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Our kids : the American Dream in crisis / Robert D. Putnam.

by Putnam, Robert D.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015Description: 386 p.Summary: "A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in--a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnam--about whom The Economist said, "his scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny"--offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those students--"our kids"--went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country"--; "The best-selling author of Bowling Alone offers a groundbreaking examination of the American Dream in crisis: how and why opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing, jeopardizing the prospects of an ever larger segment of Americans"--Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

Should we abolish household debts? / Johnna Montgomerie.

by Montgomerie, Johnna.

Publisher: Medford, MA : Polity, Description: x, 140 p.Summary: "We live in a culture of credit. As wages have stagnated over the past few decades, we've seen a dramatic surge in private borrowing across the western world, with increasing numbers of households sucked into a hopeless vortex of spiralling debt fuelled by exploitative lending. This punchy and original book argues that this situation is chronically dysfunctional, both individually and collectively. Johnna Montgomerie shows that abolishing household debts can help us end austerity and the unsustainable forward march of debt-driven growth. She threads together astute economic analysis with an accessible guide to practical policy solutions, such as extending unconventional monetary policy to the household sector, providing pragmatic and affordable refinancing options, and writing off the most pernicious elements of household debt. This framework, she contends, can help us make our economy fairer and tackle both the housing crisis and accelerating inequality. This book will appeal to the growing numbers of people interested in creating alternative paths to economic renewal, and offers an inspiring agenda that can change our collective future"--; "This punchy and original book argues that our 'culture of credit' is chronically dysfunctional, both individually and collectively. Johnna Montgomerie shows that abolishing household debts can help us end austerity and the unsustainable forward march of debt-driven growth"--Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

How to run a government : so that citizens benefit and taxpayers don't go crazy / Michael Barber.

by Barber, Michael.

Publisher: London, U.K : Penguin Books, 2016Description: xxvi, 336 p.Notes: First published: Allen Lane, 2015.Summary: Billions of citizens around the world are frustrated with their governments. Political leaders struggle to honor their promises and officials find it near impossible to translate ideas into action, resulting in cynicism with the government and the political process. Why is this and how can this vicious spiral be reversed? In this groundbreaking book, Michael Barber draws on his wealth of experience working for and with government leaders the world over to present a blueprint for how to run a government. Using contemporary cases from every continent and classic examples from history, he makes a compelling case for a new approach. From Downing Street to Punjab, Charles I to Churchill, this book shows that the solution is less about ideology and more about clear priorities and meticulous planning.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).

Making political science matter : debating knowledge, research, and method / edited by Sanford F. Schram and Brian Caterino.

by Schram, Sanford | Caterino, Brian.

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c2006Description: vii, 304 p.Online Access: Publisher description | Table of contents only Summary: Making Political Science Matter brings together a number of prominent scholars to discuss the state of the field of Political Science. In particular, these scholars are interested in ways to reinvigorate the discipline by connecting it to present day political struggles. Uniformly well-written and steeped in a strong sense of history, the contributors consider such important topics as: the usefulness of rational choice theory; the ethical limits of pluralism; the use (and misuse) of empirical research in political science; the present-day divorce between political theory and empirical science; the connection between political science scholarship and political struggles, and the future of the discipline. This volume builds on the debate in the discipline over the significance of the work of Bent Flyvbjerg, whose book Making Social Science Matter has been characterized as a manifesto for the Perestroika Movement that has roiled the field in recent years.Availability: (2) Checked out (1).

Knowledge for governance / Johannes Gluckler, Gary Herrigel, Michael Handke, editors.

by Gluckler, Johannes [editor.] | Herrigel, Gary [editor.] | Handke, Michael [editor.] | SpringerLink (Online service).

Edition: 1st ed. 2020.Publisher: Cham : Springer, 2020Description: 1 online resource (xii, 469 pages : illustrations) PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: This open access book focuses on theoretical and empirical intersections between governance, knowledge and space from an interdisciplinary perspective. The contributions elucidate how knowledge is a prerequisite as well as a driver of governance efficacy, and conversely, how governance affects the creation and use of knowledge and innovation in geographical context. Scholars from the fields of anthropology, economics, geography, public administration, political science, sociology, and organization studies provide original theoretical discussions along these interdependencies. Moreover, a variety of empirical chapters on governance issues, ranging from regional and national to global scales and covering case studies in Australia, Europe, Latina America, North America and South Africa demonstrate that geography and space are not only important contexts for governance that affect the contingent outcomes of governance blueprints. Governance also creates spaces. It affects the geographical confines as well as the quality of opportunities and constraints that actors enjoy to establish legitimate and sustainable ways of social and environmental co-existence.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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