Business Books

The Failure of the Central European Bourgeoisie

This comprehensive study traces the history of over forty royal free towns from the sixteenth-century to 1848 in the territories of what today are Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania. Szelnyi argues that these towns have been a neglected feature of national meta-narratives in Eastern Europe because their dwellers were often German speakers.

The Failure of the Central European Bourgeoisie

The Empire’s New Clothes

A China scholar tries to reconcile China’s desire to increase links to the global community while maintaining an authoritarian government at home

The Empire’s New Clothes

The Economic Emergence of Women

This updated edition of a feminist classic explains the evolution of one of the great historical revolutions – the movement for equality between the sexes

The Economic Emergence of Women

The Elusive Quest for Growth in Argentina

This book explores a big puzzle in development economics – why Argentina, despite rich natural resources and ample human capital, has endured such poor growth performance. The authors use rigorous economic analysis and an institutional and historical approach to show what went wrong, in a timely contribution to the sustainable development debate.

The Elusive Quest for Growth in Argentina

The Development of Mexico’s Tourism Industry

Berger argues that tourism was forged by Mexico’s government in 1928 as the cornerstone of state-led modernization programmes. Berger presents tourism as the leading and influential facet of the post-revolutionary modernization programme. She also examines how tourism fostered nationalism and unity, and emerged as a new form of foreign diplomacy.

The Development of Mexico’s Tourism Industry

The Cost of Institutions

Contesting prior assumptions that institutions simplify the world for the sake of efficiency, this book argues that rather than institution expansion indicating the movement of markets to optimal states, expanding institutions generate information costs.

The Cost of Institutions

The Constitution of Development

Examining the foundations of development, Shivakumar describes how societies can reconstitute themselves to improve their developmental well-being. He argues that the unitary state focus in theory and practice limits the creative potential of individuals to improve their mutual well-being through crafting capabilities for self-governance. This is a significant contribution to current discussions on institutional foundations of development, providing practical guidance on what it means to constitute a government that facilitates rather than impedes progress.

The Constitution of Development

The CNN Effect in Action

This project advances the existing theoretical work on the CNN effect, a claim that innovations in the speed and quality of technology create conditions in which the media acts as an independent factor with significant influence. It provides a novel interpretation of the factors that drove Western policy towards military intervention in this area.

The CNN Effect in Action

The Chilean Labor Market

Kirsten Sehnbruch uses the case study of Chile to show the failures and inner-working of neo-liberal labour policy. She shows in detail what the real policy issue should be, namely the creation of proper institutions and of a corps of competent professionals with relevant skills and powers to operate them.

The Chilean Labor Market

Taming HAL

This is an exploration of interaction between humans, computers and automated machines and why they frequently go awry, sometimes with disastrous consequences.

Taming HAL

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