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The end of Irish history?: Reflections on the Celtic Tiger

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ISBN: 9780719062308 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Economics
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Ireland appears to be in the throes of a remarkable process of social change. Over the last decade, the apparently inescapable status of the twenty-six counties as an economic casualty has been dramatically reversed. In recent years, it has become commonplace for the Irish Republic to register formal rates of economic growth that are the envy of every other western European state. The purpose of this exciting new book is to systematically scrutinise the interpretations and prescriptions that inform the deceptively simple metaphor of the 'Celtic Tiger'. The standpoint of the book is that a more critical approach to the course of development being followed by the Republic is urgently required. The essays collected here set out to expose the fallacies that drive the fashionable rhetoris of Tigerhood. Four of these fallacies - that Ireland has cast off the chains of economic dependency, that everyone is benefiting from the economic recovery, that personal freedom and liberty are at an unprecedented level for all citizens, and that Ireland is also experiencing a period of strong cultural renaissance - are vigorously challenged. An esteemed list of contributors deal with issues such as immigration, women's issues, globalisation, and changing economic and social conditions. This book will be essential reading for all students of modern Ireland.

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economy --- ireland --- celtic --- irish

Guida per la valorizzazione della multifunzionalità dell'agricoltura

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Book Series: Proceedings e report ISBN: 9788864530895 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_343709 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Agriculture (General)
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This book publishes the results of the inter-regional project on "Evolutionary dynamics of agricultural enterprises and multifunctionality". Starting from the identification of a shared theoretical framework of the concept of multifunctionality, the study has developed a method for zoning the territory aimed at defining the different roles played by agriculture. The development of case studies, and meetings with stakeholders and focus groups, have made it possible to identify the weak and strong points within and outside the enterprises, with particular reference to the multifunctional components and the degree of repeatability and transferability of the experiences analysed. The result is to bring to light needs in terms of policies, tools for the valorisation of multifunctionality and strategies that enable the agricultural enterprises to commercially valorise functions not traditionally pertinent to the market.

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economy --- agriculture --- agricoltura --- economia

Nascita ed evoluzione del distretto orafo di Arezzo, 1947-2001

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ISBN: 8884531284 8884531276 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_356385 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: History --- Manufactures --- Business and Management
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This book, generated by the creation of a database on the population of enterprises and their characteristics, illustrates the process of development of the Arezzo gold and jewellery system. It is a significant case in view of its international prestige and the use of highly specialised manpower, and at the same time interesting in terms of type, since it represents an emerging district produced by gemmation from a large enterprise. The analysis offers insight into the process of district development and a methodological support for ulterior investigations. At the same time, it also represents a tool for an understanding of the long-term economic dynamics characterising one of the most vital productive areas of Tuscany.

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economy --- toscana --- economia --- tuscany

EU development cooperation: From model to symbol

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ISBN: 9780719062988 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Subject: Political Science
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It is increasingly recognised that EU development cooperation policy has failed to meet its stated aims. In this book Arts and Dickson ask the obvious and important question: if the policy doesn't work, why bother with it? The authors assess why EU development policy has become largely ineffective, citing among the external causal factors the liberalisation of trade, and the growing influence of US and international actors such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund upon EU policy. It also considers contributing factors within the EU such as the enlargement of its membership and the resulting shifts in priorities. It is this analysis of internal and external factors affecting the decline of EU development policy that makes this study both innovative and unique. It brings together an impressive range of contributors from different disciplines resulting in a thorough and intelligent assessment of the debate. This study will appeal to advanced level undergraduates and academics of European politics in general, EU integration, development studies, and International Relations.

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economy --- imf --- eu --- financial --- europe

Peer-to-Peer Accommodation Networks

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ISBN: 9781911396529 9781911396512 9781911396536 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.23912/9781911396512-3454 Language: English
Publisher: Goodfellow Publishers
Subject: Sociology
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Peer-to-Peer Accommodation Networks: Pushing the boundaries is the first book to provide an in-depth analysis of the business model of Airbnb, to discuss factors facilitating the transition of peer-to-peer networks from niche market to mainstream accommodation providers, and to predict that the next step of development for peer-to-peer accommodation networks will be to become online one-stop travel shops. Many other hot topics around peer-to-peer accommodation are discussed.

La riforma della Politica Agricola Comunitaria e la filiera olivicolo-olearia italiana

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Book Series: Strumenti per la didattica e la ricerca ISBN: 8884530571 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_345480 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Agriculture (General)
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The book illustrates the results of a wide-ranging survey of the overall situation of the olive oil market and the Italian production chain for olives and olive oil. Based on the results of this investigation, two possible prospects for development have been identified. The first follows the guidelines that prevail at Community level, favouring a specialist olive cultivation. The second instead aims at a valorisation of agriculture where it features social aspects of particular significance. From this viewpoint the various olive farms in Italy ought not to be considered in a standardised manner, but individually valorised in relation to their different functions, which are not necessarily expressed in terms of yield.

4.1 Il realismo strategico nel governo d'impresa

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ISBN: 888453304X 8884533058 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_356378 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Business and Management
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Like all the books in this series, this volume proposes wide-ranging reflections and cultural considerations pertinent to business management. Traditionally, realism is identified with a disenchanted approach to reality which is counterpoised to all forms of ideology or utopia. What is proposed here is a strategic realism which supports a humanist approach to enterprise, while steering clear of both cynicism and idealism. Seen from this angle, the crucial aspects of strategy are: the opportune selection of attainable advantages; interest as the spur to change; stratagem as a lever on the trend of events; the plan which traces the route of the opportunities called up, and the action that harvests the fruits.

La metodologia Sei Sigma nei servizi

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ISBN: 8884534860 8884534852 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_356379 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Business and Management
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This book explains how the methodological approach of the Six Sigma can be used to provide an effective solution to one of the most widespread problems faced by Small and Medium Enterprises: the frequent undercapitalisation linked to short-term investments often funded by bank loans. The Six Sigma method enables the problem to be tackled by studying, in an analytical and statistical manner, both the payments that the enterprises are to receive and the possible conditions of the funding, proposing solutions to optimise these processes and improve the financial performance of the SMEs. Hence the book is offered as both a methodological analysis and as an operative tool for the sphere of enterprise.

Strategie di internazionalizzazione e grande distribuzione nel settore dell'abbigliamento

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ISBN: 8884534550 8884534569 Year: DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_356381 Language: Italian
Publisher: Firenze University Press
Subject: Manufactures --- Business and Management
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The Stanze della Moda project has set up an Observatory with the purpose of economic and management monitoring of the fabric of the Florentine companies through a marketing and research workshop. The analysis of several major international retailers demonstrates the emergence of a successful business model which, albeit in some respects idiosyncratic and difficult to transfer, represents an innovative stimulus for companies in the sector that want to redefine their competitiveness in the face of the altered market conditions. The focus on the Florentine companies delineates the ways in which the local manufacturers intercept the purchasing channels of major retail, creating a mediated form of sales on the international markets.

Social Democracy After the Cold War

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ISBN: 9781926836874 9781926836881 9781926836898 Year: Pages: 340 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
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Despite the market triumphalism that greeted the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet empire seemed initially to herald new possibilities for social democracy. In the 1990s, with a new era of peace and economic prosperity apparently imminent, people discontented with the realities of global capitalism swept social democrats into power in many Western countries. The resurgence was, however, brief. Neither the recurring economic crises of the 2000s nor the ongoing War on Terror was conducive to social democracy, which soon gave way to a prolonged decline in countries where social democrats had once held power. Arguing that neither globalization nor demographic change was key to the failure of social democracy, the contributors to this volume analyze the rise and decline of Third Way social democracy and seek to lay the groundwork for the reformulation of progressive class politics. Offering a comparative look at social democratic experience since the Cold War, the volume examines countries where social democracy has long been an influential political force-Sweden, Germany, Britain, and Australia-while also considering the history of Canada's NDP and the emergence of New Left parties in Germany and the province of Québec. The case studies point to a social democracy that has confirmed its rupture with the postwar order and its role as the primary political representative of working-class interests. Once marked by redistributive and egalitarian policy perspectives, social democracy has, the book argues, assumed a new role-that of a modernizing force advancing the neoliberal cause.

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