A Better Politics

Author: Danny Dorling
Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science
ISBN: 190799453X
Release Date: 2016-03-18
Genre: Common good

The aim of this book is to inspire a better politics: one that will enable future generations to be happier. Greater well-being and better health should be the goals - rather than wealth maximization. We need to value health-care more than hedge-funds, caring above careers, relationships more than real-estate. Happiness is the avoidance of misery, the gaining of long-term life satisfaction, the feeling of fulfilment, of worth, of kindness, of usefulness and of love. The book is about what makes most of us happier, but it is also about the collective good. We cannot truly be happy if those around us are not happy. Individualist attempts at self-improvement - or only looking after yourself and your family - do not work in the long-run. This book looks at the evidence for a successful politics that would promote happiness and health. It suggests policies that take account of this evidence. Government can and should work to make us happier.

Legitimacy and Force State Papers and Current Perspectives

Author: Jeane J. Kirkpatrick
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351317948
Release Date: 2018-01-16
Genre: Political Science

Legitimacy and Force, Volumes One and Two are the state papers of Jeane J. Kirkpatrick as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations. The volumes feature all of the ambassador's UN and congressional testimonies, addresses, speeches and statements and a broad selection of speeches on international affairs and human rights. Together they present a lucid and comprehensive account of the position of one of America's most controversial UN representatives. Volume One is oriented around themes of democratic societies and undemocratic systems, human rights and political obligations. Kirkpatrick examines the nature and legitimacy of democracy and the illegitimate nature of undemocratic nations. She also offers poignant commentary on the presidential election of 1980 and what the "Reagan phenomenon" has meant to the United States and the West. Volume Two offers Kirkpatrick's formal remarks on nations and nation-building. She focuses on Grenada, Poland, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and the Soviet Union. She provides a particularly trenchant analysis of Israel: the Camp David accords, the assault on Israel inside the United Nations, and on the Middle East in general. Essential reading for everyone interested in the policymaking arena, these volumes exemplify Kirkpatrick's articulate conceptual underpinning of present-day American foreign policy. These volumes, far from the usual government position papers, range widely and personally over the major international issues of our times. They are amplified in essays and articles written by Dr. Kirkpatrick for special occasions not related to specific UN work. In addition, the volumes contain crucial papers that were written after her resignation from the UN ambassadorship-and hence reflect Kirkpatrick's current interests and persuasions.

Theological Perspectives for Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Author: A. Isasi-Diaz
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137372215
Release Date: 2013-11-07
Genre: Social Science

Rather than wield religion as a weapon or a ruse in irrational appeals, the book attempts to reimagine a shared American mythos and ethos, by reminding us of our shared stake in creating an America committed to the life of all peoples and species and to the full developments of our capabilities as an exercise of liberty.

Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs

Author: Marella Hoffman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351607148
Release Date: 2017-09-13
Genre: Social Science

The use of contemporary oral history to improve public policies and programs is a growing, transdisciplinary practice. Indispensable for students and practitioners, Practicing Oral History to Improve Public Policies and Programs is the first book to define the practice, explain how policy-makers use it, show how it relates to other types of oral history, and provide guidance on the ethics and legalities involved. Packed with case studies from disciplines as diverse as medicine, agriculture, and race relations, as well as many examples from the author’s own work, this book provides an essential overview of the current state of the field within oral history for public policy and a complete methodology for the process of designing and implementing an oral history project. The comprehensive How To section demonstrates how to use the practice to advance the reader’s career, their chosen discipline and the public interest, whether their field is in oral history or in public policy. This book is an important resource for oral historians, fledgling or experienced, who are keen to find new applications and funding for their work, as well as for professionals in the public and not-for-profit sectors who want to learn to use oral history to improve their own policies and programs.

Promoting Equality

Author: Neil Thompson
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 9781352001198
Release Date: 2017-08-25
Genre: Social Science

Practitioners working within the people professions have a legal and moralresponsibility to promote equality wherever possible. This insightful book from a leading author provides a lucid guide to the complexities of inequality, and offers a sound foundation for practice that makes a positive contribution to equality, social justice and empowerment. Now in its fourth edition, this highly successful text challenges oversimplified approaches to tackling discrimination and oppression. It combines an impressive blend of theoretical analysis and practice insights, all conveyed in the accessible and engaging style which has earned Neil Thompson his sterling reputation in the field. With a clear exposition of a coherent theory base that does justice to the multi-level and multi-dimensional nature of discrimination, Promoting Equality is essential reading for students and practitioners within the helping professions, and managers and supervisors across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography

Author: Dariusz Wójcik
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780191072178
Release Date: 2018-01-11
Genre: Business & Economics

The first fifteen years of the 21st century have thrown into sharp relief the challenges of growth, equity, stability, and sustainability facing the world economy. In addition, they have exposed the inadequacies of mainstream economics in providing answers to these challenges. This volume gathers over 50 leading scholars from around the world to offer a forward-looking perspective of economic geography to understanding the various building blocks, relationships, and trajectories in the world economy. The perspective is at the same time grounded in theory and in the experiences of particular places. Reviewing state-of-the-art of economic geography, setting agendas, and with illustrations and empirical evidence from all over the world, the book should be an essential reference for students, researchers, as well as strategists and policy makers. Building on the success of the first edition, this volume offers a radically revised, updated, and broader approach to economic geography. With the backdrop of the global financial crisis, finance is investigated in chapters on financial stability, financial innovation, global financial networks, the global map of savings and investments, and financialization. Environmental challenges are addressed in chapters on resource economies, vulnerability of regions to climate change, carbon markets, and energy transitions. Distribution and consumption feature alongside more established topics on the firm, innovation, and work. The handbook also captures the theoretical and conceptual innovations of the last fifteen years, including evolutionary economic geography and the global production networks approach. Addressing the dangers of inequality, instability, and environmental crisis head-on, the volume concludes with strategies for growth and new ways of envisioning the spatiality of economy for the future.

Freedom and the Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Sebastiano Bavetta
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107037731
Release Date: 2014-10-06
Genre: Business & Economics

This book is about the relationship between different concepts of freedom and happiness, with implications for public policy.

Making Sense of Political Ideology

Author: Bernard L. Brock
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742536718
Release Date: 2005
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Political positions in the United States today are ideologically chaotic, and there are significant prices to pay for that chaos. The nation has not reached a crisis yet in her modern political gridlock, but predicting the time when the current generation will face the difficulties of earlier times of crisis such as the Civil War, the Great Depression, or World War II is a difficult task. When that time comes, leaders who can communicate effectively to foster understanding and political unity and who can respond to a crisis with skilled direction will be a vital concern. Making Sense of Political Ideology explores the erosion of ties among ideology, language, and political action. Analyzing political language strategies, it shows how to dissect language so we can better understand a speaker's ideology. The authors define four political positions radical, liberal, conservative, reactionary and apply their techniques to contemporary issues such as the war on terrorism. They emphasize the dangers of staying trapped in political gridlock with no consensus for governmental direction and propose that the ability to identify and bridge positions can help political communicators toward constructing coalitions and building support for political action."

New Perspectives in Public Health

Author: Siân Griffiths
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing
ISBN: 1857757912
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Medical

This new edition presents a review of the current policy and practice of public health. It draws together the viewpoints of a variety of leading practitioners to provide diverse perspectives on the range of key issues facing public health today.

Principles of International Politics

Author: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9781452202983
Release Date: 2013-01
Genre: Political Science

Renowned scholar Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, who set the standard for the scientific approach to international relations and transformed the field, has returned with a reformulated fifth edition based on extensive reviewer feedback and guided by an emphasis on questions about the causes and consequences of war, peace, and world order. More than ever before, the strategic perspective in international relations is examined with complete clarity, precision, and accessibility. What hasn't changed is Bueno de Mesquita's commitment to covering the fundamentals of IR. The foundational topics and examination are all there: the major theories of war, the domestic sources of international politics, an exploration of the democratic peace, the problems of terrorism, the role of foreign aid, democratization, international political economy, globalization, international organizations, international law, and the global environment. The first part of the book, "Foundations" offers highly accessible coverage of key concepts, introducing students to different ways to think about the national interest and showing them how to use game theory and the strategic perspective/selectorate theory to better understand what happens in all aspects of international affairs. This section uses debate over North Korea's nuclear weapons development as an ongoing example to build concepts and build confidence in the student's how of basic modeling ideas. Also covered is a basic, intuitive introduction to game theory and other evidence and logic based tools for analyzing international relations. Part II, "War," next provides a more thorough evaluation of how domestic political incentives and the domestic institutions of governance shape choices about conflict initiation, escalation, and termination. It also surveys major theories of war and conflict, working through hypotheses derived from constructivism, neo-realism, liberalism and selectorate theory and evaluating them against the evidence to see what actually works and what doesn't. Chapters in Part III, "Peace," build on the logic of collective action to help students see why it is so difficult to get national governments to do "what is right" even when they can agree on what is right, with chapters covering the effectiveness of international organizations and international law, as well as a thorough evaluation of environmental issues, human rights enforcement and the domestic and the international political economy of trade. Part IV, "World Order" emphasizes efforts to promote the spread of democracy and economic prosperity. It also addresses how to understand and deal with terrorism. Whether examining terrorism, the spread of democracy or the alleviation of poverty, chapters in this section carefully examine which strategies work, which do not, and why. The Arab Spring provides a useful ongoing example of the strengths and weaknesses of foreign aid policy and military intervention policies. No other introductory text delivers such an easily-understood contemporary explanation of international politics, while truly enabling students to learn how to mobilize the key concepts and models themselves-thus develop a new method for thinking about world affairs. More than ever before, Principles provides a comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of international affairs, systematically compares the accuracy of competing approaches to international relations, and walks students through the simple, intuitive models and games that capture the essence of the strategic, selectorate viewpoint.

100 Years of Happiness Insights and Findings from the Experts

Author: Nathan S. Carlin
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781440803635
Release Date: 2012-07-03
Genre: Psychology

This book sums up 100 of years of research into the study of happiness—from 19th century scientific insights on the subject to the pop psychology perspectives of modern-day America. • Concise summaries of classic debates on the meaning of happiness • An examination of cultural and individual belief systems regarding happiness

What s It Take to Make a Man

Author: R. O. Bloch
Publisher: Untreed Reads
ISBN: 9781611872699
Release Date: 2012-02-16
Genre: Family & Relationships

Written as a handbook for new or aspiring parents, What's It Take To Make A Man? proposes a bold, even visionary approach to solving the twin problems of boys with little purpose and families with little connection. The book provides a practical, comprehensive road map for the rebirth of real Manhood and Family-hood. Just as the Women's Movement forever dispelled the notion of women as second class, What's It Take To Make A Man? will lead the simmering parent revolt against pop culture's degradation of young men and their character. With engaging chapter titles like "The Hole In The Soul Generation" and "Raising vs. Nurturing," What's It Take To Make A Man? gets right to the point, in a common sense style that is inclusive of all boys, no matter what their sexual preference, or even their parents' gender or relationship.Over 132,000 American teens attempted suicide in a recent year. Boys were five times more likely to try than girls. Boys are seven times more likely to drop out of school before age 18, and are joining gangs at alarming rates. By any measure, our boys are timed out, disengaged, and failing fast. Most have no idea of their obligation, or even their option, to become Men of character."

Make Sense who May

Author: Robin J. Davis
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0389207918
Release Date: 1989
Genre: Literary Criticism

Contents: The Difficult BirthoAn Image of Utterance in Beckett, Paul Lawley; Less equals MoreoDeveloping Ambiguity in the Drafts of "Come and Go," Rosemary Pountney; Seeing is PerceivingoBeckett's Later Plays and the Theory of Audience Response, Karen L. Laughlin; Mutations of the Soliloquy, "Not I" to "Rockaby," Andrew Kennedy; Anonymity and IndividuationoThe Interrelation of Two Linguistic Functions in "Not I" and "Rockaby," Lois Oppenheim; Walking and Rocking, Ritual Acts in "Footfalls" and "Rockaby," Mary A. Doll; Beckett's Other Trilogyo"Not I," "Footfalls" and "Rockaby," R. Thomas Stone; Perspective in "Rockaby," Jane Alison Hale; Know HappinessoIrony in "Ill Seen Ill Said," Monique Nagem; Reading "That Time," Antoni Libera; The Speech Act in Beckett's "Ohio Impromptu," Kathleen O'Gorman; "Make Sense Who May," A Study of "Catastrophe" and "What Where," Annamaria Sportelli; "Catastrophe" and Dramatic Setting, Hersh Zeifman; A Political Perspective on "Catastrophe," Robert Sandarg; The Quad PiecesoA Screen for the Unseeable, Phyllis Carey. Irish Literary Studies Series No. 30."

Economic Development from the State and Local Perspective

Author: D. Robinson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9781137317490
Release Date: 2014-09-17
Genre: Political Science

This definitive work mixes case law, public policy, economic strategy, and examines the wide range of issues facing efforts to improve the American economy, to illustrate how economic growth is driven through strong public-private partnerships, and how successful growth strategies from the state and local level operate to grow jobs.