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Comparative political economy: theory and evidence

Comparative political economy: theory and evidence

Prosper M. Bernard, Jr. 2022.

Why do unemployment, inflation, and growth rates vary across political economies? Why are some capitalist societies more equitable than others? Why is public spending higher in some countries than others? Drawing on insights from political science, economics, and business, this book addresses these and other related questions in the context of advanced capitalist democracies. The first part of the book investigates how macroeconomic performance and policy outcomes such as public spending, tax revenue, and trade openness are shaped by various economic and political institutions as well as democratic politics. The second part probes the effects of economic performance and social changes on domestic politics. At the end of each chapter, key terms, review questions, and a short list of recommended readings are included.

Mar 24,2022

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The price of climate change: sustainable financial mechanisms

The price of climate change: sustainable financial mechanisms

Michael Curley. 2022.

The Price of Climate Change: Sustainable Financial Mechanisms presents a summary of the effects of global warming with specific emphasis on what these phenomena will cost and the price we must pay for trying to mitigate these processes. Some of these mitigation strategies include reducing our use of carbon by converting to non-carbon energy sources such as solar, wind, and nuclear, or lower-carbon sources such as natural gas. The book examines the financial implications of society adapting to the effects of climate change, including rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and desertification. Further, it addresses the costs to make buildings more resilient to climate change, such as flood considerations, improving durability against severe weather, bolstering insulation, and more. Sources of funding for any type of environmental projects, including those for climate change mitigation, are also examined. These include governmental budgets at the federal, state, and local levels, international development banks, international capital markets, and private funds.

Mar 24,2022

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The legal concept of money

The legal concept of money

Simon Gleeson. 2018.

This new book analyses the challenge of how money (including coins, notes, credit, and virtual currency) should be defined from both a legal and an economic perspective. As new electronic payment mechanisms proliferate, this question of definition is likely to become an important issue in global legal, commercial, economic, macro-prudential and fiscal policymaking. The book re-examines 'money' in this context by identifying the role it plays in various transactions and to what extent, for example, cryptocurrencies and 'quasi-money' are interchangeable with, analogous to, or different from traditional monetary systems.

Mar 24,2022

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El contrataque liberal: entre el vértigo tecnológico y el caos populista

El contrataque liberal: entre el vértigo tecnológico y el caos populista

Luis Garicano. 2019.

El mundo parece estar volviendo a los años treinta del siglo pasado. En Estados Unidos, Donald Trump hace gala de un nacionalismo exacerbado del que parecen haberse contagiado Matteo Salvini, en Italia, con sus políticas xenófobas; Viktor Orbán, en Hungría, y su veto a la prensa independiente; Tayyip Erdogan, en Turquía, lanzado a transformar el país en una autocracia; Nigel Farage, en Reino Unido, impulsor del brexit, y la marea independentista en Cataluña, que no cesa de tensionar la política española.

Mar 24,2022

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El dilema de España: ser más productivos para vivir mejor

El dilema de España: ser más productivos para vivir mejor

Luis Garicano. 2014.

España se enfrenta, en los próximos años, a una encrucijada histórica. Por un lado, se le presenta un camino aparentemente fácil, el del estatismo y el populismo, la vía hispana al subdesarrollo seguida por Venezuela y por Argentina, por la que España siempre se ha visto tentada. Por el otro, está una senda que exige cambios importantes a corto plazo, pero que puede hacer que la economía y la sociedad sean más productivas. Elegir el segundo camino supone llevar a cabo reformas al menos en tres áreas prioritarias: la educación, para que sea menos memorística y se centre más en los aspectos analíticos; las instituciones económicas, para asegurar un mercado mucho más transparente, y las instituciones políticas, para incrementar la calidad de nuestras élites y que de verdad rindan cuentas ante los ciudadanos.

Mar 24,2022

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Clean code: handbook of agile software craftsmanship

Clean code: handbook of agile software craftsmanship

Robert C. Martin. 2009.

Even bad code can function. But if code isn’t clean, it can bring a development organization to its knees. Every year, countless hours and significant resources are lost because of poorly written code. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Noted software expert Robert C. Martin presents a revolutionary paradigm with Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship. Martin has teamed up with his colleagues from Object Mentor to distill their best agile practice of cleaning code “on the fly” into a book that will instill within you the values of a software craftsman and make you a better programmer—but only if you work at it.

Mar 24,2022

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Data governance: how to design, deploy and sustain an effective data governance program

Data governance: how to design, deploy and sustain an effective data governance program

John Ladley. Second edition. 2020.

Managing data continues to grow as a necessity for modern organizations. There are seemingly infinite opportunities for organic growth, reduction of costs, and creation of new products and services. It has become apparent that none of these opportunities can happen smoothly without data governance. The cost of exponential data growth and privacy / security concerns are becoming burdensome. Organizations will encounter unexpected consequences in new sources of risk. The solution to these challenges is also data governance; ensuring balance between risk and opportunity.

Mar 24,2022

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