engineering education in the post-Fukushima era. It was edited by the organizers of the summer school held in August 2011 in University of California, Berkeley, as part of a collaborative program between the University of Tokyo and UC Berkeley. Motivated by the particular relevance and importance of social-scientific ap...

Finance for Food
Finance for Food

by Doris Köhn

This book reflects the current state of discussion about agricultural and rural finance in developing and transition countries. It provides insight into specific themes, such as commodity value chains, farm banking, risk management in agricultural banking, structured finance, crop insurance, mobile banking, and how to increase effectiveness in rura...

Observing the Volcano World
Observing the Volcano World

by Carina Fearnley, Deanne Bird, Katharine Haynes, William McGuire, Gill Jolly

This book provides a comprehensive overview of volcanic crisis research, the goal being to establish ways of successfully applying volcanology in practice and to identify areas that need to be addressed for future progress. It shows how volcano crises are managed in practice, and helps to establish best practices. Consequently the book brings toge...

Geographies of Schooling
Geographies of Schooling

by Holger Jahnke, Caroline Kramer, Peter Meusburger

This book explores the complex relationship between schooling as a set of practices embedded in educational institutions and their specific spatial dimensions from different disciplinary perspectives. It presents innovative empirical and conceptual research by international scholars from the fields of social geography, pedagogy, educational and soc...

Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land
Nature-Based Flood Risk Management on Private Land

by Thomas Hartmann, Lenka Slavíková, Simon McCarthy

This book addresses the various disciplinary aspects of nature-based solutions in flood risk management on private land. In recent decades, water management has been moving towards nature-based solutions. These are assumed to be much more multi-purpose than traditional "grey infrastructures" and seem to be regarded as a panacea for many e...

Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Institutional Reform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

by Niklas Elert, Magnus Henrekson, Mikael Stenkula

The authors of this book advise the economies of the European Union to become more entrepreneurial in promoting innovation and economic growth. The authors propose a reform strategy with respect to several aspects to achieve this goal. Starting with the rule of law and the protection of property rights; the tax system; the authors deal with regulat...

Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals
Achieving the Paris Climate Agreement Goals

by Sven Teske

This book presents detailed pathways to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050, globally and across ten geographical regions. Based on state-of-the-art scenario modelling, it provides the vital missing link between renewable energy targets and the measures needed to achieve them. Bringing together the latest research in climate science, renewable en...

Mercury Pollution in Minamata
Mercury Pollution in Minamata

by Hisashi Yokoyama

It overviews the poisoning which occurred in the 1950s and 1960s among the residents in Minamata who ate seafood contaminated with methylmercury discharged from the chemical factory, Chisso Corporation. It describes the history, symptoms pathogenesis and research on the causal agent, and discusses the responses of Chisso and the national and local ...

Sago Palm
Sago Palm

by Hiroshi Ehara, Yukio Toyoda, Dennis V. Johnson

This book addresses a wide variety of events and technologies concerning the sago palm, ranging from its botanical characteristics, culture and use to social conditions in the places where it is grown, in order to provide a record of research findings and to benefit society. It discusses various subjects, including the sago palm and related species...

The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus
The Governing-Evaluation-Knowledge Nexus

by Christina Segerholm, Agneta Hult, Joakim Lindgren, Linda Rönnberg

This book analyses the interplay between governing, evaluation and knowledge with an empirical focus on Swedish higher education. It investigates the origins, logics, and mechanisms of evaluation and quality assurance reforms and their dynamic interactions with institutional, national and European policy contexts. The chapters report findings from ...

Biofuels and Sustainability
Biofuels and Sustainability

by Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Hideaki Shiroyama, Osamu Saito, Masahiro Matsuura

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of biofuel use strategies from an interdisciplinary perspective using sustainability science. This interdisciplinary perspective (social science-natural science) means that the strategies and policy options proposed will have significant impacts on the economy and society alike. Biofuels are expected to c...

Debating European Citizenship
Debating European Citizenship

by Rainer Bauböck

This book raises crucial questions about the citizenship of the European Union. Is it a new citizenship beyond the nation-state although it is derived from Member State nationality? Who should get it? What rights and duties does it entail? Should EU citizens living in other Member States be able to vote there in national elections? If there are ten...

Limits to the European Union's Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society
Limits to the European Union's Normative Power in a Post-conflict Society

by Rok Zupančič, Nina Pejič

By shedding light on EULEX - the EU mission to Kosovo – this book investigates the EU's peacebuilding activities in that country, in the light of the normative power theory in the post-conflict setting and peacebuilding theory. Ten years after the massive engagement of the EU in the country torn by war, the authors critically assess the effects o...

Developmental State Building
Developmental State Building

by Yusuke Takagi, Veerayooth Kanchoochat, Tetsushi Sonobe

This book modifies and revitalizes the concept of the 'developmental state' to understand the politics of emerging economy through nuanced analysis on the roles of human agency in the context of structural transformation. In other words, there is a revived interest in the 'developmental state' concept. The nature of the 'emerging state' is characte...

Climate Smart Agriculture
Climate Smart Agriculture

by Leslie Lipper, Nancy McCarthy, David Zilberman, Solomon Asfaw, Giacomo Branca

The book uses an economic lens to identify the main features of climate-smart agriculture (CSA), its likely impact, and the challenges associated with its implementation. Drawing upon theory and concepts from agricultural development, institutional, and resource economics, this book expands and formalizes the conceptual foundations of CSA. Focusing...

Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century
Freshwater Governance for the 21st Century

by Eiman Karar

The objective of this book is to broadly illustrate the key aspects of water governance, mapping the spectrum of decision-making from techno-centric and eco-centric approaches, to hybrid concepts and people-centric approaches. Topics covered include the challenges for water-governance models, the polycentric model, the integration challenge, water ...

The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries
The Ethics of Educational Healthcare Placements in Low and Middle Income Countries

by Anya Ahmed, James Ackers-Johnson, Helen Louise Ackers

This book examines the current state of elective placements of medical undergraduate students in developing countries and their impact on health care education at home. Drawing from a recent case study of volunteer deployment in Uganda, the authors provide an in-depth evaluation of the impacts on the students themselves and the learning outcomes as...

Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity
Social Statistics and Ethnic Diversity

by Patrick Simon, Victor Piché, Amélie Gagnon

This book examines the question of collecting and disseminating data on ethnicity and race in order to describe characteristics of ethnic and racial groups, identify factors of social and economic integration and implement policies to redress discrimination. It offers a global perspective on the issue by looking at race and ethnicity in a wide vari...

Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe

by Frances Fahy, Gary Goggins, Charlotte Jensen

This book examines the role of citizens in sustainable energy transitions across Europe. It explores energy problem framing, policy approaches and practical responses to the challenge of securing clean, affordable and sustainable energy for all citizens, focusing on households as the main unit of analysis. The book revolves around ten contributions...

Radiation Monitoring and Dose Estimation of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Radiation Monitoring and Dose Estimation of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident

by Sentaro Takahashi

This book provides comprehensive research findings related to the environmental monitoring of radiation, levels of radioactive nuclides in various environments, and dose estimation in residents after the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident caused severe environmental contamination with radioactive nuclides. At the beginning of the book, a techni...

Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes
Socioeconomic Inequality and Educational Outcomes

by Markus Broer, Yifan Bai, Frank Fonseca

This open-access book focuses on trends in educational inequality using twenty years of grade 8 student data collected from 13 education systems by the IEA's Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) between 1995 and 2015. While the overall positive association between family socioeconomic status (SES) and student achievement is well document...

European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies
European Higher Education Area: The Impact of Past and Future Policies

by Adrian Curaj, Ligia Deca, Remus Pricopie

Higher education has thrived in Europe for the last three decades supported by the powerful policy narratives of the European construction and knowledge society. The two together called for better-integrated societies with higher economic competitiveness, superior employment, and social cohesion. Extraordinary developments in higher education durin...

The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America
The Social Life of Economic Inequalities in Contemporary Latin America

by Margit Ystanes, Iselin Åsedotter Strønen

This edited volume examines how economic processes have worked upon social lives and social realities in Latin America during the past decades. Through tracing the effects of the neoliberal epoch into the era of the so-called pink tide, the book seeks to understand to what extent the turn to the left at the start of the millennium managed to challe...

Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe
Competition Authorities in South Eastern Europe

by Boris Begović, Dušan Popović

This book provides answers to key open questions concerning competition policy in emerging economies, with a focus on South Eastern Europe. The contributions address two major issues. One is the design of competition policy and the national competition authorities that enforce it, including the topics of competition advocacy and state aid control; ...

Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment
Protecting the Rights of People with Autism in the Fields of Education and Employment

by Valentina Della Fina, Rachele Cera

Fundamental rights for all people with disabilities, education and employment are key for the inclusion of people with autism. They play as facilitators for the social inclusion of persons with autism and as multipliers for their enjoyment of other fundamental rights. After outlining the international and European dimensions of the legal protection...

Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety
Resilience: A New Paradigm of Nuclear Safety

by Joonhong Ahn, Franck Guarnieri, Kazuo Furuta

This book summarizes presentations and discussions from the two-day international workshop held at UC Berkeley in March 2015, and derives questions to be addressed in multi-disciplinary research toward a new paradigm of nuclear safety. The consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in March 2011 have fuelled the debate on nuclear safet...

Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia
Transnational Entrepreneurship in South East Asia

by Kazuko Yokoyama, Sarah Louisa Birchley

This book brings together narratives of inbound and outbound expatriate entrepreneurship in Japan to provide a comprehensive overview of international entrepreneurship in the region. Through in-depth interviews with expatriate entrepreneurs, policymakers, and additional stakeholders it provides the reader with a solid understanding of the current l...

The Huawei and Snowden Questions
The Huawei and Snowden Questions

by Olav Lysne

PreliminaryThis book answers two central questions: firstly, is it at all possible to verify electronic equipment procured from untrusted vendors? Secondly, can I build trust into my products in such a way that I support verification by untrusting customers? In separate chapters the book takes readers through the state of the art in fields of comp...

Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa
Paths to the Emerging State in Asia and Africa

by Keijiro Otsuka, Kaoru Sugihara

This book addresses the issue of how a country, which was incorporated into the world economy as a periphery, could make a transition to the emerging state, capable of undertaking the task of economic development and industrialization. It offers historical and contemporary case studies of transition, as well as the international background under wh...

Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction?
Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction?

by Luis Bértola, Jeffrey Williamson

This book brings together a range of ideas and theories to arrive at a deeper understanding of inequality in Latin America and its complex realities. To so, it addresses questions such as: What are the origins of inequality in Latin America? How can we create societies that are more equal in terms of income distribution, gender equality and opportu...

Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018
Cost and Revenue Overruns of the Olympic Games 2000–2018

by Holger Preuß, Wladimir Andreff, Maike Weitzmann

In this book the cost and revenue overruns of Olympic Games from Sydney 2000 to PyeongChang 2018 from eight years before the Games to Games‐time are investigated to provide a base for future host cities. The authors evaluated the development of expenditure and revenues of the organizing committees to operate the event, and the investment of taxpa...

Applying the Kaizen in Africa
Applying the Kaizen in Africa

by Keijiro Otsuka, Kimiaki Jin, Tetsushi Sonobe

At present, how to develop industries is a burning issue in Africa, where population growth remains high and economic development has thus far failed to provide sufficient jobs for many, especially young people and women. The creation of productive jobs through industrial development ought to be a central issue in steering economic activity across ...

Designing Urban Food Policies
Designing Urban Food Policies

by Caroline Brand, Nicolas Bricas, Damien Conaré, Benoit Daviron, Julie Debru, Laura Michel, Christophe-Toussaint Soulard

This book is for scientists and experts who work on urban food policies. It provides a conceptual framework for understanding the urban food system sustainability and how it can be tackled by local governments. Written by a collective of researchers, this book describes the existing conceptual frameworks for an analysis of urban food policies, at ...

Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River
Knowing the Salween River: Resource Politics of a Contested Transboundary River

by Carl Middleton, Vanessa Lamb

This book focuses on the Salween River, shared by China, Myanmar, and Thailand, that is increasingly at the heart of pressing regional development debates. The basin supports the livelihoods of over 10 million people, and within it there is great socio-economic, cultural and political diversity. The basin is witnessing intensifying dynamics of reso...

Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria
Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria

by Julia Dahlvik

This open access monograph provides sociological insight into governmental action on the administration of asylum in the European context. It offers an in-depth understanding of how decision-making officials encounter and respond to structural contradictions in the asylum procedure produced by diverging legal, political, and administrative objectiv...

AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City
AiREAS: Sustainocracy for a Healthy City

by Jean-Paul Close

This volume describes phase 3 of the AiREAS multidisciplinary cocreation effort to produce a Healthy City. Phase 1 referred to making visible the invisible from an air quality and human exposure perspective. Phase 2 studies air quality related to health and Phase 3 looks at air quality, health and lifestyle from the perspective of persuasion to inn...

Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories
Disasters: Core Concepts and Ethical Theories

by Dónal O’Mathúna, Vilius Dranseika, Bert Gordijn

This book is the first to examine disasters from a multidisciplinary perspective. Justification of actions in the face of disasters requires recourse both to conceptual analysis and ethical traditions. Part 1 of the book contains chapters on how disasters are conceptualized in different academic disciplines relevant to disasters. Part 2 has chapter...

Development in Turbulent Times
Development in Turbulent Times

by Paul Dobrescu

This book explores the most recent trends in the EU in terms of development, progress, and performance. Ten years after the 2008 economic crisis, and amidst a digital revolution that is intensifying the development race, the European Union, and especially Central and Eastern Europe, are ardently searching for their development priorities.Against th...

Pharmacovigilance in the European Union
Pharmacovigilance in the European Union

by Michael Kaeding, Julia Schmälter, Christoph Klika

The book presents the results of an in-depth comparative study assessing the implementation of the EU Pharmacovigilance Directive in six EU Member States. By going beyond legal transposition and instead focusing on practical implementation, this study aims to close a gap in EU compliance research. Based on qualitative interviews with relevant actor...

Governance for Drought Resilience
Governance for Drought Resilience

by Hans Bressers, Nanny Bressers, Corinne Larrue

This book presents the findings of a team of scientists and practitioners who have been working on the project "Benefits of Governance in Drought Adaptation" (in short: the DROP project), which is included in the European Union's INTERREG IVB NWE programme. The DROP governance team developed a Governance Assessment Tool (GAT), which allow...

Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland
Gender Innovation and Migration in Switzerland

by Francesca Falk

"This highly informative book provides precisely analysed situations highlighting migration's crucial role for emancipatory change and hence socio-political innovation. A so far hidden perspective is being made visible and contributes a highly compelling piece for rewriting Switzerland's history."—Julia Nentwich, Research Institute for ...

Linked Democracy
Linked Democracy

by Marta Poblet, Pompeu Casanovas, Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel

This book shows the factors linking information flow, social intelligence, rights management and modelling with epistemic democracy, offering licensed linked data along with information about the rights involved. This model of democracy for the web of data brings new challenges for the social organisation of knowledge, collective innovation, and th...

Geographies of the University
Geographies of the University

by Peter Meusburger, Michael Heffernan, Laura Suarsana

This open access volume raises awareness of the histories, geographies, and practices of universities and analyzes their role as key actors in today's global knowledge economy. Universities are centers of research, teaching, and expertise with significant economic, social, and cultural impacts at different geographical scales. Scholars from a varie...

The Hackable City
The Hackable City

by Michiel de Lange, Martijn de Waal

This book presents a selection of the best contributions to the Digital Cities 9 Workshop held in Limerick in 2015, combining a number of the latest academic insights into new collaborative modes of city making that are firmly rooted in empirical findings about the actual practices of citizens, designers and policy makers. It explores the affordanc...

Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam
Food Anxiety in Globalising Vietnam

by Judith Ehlert, Nora Katharina Faltmann

This book approaches the anxieties inherent in food consumption and production in Vietnam. The country's rapid and recent economic integration into global agro-food systems and consumer markets spurred a new quality of food safety concerns, health issues and distrust in food distribution networks that have become increasingly obscured. This edited ...

Information Infrastructures within European Health Care
Information Infrastructures within European Health Care

by Margunn Aanestad, Miria Grisot, Ole Hanseth, Polyxeni Vassilakopoulou

This book consolidates experiences from across Europe on the design, development, implementation and evolution of inter-organisational information infrastructures for healthcare. It provides insights with practical relevance for those involved or interested in the planning and implementation of such infrastructures and includes 11 empirical cases o...

Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe
Public Health Ethics: Cases Spanning the Globe

by Drue H. Barrett, Leonard W. Ortmann, Angus Dawson, Carla Saenz, Andreas Reis, Gail Bolan

This book highlights the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise in the practice of public health. It is also a tool to support instruction, debate, and dialogue regarding public health ethics. Although the practice of public health has always included consideration of ethical issues, the field of public health ethics as a discipline is a relatively...

Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake
Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake

by Toshiyuki Monma, Itsuo Goto, Takahisa Hayashi, Hidekiyo Tachiya, Kanju Ohsawa

This book summarizes the results of 3 years of agricultural and forestry reconstructive efforts and applied research conducted directly in the affected areas of Fukushima following the Great East Japan Earthquake. It describes fast and effective revival methods and technologies from tsunami and radiation damages, demonstrated through the collaborat...

Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda
Psychiatry and Decolonisation in Uganda

by Yolana Pringle

This book investigates psychiatry in Uganda during the years of decolonisation. It examines the challenges facing a new generation of psychiatrists as they took over responsibility for psychiatry at the end of empire, and explores the ways psychiatric practices were tied to shifting political and development priorities, periods of instability, and ...

Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development
Technological and Institutional Innovations for Marginalized Smallholders in Agricultural Development

by Franz W. Gatzweiler, Joachim von Braun

The aim of the book is to present contributions in theory, policy and practice to the science and policy of sustainable intensification by means of technological and institutional innovations in agriculture. The research insights re from Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The purpose of this book is to be a reference for students, scholars and prac...

DevOps for Digital Leaders
DevOps for Digital Leaders

by Aruna Ravichandran, Kieran Taylor, Peter Waterhouse

Learn to design, implement, measure, and improve DevOps programs that are tailored to your organization. This concise guide assists leaders who are accountable for the rapid development of high-quality software applications. In DevOps for Digital Leaders, deep collective experience on both sides of the dev - ops divide informs the global thought l...

Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation
Africa-Europe Research and Innovation Cooperation

by Andrew Cherry, James Haselip, Gerard Ralphs, Isabella E. Wagner

This edited volume is concerned with the evolution and achievements of cooperation in research and innovation between Africa and Europe, and points to the need for more diversified funding and finance mechanisms, and for novel models of collaboration to attract new actors and innovative ideas. It reflects on the political, economic, diplomatic and ...

Housing Estates in Europe
Housing Estates in Europe

by Daniel Baldwin Hess, Tiit Tammaru, Maarten van Ham

This book explores the formation and socio-spatial trajectories of large housing estates in Europe. Are these estates clustered or scattered? Which social groups originally had access to residential space in housing estates? What is the size, scale and geography of housing estates, their architectural and built environment composition, services and...

White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy
White-Collar Crime in the Shadow Economy

by Petter Gottschalk, Lars Gunnesdal

This book examines the magnitude, causes of, and reactions to white-collar crime, based on the theories and research of those who have uncovered various forms of white-collar crime. It argues that the offenders who are convicted represent only 'the tip of the iceberg' of a much greater problem: because white-collar crime is forced to compete with o...

A City in Blue and Green
A City in Blue and Green

by Peter G. Rowe, Limin Hee

This book highlights Singapore's development into a city in which water and greenery, along with associated environmental, technical, social and political aspects have been harnessed and cultivated into a liveable sustainable way of life. It is also a story about a unique and thoroughgoing approach to large-scale and potentially transferable water ...

Solidarity in Europe
Solidarity in Europe

by Christian Lahusen, Maria T. Grasso

This open access volume provides evidence-based knowledge on European solidarity and citizen responses in times of crisis. Does the crisis of European integration translate into a crisis of European solidarity, and if yes, what are the manifestations at the level of individual citizens? How strongly is solidarity rooted at the individual level, bot...

25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries
25 Years of Transformations of Higher Education Systems in Post-Soviet Countries

by Jeroen Huisman, Anna Smolentseva, Isak Froumin

This book is a result of the first ever study of the transformations of the higher education institutional landscape in fifteen former USSR countries after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. It explores how the single Soviet model that developed across the vast and diverse territory of the Soviet Union over several decades has evolved int...

Deltas in the Anthropocene
Deltas in the Anthropocene

by Robert J. Nicholls, W. Neil Adger, Craig W. Hutton, Susan E. Hanson

The Anthropocene is the human-dominated modern era that has accelerated social, environmental and climate change across the world in the last few decades. This book examines the challenges the Anthropocene presents to the sustainable management of deltas, both the many threats as well as the opportunities. In the world's deltas the Anthropocene is ...

Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas
Ecosystem Services for Well-Being in Deltas

by Robert J. Nicholls, Craig W. Hutton, W. Neil Adger, Susan E. Hanson, Md. Munsur Rahman, Mashfiqus Salehin

This book answers key questions about environment, people and their shared future in deltas. It develops a systematic and holistic approach for policy-orientated analysis for the future of these regions. It does so by focusing on ecosystem services in the world's largest, most populous and most iconic delta region, that of the Ganges-Brahmaputra de...

Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions
Successful Global Collaborations in Higher Education Institutions

by Abdulrahman AI-Youbi, Adnan H. M. Zahed, William G. Tierney

This book written by international experts in the field of educational innovation is a guide for universities to become world-class universities. It contributes to the current international intellectual debate on the future of higher education. It also tells the story of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and its effort to become a ...

Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems
Subseafloor Biosphere Linked to Hydrothermal Systems

by Jun-ichiro Ishibashi, Kyoko Okino, Michinari Sunamura

This book is the comprehensive volume of the TAIGA ("a great river " in Japanese) project. Supported by the Japanese government, the project examined the hypothesis that the subseafloor fluid advection system (subseafloor TAIGA) can be categorized into four types, TAIGAs of sulfur, hydrogen, carbon (methane), and iron, according to the ...

Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development
Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development

by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson

This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating oppor...

Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism
Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism

by Cecilie Vindal Ødegaard, Juan Javier Rivera Andía

Exploring indigenous life projects in encounters with extractivism, the present open access volume discusses how current turbulences actualise questions of indigeneity, difference and ontological dynamics in the Andes and Amazonia. While studies of extractivism in South America often focus on wider national and international politics, this contribu...

Integrating Immigrants in Europe
Integrating Immigrants in Europe

by Peter Scholten, Han Entzinger, Rinus Penninx, Stijn Verbeek

This book explores how research and policymaking in the field of migrant integration have developed historically and how this interrelationship plays out in the strongly politicised climate of opinions on migration in Europe. It features interdisciplinary theoretical contributions as well as original empirical studies on research-policy dialogues a...

Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis
Bordieuan Field Theory as an Instrument for Military Operational Analysis

by Håkan Gunneriusson

This book uses Pierre Bourdieu's field theory as a lens through which to examine military operations. Novel in its approach, this innovative text provides a better, more nuanced understanding of the modern 'battlespace', particularly in instances of prolonged low-intensity conflict. Formed in two parts, this book primarily explores the scope of Bou...

Building a Cashless Society
Building a Cashless Society

by Niklas Arvidsson

This free book tells the story of how Sweden is becoming a virtually cashless society. Its goal is to improve readers' understanding of what is driving this transition, and of the factors that are fostering and hampering it. In doing so, the book covers the role of central banks, political factors, needs for innovation, and the stakeholders involve...

Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning
Socioeconomic and Environmental Implications of Agricultural Residue Burning

by Parmod Kumar, Surender Kumar, Laxmi Joshi

This book discusses the important issue of the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of agricultural residue burning, common in agricultural practices in many parts of the world. In particular, it focuses on the pollution caused by rice residue burning using primary survey data from Punjab, India. It discusses emerging solutions to agricultural w...

Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy
Non-Equilibrium Social Science and Policy

by Jeffrey Johnson, Andrzej Nowak, Paul Ormerod, Bridget Rosewell, Yi-Cheng Zhang

The overall aim of this book, an outcome of the European FP7 FET Open NESS project, is to contribute to the ongoing effort to put the quantitative social sciences on a proper footing for the 21st century. A key focus is economics, and its implications on policy making, where the still dominant traditional approach increasingly struggles to capture ...

The Chinese Economic Transformation
The Chinese Economic Transformation

by Ligang Song, Yixiao Zhou, Luke Hurst

The Chinese Economic Transformation, the 19th volume in the China Update book series, provides an opportunity for young economists to share their views on various issues relating to the Chinese economic transformation. More than half of the contributors to this book are female scholars. Some of the contributors are rising stars in the studies of th...

The Jingshan Report
The Jingshan Report

by China Finance 40 Forum Research Group

The Jingshan Report is a collection of research papers on key issues for China's financial opening, including reform of the RMB exchange rate regime, management of cross-border capital flows and financial support for the Belt and Road Initiative. Authored by leading experts in the relevant fields, the report examines the evolution, current status a...

Faith, Finance, and Economy
Faith, Finance, and Economy

by Tanweer Akram, Salim Rashid

This book seeks to foster a multidisciplinary understanding of the ties between faith, financial intermediation, and economic progress by drawing on research across economics, finance, history, philosophy, ethics, theology, public policy, law, and other disciplines. Chapters in this edited volume examine themes as consequential as economic opportun...

Internal Diversity
Internal Diversity

by Sonja Moghaddari

This book explores the interrelation between diversity in migrants' internal relations and their experience of inequality in local and global contexts. Taking the case of Hamburg-based Iranians, it traces evaluation processes in ties between professionals - artists and entrepreneurs - since the 1930s, examining migrants' potential to act upon hiera...

European Variations as a Key to Cooperation
European Variations as a Key to Cooperation

by Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Emina Ćerimović, Huub Dijstelbloem, Mathieu Segers

This free book offers a novel view on the benefits of a lasting variation between the member states in the EU. In order to bring together thirty very different European states and their citizens, the EU will have to offer more scope for variation. Unlike the existing differentiation by means of opt-outs and deviations, variation is not a concession...

National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law
National Constitutions in European and Global Governance: Democracy, Rights, the Rule of Law

by Anneli Albi, Samo Bardutzky

This two-volume book, published open access, brings together leading scholars of constitutional law from twenty-nine European countries to revisit the role of national constitutions at a time when decision-making has increasingly shifted to the European and transnational level. It offers important insights into three areas. First, it explores how c...

Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights
Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights

by Markus Kaltenborn, Markus Krajewski, Heike Kuhn

This free book analyses the interplay of sustainable development and human rights from different perspectives including fight against poverty, health, gender equality, working conditions, climate change and the role of private actors. Each aspect is addressed from a more human rights-focused angle and a development-policy angle. This allows compari...

Urban Planning Against Poverty
Urban Planning Against Poverty

by Jean-Claude Bolay

This free book revisits the theoretical foundations of urban planning and the application of these concepts and methods in the context of Southern countries by examining several case studies from different regions of the world. For instance, the case of Koudougou, a medium-sized city in one of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso, with ...

Vermin, Victims and Disease
Vermin, Victims and Disease

by Angela Cassidy

"Dr Cassidy draws pertinent general conclusions about generating policy and mediating the role of the expert in today's science-sceptic and increasingly polarised society... It is both a useful and original contribution, specifically to the history of zoonotic disease policy, and policy history more generally."—Helen Bynum, Author of Sp...

Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas
Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas

by Adnan Qayyum, Olaf Zawacki-Richter

This free book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. It discusses how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of national higher education systems in these countries, and explore...

Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico
Magazines, Tourism, and Nation-Building in Mexico

by Claire Lindsay

This free book discusses the relationship between periodicals, tourism, and nation-building in Mexico. It enquires into how magazines, a staple form of the promotional apparatus of tourism since its inception, articulated an imaginative geography of Mexico at a time when that industry became a critical means of economic recovery and political stabi...

Migration, Gender and Social Justice
Migration, Gender and Social Justice

by Thanh-Dam Truong, Des Gasper, Jeff Handmaker, Sylvia I. Bergh

This book is the product of a collaborative effort involving partners from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America who were funded by the International Development Research Centre Programme on Women and Migration (2006-2011). The International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam spearheaded a project intended to distill and r...

Data Collection in Fragile States
Data Collection in Fragile States

by Johannes Hoogeveen, Utz Pape

'This free book addresses an urgent issue on which little organized information exists. It reflects experience in Africa but is highly relevant to other fragile states as well.'—Constantine Michalopoulos, John Hopkins University, USA and former Director of Economic Policy and Co-ordination at the World BankFragile countries face a triple data cha...

Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia
Infrastructure and Economic Growth in Asia

by John Cockburn, Yazid Dissou, Jean-Yves Duclos, Luca Tiberti

Public spending on infrastructure plays an important role in promoting economic growth and poverty alleviation. Empirical studies unequivocally show that under-investment in infrastructure limits economic growth. At the same time, numerous other studies have shown that investment in infrastructure can be an effective tool in fighting poverty reduct...

Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather
Louisiana's Response to Extreme Weather

by Shirley Laska

This book takes an in-depth look at Louisiana as a state which is ahead of the curve in terms of extreme weather events, both in frequency and magnitude, and in its responses to these challenges including recovery and enhancement of resiliency.Louisiana faced a major tropical catastrophe in the 21st century, and experiences the fastest rising sea l...

Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012
Placing the Public in Public Health in Post-War Britain, 1948–2012

by Alex Mold, Peder Clark, Gareth Millward, Daisy Payling

This book explores the question of who or what 'the public' is within 'public health' in post-war Britain. Drawing on historical research on the place of the public in public health in Britain from the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948, the book presents a new perspective on the relationship between state and citizen. Focusing on...

mHealth Innovation in Asia
mHealth Innovation in Asia

by Emma Baulch, Jerry Watkins, Amina Tariq

This book offers a detailed account of a range of mHealth initiatives across South, Southeast and East Asia. It provides readers with deep insights into the challenges such initiatives face on the ground, and a view of the diverse cultural contexts shaping strategies for overcoming these challenges. The book brings together various discussions on t...

Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa
Development Policies and Policy Processes in Africa

by Christian Henning, Ousmane Badiane, Eva Krampe

The book examines the methodological challenges in analyzing the effectiveness of development policies. It presents a selection of tools and methodologies that can help tackle the complexities of which policies work best and why, and how they can be implemented effectively given the political and economic framework conditions of a country. The cont...

Workers, Managers, Productivity
Workers, Managers, Productivity

by Akio Hosono, John Page, Go Shimada

This free book provides a glimpse into the Japanese management technique known as "Kaizen," and the ways it has been disseminated around the developing world. The novelty of this book is three-fold: it provides a contextualized view of the mechanisms of initiatives implementing Kaizen in developing countries; compared with productivity st...

Spanish Economic Growth, 1850–2015
Spanish Economic Growth, 1850–2015

by Leandro Prados de la Escosura

This text offers a comprehensive and nuanced view of the economic development of Spain since 1850. It provides a new set of historical GDP estimates for Spain from the demand and supply sides, and presents a reconstruction of production and expenditure series for the century prior to the introduction of modern national accounts. The author spl...

Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism
Healthcare, Frugal Innovation, and Professional Voluntarism

by Helen Louise Ackers, James Ackers-Johnson, John Chatwin, Natasha Tyler

This book investigates what international placements of healthcare employees in low resource settings add to the UK workforce and the efficacy of the its national health system. The authors present empirical data collected from a volunteer deployment project in Uganda focused on reducing maternal and new-born mortality and discuss the learning and ...

Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions
Enabling Sustainable Energy Transitions

by Siddharth Sareen

"This compact book argues that ideas about accountability and legitimation – drawn from work on environmental governance – can open up new analytical perspectives on what is holding back effective energy system transformation. With bite-size chapters and illustrative cases that draw on the work of five expert witnesses, this is a novel int...

Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East
Open and Distance Education in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

by Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Adnan Qayyum

This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: China, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. It describes how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of the national higher education systems in these countries. It al...

Extended Working Life Policies
Extended Working Life Policies

by Áine Ní Léime, Jim Ogg, Martina Rašticová, Debra Street, Clary Krekula, Monika Bédiová, Ignacio Madero-Cabib

This volume addresses the current debate on extended working life policy by considering the influence of gender and health on the experiences of older workers. Bringing together an international team of scholars, it tackles issues as gender, health status and job/ occupational characteristics that structure the capacity and outcomes associated with...

Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning
Global Perspectives on Recognising Non-formal and Informal Learning

by Madhu Singh

This book deals with the relevance of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning in education and training, the workplace and society. In an increasing number of countries, it is at the top of the policy and research agenda ranking among the possible ways to redress the glaring lack of relevant academic and vocational qualificat...

Energy Justice Across Borders
Energy Justice Across Borders

by Gunter Bombaerts, Kirsten Jenkins, Yekeen A. Sanusi, Wang Guoyu

We must find new and innovative ways of conceptualizing transboundary energy issues, of embedding concerns of ethics or justice into energy policy, and of operationalizing response to them. This book stems from the emergent gap; the need for comparative approaches to energy justice, and for those that consider ethical traditions that go beyond the ...

From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity
From Assessing to Conserving Biodiversity

by Elena Casetta, Jorge  Marques da Silva, Davide Vecchi

This book features essays written by philosophers, biologists, ecologists and conservation scientists facing the current biodiversity crisis. Despite increasing communication, accelerating policy and management responses, and notwithstanding improving ecosystem assessment and endangered species knowledge, conserving biodiversity continues to be mor...

Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences
Childlessness in Europe: Contexts, Causes, and Consequences

by Michaela Kreyenfeld, Dirk Konietzka

​This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of ch...

The Ethics of Cybersecurity
The Ethics of Cybersecurity

by Markus Christen, Bert Gordijn, Michele Loi

This open access book provides the first comprehensive collection of papers that provide an integrative view on cybersecurity. It discusses theories, problems and solutions on the relevant ethical issues involved. This work is sorely needed in a world where cybersecurity has become indispensable to protect trust and confidence in the digital infras...

Building the Inclusive City
Building the Inclusive City

by Victor Santiago Pineda

"A landmark study showing how empirical work, through the methodology of the social sciences, can come into contact with political philosophy and disability studies so as to make a meaningful contribution to policy. Dr. Victor Santiago Pineda's work will be read for decades, as a foundation for future research on the application of the capabil...

Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development
Well-being, Sustainability and Social Development

by Harry Lintsen, Frank Veraart, Jan-Pieter Smits, John Grin

This book examines more than two centuries of societal development using novel historical and statistical approaches. It applies the well-being monitor developed by Statistics Netherlands that has been endorsed by a significant part of the international, statistical community. It features The Netherlands as a case study, which is an especially inte...

Disability, Health and Human Development
Disability, Health and Human Development

by Sophie Mitra

This book introduces the human development model to define disability and map its links with health and wellbeing, based on Sen's capability approach. The author uses panel survey data with internationally comparable questions on disability for Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda. It presents evidence on the prevalence of disability and its stron...

Politics of (Dis)Integration
Politics of (Dis)Integration

by Sophie Hinger, Reinhard Schweitzer

This open access book explores how contemporary integration policies and practices are not just about migrants and minority groups becoming part of society but often also reflect deliberate attempts to undermine their inclusion or participation. This affects individual lives as well as social cohesion. The book highlights the variety of ways in whi...

Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China
Innovation, Economic Development, and Intellectual Property in India and China

by Kung-Chung Liu, Uday S. Racherla

This book analyses intellectual property and innovation governance in the development of six key industries in India and China. These industries are reflective of the innovation and economic development of the two economies, or of vital importance to them: the IT Industry, the film industry, the pharmaceutical industry, plant varieties and food sec...

Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education
Indigenous Pathways, Transitions and Participation in Higher Education

by Jack Frawley, Steve Larkin, James A. Smith

This book brings together contributions by researchers, scholars, policy-makers, practitioners, professionals and citizens who have an interest in or experience of Indigenous pathways and transitions into higher education. University is not for everyone, but a university should be for everyone. To a certain extent, the choice not to participate in ...

Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours
Fish, Fishing and Community in North Korea and Neighbours

by Robert Winstanley-Chesters

This open access book explores the histories and geographies of fishing in North Korea and the surrounding nations. With the ideological and environmental history of North Korea in mind, the book examines the complex interactions between local communities, fish themselves, wider ecosystems and the politics of Pyongyang through the lens of critical ...

Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage
Adaptive Strategies for Water Heritage

by Carola Hein

This book, building on research initiated by scholars from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Global Heritage and Development (CHGD) and ICOMOS Netherlands, presents multidisciplinary research that connects water to heritage. Through twenty-one chapters it explores landscapes, cities, engineering structures and buildings from around the world. It ...

Philip's Atlas of World History
Philip's Atlas of World History

by Patrick O'Brien

There could be no more opportune time than the start of the third millennium AD to produce an entirely new atlas of world history. Not only does this symbolic (if arbitrary) moment provoke a mood of public retrospection, but the pace of global change itself demands a greater awareness of "whole world" history. More than 20 years have p...

Warlike and Peaceful Societies
Warlike and Peaceful Societies

by Agner Fog

Are humans violent or peaceful by nature? We are both. In this ambitious and wide-ranging book, Agner Fog presents a ground-breaking new argument that explains the existence of differently organised societies using evolutionary theory. It combines natural sciences and social sciences in a way that is rarely seen. According to a concept called...

Cultural Heritage Ethics
Cultural Heritage Ethics

by Constantine Sandis

Theory without practice is empty, practice without theory is blind, to adapt a phrase from Immanuel Kant. The sentiment could not be truer of cultural heritage ethics. This intra-disciplinary book bridges the gap between theory and practice by bringing together a stellar cast of academics, activists, consultants, journalists, lawyers, and museum pr...

Beyond Holy Russia
Beyond Holy Russia

by Michael Hughes

This biography examines the long life of the traveller and author Stephen Graham. Graham walked across large parts of the Tsarist Empire in the years before 1917, describing his adventures in a series of books and articles that helped to shape attitudes towards Russia in Britain and the United States. In later years he travelled widely across Europ...

Storytelling in Northern Zambia
Storytelling in Northern Zambia

by Robert Cancel

Storytelling plays an important part in the vibrant cultural life of Zambia and in many other communities across Africa. This innovative book provides a collection and analysis of oral narrative traditions as practiced by five Bemba-speaking ethnic groups in Zambia. The integration of newly digitalised audio and video recordings into the text enabl...

Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System

by Alison S. Burke, David Carter, Brian Fedorek, Tiffany Morey, Lore Rutz-Burri, Shanell Sanchez

This open book is unique because it was a collaborative effort by all Criminology and Criminal Justice professors at Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. This book can be used on a quarter or semester system, as well as cover topics that may get left out of some introductory texts such as controversial issues in the criminal justice...

Welcome to the Beatles
Welcome to the Beatles

by Andrew Pregnall, Jason Arquette, Allyson Manhart

Organized, authored, and edited over the course of five months by a class of eighteen Virginia Tech undergraduate students, Welcome to the Beatles represents their collective contribution to the larger scholarship on the most important band in rock history. The chapters build upon the work of noted author and historian Mark Lewisohn and take into a...

Exploring Business
Exploring Business

by UMN

Exploring Business introduces students to business roles and concepts in an exciting way. This text will help you decide whether business is right for you and, if so, what areas of business you'd like to study further. Exploring Business is adapted from a work produced by a publisher who has requested that they and the original author not receiv...

Political Social Work
Political Social Work

by Shannon R. Lane, Suzanne Pritzker

This social work book is the first of its kind, describing practical steps that social workers can take to shape and influence both policy and politics. It prepares social workers and social work students to impact political action and subsequent policy, with a detailed real-world framework for turning ideas into concrete goals and strategies for e...

Mapping Global Theatre Histories
Mapping Global Theatre Histories

by Mark Pizzato

This book provides a global, chronological mapping of significant areas of theatre, sketched from its deepest history in the evolution of our brain's 'inner theatre' to ancient, medieval, modern, and postmodern developments. It considers prehistoric cave art and built temples, African trance dances, ancient Egyptian and Middle-Eastern ritual dramas...

Introduction to Law
Introduction to Law

by Jaap Hage, Antonia Waltermann, Bram Akkermans

This book is exceptional in the sense that it provides an introduction to law in general rather than the law of one specific jurisdiction, and it presents a unique way of looking at legal education. It is crucial for lawyers to be aware of the different ways in which societal problems can be solved and to be able to discuss the advantages and disad...

Philosophy of Race
Philosophy of Race

by Naomi Zack

Philosophy of Race: An Introduction provides plainly written access to a new subfield that has been in the background of philosophy since Plato and Aristotle. Part I provides an overview of ideas of race and ethnicity in the philosophical canon, egalitarian traditions, race in biology, and race in American and Continental Philosophy. Part II addres...

Excel Data Analysis
Excel Data Analysis

by Hector Guerrero

This book offers a comprehensive and readable introduction to modern business and data analytics. It is based on the use of Excel, a tool that virtually all students and professionals have access to. The explanations are focused on understanding the techniques and their proper application, and are supplemented by a wealth of in-chapter and end-of-c...

Policing and Minority Communities
Policing and Minority Communities

by James F. Albrecht, Garth den Heyer, Perry Stanislas

This insightful book examines the allegations against the professionalism, transparency, and integrity of law enforcement toward minority groups, from a global perspective. It addresses the challenges inherent in maintaining strong ties with members of the community, and draws attention to obstacles in ensuring public confidence and trust in rule o...

Energy and the Wealth of Nations
Energy and the Wealth of Nations

by Charles A.S. Hall, Kent Klitgaard

In this updated edition of a groundbreaking text, concepts such as energy return on investment (EROI) provide powerful insights into the real balance sheets that drive our "petroleum economy." Hall and Klitgaard explore the relation between energy and the wealth explosion of the 20th century, and the interaction of internal limits to grow...

Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid
Planning and Preparing for Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid

by Jeremy Taylor

Microsoft SharePoint hybrid deployments are rapidly becoming popular with Microsoft's investments on increased SharePoint productivity, not only in your own environment (on-premises) but also collaborating in new ways through the largest and most advanced cloud service platform in the world - Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. SharePoint hyb...