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Aftermath : a new global economic order? /

by Calhoun, Craig J | Derluguian, Georgi M.

Publisher: New York New York University Press 2011Description: 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Other title: Possible futures series ; v. 3.Notes: A co-publication with the Social Science Research Council. Includes bibliographical references and index Contents: A savage sorting of winners and losers, and beyond / Saskia Sassen -- The 2008 world financial crisis and the future of world development / Ha-Joon Chang -- Growth after the crisis / Dani Rodrik -- Structural causes and consequences of the 2008-2009 financial crisis / Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Felice Noelle Rodriguez -- Bridging the gap : a new world economic order for development? / Manuel Montes and Vladimir Popov -- Chinese political economy and the international economy : linking global, regional, and domestic possibilities / R. Bin Wong -- The global financial crisis and Africa's "immiserizing wealth" / Alexis Habiyaremye and Luc Soete -- Central and Eastern Europe : shapes of transformation, crisis, and the possible futures / Piotr Dutkewicz and Grzegorz Gorzelak -- The post-Soviet recoil to periphery / Georgi Derluguian -- The great crisis and the financial sector : what we might have learned / James K. GalbraithAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Business as usual : the roots of the global financial meltdown /

by Calhoun, Craig J | Derluguian, Georgi M.

Publisher: New York New York University Press 2011Description: 312 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Other title: Possible futures series ; v. 1.Notes: A joint publication of the Social Science Research Council and New York University Press. Includes bibliographical references and index Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1.The End of the Long Twentieth Century / Giovanni Arrighi -- 2.Dynamics of (Unresolved) Global Crisis / Immanuel Wallerstein -- 3.The Enigma of Capital and the Crisis This Time / David Harvey -- 4.A Turning Point or Business as Usual? / Daniel Chirot -- 5.Marketization, Social Protection, Emancipation: Toward a Neo-Polanyian Conception of Capitalist Crisis / Nancy Fraser -- 6.Crisis, Underconsumption, and Social Policy / Caglar Keyder -- 7.The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Toward a New Economic Culture? / Manuel Castells -- 8.The Convolution of Capitalism / Gopal Balakrishnan -- 9.The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America (1989-2010) / Fernando CoronilSummary: Situates the current crisis in the historical trajectory of the capitalist world-system, showing how the crisis was made possible not only by neoliberal financial reforms but by a massive turn away from manufacturing things of value towards seeking profit from financial exchange and credit. Much more basic than the result of a few financial traders cheating the system, this is a potential historical turning point. In original essays, the contributors establish why the system was ripe for crisis of the past, and yet why this meltdown was different. The volume concludes by asking whether as deep as the crisis is, it may contain seeds of a new global economy, what role the US will play, and whether China or other countries will rise to global leadership. The Possible Futures Series gathers together the great minds of social science to address the significance of the global economic crisis in a series of short, accessible books. Each volume takes on the past, present and future of this crisis, suggesting that the crisis has an informative history, that the consequences could be much more basic than stock declines, and that only fundamental changes - not fiscal band aids - can hold off future repetitions.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Economic policy reforms / OECD

by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Publisher: Paris, France : OECD Publishing, 2015-Description: pp. col. ill. (Online Resource).Other title: Economic policy reforms : going for growth.Online Access: Website Summary: OECD’s annual report highlighting developments in structural policies in OECD countries. Closely related to the OECD Economic Outlook and OECD Economic Surveys, each issue of Economic Policy Reforms gives an overview of structural policy developments in OECD countries followed by a set of indicators that reflect structural policy evolution. A set of Country Notes summarises priorities suggested by the indicators with actions taken and recommendations suggested. The Country Notes section also includes a set of indicators tables and graphs for each country. Each issue also has several thematic studies. [Website]Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Flexicurity : perspectives and practice /

by European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and orking Conditions.

Publisher: Dublin, Ireland European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references.Summary: 'The concept of flexicurity has been based on a notion that robust active labour market policies, lifelong learning investment and modern social security systems can ensure security of employment and income, even if contractual arrangements become more flexible and job transitions more frequent, as required by the rapidly evolving economic context. - Discussing labour market reforms and the validity of flexicurity is therefore highly topical. In a period as transformative as this one, it is more than necessary to think how employment policy can help Europe emerge from the crisis with a stronger labour market.'Availability: (1)

Global employment trends for youth 2012 /

by International Labour Organization.

Publisher: Geneva, Switzerland International Labour Organization 2012Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: May 2012 Bibliography : p. 39-41Summary: The economic crisis abruptly ended the gradual decline in global youth unemployment rates during the period 2002-07. Since 2007 the global youth unemployment rate has started rising again, and the increase between 2008 and the height of the economic crisis in 2009 effectively wiped out much of the gains made in previous years. Globally, the youth unemployment rate has remained close to its crisis peak in 2009. At 12.6 per cent in 2011 and projected at 12.7 per cent in 2012, the global youth unemployment rate remains at least a full percentage point above its level in 2007. Nearly 75 million youth are unemployed around the world, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. Medium-term projections (2012-16) suggest little improvement in youth labour markets. By 2016, the youth unemployment rate is projected to remain at the same high level.Availability: (1)

Measuring wellbeing /

by Drabsch, Talina | New South Wales. Parliamentary Library Research Service.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. New South Wales. Parliamentary Library Research Service 2012Description: PDF.Other title: New South Wales. Parliamentary Library Research Service..Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2012 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Interest in measuring the wellbeing of societies and the individuals which comprise them is not new and there has been research in this area for a number of decades. However, the interest in measuring wellbeing has been growing over the last decade or so and particularly seems to have gained some momentum in recent times as a result of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). Some view the GFC as proof of the damage that can result by too great a focus on continual economic growth regardless of the cost and by ignoring the other factors that contribute to wellbeing.Availability: (1)

Relative income poverty among children in rich countries /

by Bradshaw, Jonathan | UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre | Chzhen, Yekaterina | De Neubourg, Chris | Main, Gill | Martorano, Bruno | Menchini, Leonardo.

Publisher: Florence, Italy United Nations Children's Fund 2012Description: PDF.Other title: Innocenti working paper ; no. 2012-01.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2012 Bibliography : p. 30Summary: This paper presents and discusses child relative income poverty statistics for 35 economically advanced countries, representing all the members of the European Union, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States. As most of the data refer to the year 2008, the results partly reflect the initial impact of the global economic crisis as well as government responses. According to the data, Nordic countries and the Netherlands present the lowest child relative poverty levels, while Japan, the United States, most of the Southern European countries and some of the new EU member states have among the highest. Several factors are associated with the risk of poverty, such as demographic composition, educational level of household members, labour conditions, but the extent to which these factors influence the risk of poverty vary considerably across countries. Lastly, in several countries the role of government is found to be highly important in reducing child poverty.Availability: (1)

Retirement on the edge : women, men, and economic insecurity after the Great Recession /

by Hess, Cynthia | Institute for Women's Policy Research | Hayes, Jeff | Hartmann, Heidi.

Publisher: Washington, DC Institute for Women's Policy Research 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011 Bibliography pp. 53-55Summary: The Great Recession dramatically altered the lives of many Americans, creating pronounced economic stress and uncertainty for both individuals and families. Even after the recession was officially declared over, unemployment levels remained persistently high, while housing values remained notably low. These circumstances led the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) to develop and analyze the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey of Economic Security, which was administered to 2,746 adults aged 18 and older between September and November 2010. The sample for the survey was stratified to yield approximately equal numbers of white, black, and Hispanic respondents, with results weighted by American Community Survey data to reflect the non-institutional, adult population of the nation. The survey included a select number of questions from earlier surveys, such as the Rockefeller Foundation's February 2007 American Workers Survey and the National Academy of Social Insurance/Rockefeller Survey of 2009. These questions were worded the same or in similar ways in the current survey to allow for comparison between respondents' views in 2010 and in the previous studies.Availability: (1)

Rising inequality as a root cause of the present crisis /

by Stockhammer, Engelbert | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute.

Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2012Description: PDF.Other title: University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: April 2012 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: The paper argues that the economic imbalances that caused the present crisis should be thought of as the outcome of the interaction of the effects of financial deregulation with the macroeconomic effects of rising inequality. In this sense rising inequality should be regarded as a root cause of the present crisis. We identify four channels by which it has contributed to the crisis. First, rising inequality creates a downward pressure on aggregate demand since it is poorer income groups that have high marginal propensities to consume. Second, international financial deregulation has allowed countries to run larger current account deficits and for longer time periods. Thus, in reaction to potentially stagnant demand two growth models have emerged: a debt-led model and an export-led model. Third, (in the debt-led growth models) higher inequality has led to higher household debt as working class families have tried to keep up with social consumption norms despite stagnating or falling real wages. Fourth, rising inequality has increased the propensity to speculate as richer households tend hold riskier financial assets than other groups. The rise of hedge funds and of subprime derivatives in particular has been linked to rise of the superrich.Availability: (1)

Shifting risk : work and working life in Australia : a report for the Australian Council of Trade Unions /

by Rafferty, Mike | University of Sydney. Faculty of Economics and Business. orkplace Research Centre | Yu, Serena.

Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. University of Sydney. Faculty of Economics and Business. Workplace Research Centre 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2010 Bibliography : p. 35-37 INTO AND OUT OF WORKSummary: The research that underpins this paper was initially conceived as a response to the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). It quickly became clear that a proper understanding of the current possibilities and challenges for organised labour required us to think more broadly about the period that the GFC brought to a close. The paper was therefore developed around the proposition that how organised labour comes to terms with the period we have been living through, and the contradictions and opportunities that it presents will make a decisive difference to the lives of working people, and to the future of organised labour. The goal has been to begin to build a broad analysis and provide an avenue for drawing in a range of experiences and expertise. The report builds a careful analysis of developments that have been occurring over recent decades, and their implications for labour and organised labour in particular. Summarising that sort of analysis would not do justice to the research we have assembled. Instead, this summary attempts to present a couple of the big issues and arguments it uncovered, and to draw out some of the key implications of the research. The detailed evidence and argumentation from which the key themes of the report are extracted are to be found in the body of the report.Availability: (1)

The Corridor Model - relaunched /

by Busch, Klaus | Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.

Publisher: Berlin Friedrich Ebert Stiftung 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: July 2011Summary: The corridor model developed at the end of the 1990s is to be regarded as an important building block in this context of alternative policy conceptions (Busch 1998). Its aim is to ensure that a country's level of economic output and level of welfare state development are linked in the EU, as well as to prevent social dumping and avoid the overburdening of less developed states.Availability: (1)

The deepening crisis : governance challenges after neoliberalism /

by Calhoun, Craig J | Social Science Research Council | Derluguian, Georgi M.

Publisher: New York New York University Press 2011Description: 300 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.Other title: Possible futures series ; v. 2.Notes: A co publication with the Social Science Research Council. Includes bibliographical references and index Contents: Crises in parallel worlds : the governance of global risks in finance, security, and the environment / David Held and Kevin Young -- Green social democracy or barbarism : climate change and the end of high modernism / William Barnes and Nils Gilman -- Ecologies of rule : African environments and the climate of neoliberalism / Michael J. Watts -- Economic crisis, nationalism, and poilticized ethnicity / Rogers Brubaker -- War and economic crisis / Mary Kaldor -- A less close union? The European Union's search for unity amid crisis / Vincent Della Sala -- The paradox of faith : religion beyond secularization and desecularization / Adrian Pabst -- Global governance after the analog age : the world after media piracy / Ravi Sundaram -- From full to selective secrecy : the offshore realm after the crisis / Vadim VolkovSummary: Response to financial meltdown is entangled with basic challenges to global governance. Environment, global security and ethnicity and nationalism are all global issues today. Focusing on the political and social dimensions of the crisis, contributors examine changes in relationships between the world's richer and poorer countries, efforts to strengthen global institutions, and difficulties facing states trying to create stability for their citizens. The Possible Futures Series gathers together the great minds of social science to address the significance of the global economic crisis in a series of short, accessible books. Each volume takes on the past, present and future of this crisis, suggesting that the crisis has an informative history, that the consequences could be much more basic than stock declines, and that only fundamental changes - not fiscal band aids - can hold off future repetitions.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The global crisis and transformative social change /

by Utting, Peter (ed.) | Razavi, Shahra (ed.) | Buchholz, Rebecca Varghese (ed.).

Publisher: Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan 2012Description: xvi, 289 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.Notes: At foot of title: UNRISD, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: Global crises not only impact the economy and people's livelihoods, they also unsettle basic ideas and assumptions about the meaning and drivers of development. This collection of theoretical and empirical studies contributes to the global debate about the substance and politics of policy change three years into the 2007/8 crisis. It examines the challenges and dynamics involved from the perspective of development and developing countries. In doing so it engages with some of the most pressing and contested issues. To what extent does the crisis provide an opportunity for moving away from the doctrines and policies that reinforced inequality and vulnerability? What new directions in policy, especially social policy, are required, and are developing countries moving in such directions? Are social forces and political coalitions supportive of transformative change able to mobilize? While the political underpinnings of policy change conducive to social reform - contestation, social mobilization and coalition politics - are energized in the context of crises, the nature of demands and the responsiveness of elites can vary considerably. ; Contents: 1.Narratives of Crisis and Crisis Response: Perspectives from North and South / Bob Jessop -- 2.The Perils of Paradigm Maintenance in the Face of Crisis / Andrew Martin Fischer -- 3.Social Reproduction in the Global Crisis: Rapid Recovery or Long-Lasting Depletion? / Diane Elson -- 4.Shifting Global Social Policy Discourse and Governance in Times of Crisis / Bob Deacon -- 5.Financialization and Social Policy / Ben Fine -- 6.Policy Change in Turbulent Times: The Nationalization of Private Pensions in Argentina / Camila Arza -- 7.Rebounding from Crisis: The Role and Limits of Social Policy in China's Recovery / Sarah Cook -- 8.The Global Economic Crisis and Labour Markets in the Small States of the Caribbean / Andrew S. Downes -- 9.From Agrarian Crisis to Global Economic Crisis: Neoliberalism and the Indian Peasantry / Arindam Banerjee -- 10.Restructuring Development to Address the Global Financial Crisis: Lessons from India / Seeta Prabhu -- 11.A Political Economy Analysis of Crisis Response: Reflections on India and Thailand / Govind Kelkar -- 12.Trade Unions and the Politics of Crisis / Bjorn Beckman -- 13.Chinese Migrant Workers in the Global Financial Crisis: Government and Stakeholder Interactions / Ying Yu.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The global financial crisis of 2007-09 : an Australian perspective /

by Eslake, Saul.

Publisher: Carlton, Vic. Grattan Institute 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: The Shann Memorial Lecture University of Western Australia 19 August 2009Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The global social crisis : report on the world social situation 2011 /

by United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Publisher: New York, NY United Nations publication 2011Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [101]-114)Summary: This report finds many governments did not pay sufficient attention to the social implications of the global economic crisis. The report says economic policies considered in isolation from their social consequences often create dire results for people's nutrition, health and education, which, in turn, adversely affect long-term economic growth.Availability: (1)

The great austerity war : what caused the US deficit crisis and who should pay to fix It? /

by Crotty, James | University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy esearch Institute.

Edition: rev. ed.Publisher: Amherst, Mass. Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst 2011Description: PDF.Other title: University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Political Economy.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: First Draft: June 2011 Revised: December 2011Summary: Rapidly rising deficits at both the federal and state and local government levels, along with prospective long-term financing problems in the Social Security and Medicare programs, have triggered a one-sided austerity-focused class war in the US and around the globe. A coalition of the richest and most economically powerful segments of society, conservative politicians who represent their interests, and right-wing populist groups like the Tea Party has demanded that deficits be eliminated by severe cuts at all levels of government in spending that either supports the poor and the middle class or funds crucial public investment. It also demands tax cuts for the rich and for business. These demands constitute a deliberate attempt to destroy the New Deal project, begun in the 1930s, whose goal was to subject capitalism to democratic control. In this paper I argue that our deficit crisis is the result of a shift from the New-Deal-based economic model of the early post-war period to today's neoliberal, free-market model. The new model has generated slow growth, rising inequality and rising deficits. Rising deficits in turn created demands for austerity. After tracing the long-term evolution of our current deficit crisis, I show ; that this crisis should be resolved primarily by raising taxes on upper-income households and large corporations, cutting war spending, and adopting a Canadian or European style health care system. Calls for massive government spending cuts should be seen as what they are - an attack by the rich and powerful against the basic interests of the American people.Availability: (1)

The impact of the global financial crisis on employment for Australians from migrant and refugee backgrounds : a discussion paper /

by Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia.

Publisher: Deakin, A.C.T. Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: October 2009Summary: This paper examines some of the employment challenges faced by migrant and refugee workers. It discusses the traditional barriers that these groups face in participating in the labour market, as well as the impact of discrimination on migrant and refugee job seekers. The paper also considers the long-term impact that economic downturns can have on migrant and refugee workers. In this context, the paper discusses the dangers of failing to protect the most vulnerable in our society during difficult economic times, and our human rights obligations as a nation. The need for strategies aimed at assisting particularly disadvantaged groups such as migrants and refugees is also ; discussed. ; It concludes with some suggestions and recommendations on ways to assist migrants and refugees to obtain employment during the economic downturn. (Introduction)Availability: (1)

The impact of the global financial crisis on social services in Australia /

by Access Economics.

Publisher: [Canberra, A.C.T.] Access Economics 2008Description: 30 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: An issues paper prepared by Access Economics for Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia. Family & early years School to work Into & out of work Retirement & ageingSummary: The current global financial crisis and its likely impact on the Australian economy will have an acute impact on the most disadvantaged members of society, as well as pushing increased numbers of low and middle income earners to seek the services of welfare agencies. Even during the recent period of buoyant economic conditions, agencies were reporting growing demand, and the emergence of a new clientele of mid-stream wage earners facing severe financial stress. This has been mirrored by academic research into new indicators of disadvantage. Instability in the financial sector and its flow-on effects to the rest of the economy, can only exacerbate these problems, putting an even greater strain on what are already overstretched social services." -- Executive summaryAvailability: (1)

Times are still tough for young unemployed people /

by Australian Council of Social Service.

Publisher: Strawberry Hills, N.S.W. Australian Coucil of Social Service 2010Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: August 2010 INTO AND OUT OF WORK SCHOOL TO WORKSummary: It is only a year since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) plunged most wealthy nations into recession. Australia escaped a 'technical recession' but unemployment rose by one third. Young people were among the worst affected because employers put new hires on hold, waiting for the economy to improve. This meant that many education leavers could not find work and many young people lost their casual jobs. Many young people who were unable to find a secure job last year are still out of work, because employers are reluctant to hire people who lack recent work experience. Between May 2008 and May 2009, the overall unemployment rose by one third but the unemployment rate for teenagers (15-19 years) rose by half. The unemployment rate for teenagers is still 18%, three times that of the labour force as a whole (at 5%). For young adults in their early twenties, the unemployment rate is 7%. In May 2010 there were 193,000 unemployed people under 25 on Youth Allowance or Newstart Allowance, of whom 94,000 had been unemployed for over 12 months. The rise of youth unemployment has affected some regions more than others. In seventeen of the country?s 69 ?labour market regions? teenage unemployment rose to more than 30% during 2009-10. Those regions include Wollongong (NSW), Northwest Melbourne (VIC), Far North Queensland, Western Adelaide (SA) and Central Perth (WA). This policy analysis describes the job prospects and financial situation of unemployed young people, and raises policy proposals to improve them. ACOSS members have long experience in this field, both in service delivery and research.Availability: (1)

Towards new developmentalism : market as means rather than master /

by Khan, Shahrukh Rafi (ed.) | Christiansen, Jens (ed.).

Publisher: London, U.K. Routledge 2011Description: xvii, 286 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index. "This book is the outcome of a conference held at Mount Holyoke College on 14-16 November 2008"--p. [xviii].Summary: The global financial and economic crisis starting in 2007 has provoked the exploration of alternatives to neo-liberalism. Although neo-liberalism has been critiqued from various perspectives, these critiques have not coalesced into a concrete alternative in development economics literature. The main objective of this book is to name and formulate this alternative, identify what is new about this viewpoint, and project it on to the academic landscape. This book includes contributions from many prominent development economists who are unified by a form of 'developmental pragmatism'. Their concern is with the problems of development that preoccupied the pioneers of economic development in the mid-twentieth century, known as the developmentalists. Like the developmentalists, the contributors to "Towards New Developmentalism" are policy-oriented and supportive of institutional development and engagement with economic globalization. This collection has an over-arching concern with promoting social justice, and holds the general view of the market as the means to affecting an alternative program of development rather than as a master whose dictates are to be obeyed without question. This important collection sets the agenda for new developmentalism, drawing on issues such as industrial policy, technology, competition, growth and poverty. In broad terms, the economic development debate is cast in terms of whether the market is the master, an ideological neo-liberal perspective, or the means to affect change as suggested by the pragmatic perspective that is being termed neo-developmentalism. This book will be valuable reading to postgraduates and researchers specialising in the area of development studies including within economics, international relations, political science and sociology. ; Contents: Exploring and naming an economic development alternative / Shahrukh Rafi Khan -- The market as means rather than master : the crisis of development and the future role of the state / Robert Wade -- Hamlet without the prince of Denmark : how development has disappeared from today's "development" discourse / Ha-Joon Chang -- The economics of failed, failing, and fragile states : productive structure as the missing link / Erik S. Reinert, Yves Ekoue Amaïzo, and Rainer Kattel -- The pernicious legacy of the rent-seeking paradigm / Helen Shapiro -- Cementing neo-liberalism in the developing world : ideational and institutional constraints on policy space / Ilene Grabel -- Domestic resource mobilization for a new-developmentalist strategy in the age of globalization : the fiscal space dilemma in Latin America / Luis Abugattas and Eva Paus -- Investment treaties as a constraining framework / Gus Van Harten -- Government reform and industrial development in China and Mexico / Kevin P. Gallagher and M. Shafaeddin -- Growth and development in Africa : challenges and opportunities / Leonce Ndikumana -- Climate-resilient industrial development paths : design principles and alternative models / Lyuba Zarsky -- Towards new developmentalism : context, program and constraints / Shahrukh Rafi KhanAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

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