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  • Reviving Local Democracyby Nirmala Rao

    Policy Press 2000; US$ 36.95

    This book offers a vivid and persuasive critical examination of New Labour's programme for the modernisation of local government, providing a balanced view of the democracy and participation debate. It draws on a wide range of new survey data to relate the crisis of local politics and governance to wider changes in the political culture. more...

  • Representation and Community in Western Democraciesby Nirmala Rao

    Palgrave Macmillan 2000; US$ 155.00

    This book of critical essays explores new thinking and new evidence on the role of locally-elected representatives in Western democracies. The book is topical in the light of the intense political and popular interest in the problems of making local government representative and responsive. The contributors, drawn from the UK, US, France, Denmark and... more...

  • Governing Global Citiesby Nirmala Rao

    Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 57.95

    This is an up-to-date and topical treatment of how six major cities in Europe, North America and Asia are coping with the new demands on urban government. Population expansion, the migration of new peoples and disparities between cities and suburbs are longstanding features of the urban crisis. Today, city governments also face demands for popular... more...

  • Transforming Political Leadership in Local Governmentby Dr Rikke Berg; Professor Nirmala Rao

    Palgrave Macmillan 2005; US$ 120.00

    Local governments throughout the west are undergoing a transformation of their leadership styles and structures. Some countries have abandoned traditional systems of collective or committee based decision-making in favour of Cabinet models or, more radically, a directly-elected executive mayor, while others have strengthened existing mayoral systems.... more...

  • Revisiting The Chinese Learnerby Carol K.K. Chan; Nirmala Rao

    Springer 2010; US$ 269.00

    This book examines teaching and learning in Chinese societies and advances understanding of the Chinese learner in changing global contexts. Key emerging themes emphasize transcending dichotomies and transforming pedagogy. more...

  • Teaching in Primary Schools in China and India: Contexts of Learningby Nirmala Rao; Emma Pearson; Kai-ming Cheng; Margaret Taplin

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 145.00

    This book compares primary education in urban and rural China and India. It focuses on how the sociocultural context including educational policy, educators and parents? beliefs, and the conditions under which teaching and learning occur shape classroom pedagogy and determine children?s attainment. This in-depth, authentic, comparative analysis... more...

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