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The Japan That Never Was
The Japan That Never Was (March 2004)
Explaining the Rise and Decline of a Misunderstood Country
Dick Beason - Author
Dennis Patterson - Author

Contests conventional wisdom on Japan's postwar economic success and its economic and political problems in the 1990s, providing a new account of these conditions.

In this book, the authors address Japan's economic crisis of the 1990s. They argue that most attempts to reconcile Japan's past success with its current problems have been inadequate, primarily because scholars fail to fully understand how Japan's political...(Read More)
Environmental Conflict
Environmental Conflict (August 2002)
In Search of Common Ground
Jeffrey J. Pompe - Author
James R. Rinehart - Author

Explores how economics can help solve environmental problems.

This straightforward translation of environmental economics discusses issues and concerns that have long-lasting and often substantial effects. The authors bridge the gap between the natural and social sciences by examining how economic decisions interact with the environment. In addition, they explain why economics plays an important role in clarifying env...(Read More)
Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development
Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development (May 2001)
Uses, Structures, and Impact
Craig L. Johnson - Editor
Joyce Y. Man - Editor

Examines the many issues raised by the increasing popularity of tax increment financing.

A variety of policies, programs, and strategies have been designed to provide assistance, directly or indirectly, to businesses for the purpose of promoting economic development in a community. This book provides a comprehensive and detailed discussion of the uses, structures, and impacts of tax increment financing (TIF), one of th...(Read More)
Big Business and the State
Big Business and the State (May 2000)
Historical Transitions and Corporate Transformations, 1880s-1990s
Harland Prechel - Author

Examines the evolution of corporate form and managerial process from the 1880s to the 1990s, detailing how corporations influenced government to affect changes in response to economic transitions.

In Big Business and the State Harland Prechel develops a conceptual framework that contrasts with prevailing definitions of the corporation. His analysis shows that corporate property rights and the legal basis of ownership are crucial...(Read More)
Religion and Economics
Religion and Economics (January 2000)
New Perspectives
Bruce D. Chilton - Author
Jacob Neusner - Author

New perspectives on the bond between religion and economics.

This collection of papers on a common theme forms another step in the joint authors’ long-term program of tightening the bonds between the study of religion and the social sciences. Scholars of texts require the perspective and the rigor, in interpreting those texts as religious documents, of social science, and scholars of social science, with t...(Read More)
Predicting the Future
Predicting the Future (November 1997)
An Introduction to the Theory of Forecasting
Nicholas Rescher - Author

Develops a general theory of prediction that encompasses its fundamental principles, methodology, and practice and gives an overview of its promises and problems.

The future obviously matters to us. It is, after all, where we'll be spending the rest of our lives. We need some degree of foresight if we are to make effective plans for managing our affairs. Much that we would like to know in advance cannot be predicted. Bu...(Read More)
Too Cheap to Meter
Too Cheap to Meter (October 1997)
An Economic and Philosophical Analysis of the Nuclear Dream
Steven Mark Cohn - Author

Uses concepts from social theory to explore the history and future of nuclear power in the U.S. and to explore the nature of technological change in the U.S. economy.

"This is an important history which should capture the interests of those concerned with what energy sources will be used in the next generation. Cohn achieves two goal s, the history of the rise and fall of nuclear power as a dominant paradigm and als...(Read More)
Understanding China
Understanding China (September 1996)
Center Stage of the Fourth Power
Yanan Ju - Author

An analysis of Chinese economic and political behaviors from a cultural perspective. Discusses the importance of understanding how the Chinese do business among themselves and with others.

"Fascinating! The author has a unique perspective and is able to bring special insights to bear on an enormously complex topic. His conclusions and recommendations may be controversial; not everyone will agree. But everyone seriously ...(Read More)
The Korean Economy
The Korean Economy (January 1996)
Perspectives for the 21st Century
Hyung-Koo Lee - Author

Lee, former South Korean government Minister of Labor for the South Korean government, discusses the country's economic development from 1945-1994 and the public policies that shaped it, arguing that if South Korea is to become a major economic power, the government should withdraw from the economic front line.

"The Korean Economy is a comprehensive diagnosis of the unique path of South Korea's economic developme...(Read More)
Economic Transition and Political Legitimacy in Post-Mao China
Economic Transition and Political Legitimacy in Post-Mao China (September 1995)
Ideology and Reform
Feng Chen - Author

Traces the role of ideas in Chinese economic reform from 1978 to the present, exploring the conversion of China's policymakers to capitalist economic thinking.
"This book discusses an important topic--how economic reforms have undermined the Chinese Communist Party's legitimacy--that many scholars have mentioned in passing but which no one, to my knowledge, has examined as systematically as this author. The contradiction between necessary...(Read More)
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