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Education Policy and Realist Social Theory: Primary Teachers, Child-Centred Philosophy and the New Managerialism (Routledge Studies in Critical Realism)

by Robert Archer

In Europe welfare state provision has been subjected to 'market forces'. Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education, to be achieved by new managerialist techniques and mechanisms. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues against this new vision of education, and offers a different, more useful potential approach.This in-depth major study will be of great interest to researchers in the sociology of education, education policy, social theory, organization and management studies, and also to professionals concerned about the deleterious impact of current education policy on children's learning and welfare.

Education Policy and Realist Social Theory: Primary Teachers, Child-Centred Philosophy and the New Managerialism (Routledge Studies in Critical Realism)

by Robert Archer

In Europe welfare state provision has been subjected to 'market forces'. Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education, to be achieved by new managerialist techniques and mechanisms. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues against this new vision of education, and offers a different, more useful potential approach.This in-depth major study will be of great interest to researchers in the sociology of education, education policy, social theory, organization and management studies, and also to professionals concerned about the deleterious impact of current education policy on children's learning and welfare.

Education Policy (PDF)

by Paul Trowler

In this up-to-date introduction to a key policy area, Paul Trowler puts current education policy into context by showing how it has evolved over time and in response to different political ideals. He examines what education policy is, how it is formulated and, crucially, how implementation processes affect outcomes. He looks at the key issues facing the government today and at how the research process feeds into policy-making. This concise guide, suitable for student or professional, features: * policy landmark tables * illustrative case studies * summaries of key points * guides to further reading * useful websites and addresses * a glossary of key terms.

Edwina Currie: Diaries 1987-1992

by Edwina Currie

After Margaret Thatcher, Edwina Currie was the second most prominent woman in British politics during the 1980s. Indeed, she was often spoken of as a potential Prime Minister. Her outspokenness and her lively, media-friendly personality won her a much higher profile than her status as a junior minister would otherwise have commanded. When she was forced to resign from the government after warning of the danger signs of salmonella infection in eggs, she was already a national figure. Revealing her four-year affair with former Prime Minister John Major, Edwina's diaries caused a media sensation. A decade on, and now with previously unpublished material, the diaries still provide a remarkable insight into politics at the top by a writer with an observant eye and a sharp sense of humour. Edwina Currie's honesty, her frankness and her courage make these unexpurgated diaries an irresistible read.

The Effective Public Manager: Achieving Success in a Changing Government

by Steven Cohen William Eimicke

Since it was first published more than a decade ago, The Effective Public Manager has become the standard manual for public administrators and students. This practical provides core concepts to help real-world managers and mangers-to-be meet the demands of their jobs head on rather than work around the constraints of government and gives them the tools to shape events rather than be shaped by them. This thoroughly revised third edition Presents an updated and detailed examination of management innovation Examines the centrality of government in an era of global communication and transportation, economic interdependence, and the threat of global terrorism Contains information on the opportunities and challenges of managing public policy from and with private and nonprofit organizations

The Effectiveness of EU Business Associations

by J. Greenwood

This is a unique collection of papers which brings together those who work in and with EU business associations at the very highest level with many of the leading academic authors on associations over the past two decades. It examines the factors that influence the effectiveness of EU business associations, and the prospects for associations and their members to influence these. It is designed to appeal both to analysts of debates about interest groups, collective action and European integration, and to those who work in and with EU business associations.

Effektive Sicherheit: Analyse des Systems kollektiver Sicherheit der Vereinten Nationen und Entwurf eines alternativen Sicherheitssystems

by Dominik A. Faust

Friedensbrecher wie das Taliban-Regime in Afghanistan und andere werden vom System kollektiver Sicherheit der Vereinten Nationen (VN) offenbar nicht abgeschreckt. Dominik A. Faust hat deshalb die Effektivität dieses Sicherheitssystems untersucht. Ausgehend vom Ergebnis, dass das System nicht wirksam ist, und dass die VN zu selten in bewaffnete Konflikte zum Zwecke der Friedenssicherung gewaltsam intervenieren, entwirft er ein effektiveres globales Sicherheitsmodell. Es sieht unter anderem Regionalausschüsse des Sicherheitsrates vor, die eng mit militärischen Organisationen kooperieren. Der Autor denkt in Alternativen, die in der Politikwissenschaft heute wenig gefragt sind. Das Buch besticht durch die Klarheit der Argumentation sowie durch gute Lesbarkeit und breite Materialbasis.

Egalitarian Politics in the Age of Globalization (International Political Economy Series)

by Craig N. Murphy

In recent years women's movements and democracy movements appear to have been more successful in promoting social equality than labour movements or development movements. Wage gaps between men and women have narrowed. New democracies have flourished. Yet, gaps between the rich and poor remain. Do differences in organization and strategy account for the differences in outcomes? Through in-depth studies of the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, China, and north- and southeast Asia the contributors to this volume provide some thought-provoking answers.

Egypt and American Foreign Assistance 1952–1956: Hopes Dashed

by J. Alterman

From the ground up the story of missed opportunities, mixed messages, and mutual frustrations in American relations with Egypt at a seminal time. Unprecedented in its drawing on Egyptian official sources, Hopes Dashed sheds new light on the difficulties and challenges of a nascent relationship characterized by missed opportunities, mixed messages, and mutual frustrations. However beneficial the intentions of those on the ground, their desire for Egyptian economic development was stymied by bureaucratic obstacles both in Egypt and the United States. And as Egypt became embroiled in the Cold War, policy decisions increasingly were made at higher levels by officials more concerned with geopolitical and Arab-Israeli issues and less how U.S. assistance could help the domestic political economy of Egypt. Alterman compellingly shows how the interests of both countries diverged to eventually undermine an early American attempt at economic assistance.

Ehrenamt und bürgerschaftliches Engagement im Recht — ein Ratgeber

by Gerhard Igl Monika Jachmann Eberhard Eichenhofer

Der Ratgeber liefert einen leicht verständlichen Überblick über die komplizierten rechtlichen Regelungen, die für ehrenamtliche und bürgerschaftlich engagierte Tätigkeiten gelten. Bürgerschaftlich oder ehrenamtlich Tätige empfinden das Recht häufig als störend, die private Initiative hemmend, mit einem Wort: als bürokratische Fessel. An dieser Kritik ist viel Wahres, aber auch hier muss die andere Seite der Medaille gesehen werden: Wer das Recht kennt und es zu nutzen weiß, kann für das bürgerschaftliche Engagement viel gewinnen. Recht ist eben nicht nur die bürokratische Fessel, Recht hilft auch in vielen Lebenssituationen. Dies gilt gerade auch für das bürgerschaftliche Engagement.

Einführung in das Kultur- und Kunstmanagement

by Peter Bendixen

Das Buch führt in das Arbeitsgebiet des Kulturmanagers ein und vermittelt neben allgemeinen ökonomischen Grundlagen Basiswissen zu den zentralen Aspekten dieses Arbeitsgebietes: Markt- und Öffentlichkeitskontakte, finanzielle Sicherung, Organisation und strukturelle Anpassung von Kulturprojekten. Ein Praxiskapitel und Hinweise zu Ausbildungsmöglichkeiten und -erfordernissen ergänzen den Band. Geeignet als Einführung für alle, die im Spannungsfeld von Kunst und Kommerz tätig werden wollen.

The Election of the Century: The 2000 Election and What it Tells Us About American Politics in the New Millennium

by Stephen J. Wayne Clyde Wilcox

This book places the 2000 presidential and congressional elections into the larger and future context of American politics. The essays in Part I focus on the role of "wedge" issues in 2000, including the economy, foreign policy, and race. Part II examines the electorate in terms of gender, religion, and age. Part III analyzes Republican and Democratic strategies in 2000. Part IV focuses in on specific factors affecting the 2000 races including the Clinton factor.

The Election of the Century: The 2000 Election and What it Tells Us About American Politics in the New Millennium (Power, Conflict, And Democracy: American Politics Into The 21st Century Ser.)

by Stephen J. Wayne Clyde Wilcox

This book places the 2000 presidential and congressional elections into the larger and future context of American politics. The essays in Part I focus on the role of "wedge" issues in 2000, including the economy, foreign policy, and race. Part II examines the electorate in terms of gender, religion, and age. Part III analyzes Republican and Democratic strategies in 2000. Part IV focuses in on specific factors affecting the 2000 races including the Clinton factor.

Electoral Realignments: A Critique Of An American Genre (PDF)

by David R. Mayhew

The study of electoral realignments is one of the most influential and intellectually stimulating enterprises undertaken by American political scientists. Realignment theory has been seen as a science able to predict changes, and generations of students, journalists, pundits and political scientists have been trained to be on the lookout for "signs" of new electoral realignments. In this work a political scientist argues that the essential claims of realignment theory are wrong - that American elections, parties and policy-making are not, and never were, reconfigured according to the realignment calendar.;David Mayhew examines 15 key empirical claims of realignment theory in detail and shows us why each in turn does not hold up under scrutiny. It is time, he insists, to open the field to new ideas. We might, for example, adopt a more nominalistic, sceptical way of thinking about American elections that highlights contingency, short-term election strategies, and valence issues. Or we might examine such broad topics as bellicosity in early American history, or racial questions in much of our electoral history. But we must move on from an old orthodoxy and failed model of illumination.

Electronic Government: First International Conference, EGOV 2002, Aix-en-Provence, France, September 2-5, 2002. Proceedings (Lecture Notes in Computer Science #2456)

by Roland Traunmüller Klaus Lenk

In defining the state of the art of E-Government, EGOV 2002 was aimed at breaking new ground in the development of innovative solutions in this impor­ tant field of the emerging Information Society. To promote this aim, the EGOV conference brought together professionals from all over the globe. In order to obtain a rich picture of the state of the art, the subject matter was dealt with in various ways: drawing experiences from case studies, investigating the outcome from projects, and discussing frameworks and guidelines. The large number of contributions and their breadth testify to a particularly vivid discussion, in which many new and fascinating strands are only beginning to emerge. This begs the question where we are heading in the field of E-Government. It is the intention of the introduction provided by the editors to concentrate the wealth of expertise presented into some statements about the future development of E-Government.

Elitenvertrauen und Demokratie: Zur Akzeptanz gesellschaftlicher Führungskräfte im vereinten Deutschland

by Viktoria Kaina

Im Rahmen der "Potsdamer Elitestudie 1995" werden empirisch fundierte Antworten auf die Frage angeboten, welche Faktoren die Akzeptanz der bundesdeutschen Funktionselite unterminieren und welche sie fördern und stabilisieren können. Im Mittelpunkt steht dabei das Vertrauen in die Führungsschicht des vereinten Deutschlands (Elitenvertrauen). Obwohl nicht von einer Vertrauenskrise der Bevölkerung in die Führungsschicht im Jahr 1995 gesprochen werden kann, finden sich klare Belege für Unzufriedenheit, vor allem mit den Eliten der Politik. Dabei sind es weniger Zweifel an den Fähigkeiten der Führungskräfte, als vielmehr enttäuschte Erwartungen der Bürger, die das Potential in sich bergen, das Elitenvertrauen in der Bundesrepublik zu untergraben.

Embodying Democracy: Electoral System Design in Post-Communist Europe (One Europe or Several?)

by S. Birch F. Millard M. Popescu K. Williams

Embodying Democracy analyzes the politics of electoral reform in eight post-communist states including Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine. By exploring the multiple factors that shaped the design of electoral institutions during the first ten years of post-communist transition, it accounts for an important element of the post-communist reform process and illuminates general features of institutional design in post-transition states.

Emerging Market Democracies: East Asia and Latin America (A Journal of Democracy Book)

by Laurence Whitehead

The end of the Cold War, the "third wave" of democratization, and economic globalization have presented the newly industrialized countries of East Asia and the liberal democracies of Latin America with increasingly similar international opportunities and constraints. During the 1980s, Latin America made great strides in democratization, while East Asia led the world in economic growth. Are the two regions now converging toward a model that combines economic and political liberalization? Many developments in both regions indicate that this is a serious possibility. Although significant countertrends do exist, there is now increased scope for mutual support and encouragement among aspiring democratic forces both within and between these two regions. This book examines these interrelated issues, paying special attention to the effects of the East Asian financial crisis of 1997–98 and its subsequent impact on Latin America.Contributors: Ananya Basu, World Bank; Francis Fukuyama, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.; Stephan Haggard, University of California-San Diego; Elizabeth M. King, World Bank; Sanjay Marwah, George Mason University; Sylvia Maxfield, Harvard University; Eduardo Silva, University of Missouri-St. Louis and University of Miami; Gordon Redding, University of Hong Kong; Tun-jen Cheng, College of William and Mary; Yun-han Chu, National Taiwan University; Laurence Whitehead, Oxford University.

Emerging Nodes in the Global Economy: Frankfurt and Tel Aviv Compared (GeoJournal Library #72)

by ArieShachar Eike W. Schamp DanielFelsenstein

This volume looks at the temporal and volatile ways in which Frankfurt and Tel Aviv engage the global economy and function as nodes within global networks. Drawing on a combination of qualitative and quantitative empirical studies of leading sectors, it systematically analyzes the process of network formation and highlights the role of national and regional policy. It will be of interest to academics, researchers, practitioners and policymakers working in urban and economic geography, public policy and economic development.

Emerging Urbanity: Global Urban Projects in the Asia Pacific Rim

by Richard Marshall

Discussions on the global economy focus on the hyper-mobility of capital, the possibility of instantaneous transmission of information and money around the globe, the centrality of information outputs to our economic systems and emphasise the neutralisation of geography and of places. What is ignored, however, is that even the most advanced information industries need a material infrastructure of buildings and work processes, and considerable agglomeration, in order to operate in global markets. Further, the globalisation of economic activity has brought with it not only a vast dispersal of offices and factories, but also a growing importance of central functions to manage and coordinate such worldwide networks of activities. The development of global urban projects is one manifestation of this move towards centrality in urban situations. These large-scale urban projects are the result of governments' seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. They are critical components of a nation's global infrastructure. In the booming economies of the Asia Pacific Rim prior to the Asian Economic Crisis these urban developments were seen as key components of national economic policies. In their making they require a conscious effort to arrange material infrastructure and reinforce that there is a role for urban design in this making. Emerging Urbanity is an exploration of this role in nine global urban projects in the Asia Pacific Rim.

Emerging Urbanity: Global Urban Projects in the Asia Pacific Rim

by Richard Marshall

Discussions on the global economy focus on the hyper-mobility of capital, the possibility of instantaneous transmission of information and money around the globe, the centrality of information outputs to our economic systems and emphasise the neutralisation of geography and of places. What is ignored, however, is that even the most advanced information industries need a material infrastructure of buildings and work processes, and considerable agglomeration, in order to operate in global markets. Further, the globalisation of economic activity has brought with it not only a vast dispersal of offices and factories, but also a growing importance of central functions to manage and coordinate such worldwide networks of activities. The development of global urban projects is one manifestation of this move towards centrality in urban situations. These large-scale urban projects are the result of governments' seeking competitive advantage in the global economy. They are critical components of a nation's global infrastructure. In the booming economies of the Asia Pacific Rim prior to the Asian Economic Crisis these urban developments were seen as key components of national economic policies. In their making they require a conscious effort to arrange material infrastructure and reinforce that there is a role for urban design in this making. Emerging Urbanity is an exploration of this role in nine global urban projects in the Asia Pacific Rim.

The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy

by Gilles Lipovetsky Catherine Porter Richard Sennett

In a book full of playful irony and striking insights, the controversial social philosopher Gilles Lipovetsky draws on the history of fashion to demonstrate that the modern cult of appearance and superficiality actually serves the common good. Focusing on clothing, bodily deportment, sex roles, sexual practices, and political rhetoric as forms of "fashion," Lipovetsky bounds across two thousand years of history, showing how the evolution of fashion from an upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression closely follows the rise of democratic values. Whereas Tocqueville feared that mass culture would create passive citizens incapable of political reasoning, Lipovetsky argues that today's mass-produced fashion offers many choices, which in turn enable consumers to become complex individuals within a consolidated, democratically educated society.Superficiality fosters tolerance among different groups within a society, claims Lipovetsky. To analyze fashion's role in smoothing over social conflict, he abandons class analysis in favor of an inquiry into the symbolism of everyday life and the creation of ephemeral desire. Lipovetsky examines the malaise experienced by people who, because they can fulfill so many desires, lose their sense of identity. His conclusions raise disturbing questions about personal joy and anguish in modern democracy.

Empirische Polizeiforschung III

by Manfred Bornewasser

Employee Relations in the Periphery of Europe: The Unfolding Story of the European Social Model

by E. O'Hagan

This book examines the manner in which the EU affects employee relations systems in economically peripheral European countries, specifically Ireland and Hungary. It asks whether the EU offers peripheral countries the opportunity to modernise their industrial relations. The EU dynamically promotes core-like employee practices, and national actors energetically attempt to implement the prescribed initiatives, yet little success has been achieved in modernising production techniques in peripheral economies. O'Hagan argues that the EU implements an unofficial development policy which it pressurises States to adopt. These initiatives amount to the frequently referred to European Social Model (ESM), which, she argues, can cause difficulty for policy makers because it is ill-defined, vague and contradictory.

Encyclopedia of the Clinton Presidency (Non-ser.)

by Peter B. Levy

First president of his generation. Second president to be impeached. Bill Clinton led the nation during eight years of unprecedented economic prosperity and peace, creating millions of new jobs, swapping deficit for surplus, and advancing his agenda of social programs. Yet he was riddled with scandal. This encyclopedia of more than 230 alphabetical entries covers all the major events, issues, and personalities of the Clinton administration, including full treatments of his impeachment, Whitewater, Travelgate, Monica, key members of his administration, Congressional opponents, foreign and domestic policy, elections, laws, terms and catchphrases, and national and foreign events that impacted Clinton's presidency. This balanced account is a perfect reference for students of, detractors from, and supporters of, William Jefferson Clinton.Among the domestic issues covered are health care reform, gays in the military, abortion, gun control, and welfare reform. Also included are the many foreign policy issues Clinton dealt with such as Bosnia, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East. Numerous charts, tables, and graphs provide vital statistical information about legislation, the economy, federal spending, election returns, and crime during the Clinton years. A chronology of events and many photos accompany the text. Thorough cross-referencing will aid researchers, as will bibliographies of print and Internet sources following each entry.

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