The Fourth Revolution

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143127604
Release Date: 2015-07-14
Genre: Business & Economics

Presents the argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state. The race to get government right is not just a race of efficiency. It is a race to see which political values will triumph in the twenty-first century--the liberal values of democracy and liberty or the authoritarian values of command and control.

The Fourth Revolution

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594205392
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Business & Economics

The best-selling authors of The Right Nation argue that a current crisis in government represents a fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state, predicting a shift from large to strategic government while citing the roles of debt, industrialization and rapid world growth.

The Fourth Revolution

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101606629
Release Date: 2014-05-15
Genre: Business & Economics

From the bestselling authors of The Right Nation, a visionary argument that our current crisis in government is nothing less than the fourth radical transition in the history of the nation-state Dysfunctional government: It’s become a cliché, and most of us are resigned to the fact that nothing is ever going to change. As John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge show us, that is a seriously limited view of things. In fact, there have been three great revolutions in government in the history of the modern world. The West has led these revolutions, but now we are in the midst of a fourth revolution, and it is Western government that is in danger of being left behind. Now, things really are different. The West’s debt load is unsustainable. The developing world has harvested the low-hanging fruits. Industrialization has transformed all the peasant economies it had left to transform, and the toxic side effects of rapid developing world growth are adding to the bill. From Washington to Detroit, from Brasilia to New Delhi, there is a dual crisis of political legitimacy and political effectiveness. The Fourth Revolution crystallizes the scope of the crisis and points forward to our future. The authors enjoy extraordinary access to influential figures and forces the world over, and the book is a global tour of the innovators in how power is to be wielded. The age of big government is over; the age of smart government has begun. Many of the ideas the authors discuss seem outlandish now, but the center of gravity is moving quickly. This tour drives home a powerful argument: that countries’ success depends overwhelmingly on their ability to reinvent the state. And that much of the West—and particularly the United States—is failing badly in its task. China is making rapid progress with government reform at the same time as America is falling badly behind. Washington is gridlocked, and America is in danger of squandering its huge advantages from its powerful economy because of failing government. And flailing democracies like India look enviously at China’s state-of-the-art airports and expanding universities. The race to get government right is not just a race of efficiency. It is a race to see which political values will triumph in the twenty-first century—the liberal values of democracy and liberty or the authoritarian values of command and control. The stakes could not be higher.

God is Back

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594202133
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Political Science

Two Economist writers evaluate the thriving nature of religious faith throughout the world and how it will significantly impact the global economy, politics, and other arenas, in a report that profiles the religious free market in America and argues that religion can coexist with modernity.

The Great Disruption

Author: Adrian Wooldridge
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 9781782831310
Release Date: 2015-04-02
Genre: Business & Economics

Based around a compilation of his popular Schumpeter columns, Adrian Wooldridge takes a look at the forces that are disrupting today's fast-moving business world. The disruption has many causes: the internet's rapid spread; the challenge from emerging markets in innovation and manufacturing; clever management techniques that are forcing companies to rethink strategy; robots advancing from the factory floor into the service sector; and much more. These developments are shaking business and social life to its foundations, producing a new set of winners and losers, and forcing everyone to adapt and change. The Great Disruption explains: - The forces that are disrupting today's business world, and the management gurus that predicted them. - Who are the winners and the losers, and how institutions have tried (and often failed) to change. - How classic management problems, such as talent management, distribution, and outsourcing persist, but with a new twist. - What the future holds for companies, universities, competition and society. It also reminds us why Joseph Schumpeter's ideas about creative destruction are particularly valuable today.

The Fourth Revolution

Author: Luciano Floridi
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780191667695
Release Date: 2014-06-26
Genre: Science

Who are we, and how do we relate to each other? Luciano Floridi, one of the leading figures in contemporary philosophy, argues that the explosive developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) is changing the answer to these fundamental human questions. As the boundaries between life online and offline break down, and we become seamlessly connected to each other and surrounded by smart, responsive objects, we are all becoming integrated into an "infosphere". Personas we adopt in social media, for example, feed into our 'real' lives so that we begin to live, as Floridi puts in, "onlife". Following those led by Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud, this metaphysical shift represents nothing less than a fourth revolution. "Onlife" defines more and more of our daily activity - the way we shop, work, learn, care for our health, entertain ourselves, conduct our relationships; the way we interact with the worlds of law, finance, and politics; even the way we conduct war. In every department of life, ICTs have become environmental forces which are creating and transforming our realities. How can we ensure that we shall reap their benefits? What are the implicit risks? Are our technologies going to enable and empower us, or constrain us? Floridi argues that we must expand our ecological and ethical approach to cover both natural and man-made realities, putting the 'e' in an environmentalism that can deal successfully with the new challenges posed by our digital technologies and information society.

The Company

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN: 9780812972870
Release Date: 2005
Genre: History

The authors of A Future Perfect provide a close-up look at the history of the joint-stock company and examine its influence on world history, describing the institution's continually evolving forms and how it continues to shape global power. Reprint. 32,500 first printing.

The Right Nation

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1594200203
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Political Science

Evaluates the conservative movement that has swept across America in recent years, contending that conservatives have waged deliberate and effective campaigns against liberal advances, in an analysis that offers insight into right-wing politics and its organizers, representatives, and supporters. 50,000 first printing.

A Future Perfect

Author: John Micklethwait
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 9780812966800
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Business & Economics

Addressing the major concerns about globalization, the authors defend the emergence of the new world economy, arguing that it will ultimately improve the human condition. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Leviathan 2 0

Author: Charles S. Maier
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674281325
Release Date: 2014
Genre: History

Thomas Hobbes laid the theoretical groundwork of the nation-state in Leviathan, his tough-minded 1651 treatise. Charles Maier's Leviathan 2.0 updates this classic to explain how modern statehood took shape between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, before it unraveled into the political uncertainty that persists today.

Hard Times

Author: Tom Clark
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300212747
Release Date: 2015-02-03
Genre: Business & Economics

Originally published: 2014, as Hard times: the divisive toll of the economic slump.

No Ordinary Disruption

Author: Richard Dobbs
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610397629
Release Date: 2016-08-30
Genre: Business & Economics

Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst on the scene, or businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble saw-tooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking all the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, cost of capital was falling, labour and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world's labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of the Sweden, of that, in the decades ahead, half of the world's economic growth will come from 440 cities including Kumasi in Ghana or Santa Carina in Brazil that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life— facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.

Macroeconomics

Author: Roger A. Arnold
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305446274
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Today's economy may be tough, but economics doesn't have to be. Let Roger Arnold's MACROECONOMICS, 12E open up the world of economic analysis. With more detailed coverage of the financial and economic crisis than any other principles text on the market, this inviting book offers innovative and engaging learning features and easy customization. The author weaves memorable examples from pop culture throughout this edition and bolsters reader interest by illustrating the unexpected places macroeconomics occur. Readers see how economic forces link to every day events and form an important part of life 24/7. Coverage of the latest macroeconomic developments and new content reflect today's changing economy and equip readers with a thorough understanding of contemporary macroeconomics. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Benchmarking with DEA SFA and R

Author: Peter Bogetoft
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441979611
Release Date: 2010-11-19
Genre: Business & Economics

This book covers recent advances in efficiency evaluations, most notably Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) and Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA) methods. It introduces the underlying theories, shows how to make the relevant calculations and discusses applications. The aim is to make the reader aware of the pros and cons of the different methods and to show how to use these methods in both standard and non-standard cases. Several software packages have been developed to solve some of the most common DEA and SFA models. This book relies on R, a free, open source software environment for statistical computing and graphics. This enables the reader to solve not only standard problems, but also many other problem variants. Using R, one can focus on understanding the context and developing a good model. One is not restricted to predefined model variants and to a one-size-fits-all approach. To facilitate the use of R, the authors have developed an R package called Benchmarking, which implements the main methods within both DEA and SFA. The book uses mathematical formulations of models and assumptions, but it de-emphasizes the formal proofs - in part by placing them in appendices -- or by referring to the original sources. Moreover, the book emphasizes the usage of the theories and the interpretations of the mathematical formulations. It includes a series of small examples, graphical illustrations, simple extensions and questions to think about. Also, it combines the formal models with less formal economic and organizational thinking. Last but not least it discusses some larger applications with significant practical impacts, including the design of benchmarking-based regulations of energy companies in different European countries, and the development of merger control programs for competition authorities.

The Great Degeneration

Author: Niall Ferguson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101608456
Release Date: 2013-06-13
Genre: Business & Economics

A searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions—the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail—are degenerating. With characteristic verve and historical insight, Ferguson analyzes the causes of this stagnation and its profound consequences for the future of the West. The Great Degeneration is an incisive indictment of an era of negligence and complacency—and to arrest the breakdown of our civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.