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Social institutions

  • The Archaeology of Institutional Lifeby April M. Beisaw; James G. Gibb; Owen Lindauer; Eleanor Conlin Casella; Deborah L Rotman; Lu Ann De Cunzo; Lois M Feister; Stephen G Warfel; David R Bush; Susan Piddock; Sherene Baugher

    University of Alabama Press 2009; US$ 28.95

    Institutions pervade social life. They express community goals and values by defining the limits of socially acceptable behavior. Institutions are often vested with the resources, authority, and power to enforce the orthodoxy of their time. But institutions are also arenas in which both orthodoxies and authority can be contested. Between power and... more...

  • Beyond the State in Rural Ugandaby Ben Jones

    Edinburgh University Press 2008; US$ 129.99

    In this innovative study, Ben Jones argues that scholars too often assume that the state is the most important force behind change in local political communities in Africa. Studies look to the state, and to the impact of government reforms, as ways of understanding processes of development and change. Using the example of Uganda, regarded as one of... more...

  • Branded Nationby James B. Twitchell

    Simon & Schuster 2004; US$ 20.99

    Branding, says James Twitchell, is nothing more than commercial storytelling; brands are the stories that are associated with products. (For example, the special taste of Evian, says Twitchell, is in the brand, not the water.) Branding has become so successful, so ubiquitous that even institutions that we thought were above branding, antithetical... more...

  • Citizenship in the Arab Worldby Gianluca P. Parolin

    Amsterdam University Press 2009; US$ 45.00

    Offers a broder legal perspective to the multifaceted reality of nationality and citizenship more...

  • Conflict and Cooperationby A. Allan Schmid

    Wiley 2008; US$ 131.95

    Allan Schmid’s innovative text, Conflict and Cooperation: Institutional and Behavioral Economics ,investigates "the rules of the game," how institutions--both formal and informal--affect these rules, and how these rules are changed to serve competing interests. This text addresses both formal and informal institutions and the impact of alternative... more...

  • Cross-Training for First Respondersby Gregory Bennett

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 79.95

    The tragedy that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001 brought enhanced emergency preparedness among first responders to the forefront of public awareness. Since those events ? and despite significant progress made in many of the areas previously deemed deficient ? some response areas are still woefully inadequate. Cross-Training for... more...

  • Culture, Institutions, and Developmentby Jean-Philippe Platteau; Robert Peccoud

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 49.95

    This book brings together economists, sociologists and anthropologists to discuss the role of culture in economic development, addressing such issues as religion, family, ethnic ties, entrepreneurship and poverty.   more...

  • Evolution and Design of Institutionsby Christian Schubert; Georg Von Wangenheim

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 54.95

    This book comprises nine papers approaching designed institutions and their interplay with spontaneous institutions from various angles. While the evolution of spontaneous institutions is quite well understood in economic thinking, the development of consciously designed institutions has been examined much less. In new institutional economics,... more...

  • The Evolution of Retirementby Dora L. Costa

    University of Chicago Press 2008; US$ 30.00

    Winner of the 1998 Paul A. Samuelson Award given by TIAA-CREF, The Evolution of Retirement is the first comprehensive economic history of retirement in America. With life expectancies steadily increasing, the retirement rate of men over age 64 has risen drastically. Dora L. Costa looks at factors underlying this increase and shows the dramatic implications... more...

  • Flavor of the Monthby Joel Best

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 31.95

    While fads such as hula hoops or streaking are usually dismissed as silly enthusiasms, trends in institutions such as education, business, medicine, science, and criminal justice are often taken seriously, even though their popularity and usefulness is sometimes short-lived. Institutional fads such as open classrooms, quality circles, and multiple... more...