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The New Presence of China in Africa

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Book Series: EADI ISBN: 9789089641366 Year: Pages: 224 DOI: 10.5117/9789089641366 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Business and Management --- Economics --- Political Science --- Social Sciences --- Languages and Literatures
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This book describes China's growing range of activities in Africa, especially in the sub-Saharan region. The three most important instruments China has at its disposal in Africa are development aid, investments and trade policy. The Chinese government, which believes the Western development aid model has failed, is looking for new forms of aid and development in Africa. China's economic success can partly be ascribed to the huge availability of cheap labour, which is primarily employed in export-oriented industries. China is looking for the required raw materials in Africa, and for new marketplaces. Investments are being made on a large scale in Africa by Chinese state-controlled firms and private companies, particularly in the oil-producing countries (Angola, Nigeria and Sudan) and countries rich in minerals (Zambia). Third, the trade policy China is conducting is analysed in China and compared with that of Europe and the United States. In case studies the specific situation in several African countries is examined. In Zambia the mining industry, construction and agriculture are described. One case study of Sudan deals with the political presence of China in Sudan and the extent to which Chinese arms suppliers contributed to the current crisis in Darfur. The possibility of Chinese diplomacy offering a solution in that conflict is discussed. The conclusion considers whether social responsibility can be expected of the Chinese government and companies and if this is desirable, and to what extent the Chinese model in Africa can act as an example - or not - for the West.

New Perspectives on Games and Interaction

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Book Series: Texts in Logic and Games ISBN: 9789089640574 Year: Pages: 330 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640574 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Mathematics --- Economics --- Philosophy
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This volume is a collection of papers presented at the 2007 colloquium on new perspectives on games and interaction at the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences in Amsterdam. The purpose of the colloquium was to clarify the uses of the concepts of game theory, and to identify promising new directions. This important collection testifies to the growing importance of game theory as a tool to capture the concepts of strategy, interaction, argumentation, communication, cooperation and competition. Also, it provides evidence for the richness of game theory and for its impressive and growing application.

Reframing Singapore

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Book Series: ICAS Publications Series ISBN: 9789089640949 Year: Pages: 320 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640949 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Sociology --- History
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History, geography, and auxiliary disciplines; Sociology; Economics

Decentralisation in Africa

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ISBN: 9789053569344 Year: Pages: 264 DOI: 10.5117/9789053569344 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science
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Grounded in empirically-based country case studies, this new study provides a sober assessment of what decentralisation can achieve. The current momentum for decentralisation of government in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is unparalleled, but are the benefits claimed by its advocates being realised? Focusing on two claims in particular, this book questions whether decentralisation does offer a significant pathway out of poverty and conflict in Africa. Issues of poverty reduction are addressed in Uganda, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania, while those of conflict management are explored in Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda.

The Value of Culture

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ISBN: 9789053562185 Year: Pages: 243 DOI: 10.5117/9789053562185 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Social Sciences
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Culture manifests itself in everything human, including the ordinary business of everyday life. Culture and art have their own value, but economic values are also constrained. Art sponsorships and subsidies suggest a value that exceeds market price. So what is the real value of culture? Unlike the usual focus on formal problems, which has 'de-cultured' and 'de-moralized' the practice of economics, this book brings together economists, philosophers, historians, political scientists and artists to try to sort out the value of culture. This is a book not only for economists and social scientists, but also for anybody actively involved in the world of the arts and culture.

Ethnic Minorities and Regional Development in Asia

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Book Series: ICAS Publications Series ISBN: 9789089640918 Year: Pages: 240 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640918 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Sociology --- History
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The development experience in the world over the last century has shown that economic growth cannot be sustained without taking into consideration the social and political development of vulnerable populations, including greater recognition of minority rights. Within this context, the objective of this book is initially to support the interdisciplinary discussion that aims to join studies that surrounding the development of minorities in the Asia.

Rural Livelihoods, Resources and Coping with Crisis in Indonesia

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Book Series: ICAS Publications Series / Edited Volumes ISBN: 9789089640550 Year: Pages: 312 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640550 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science --- Languages and Literatures
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Most literature on the economic crisis in indonesia has focused on the negative macro-economic impacts during the "crisis- years" of 1997-99. The case studies presented in this book take a different perspective. With a longitudinal research perspective, this comparative study analyses a wide variety of responses to the crisis among communities and households. The case studies in this book cover the coping and adapting mechanisms of rural households under a variety of resource use practices and resource use regulations in different areas of Indonesia.

A Long Goodbye to Bismarck?

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Book Series: Changing Welfare States ISBN: 9789089642349 Year: Pages: 456 DOI: 10.5117/9789089642349 [2] Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Law --- Economics --- Political Science
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This book provides an extensive and comparative account of all welfare reforms that occurred during the last three decades in Continental European countries. It reveals unexpected important structural reforms, to be understood as the culmination of a long reform trajectory, analyzed in detail with the tools of comparative historical institutionalism. With these reforms, Bismarckian welfare systems have lost their encompassing capacities, have partially turned to employment-friendliness and weakened the strongest elements of their male breadwinner bias. "This volume is the definitive work on the politics of reform in Bismarckian welfare regimes. It is essential reading for any scholar interested in welfare reform - or indeed, in institutional and policy change more generally." (Kathleen Thelen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) "The contributors to the volume are all recognized experts on their field and provide strictly comparable analyses in their chapters, making this volume a gold mine for comparative welfare state scholars. Palier's volume is certain to be a benchmark study for the foreseeable future." (John D. Stephens, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) "This volume, representing the best available scholarship in comparative socio-economic research, provides important and highly policy-relevant insights. A must-read." (Fritz Scharpf, Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies)

Why Are Artists Poor?

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ISBN: 9789053565650 Year: Pages: 368 DOI: 10.5117/9789053565650 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Social Sciences --- History of arts --- Arts in general
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Most artists earn very little. Nevertheless, there is no shortage of aspiring young artists. Do they give to the arts willingly or unknowingly? Governments and other institutions also give to the arts, to raise the low incomes. But their support is ineffective: subsidies only increase the artists' poverty. The economy of the arts is exceptional. Although the arts operate successfully in the marketplace, their natural affinity is with gift-giving, rather than with commercial exchange. People believe that artists are selflessly dedicated to art, that price does not reflect quality, and that the arts are free. But is it true? This unconventional multidisciplinary analysis explains the exceptional economy of the arts. Insightful illustrations from the practice of a visual artist support the analysis.

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