Category «Public Affairs»

Global E-government: Theory, Applications and Benchmarking by Latif Al-Hakim

By Latif Al-Hakim

Curiosity in e-government, either in and in academia, has grown swiftly over the last decade, and maintains to develop. worldwide E-Government: thought, functions and Benchmarking is written by means of specialists from academia and undefined, analyzing the practices of e-government in constructing and built nations, featuring fresh theoretical examine in e-government, and supplying a platform to benchmark the simplest practices in imposing e-government courses. worldwide E-Government: thought, purposes and Benchmarking offers worthwhile examples from practitioners and executives regarding real-life purposes, whereas lecturers and researchers within the fields of data platforms and e-government give a contribution theoretical insights.

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Major League Winners: Using Sports and Cultural Centers as by Mark S. Rosentraub

By Mark S. Rosentraub

Significant League Winners: utilizing activities and Cultural facilities as instruments for fiscal improvement chronicles the demanding situations triumph over through civic leaders who're utilizing the improvement of activities and cultural venues to assist create various, shiny, and engaging fiscal bases inside of their groups. Drawing on his 30 years of involvement with such initiatives, Mark Rosentraub provides case reports that reveal the cutting edge private-public partnerships had to create win-win eventualities. those comprise how: Indianapolis and Cleveland now boast new photographs in addition to new downtowns because of leading edge activities and cultural venues San Diego maintains to revitalize itself via partnerships of shared threat and returns L.A.’s resurgence makes the main of its place and its glitz Columbus and examining are evidence that even midsized and smaller towns can leverage activities enthusiasm A decade in the past in significant League Losers: the true fee of activities and Who’s buying It, Dr. Rosentraub informed us in regards to the insidious nature of the good activities welfare computer. Now, he exhibits us that these classes are well-learned. whereas no city middle will climate this present monetary concern unscathed, the components that may endure least and get better quickest are those who are attracting and protecting major concentrations of diversely expert human capital. instead of simply offer us with a short break out from our difficulties, with the precise management, activities and leisure can create possibilities for our towns to reinvent and reinvigorate themselves.

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City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (New by Mike Davis

By Mike Davis

This re-creation of Mike Davis’s visionary paintings supplies an replace on la because the urban hits the twenty first century.

No city has been extra enjoyed or extra hated. To its professional boosters, "Los Angeles brings all of it together." To detractors, l. a. is a sunlit mortuary the place "you can rot with no feeling it." To Mike Davis, the writer of this fiercely based and broad- ranging paintings of social heritage, l. a. is either utopia and dystopia, a spot the place the final Joshua timber are being plowed below to make room for version groups within the barren region, the place the wealthy have employed their very own police to fend off highway gangs, in addition to armed Beirut militias. 

In City of Quartz, Davis reconstructs LA's shadow background and dissects its airy economic system. He tells us who has the facility and the way they carry directly to it. He supplies us a urban of Dickensian extremes, Pynchonesque conspiracies, and a desperation directly out of Nathaniel Westa urban during which we might glimpse our personal destiny reflected with terrifying clarity.

In this re-creation, Davis presents a stunning replace at the city's present status.

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The Concept of Reduction by Raphael van Riel (auth.)

By Raphael van Riel (auth.)

This quantity investigates the inspiration of relief. development at the concept that philosophers hire the time period ‘reduction’ to reconcile variety and directionality with harmony, with no hoping on removing, the e-book bargains a strong explication of an “ontological”, inspiration of relief the extension of that's (primarily) shaped by way of houses, varieties, contributors, or techniques. It argues that similar notions of aid, resembling theory-reduction and useful relief, might be outlined when it comes to this explication. Thereby, the ebook deals a coherent framework, which sheds gentle at the background of a few of the aid debates within the philosophy of technological know-how and within the philosophy of brain, and on similar issues resembling aid and unification, the thought of a systematic point, and physicalism.

The publication takes its element of departure within the exam of a puzzle approximately relief. to demonstrate, the booklet takes for instance the relief of water. If water reduces to H2O, then water is similar to H2O – therefore we get team spirit. cohesion doesn't come on the rate of removing – claiming that water reduces to H2O, we don't thereby declare that there's no water. yet what approximately range and directionality? Intuitively, there can be a distinction among water and H2O, such that we get variety. this is often required for there to be directionality: in a feeling, if water reduces to H2O, then H2O is ahead of, or extra simple than water. no less than, if water reduces to H2O, then H2O doesn't decrease to water. yet how can this be, if water is similar to H2O? The ebook exhibits that the applying of present versions of relief doesn't resolve this puzzle, and proposes a brand new coherent definition, based on which solidarity is tied to identification, variety is descriptive in nature, and directionality is the directionality of explanation.

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The White House Staff: Inside the West Wing and Beyond by Bradley H. Patterson Jr.

By Bradley H. Patterson Jr.

Shrouded in anonymity, secure by means of govt privilege, yet with out criminal or constitutional authority in their personal, the 5,900 humans in one hundred twenty five workplaces jointly often called the "White residence staff" support the executive govt through shaping, focusing, and amplifying presidential coverage. Why is the workers so huge? How is it equipped and what do these one hundred twenty five places of work really do? during this sequel to his significantly appraised 1988 ebook, Ring of strength,

Bradley H. Patterson Jr. —a veteran of 3 presidential administrations —takes us contained in the heavily guarded turf of the White condominium. In an easy narrative freed from partisan or own agendas, Patterson offers an encyclopedic description of the modern White residence employees and its operations. He illustrates the sluggish shift in strength from the cupboard departments to the workers and, for the 1st time in presidential literature, provides an accounting for the complete price range of the trendy White condo. White condominium employees contributors keep an eye on every thing from the huge to the mundane. They arrange the president for summit meetings, but in addition specify who sits on Air strength One.

They craft the language for the president to take advantage of on public events —from a nation of the Union handle to such "Rose backyard rubbish" because the pre-Thanksgiving pardon for the 1st Turkey. the writer offers an interesting but in-depth evaluation of those obligations. Patterson additionally illuminates the astonishing measure to which presidents for my part behavior American international relations and in my view supervise U.S. army activities. The textual content is punctuated with reviews via senior White residence aides and by means of outdated Washington palms whose careers return greater than part a century.

The ebook offers not just a entire key to the places of work and actions that make the White condo paintings, but additionally the sensation of belonging to that unique club contained in the West Wing.

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Principles and practices for a federal statistical agency by National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social

By National Research Council, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Committee on National Statistics, Miron L. Straf, Margaret E. Martin, Constance F. Citro

Since 1992, the Committee on nationwide records (CNSTAT) has produced a publication on rules and practices for a federal statistical service provider, updating the record each four years to supply a present version to newly appointed cupboard secretaries first and foremost of every presidential management.

This fourth variation provides and reviews on 4 uncomplicated ideas that statistical organisations needs to embrace which will perform their challenge fully:
(1) they have to produce target facts which are appropriate to coverage issues,
(2) they need to in achieving and preserve credibility between facts users,
(3) they need to in achieving and hold belief between facts companies, and
(4) they need to in achieving and retain a powerful place of independence from the looks and truth of political control.

The booklet additionally discusses eleven very important practices which are capacity for statistical organisations to reside as much as the 4 ideas. those practices contain a dedication to caliber perform and an energetic application of methodological and important learn. This fourth variation provides the primary that statistical enterprises needs to function from a powerful place of independence and the perform that enterprises should have ongoing inner and exterior reviews in their programs.

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Memos to the governor: an introduction to state budgeting by Dall W. Forsythe

By Dall W. Forsythe

With a brand new foreword via New York's former governor, Mario Cuomo, this revised and up-to-date variation of "Memos to the Governor" is a concise guidebook that takes the reader in the back of governmental economic gobbledygook to give an explanation for in transparent, comprehensible prose the technical, fiscal, and political dynamics of price range making. in any respect degrees of presidency, the finances has turn into the battleground for policymaking and politics. This e-book is helping present and destiny public directors untangle the knotty strategies of finances education and implementation. Dall W. Forsythe, who served as price range director less than Governor Cuomo, outlines the budgeting strategy via a sequence of memos from the cheap director to a newly elected governor - a layout that is helping readers with very little history to appreciate complex monetary matters. He covers all the steps of price range training, from technique to execution, explaining technical vocabulary, and discussing key issues together with baseline budgeting, profit forecasting, and gap-closing suggestions. Forsythe brings clean insights into such concerns because the significance of a multiyear strategic funds plan, the impression of the company cycle on nation budgets, the tactical difficulties of having budgets followed by way of legislatures, and, in fact, the connection among governor and finances officer. "Memos to the Governor" is a painless, functional advent to funds practise for college kids of and practitioners in public management and public-sector monetary administration.

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Making Policy in Europe by Svein Andersen, Kjell A Eliassen

By Svein Andersen, Kjell A Eliassen

This Second Edition of Making coverage in Europe is absolutely revised and accelerated to supply the main updated creation to the learn of policymaking within the ecu Union (EU).

The first a part of the publication introduces the several views to review of the european as a political method, and offers a framework for the learn of the most actors and associations within the decision-making method from transnational lobbying inside Brussels to the implementation of european legislations in nationwide member states.

Part introduces all of the major sectoral coverage parts. the typical "market" is brought and reviewed prior to scholars are supplied with distinct reviews of guidelines and policy-making in telecommunication

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The Soldier Vote: War, Politics, and the Ballot in America by Donald S. Inbody

By Donald S. Inbody

The Soldier Vote tells the tale of the way american citizens within the military received the fitting to vote whereas clear of domestic. the power for deployed army body of workers to forged a poll used to be tough and infrequently vociferously resisted through politicians of either political events. whereas development has been made, major demanding situations stay. utilizing newly got information concerning the army voter, The Soldier Vote demanding situations a few generally held perspectives concerning the nature of the army vote and the way provider body of workers vote.

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