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The Architecture of Government

The Architecture of Government Author Daniel Treisman
ISBN-10 9781139466493
Release 2007-07-02
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Since the days of Montesquieu and Jefferson, political decentralization has been seen as a force for better government and economic performance. It is thought to bring government 'closer to the people', nurture civic virtue, protect liberty, exploit local information, stimulate policy innovation, and alleviate ethnic tensions. Inspired by such arguments, and generously funded by the major development agencies, countries across the globe have been racing to devolve power to local governments. This book re-examines the arguments that underlie the modern faith in decentralization. Using logical analysis and formal modeling, and appealing to numerous examples, it shows that most are based on vague intuitions or partial views that do not withstand scrutiny. A review of empirical studies of decentralization finds these as inconclusive and mutually contradictory as the theories they set out to test.

Conceptualising Comparative Politics

Conceptualising Comparative Politics Author Anthony Petros Spanakos
ISBN-10 9781317639039
Release 2015-07-16
Pages 272
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Comparative politics often involves testing of hypotheses using new methodological approaches without giving sufficient attention to the concepts which are fundamental to hypotheses, particularly the ability of these concepts to ‘travel’. Proper operationalising requires deep reflection on the concept, not simply establishing how it should be measured. Conceptualising Comparative Politics – the flagship book of Routledge’s series of the same name – breaks new ground by emphasising the role of thoroughly thinking through concepts and deep familiarity with the case that inform the conceptual reflection. In this thought- provoking book, established academics as well as emerging scholars in the field collect (and invite) scholarship in the tradition of conceptual comparative politics. The book posits that concepts may be used comparatively as ‘lenses’, ‘building blocks’ and ‘scripts’, and contributors show how these conceptual tools can be employed in original comparative research. Importantly, contributors to Conceptualising Comparative Politics do not simply use concepts in one of these three ways but they apply them with careful consideration of empirical variation. The chapters included in this volume address some of the most contentious issues in comparative politics (populism, state capacity, governance, institutions, elections, secularism, among others) from various geographic regions and model how scholars doing comparative politics might approach such subjects. Concepts make possible scholarly conversations including creative confrontations across paradigms. Conceptualising Comparative Politics will challenge you to think of how to engage in conceptual comparative inquiry and how to use various methodologically sound techniques to understand and explain comparative politics.

Presidents Governors and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies

Presidents  Governors  and the Politics of Distribution in Federal Democracies Author Lucas I. González
ISBN-10 9781317372462
Release 2016-03-10
Pages 313
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Tensions between central authorities and subnational units over centralization and fiscal autonomy are on top of the political agenda in many developing federal countries. This book examines historical changes in the balance between the resources that presidents and governors control and the policy responsibilities they have to deliver. It focuses on Argentina and Brazil, the most decentralized federal countries in Latin America, with the most powerful sub-national governments in the region. Using formal modelling, statistical tools, and comparative historical analyses, it examines substantive shifts in the allocation of resources and the distribution of administrative functions and explains under which conditions these changes occur. In doing so, it presents theoretical and comparative implications for the study of fiscal federalism and the functioning of developing federal democracies. This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of federalism, intergovernmental relations, decentralization, and sub-national politics and more broadly to those studying comparative politics, democratization, political elites, public policy and economics.

Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care

Federalism and Decentralization in European Health and Social Care Author J. Costa-Font
ISBN-10 9781137291875
Release 2016-01-12
Pages 278
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This is the first book to examine the processes of territorial federalization and decentralization of health systems in Europe drawing from an interdisciplinary economics, public policy and political science approach. It contains key theoretical and empirical features that allow an understanding of when health care decentralization is successful.

Comparative Politics

Comparative Politics Author Mark Irving Lichbach
ISBN-10 9780521885157
Release 2009
Pages 497
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This revised edition of Comparative Politics offers an assessment of the past decade of scholarship in comparative politics.

Journal of Economic Literature

Journal of Economic Literature Author
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822036700003
Release 2007
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Journal of Economic Literature has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Journal of Economic Literature also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Journal of Economic Literature book for free.

Rebuilding Leviathan

Rebuilding Leviathan Author Anna Grzymala-Busse
ISBN-10 9781139464925
Release 2007-04-09
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Why do some governing parties limit their opportunistic behaviour and constrain the extraction of private gains from the state? This analysis of post-communist state reconstruction provides surprising answers to this fundamental question of party politics. Across the post-communist democracies, governing parties have opportunistically reconstructed the state - simultaneously exploiting it by extracting state resources and building new institutions that further such extraction. They enfeebled or delayed formal state institutions of monitoring and oversight, established new discretionary structures of state administration, and extracted enormous informal profits from the privatization of the communist economy. By examining how post-communist political parties rebuilt the state in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia, Grzymala-Busse explains how even opportunistic political parties will limit their corrupt behaviour and abuse of state resources when faced with strong political competition.

The Journal of Political Economy

The Journal of Political Economy Author
ISBN-10 UCSD:31822035037464
Release 1892
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Deals with research and scholarship in economic theory. Presents analytical, interpretive, and empirical studies in the areas of monetary theory, fiscal policy, labor economics, planning and development, micro- and macroeconomic theory, international trade and finance, and industrial organization. Also covers interdisciplinary fields such as history of economic thought and social economics.

Routledge Handbook of Regionalism Federalism

Routledge Handbook of Regionalism   Federalism Author John Loughlin
ISBN-10 9781136727696
Release 2013-07-18
Pages 640
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Almost all states are either federal or regionalized in some sense. It is difficult to find a state that is entirely unitary and the Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism necessarily takes in almost the entire world. Both federalism and regionalism have been subjects of a vast academic literature mainly from political science but sometimes also from history, economics, and geography. This cutting edge examination seeks to evaluate the two types of state organization from the perspective of political science producing a work that is analytical rather than simply descriptive. The Handbook presents some of the latest theoretical reflections on regionalism and federalism and then moves on to discuss cases of both regionalism and federalism in key countries chosen from the world’s macro-regions. Assembling this wide range of case studies allows the book to present a general picture of current trends in territorial governance. The final chapters then examine failed federations such as Czechoslovakia and examples of transnational regionalism - the EU, NAFTA and the African Union. Covering evolving forms of federalism and regionalism in all parts of the world and featuring a comprehensive range of case studies by leading international scholars this work will be an essential reference source for all students and scholars of international politics, comparative politics and international relations.

Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies

Macroeconomic Policies of Developed Democracies Author Robert J. Franzese
ISBN-10 0521004411
Release 2002-02-11
Pages 306
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Modern political-economic theory explains the postwar evolution of macroeconomic policy in developed democracies.

After the Deluge

After the Deluge Author Daniel Treisman
ISBN-10 0472088319
Release 2001
Pages 280
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Explains why Russia does not dissolve into independent countries

NACLA Report on the Americas

NACLA Report on the Americas Author
ISBN-10 UCSC:32106019964227
Release 2007
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NACLA Report on the Americas has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from NACLA Report on the Americas also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full NACLA Report on the Americas book for free.

On Feeding the Masses

On Feeding the Masses Author John Yasuda
ISBN-10 9781107199644
Release 2017-12-28
Pages 225
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Pressures emanating from China's scale, regulatory politics, and need to feed itself has led to its decade's long food safety crisis.

The Civic Culture

The Civic Culture Author Gabriel Abraham Almond
ISBN-10 9781400874569
Release 2015-12-08
Pages 576
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The authors interviewed over 5,000 citizens in Germany, Italy, Mexico, Great Britain, and the U.S. to learn political attitudes in modem democratic states. Originally published in 1963. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Annual review of political science

Annual review of political science Author Annual Reviews, inc
ISBN-10 UOM:39015079787993
Release 2009-06-30
Pages 516
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Annual review of political science has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Annual review of political science also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Annual review of political science book for free.

Policy Dynamics

Policy Dynamics Author Frank R. Baumgartner
ISBN-10 0226039404
Release 2002-06-15
Pages 360
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While governmental policies and institutions may remain more or less the same for years, they can also change suddenly and unpredictably in response to new political agendas and crises. What causes stability or change in the political system? What role do political institutions play in this process? To investigate these questions, Policy Dynamics draws on the most extensive data set yet compiled for public policy issues in the United States. Spanning the past half-century, these data make it possible to trace policies and legislation, public and media attention to them, and governmental decisions over time and across institutions. Some chapters analyze particular policy areas, such as health care, national security, and immigration, while others focus on institutional questions such as congressional procedures and agendas and the differing responses by Congress and the Supreme Court to new issues. Policy Dynamics presents a radical vision of how the federal government evolves in response to new challenges-and the research tools that others may use to critique or extend that vision.

Making Decentralization Work

Making Decentralization Work Author Ed Connerley
ISBN-10 PSU:000067888023
Release 2010
Pages 263
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The authors of this volume sift through the accumulating evidence to assess how well decentralization has fared. Focusing on consequences rather than causes, their goal is to inform future interventions in support of decentralized governance by showcasing some of the important trade-offs that it has generated so far.