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.
Posted in Social Science

Managerial Economics:Theory & Applicatio

Author: Trivedi

Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 1259082180

Category: Managerial economics

Page: 746

View: 6313

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
Posted in Managerial economics

The Political Logic of Economic Reform in China

Author: Susan L. Shirk

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520077075

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 399

View: 6676

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.
Posted in Business & Economics

Politician's Dilemma

Building State Capacity in Latin America

Author: Barbara Geddes

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520918665

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 1984

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.
Posted in History

Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Academic libraries

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Of Rule and Revenue

Author: Margaret Levi

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520909540

Category: Social Science

Page: 264

View: 7119

Margaret Levi's wide-ranging theoretical and historical study demonstrates the importance of political relative to economic factors in accounting for revenue production policies.
Posted in Social Science

Book Review Digest

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bibliography

Page: N.A

View: 1193

Posted in Bibliography

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

View: 7348

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.
Posted in History

Theories of Justice

Author: Brian Barry

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520076495

Category: Philosophy

Page: 428

View: 7088

What is social justice? In Theories of Justice Brian Barry provides a systematic and detailed analysis of two kinds of answers. One is that justice arises from a sense of the advantage to everyone of having constraints on the pursuit of self-interest. The other answer connects the idea of justice with that of impartiality. Though the first book of a trilogy, Theories of Justice stands alone and constitutes a major contribution to the debate about social justice that began in 1971 with Rawls's A Theory of Justice.
Posted in Philosophy

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

View: 1575

Posted in Political Science

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

View: 1592

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.
Posted in Political Science

Constructing Social Theories

Author: Arthur L. Stinchcombe

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226774848

Category: Social Science

Page: 303

View: 4245

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.
Posted in Social Science

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

View: 1893

Posted in Political Science

Law Books Published

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Law

Page: N.A

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Posted in Law

Institutions and the Path to the Modern Economy

Lessons from Medieval Trade

Author: Avner Greif

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521480444

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 503

View: 4624

This 2006 book presents a unifying concept of the term institution.
Posted in Business & Economics

Abortion and the Politics of Motherhood

Author: Kristin Luker

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520907928

Category: Social Science

Page: 350

View: 9929

In this important study of the abortion controversy in the United States, Kristin Luker examines the issues, people, and beliefs on both sides of the abortion conflict. She draws data from twenty years of public documents and newspaper accounts, as well as over two hundred interviews with both pro-life and pro-choice activists. She argues that moral positions on abortion are intimately tied to views on sexual behavior, the care of children, family life, technology, and the importance of the individual.
Posted in Social Science

Trade Regulation, Antitrust, and Economics

A Bibliography

Author: Peter D. Ward,Margaret A. Goldblatt

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Trade regulation

Page: N.A

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Posted in Trade regulation

Books in Series

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780835221092

Category: Monographic series

Page: 1756

View: 6593

Posted in Monographic series