How Clean Energy can Drive Development and Stimulate Economic Growth
By: Sanya Carley and Sara Lawrence
Published: April 1, 2014
Short Description: Energy-based Economic Development: How Clean Energy Can Drive Development and Stimulate Economic Growth delivers working definitions, common approaches, descriptions of supportive policy mechanisms, and suggested metrics for evaluation. The book offers a unified framework for Energy-based economic development (EBED) that is supported by examples and leaves readers better equipped to design, plan, and implement EBED initiatives. Case studies illustrate how national and subnational initiatives adopt to a locale’s energy asset base, energy and economic development needs, and the context in which the initiative operates. Descriptions of the energy projects supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offer insights about what worked and what did not and suggest ways in which governments can be better prepared to manage EBED projects in the future.
By: Rajendra Abhyankar
Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: iUnivers Publishing
Short Description: This novel about the Sri Lankan civil war illustrates the divisions and political rights struggles between ethnicities experienced in the history of Sri Lankan society: It is 1983 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and a changing political situation is heightening differences between the Sinhalese and Tamil communities. Hari is a 23-year-old Tamil working as a sales agent when he meets Tiziana, an Italian dancer who regularly visits Sri Lanka. As the two become acquainted, quickly fall in love, and learn about each other’s cultures, tensions continue to escalate in Sri Lanka. As Hari reluctantly parts with Tiziana, neither could have ever predicted what would happen next. The Crossing is the fascinating portrait of one man’s painful journey from a peaceful existence into the dark recesses of terrorism during four decades of a militant struggle.
Stuff Happens: An Insider’s View on Indian Diplomacy
By: Rajendra Abhyankar
Publisher: Har-Anand Publications Ltd.
Short Description: Stuff Happens: An Insider’s View on Indian Diplomacy, examines India’s foreign policy at the micro-level and is a re-counting of how policy could, did and can change often on the basis of single events. Abhyankar uses his diplomatic experiences from West and Central Asia, South Asia, Europe, and the United States for the basis of the book. Abhyankar notes that as unusual encounters happen without warning, unpredictable and unavoidable situations develop – and the trick is being able to intuitively see them.
What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving
By: Beth Gazley and Ashley Bowers
Published: August 3, 2013
Publisher: ASAE Association Management Press
Short Description: Boards matter to organizational performance. But the diversity of the nonprofit sector means there is no single formula for effective governance. Structure, size, rate of growth, geography, and other organizational differences can cloud our understanding of board performance. The study behind this book, research produced through an ASAE Foundation collaboration with Indiana University, pays special attention to the intentional decisions boards and staff make to achieve high performance regardless of context. This study is the first to offer a representative snapshot of current governance practices in these associations and member-serving organizations.
Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development
By: Michael Rushton
Published: April 9, 2013
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Short Description: Urban and regional planners, elected officials, and other decisionmakers are increasingly focused on what makes places "livable." Many factors are involved, including the arts and culture, which make a crucial contribution to community development. But knowledge about arts and culture as a development tool and what works at various urban and regional levels is lacking. What art forms or types of arts-related employment matter the most, and in what neighborhoods? How does a city ensure that "the arts" is not defined simply by a core of long-established major arts institutions? What state and local policies best foster the development of strong local arts scenes? Creative Communities offers answers and provides an understanding of "how art works."
Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise
By: David Audretsch and Albert N. Link
Published: February 3, 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Short Description: Entrepreneurs generally lack the marketing capabilities necessary to bring their new product to market. To engage the resources required to do this, they must somehow place a value on the enterprise. However, all of the methods of valuation currently available are based on the use of historical or current revenues, and therefore are not applicable to an entrepreneurial enterprise with a first-time product. In Valuing an Entrepreneurial Enterprise, Audretsch and Link present a valuation method uniquely tailored to emerging technology-based ventures that have no revenue history to lean on. Unlike many traditional methods, theirs does not take into account the track record of companies and products similar to that being valuated. Instead, it draws on economic theory to formulate a solution to the problem.
Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth
By: David Audretsch
Published: February 2013
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Short Description: Although competitiveness is typically associated with firms, they are not the only organizational body whose performance is dependent upon competitiveness. This poignant insightful book focuses on how the varied economic performance of cities and regions, both within nations as well as across nations, during the era of the 'Great Recession' also highlights the need for competitiveness. Competitive cities and regions enjoy a superior economic performance, while their less competitive counterparts experience poorer economic growth and increasing unemployment. Using leading frameworks, this study provides applications and case studies about what shapes the competitiveness of places in an international context. Specific policies that enhance local competitiveness are identified and analyzed.
America's Poor and the Great Recession
By: John D. Graham and Kristin S. Seefeldt
Foreword by Tavis Smiley
Published: January 2013
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Short Description: Millions have entered poverty as a result of the Great Recession's terrible toll of long-term unemployment. Kristin S. Seefeldt and John D. Graham examine recent trends in poverty and assess the performance of America’s “safety net” programs. They consider likely scenarios for future developments and conclude that the well-being of low-income Americans, particularly the working poor, the near poor, and the new poor, is at substantial risk despite economic recovery.
Elements of Environmental Chemistry, 2nd Edition
By: Ron Hites and Jonathan Raff
Published: May 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Short Description: Tutorial in style, this book fully incorporates real-world problems and extensive end-of-chapter problem sets to immerse the reader in the field. Chapters cover mass balance, chemical kinetics, carbon dioxide equilibria, pesticide structures and much more. Extensively revised, updated, and expanded, this Second Edition includes new chapters on atmospheric chemistry, climate change, and polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins, and brominated flame retardants. In addition, new practice problems and a helpful tutorial on organic chemistry names and structures have been added to improve both the scope and accessibility of the book.
Business Law: The Ethical, Global and E-Commerce Environment
By: A. James Barnes, Jane Mallor, L. Thomas Bowers, and Arlen Langvardt
Published: January 2012
Short Description: This edition is appropriate for the two-term business law course. The cases in the 15th edition are excerpted and edited by the authors. The syntax is not altered, therefore retains the language of the courts. As in recent previous editions, the 15th edition includes a mix of actual AND hypothetical cases. This text is their most research-based Business Law text.
Property in Land and Other Resources
By: Daniel Cole (Editor) and Elinor Ostrom (Author)
Published: November 2011
Publisher: Lincoln Institute, 2012
Short Description: Over the past several years, much has been written about property rights in land and natural resources by scholars in many disciplines including economics, political science, history, and law. This book, based on a 2010 Lincoln Institute conference, addresses the tendency in social science literature to oversimplify the concept of property rights by assuming that only two or three forms of property rights are appropriate for the effective use and conservation of resources. Instead it focuses on recent developments in our understanding of how various property systems are applied to and affect the use of scarce natural resources.
David Baker: A Legacy in Music
By: Monika Herzig
Published: November 16, 2011
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Short Description: A Living Jazz Legend, musician and composer David Baker has made a distinctive mark on the world of music in his nearly 60-year career—as player (chiefly on trombone and cello), composer, and educator. In this richly illustrated volume, Monika Herzig explores Baker’s artistic legacy, from his days as a jazz musician in Indianapolis to his long-term gig as Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the Jazz Studies department at Indiana University. Baker’s credits are striking: in the 1960s he was a member of George Russell’s "out there" sextet and orchestra; by the 1980s he was in the jazz educator’s hall of fame. His compositions have been recorded by performers as diverse as Dexter Gordon and Janos Starker, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Composer’s String Quartet and the Czech Philharmonic. Featuring enlightening interviews with Baker and a CD of unreleased recordings and Baker compositions, this book brings a jazz legend into clear view.
Coping with Terrorism
Origins, Escalation, Counterstrategies, and Responses
By: Rafael Reuveny and William R. Thompson
Published: November 2010
Publisher: SUNY Press
Short Description: A comprehensive examination of multiple dimensions of terrorism. Terrorism is imprinted on Western society’s consciousness. Nearly every week a terrorist attack occurs in the world. The academic world, in attempting to understand terrorism, has often been limited to descriptive work rather than analysis, and has produced surprisingly few mainstream collections on the subject. Coping with Terrorism offers a collection of essays that ask: who are terrorists, what are their goals, who supports them, and how can we combat their tactics? The essays are scholarly, rather than journalistic or ideological, in their approach. As such, they scrutinize a much-discussed and prevalent subject and bring it into the mainstream for international relations.
Collective Action, the Commons, and Multiple Methods in Practice
By: Amy R. Poteete, Marco A. Janssen and Elinor Ostrom
Published: May 2010
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Short Description: Acknowledging the academic incentives that influence and constrain how research is conducted, Working Together reworks the theory of collective action and offers practical solutions for researchers and students across a spectrum of disciplines. The authors provide numerous examples of collaborative, multimethod research related to collective action and the commons.
Bush on the Home Front
Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks
By: John D. Graham
Published: March 2010
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Short Description: In this book Graham gives a comprehensive assessment of George W. Bush’s domestic policy record while providing valuable insights into how future presidents can shape U.S. domestic policy while facing continuing partisan polarization.
Fiscal Administration, 8th Edition
By: John Mikesell
Publisher: WADSWORTH CENGAGE Learning
Short Description: This edition is based on two principles: that students must understand precisely where the money for public budgets comes from; and that, to learn public finance and budgeting, students must "run the numbers." John L. Mikesell--an authority on the revenue side of public finance--gives students detailed instruction to equip them to deal with the complex issues and calculations they will encounter in the field.
The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership
By: James L. Perry (Editor), James M. Kouzes (Foreword)
Published: December 2009
Short Description: An ideal resource for students and professionals, this comprehensive reader offers a diverse collection of the foremost writings on leadership and management in the public and nonprofit sectors. The book includes previously published essays, articles and extracts from leading books and periodicals, framed and vetted by author and professor James L. Perry.
Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System
By: Quan Li and Rafael Reuveny
Published: July 2009
Short Description: In this book, Quan Li and Rafael Reuveny combine the social scientific approach with a broad, interdisciplinary scope to address some of the most intriguing and important political, economic, and environmental issues of our times. In the process, the authors develop theories and empirical models that link several disciplines into a global structure of international interconnectivity.
Indiana (In)decision: Hoosiers at an Economic Crossroads
By: Mark Akers
Publisher: University of Indianapolis Press
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Short Description: Examines the culture of Hoosiers and what makes them happy, the global economic forces that the state is facing, and describes those actions that state and local governments must implement to compete for economic growth—world-class infrastructure, the best education system anywhere, highly attractive cities and towns, meaningful incentives, and a stable, predictable, and helpful government. This book is meant for everyone, not just economists or academics.
The Collaborative Public Manager
New Ideas for the Twenty-first Century
Co–Edited: Rosemary O’Leary and
Lisa Blomgren Bingham
Released: December 2008
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Short Description: The book brings together original contributions by some of today’s top public management and public policy scholars who address cutting-edge issues that affect government managers worldwide. It pushes scholars, students, and professionals to rethink what they know about collaborative public management—and to strive harder to achieve its full potential.
Social Experimentation, Program Evaluation, and Public Policy
By: Maureen Pirog
Published: November 2008
Short Description: This volume provides a single collection some of the best articles on social experimentation and program evaluation that have appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).