Information and Organizations


Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520909625
Category: Social Science
Page: 404
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An ambitious new work by a well-respected sociologist, Information and Organizations provides a bold perspective of the dynamics of organizations. Stinchcombe contends that the "information problem" and the concept of "uncertainty" provide the key to understanding how organizations function. In a delightful mix of large theoretical insights and vivid anecdotal material, Stinchcombe explores the ins and outs of organizations from both a macro and micro perspective. He reinterprets the work of the renowned scholars of business, Alfred Chandler, James March and Oliver Williamson, and looks in depth at corporations like DuPont and General Motors. Along the way, Stinchcombe explores subjects as varied as class consciousness, innovation, contracts and university administration. All of these analyses are distinguished by incisive thinking and creative new approaches to issues that have long confronted business people and those interested in organizational theory. A tour de force, Information and Organizations is a must-read for business people and scholars of many stripes. It promises to be a widely discussed and debated work.

Managerial Economics:Theory & Applicatio


Author: Trivedi
Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN: 1259082180
Category: Managerial economics
Page: 746
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This book is written with the objective of demonstrating the applications of economic theory in decision making. SALIENT FEATURES: Attempts to streamline the various interrelated theories from economics and other functional areas of management; Original contrubution in the areas of organisational slacks, organisational efficiency, productivity, learning curves, production functions etc. with special reference to Indian industry; Appropriate usage of arithmetic and graphs to explain concepts; Sufficient examples and review exercises in all the chapters

Politician's Dilemma

Building State Capacity in Latin America
Author: Barbara Geddes
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520918665
Category: History
Page: 256
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In Latin America as elsewhere, politicians routinely face a painful dilemma: whether to use state resources for national purposes, especially those that foster economic development, or to channel resources to people and projects that will help insure political survival and reelection. While politicians may believe that a competent state bureaucracy is intrinsic to the national good, political realities invariably tempt leaders to reward powerful clients and constituents, undermining long-term competence. Politician's Dilemma explores the ways in which political actors deal with these contradictory pressures and asks the question: when will leaders support reforms that increase state capacity and that establish a more meritocratic and technically competent bureaucracy? Barbara Geddes brings rational choice theory to her study of Brazil between 1930 and 1964 and shows how state agencies are made more effective when they are protected from partisan pressures and operate through merit-based recruitment and promotion strategies. Looking at administrative reform movements in other Latin American democracies, she traces the incentives offered politicians to either help or hinder the process. In its balanced insight, wealth of detail, and analytical rigor, Politician's Dilemma provides a powerful key to understanding the conflicts inherent in Latin American politics, and to unlocking possibilities for real political change.

The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China


Author: Susan L. Shirk
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520077075
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 399
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In the past decade, China was able to carry out economic reform without political reform, while the Soviet Union attempted the opposite strategy. How did China succeed at economic market reform without changing communist rule? Susan Shirk shows that Chinese communist political institutions are more flexible and less centralized than their Soviet counterparts were. Shirk pioneers a rational choice institutional approach to analyze policy-making in a non-democratic authoritarian country and to explain the history of Chinese market reforms from 1979 to the present. Drawing on extensive interviews with high-level Chinese officials, she pieces together detailed histories of economic reform policy decisions and shows how the political logic of Chinese communist institutions shaped those decisions. Combining theoretical ambition with the flavor of on-the-ground policy-making in Beijing, this book is a major contribution to the study of reform in China and other communist countries.

Markets and States in Tropical Africa

The Political Basis of Agricultural Policies
Author: Robert H. Bates
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520282566
Category: Political Science
Page: 216
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Following independence, most countries in Africa sought to develop, but their governments pursued policies that actually undermined their rural economies. Examining the origins of Africa’s “growth tragedy,” Markets and States in Tropical Africa has for decades shaped the thinking of practitioners and scholars alike. Robert H. Bates’s analysis now faces a challenge, however: the revival of economic growth on the continent. In this edition, Bates provides a new preface and chapter that address the seeds of Africa’s recovery and discuss the significance of the continent’s success for the arguments of this classic work.

Choice

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Of Rule and Revenue


Author: Margaret Levi
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520909540
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
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Margaret Levi's wide-ranging theoretical and historical study demonstrates the importance of political relative to economic factors in accounting for revenue production policies.

Rainbow's End

Irish-Americans and the Dilemmas of Urban Machine Politics, 1840-1985
Author: Steven P. Erie
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520910621
Category: History
Page: 359
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Unprecedented in its scope, Rainbow's End provides a bold new analysis of the emergence, growth, and decline of six classic Irish-American political machines in New York, Jersey City, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Albany. Combining the approaches of political economy and historical sociology, Erie examines a wide range of issues, including the relationship between city and state politics, the manner in which machines shaped ethnic and working-class politics, and the reasons why centralized party organizations failed to emerge in Boston and Philadelphia despite their large Irish populations. The book ends with a thorough discussion of the significance of machine politics for today's urban minorities.

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Constructing Social Theories


Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226774848
Category: Social Science
Page: 303
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Constructing Social Theories presents to the reader a range of strategies for constructing theories, and in a clear, rigorous, and imaginative manner, illustrates how they can be applied. Arthur L. Stinchcombe argues that theories should not be invented in the abstract—or applied a priori to a problem—but should be dictated by the nature of the data to be explained. This work was awarded the Sorokin prize by the American Sociological Association as the book that made an outstanding contribution to the progress of sociology in 1970.

Toward a Political Economy of Development

A Rational Choice Perspective
Author: Robert H. Bates
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520060524
Category: Political Science
Page: 393
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The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy


Author: Barry R. Weingast,Donald A. Wittman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199272228
Category: Political Science
Page: 1093
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Over its lifetime, 'political economy' has had different meanings. This handbook views political economy as a synthesis of the various strands of social science, treating it as the methodology of economics applied to the analysis of political behaviour and institutions.

Nested Games

Rational Choice in Comparative Politics
Author: George Tsebelis
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520911970
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
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Clearly written and easily understood by the nonspecialist, Nested Games provides a systematic, empirically accurate, and theoretically coherent account of apparently irrational political actions.

Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood


Author: Kristin Luker
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520055977
Category: Social Science
Page: 324
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Examines the issues, people, and beliefs on both sides of the abortion conflict.

Electoral Laws and Their Political Consequences


Author: Bernard Grofman,Arend Lijphart
Publisher: Algora Publishing
ISBN: 0875862675
Category: Law
Page: 352
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..." a usful volume on the impact of electoral laws...includes a very good bibliography and index...establishes a broader international and interdisciplinary perspective on the methods of representation." - American Political Science Review

Regulatory Policy and the Social Sciences


Author: Roger G. Noll,Roger G Noll
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520051874
Category: Political Science
Page: 400
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When noliberal economies meet globalization


Author: Joo-Youn Jung
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Globalization
Page: 402
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Journal of Economic Literature


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Category: Economics
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Trade Regulation, Antitrust, and Economics

A Bibliography
Author: Peter D. Ward,Margaret A. Goldblatt
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Category: Trade regulation
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