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Understanding the Policymaking Process in Developing Countries

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ISBN: 978-1108405515

Understanding the Policymaking Process in Developing Countries provides a uniquely comprehensive and practical framework for development practitioners, policymakers, activists, and students to diagnose and improve policy processes in developing countries across a wide range of issues. Based on the classic policy sciences approach, the book offers over 100 diagnostic indicators keyed to identify problems of… Read More »

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The Evolution of Development Theory and Practice: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security

ISBN: 9781137560384

The Evolution of Development Theory and Practice: Governance, Economics, Assistance, and Security (Palgrave Macmillan 2016) offers a comprehensive analysis of how development approaches have evolved since World War II, examining and also evaluating the succession of theories, doctrines, and practices that have been formulated and applied in the Third World and beyond. Covering all developing… Read More »

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Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence: Insights on Conflict-Sensitive Development

ISBN: 9781137555113

Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence: Insights on Conflict-Sensitive Development (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) is the culmination of a research project involving 25 experts covering Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The book systematically outlines the linkages between development approaches, ranging from macroeconomic policies to resettlement programs, and inter-group violence. Drawing on economic, political, and psychological theory, as… Read More »

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The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa

ISBN: 9781137356789

The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa explores how the development strategies of African nations shape the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. The overview chapter assesses development doctrines, patterns of development, and levels and nature of violence in both North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on eleven countries, the case-study contributions explore… Read More »

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Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia

ISBN: 9781137331755

Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia explores the links between Asian governments’ development strategies and the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. The overview chapters comprehensively assess the development doctrines, patterns of development, and levels and nature of violence in all Asian subregions, while case-study contributions focusing on eight countries explore the often surprising… Read More »

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Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America

ISBN: 9781137272683

Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America explores the links between Latin American governments’ economic policies and the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. Based on the patterns of ten countries, the contributions to this volume trace the remarkable transformation from open ideological conflict to the explosion of social (seemingly apolitical)… Read More »

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Physical Infrastructure Development: Balancing the Growth, Equity, and Environment Imperatives

ISBN: 9780230338364

Physical Infrastructure Development addresses the key challenges of balancing economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection in the development of major physical infrastructure, ranging from transport to energy. The contributions, reflecting the perspectives of economics, engineering, planning, political science, and urban design,  examine the impact of alternative financing and pricing arrangements on the sharing of… Read More »

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Cultural Change and Persistence: New Perspectives on Development

ISBN: 9781137034847

Cultural Change and Persistence addresses the complex challenge of pursuing development while safeguarding cherished aspects of deeply-rooted cultural practices and beliefs. Through cases from multiple world regions, the authors tackle the thorny problem of how to define and identify cultural aspects worthy of persistence. They document how leaders and activists use culture to shape development… Read More »

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Knowledge and Environmental Policy: Re-Imagining the Boundaries of Science and Politics (American and Comparative Environmental Policy)

ISBN: 978-0262514378

During the George W. Bush administration, politics and ideology routinely trumped scientific knowledge in making environmental policy. Data were falsified, reports were edited selectively, and scientists were censored. The Obama administration has pledged to restore science to the policy making process. And yet, as the authors of Knowledge and Environmental Policy point out, the problems… Read More »

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Bringing in the Future: Strategies for Farsightedness and Sustainability in Developing Countries

ISBN: 978-0226029177

  Humans are plagued by shortsighted thinking, preferring to put off work on complex, deep-seated, or difficult problems in favor of quick-fix solutions to immediate needs. When short-term thinking is applied to economic development, especially in fragile nations, the results—corruption, waste, and faulty planning—are often disastrous. In Bringing in the Future, William Ascher draws on… Read More »

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Revitalizing Political Psychology: The Legacy of Harold D. Lasswell

ISBN: 978-1848728929

The goal of this book is to recapture the diminished roles of affect, psychological needs, and the psychodynamic mechanisms that are crucial for understanding political behavior by explaining and extending the contributions of Harold D. Lasswell, the dominant figure in political psychology in the mid-twentieth-century. Although Lasswell was best known for applying psychodynamic theories to politics,… Read More »

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Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy

ISBN: 9780822327455

The Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy is a comprehensive presentation of definitions, philosophies, policies, models, and analyses of global environmental and developmental issues. With a wealth of comparative, multidisciplinary, and geographically varied perspectives on environmental governance, it also provides detailed and balanced discussions about specific environmental issues. The guide combines formal, objective entries… Read More »

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The Caspian Sea: A Quest for Environmental Security

ISBN: 9780792362197

The Caspian Sea region is profoundly important to global and regional environmental security. New geopolitical and economic conditions have created a mix of competition, reluctant collaboration, and legal, political, economic and ideological wrangling. There is intense debate on how the Caspian Sea and its resources should be divided between the littoral states and how the… Read More »

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Why Governments Waste Natural Resources: Policy Failures in Developing Countries

ISBN: 978-0801860966

  In this groundbreaking book, William Ascher discovers the complex political and programmatic reasons why government officials in Third World countries often willfully adopt wasteful natural resource policies. Drawing on sixteen case studies from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Ascher goes beyond the trite answers of greed and incompetence to document how clashes among government… Read More »

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Communities and Sustainable Forestry in Developing Countries

ISBN: 978-1558154193

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Natural Resource Policymaking in Developing Countries: Environment, Economic Growth, and Income Distribution

ISBN: 978-0822310495

Drawing on case studies developed over a two-year period, 1987–1989, by Fellows in the Program in International Development Policy at Duke University, including experienced representatives from developing countries, the World Bank, and scholars, the authors integrate the growing interest in environmental protection and resource conservation into the existing body of knowledge about the political economy… Read More »

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Report of the International Commission for Central American Recovery and Development

ISBN: 9780822308973

The 1980s were one of the most turbulent decades in Central America’s history, a history that has been marked by more than its share of strife and upheaval. The wars, economic hardship, and political unrest and instability that have dominated news of the region have been years in the making, the products of flawed and… Read More »

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Scheming for the Poor: The Politics of Redistribution in Latin America

ISBN: 978-0674790858

  Scheming for the Poor is the first comparative analysis of redistributive policymaking in Latin America. Ascher examines the success or failure of progressive policies launched by nine governments grouped into three regime types–populist, reformist, and radical over the course of the postwar history of Argentina, Chile, and Peru. His findings challenge the conventional views… Read More »

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Strategic Planning and Forecasting: Political Risk and Economic Opportunity

ISBN: 978-0471873426

The first systematic treatment of political forecasting and risk assessment as critical elements in the strategic planning process. Evaluates alternative methods of political forecasting based on case studies and general performance appraisals. Offers practical–at times controversial–insights on organizing the forecasting effort, selecting appropriate methods, integrating non-political socio-economic projections, and presenting results. Emphasizes the importance of… Read More »

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Forecasting: An Appraisal for Policy-Makers and Planners

ISBN: 9780801822735

Energy needs… oil supplies… inflation rates… the demand for new homes… in concerns like these, forecasting plays a crucial role. Forecasts not only determine how billions of dollars will be spent but also commit national policies far into the future; yet, no one really knows how to judge the reliability of forecasts. In this innovative… Read More »

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