Generating Social Capital Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective

Economics and Business

Dietlind Stolle, Marc Hooghe, “Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective”
P. Vale, L. Swatuk, B. Oden, “Theory, Change and Southern Africa”
Philip B. Smith, Manfred Max-Neef, “Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good”
The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott
Christopher L. Culp, “The ART of Risk Management: Alternative Risk Transfer, Capital Structure, and the Convergence of Insurance and Capital Markets”

Dietlind Stolle, Marc Hooghe, “Generating Social Capital: Civil Society and Institutions in Comparative Perspective”

2003 | pages: 258 | ISBN: 1403962200 | PDF | 1,4 mb

Social capital–networks of civic engagements, norms of reciprocity, and attitudes of trust–is widely seen as playing a key role for the health of democracy. While many authors have examined the consequences of social capital, there is a pressing need to explore its sources. This collection brings together leading American and European scholars in the first comparative analysis of how social trust and other civic attitudes are generated. The contributors to this volume examine the generation of social capital from two directions: society-based approaches that emphasize voluntary associations, and institutional approaches that emphasize policy.

P. Vale, L. Swatuk, B. Oden, “Theory, Change and Southern Africa”

2001 | pages: 319 | ISBN: 1349421898 | PDF | 1,0 mb

As dramatic changes unfold throughout the world, and the new millennium begins, many in South Africa have begun to ask ‘what next’? The scale and pace of change have led to a feeling of powerlessness. How to cope with ‘globalization’, ‘regionalization’, a depleting ozone layer, new diseases, rampant militarization, let alone unseen structures of influence and oppression like race, class and gender? While there is no shortage of theoretical models on offer many feel that they are inadequate for the case of Southern Africa. In this book, scholars of both international relations and Southern Africa present a wide variety of thoughts on the future of the reign and the place of theory in helping us to understand the bewildering array of events characterizing the late-modern, early twenty-first century world. This book marks a ‘call to theory’: if Southern Africans are to overcome the divisive legacy of the past, and to move toward a more prosperous and sustainable collective future, theory must be placed at the centre of everyday life. For it is our understanding of the world that shapes both it and us.

Philip B. Smith, Manfred Max-Neef, “Economics Unmasked: From Power and Greed to Compassion and the Common Good”

ISBN: 1900322706 | 2011 | EPUB | 200 pages | 911 KB

The economic system under which we live not only forces the great majority of humankind to live their lives in indignity and poverty but also threatens all forms of life on Earth. Economics Unmasked presents a cogent critique of the dominant economic system, showing that the theoretical constructions of mainstream economics work mainly to bring about injustice. The merciless onslaught on the global ecosystem of recent decades, brought about by the massive increase in the production of goods and the consequent depletion of nature’s reserves, is not a change property of the economic system. It is a direct result of neoliberal economic thinking, which recognizes value only in material things. The growth obsession is not a mistaken conception that mainstream economists can unlearn, it is inherent in their view of life. But a socioeconomic system based on the growth obsession can never be sustained. This book outlines the foundations of new economics, where justice, human dignity, compassion, and reverence for life are the guiding values. Contrary to the assumption of mainstream economists that economics is a value-free science, new economics must make its values explicit.

The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea by Bill Emmott

English | 9 May 2017 | ISBN: 1610397800 | 272 Pages | EPUB | 1.32 MB

The West seems to be in retreat–even from itself–and cracks have appeared in the structures of international collaboration built after 1945. We live in a time of disintegration and rekindling of old nationalisms.
Yet the end of the West has been predicted by academics, philosophers and rival statesmen for more than a hundred years. The West has proved itself to be tough–adaptable, flexible and able to evolve to meet the challenges of changing times. In this bold new book, Bill Emmott argues that in the face of new threats, we must resist attempts to close borders and minds, and work to remove obstacles that are blocking this evolutionary change.
The fight is not lost. The Fate of the West reveals that our record of overcoming our doubters and demons should give the world confidence that the idea of the West will again prevail. But to do so, we will have to return to our lodestars of openness and equality, keeping firmly in mind that without openness, the West cannot thrive; but without equality, the West cannot last.

Christopher L. Culp, “The ART of Risk Management: Alternative Risk Transfer, Capital Structure, and the Convergence of Insurance and Capital Markets”

2002 | pages: 590 | ISBN: 0471124958 | PDF | 2,4 mb

Learn about today’s hottest new risk management tools
One of the hottest areas of finance today, alternative risk transfer, or ART, refers to the use of various insurance products to manage market, credit, operational, legal, environmental, and other forms of risk. As the capital and insurance markets continue to converge, the number and complexity of new risk-defraying insurance products available to corporations, brokerages, money managers and other financial professionals will continue to grow. Expert Christopher L. Culp uses case studies of recent ART transactions used by risk managers to put the field into perspective for financial professionals and to acquaint them with the various types of risk control products now available. In addition he explores, in-depth, the links between ART, derivatives and bank-arranged risk financing, and he explains the key differences between classic insurance products and financial guarantees, risk financing, bundled layering, and other ART forms.