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Aan het buitenland gehecht

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Book Series: WRR Rapporten ISBN: 9789089643018 Year: Pages: 176 DOI: 10.5117/9789089643018 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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Also available in English "http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=show_visitor_book&isbn=9789089643285">Attached to the World Few other countries are so interrelated with the world around us in political, economic, and social respects as the Netherlands. This means that the Dutch government needs to be alert in its response to the risks and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing world. Addressing this issue, the Scientific Council for Government Policy (wrr) offers some reflections in this report, guided by the question how the Netherlands can develop a foreign policy strategy that matches the changing power relations in the world and the radically changed character of international relations. The answer to this question is a reorientation. This means making transparent choices, making smarter use of Europe as our dominant arena, and, finally, choosing an approach that makes better use of the growing role of non-state actors. The report's recommendations not only underline the necessity of reorientation but also show how this could be accomplished in practice.

Doing Good or Doing Better

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Book Series: WRR Verkenningen ISBN: 9789089641076 Year: Pages: 378 DOI: 10.5117/9789089641076 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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The world is changing, and so is the unquestioning belief that development policies are always right. Instead of focusing on the rather limited notion of poverty, this book aims to deepen our understanding of the broad issue of development. What are the drivers of development? What new issues have arisen due to globalization? And what kind of policies contribute to development in a world that is changing rapidly? The articles in this book provide insight into the muddled trajectories of development on various continents and rethink the notion of development in a globalizing, interdependent world. Taken together, the still fuzzy contours of a paradigm shift emerge from the 'Washington Confusion'. Development can no longer be the ambitious, moral project based on a standard model of economic European or American modernization. 'Doing better' means being less moralistic, more modest and pragmatic, and taking seriously the path dependencies and social realities that exist in each country.

Uit zicht

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Book Series: WRR Verkenningen ISBN: 9789089642639 Year: Pages: 280 pagina's DOI: 10.5117/9789089642639 Language: Dutch;
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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Public administration; Political science

Het gezicht van de publieke zaak

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Book Series: WRR Verkenningen ISBN: 9789089642622 Year: Pages: 400 DOI: 10.5117/9789089642622 Language: Dutch;
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science
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Public administration; Political science

European Development Cooperation

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Book Series: EADI ISBN: 9789089642257 Year: Pages: 336 DOI: 10.5117/9789089642257 [2] Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Economics --- Political Science
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Official Development Assistance, or foreign aid, disbursed by the EU member states reached record levels in 2008, when several member states raised their assistance considerably, while some of the new member states became donors again. This definitive study analyses a wide range of aspects of European development cooperation, covering, among others, some hotly debated issues such as the Economic Partnership agreements, development policy coherence and the participation of civil society organisations in negotiations with the European Union. The contributors offer valuable new insights into the established aid instruments such as food aid, support for energy projects in Africa and security-related development assistance in the programmes of some smaller European donors, as well as an overview of these new donor programmes. They also discuss the role of local and regional authorities in development cooperation in the Netherlands, Germany and Spain.

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.

Practising Citizenship and Heterogeneous Nationhood

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Book Series: IMISCoe Dissertations ISBN: 9789089640345 Year: Pages: 214 DOI: 10.5117/9789089640345 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- History --- Migration
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Switzerland likely has the most particular naturalization system in the world. Whereas in most countries citizenship attribution is regulated at the central level of the state, in Switzerland each municipality is accorded the right to decide who can become a Swiss citizen. This book aims at exploring naturalization processes from a comparative perspective and to explain why some municipalities pursue more restrictive citizenship policies than others. The Swiss case provides a unique opportunity to approach citizenship politics from new perspectives. It allows us to go beyond formal citizenship models and to account for the practice of citizenship. The analytical framework combines quantitative and qualitative data and helps us understand how negotiation processes between political actors lead to a large variety of local citizenship models. An innovative theoretical framework, integrating Bourdieu's political sociology, combines symbolic and material aspects of naturalizations and underlines the production processes of ethnicity.

De beste de baas?

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Book Series: Studies over politieke vernieuwing ISBN: 9789053568156 Year: Pages: 168 DOI: 10.5117/9789053568156 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- Sociology --- Philosophy
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It is generally thought that all people should have equal opportunities and their social position should not be dictated by race, sex or heritage. This ideology of meritocracy has been embraced by the Dutch and other European societies. But is this something to strive for? This provocative book has a number of renowned philosophers and sociologists look at the downside of meritocracy. They show that meritocracy runs counter to other important ideals such as solidarity, respect and democracy.

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.

Decolonising the Caribbean

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ISBN: 9789053566541 Year: Pages: 292 DOI: 10.5117/9789053566541 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Political Science --- History
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Much has been written on the post-war decolonisation in the Caribbean, but rarely from a truly comparative perspective, and seldom with serious attention to the former Dutch colonies of Surinam, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. This study bridges both gaps. In their analysis of Dutch decolonisation policies since the 1940s, the authors discuss not only political processes, but also development aid, the Dutch Caribbean exodus to the metropolis and cultural antagonisms. A balance is drawn both of the costs and benefits of independence in the Caribbean and of the outlines and results of the policies pursued in the non-sovereign Caribbean by France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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