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Capitalist revolutionary : John Maynard Keynes /

by Backhouse, Roger E | Bateman, Bradley W.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press 2011Description: 197 p. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: "The Great Recession of 2008 restored John Maynard Keynes to prominence. After decades when the Keynesian revolution seemed to have been forgotten, the great British theorist was suddenly everywhere. The New York Times asked, "What would Keynes have done?" The Financial Times wrote of "the undeniable shift to Keynes." Le Monde pronounced the economic collapse Keynes's "revenge." Two years later, following bank bailouts and Tea Party fundamentalism, Keynesian principles once again seemed misguided or irrelevant to a public focused on ballooning budget deficits. In this readable account, Backhouse and Bateman elaborate the misinformation and caricature that have led to Keynes's repeated resurrection and interment since his death in 1946. Keynes's engagement with social and moral philosophy and his membership in the Bloomsbury Group of artists and writers helped to shape his manner of theorizing. Though trained as a mathematician, he designed models based on how specific kinds of people (such as investors and consumers) actually behave -- an approach that runs counter to the idealized agents favored by economists at the end of the century. Keynes wanted to create a revolution in the way the world thought about economic problems, but he was more open-minded about capitalism than is commonly believed. He saw capitalism as essential to a society's well-being but also morally flawed, and he sought a corrective for its main defect: the failure to stabilize investment. Keynes's nuanced views, the authors suggest, offer an alternative to the polarized rhetoric often evoked by the word "capitalism" in today's political debates."--From the dust-jacket front flap. ; Contents: Keynes returns, but which Keynes? -- The rise and fall of Keynesian economics -- Keynes the moral philosopher: confronting the challenges to capitalism -- Keynes the physician: developing a theory of a capitalist economy -- Keynes's ambiguous revolution -- Perpetual revolutionAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The unintended reformation : how a religious revolution secularized society /

by Gregory, Brad S.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press 2012Description: 574 p. ; 24 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexSummary: In a work that is as much about the present as the past, Brad Gregory identifies the unintended consequences of the Protestant Reformation and traces the way it shaped the modern condition over the course of the following five centuries. A hyperpluralism of religious and secular beliefs, an absence of any substantive common good, the triumph of capitalism and its driver, consumerism - all these, Gregory argues, were long-term effects of a movement that marked the end of more than a millennium during which Christianity provided a framework for shared intellectual, social, and moral life in the West. ; Contents: Introduction : the world we have lost? -- Excluding God -- Relativizing doctrines -- Controlling the churches -- Subjectivizing morality -- Manufacturing the goods life -- Secularizing knowledge -- Conclusion : against nostalgiaAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Stylish academic writing /

by Sword, Helen.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press 2012Description: viii, 220 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-211) and index.Summary: Elegant data and ideas deserve elegant expression, argues Helen Sword in this lively guide to academic writing. For scholars frustrated with disciplinary conventions, and for specialists who want to write for a larger audience but are unsure where to begin, here are imaginative, practical, witty pointers that show how to make articles and books a pleasure to read - and to write. Dispelling the myth that you cannot get published without writing wordy, impersonal prose, Sword shows how much journal editors and readers welcome work that avoids excessive jargon and abstraction. Sword's analysis of more than a thousand peer-reviewed articles across a wide range of fields documents a startling gap between how academics typically describe good writing and the turgid prose they regularly produce. "Stylish Academic Writing" showcases a range of scholars from the sciences, humanities, and social sciences who write with vividness and panache. Individual chapters take up specific elements of style, such as titles and headings, chapter openings, and structure, and close with examples of transferable techniques that any writer can master. ; Contents: pt. I Style and Substance -- 1.Rules of Engagement -- 2.On Being Disciplined -- 3.A Guide to the Style Guides -- pt. II The Elements of Stylishness -- 4.Voice and Echo -- 5.Smart Sentencing -- 6.Tempting Titles -- 7.Hooks and Sinkers -- 8.The Story Net -- 9.Show and Tell -- 10.Jargonitis -- 11.Structural Designs -- 12.Points of Reference -- 13.The Big Picture -- 14.The Creative Touch.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

Reaching higher : the power of expectations in schooling /

by Weinstein, Rhona S.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA London, U.K. Harvard University Press 2002=260 2002Description: x, 345 p.Notes: I. Reframing the Debate: What Children Can Become -- 1. Colliding Expectations of Family and School -- 2. Turning Points in Research on Expectations: Toward an Ecological Paradigm -- 3. Revisiting Educational Self-Fulfilling Prophecies -- II. Expectations in Classrooms: Through the Eyes of Students -- 4. Children Talk about Expectations for Achievement -- 5. Differences among Classroom Achievement Cultures -- 6. Children's Lives in Contrasting Classrooms -- 7. Achievement Histories of Vulnerability and Resilience -- III. Expectations in Systems: Through the Eyes of Educators -- 8. Changing a Stratified School Culture -- 9. A School Culture for the Fullest Development -- 10. Achievement Cultures for University Faculty. Includes bibliographic references and indexSummary: "In this book based on extensive research on self-fulfilling prophecies, Weinstein argues that our expectations of children are often far too low. In fact, as Weinstein shows, children typed early as "not very smart" can go on to accomplish much more than was ever expected of them.". ; "Why do expectations become all-powerful? Reaching Higher describes the contexts that create and sustain them. In an educational system with too narrow a definition of ability and too limited an array of learning opportunities, differences can end up looking like deficiencies. Yet in our diverse society and increasingly complex workplace, low expectations mean the lifelong waste of much-needed abilities. Weinstein faults assumptions, not individuals, pointing out that teachers are themselves caught in a hierarchical school culture that keeps them from being able to reach higher for all children. Weinstein's compelling case studies allow us to hear the voices of children, parents, teachers, principals, and university faculty in their common predicaments in the pursuit of learning."--BOOK JACKET.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Capital in the twenty-first century /

by Piketty, Thomas.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press. The Belknap Press 2014Description: viii.Notes: Goldhammer, Arthur, translatorSummary: What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But satisfactory answers have been hard to find for lack of adequate data and clear guiding theories. In Capital in the Twenty-First Century, `Thomas Piketty analyzes a unique collection of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century, to uncover key economic and social patterns. His findings will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about wealth and inequality. Piketty shows that modern economic growth and the diffusion of knowledge have allowed us to avoid inequalities on the apocalyptic scale predicted by Karl Marx. But we have not modified the deep structures of capital and inequality as much as we thought in the optimistic decades following World War II. The main driver of inequality--the tendency of returns on capital to exceed the rate of economic growth--today threatens to generate extreme inequalities that stir discontent and undermine democratic values. But economic trends are not acts of God. Political action has curbed dangerous inequalities in the past, Piketty says, and may do so again. A work of extraordinary ambition, originality, and rigor, Capital in the Twenty-First Century `reorients our understanding of economic history and confronts us with sobering lessons for today.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Nonprofits for hire : the welfare state in the age of contracting. /

by Smith, Steven Rathgeb | Lipsky, Michael.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA Harvard University Press 1993Description: xii, 292 p.Summary: Discusses the benefits and drawbacks of the increasing dependence of nonprofit organisations on government funding.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Inequality : what can be done? / Anthony B. Atkinson.

by Atkinson, A. B. (Anthony (Tony) Barnes), 1944-.

Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2015Description: xi, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Notes: Formerly CIP.Summary: Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem—talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate—but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded. More than just a program for change, Atkinson’s book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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The homeless / Christopher Jencks

by Jencks, Christopher.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass ; London : Harvard University Press, 1994Description: viii, 161 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Summary: Late in the 1970s Americans began to notice more people sleeping in public places, wandering the streets with their belongings in shopping bags, begging for handouts, and rooting through garbage bins for food or cans. How widespread is this problem, how did it develop, and what can be done about it? These are the questions explored in this gripping book by Christopher Jencks, America's foremost analyst of social problems.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Recognizing public value / Mark H. Moore.

by Moore, Mark Harrison.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013Description: xiii, 473 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Notes: Formerly CIP.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

Frontiers of justice : disability, nationality, species membership /

by Nussbaum, Martha C.

Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press. 2007Description: xiii, [5 p.],487 p.Review: Theories of social justice are necessarily abstract, reaching beyond the particular and the immediate to the general and the timeless. Yet such theories, addressing the world and its problems, must respond to the real and changing dilemmas of the day. A brilliant work of practical philosophy,Frontiers of Justiceis dedicated to this proposition. Taking up three urgent problems of social justice neglected by current theories and thus harder to tackle in practical terms and everyday life, Martha Nussbaum seeks a theory of social justice that can guide us to a richer, more responsive approach to social cooperation.The idea of the social contract--especially as developed in the work of John Rawls--is one of the most powerful approaches to social justice in the Western tradition. But as Nussbaum demonstrates, even Rawls's theory, suggesting a contract for mutual advantage among approximate equals, cannot address questions of social justice posed by unequal parties. How, for instance, can we extend the equal rights of citizenship--education, health care, political rights and liberties--to those with physical and mental disabilities? How can we extend justice and dignified life conditions to all citizens of the world? And how, finally, can we bring our treatment of nonhuman animals into our notions of social justice? Exploring the limitations of the social contract in these three areas, Nussbaum devises an alternative theory based on the idea of "capabilities." She helps us to think more clearly about the purposes of political cooperation and the nature of political principles--and to look to a future of greater justice for all.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

After Piketty : the agenda for economics and inequality / edited by Heather Boushey, J. Bradford DeLong, Marshall Steinbaum.

by Boushey, Heather, 1970- [editor.] | De Long, J. Bradford [editor.] | Steinbaum, Marshall [editor.].

Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press, 2017Description: viii, 678 p.Summary: Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century is the most widely discussed work of economics in recent history, selling millions of copies in dozens of languages. But are its analyses of inequality and economic growth on target? Where should researchers go from here in exploring the ideas Piketty pushed to the forefront of global conversation? A cast of economists and other social scientists tackle these questions in dialogue with Piketty, in what is sure to be a much-debated book in its own right. After Piketty opens with a discussion by Arthur Goldhammer, Piketty's translator into English, of the reasons for Capital's phenomenal success, followed by the published reviews of Nobel laureates Robert Solow and Paul Krugman. The rest of the book is devoted to newly commissioned essays that interrogate Piketty's arguments. Suresh Naidu and other contributors ask whether Piketty said enough about power, slavery, and the complex nature of capital. Laura Tyson and Michael Spence consider the impact of technology on inequality. Heather Boushey, Branko Milanovic, and others consider topics ranging from gender to trends in the global South. Emmanuel Saez lays out an agenda for future research on inequality, while a variety of essayists examine the book's implications for the social sciences more broadly. Piketty replies to these questions in a substantial concluding chapter. An indispensable interdisciplinary work, After Piketty does not shy away from the seemingly intractable problems that made Capital in the Twenty-First Century so compelling for so many.--Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Capital and Ideology / Thomas Piketty

by Piketty, Thomas | Goldhammer, Arthur (translator).

Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts Harvard University Press 2020Description: 1093 p.Notes: "First published in French as Capital et idéologie, Éditions du Seuil, Paris, 2019"--Title page verso Translated by Arthur GoldhammerSummary: "Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the structure of a fairer economic system. Our economy, Piketty observes, is not a natural fact. Markets, profits, and capital are all historical constructs that depend on choices. Piketty explores the material and ideological interactions of conflicting social groups that have given us slavery, serfdom, colonialism, communism, and hypercapitalism, shaping the lives of billions. He concludes that the great driver of human progress over the centuries has been the struggle for equality and education and not, as often argued, the assertion of property rights or the pursuit of stability. The new era of extreme inequality that has derailed that progress since the 1980s, he shows, is partly a reaction against communism, but it is also the fruit of ignorance, intellectual specialization, and our drift toward the dead-end politics of identity. Once we understand this, we can begin to envision a more balanced approach to economics and politics. Piketty argues for a new "participatory" socialism, a system founded on an ideology of equality, social property, education, and the sharing of knowledge and power"--Availability: No items available Checked out (2).

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