Book Reviews

The Elusive Search for Job Security: A Historical Inquiry into Dismissals in the US Workplace

“In this elegantly argued book, Matthias Beck has produced a masterful account of how and why successive attempts at strengthening job security for American employees at their place of work have come virtually to nothing. Synthesising brilliantly a mass of historical detail, he shows how powerful institutional and organizational forces have been mobilised to prevent American employees enjoying a level of employment protection that is taken-for-granted in most parts of Europe. As a result, at-will-employment is the Sword of Damocles that continues to hang most American workplaces. Above all, what emerges from this fine book is the perverse irony of the world’s richest country affording its citizens the least job security of any economically advanced nation.” - Professor Paul Teague, Martin Naughton Chair of Management at Queen’s University, Belfast

“In this impressively researched and scholarly book Prof Beck investigates the origins and consequences of limited legal protection offered to American workers ... and explores the particular historical reasons for this apparent American exceptionalism. Thoroughly footnoted throughout, the narrative concentrates on the legal aspects of dismissal and the role of the judiciary promoting ‘at will’ firing and plant level bargaining. A detailed array of evidence is fielded to show how attempts to restrict managerial rights were doomed to failure … The book will be of interest to business, legal and economic historians, and policy makers. Above all, it will appeal to those readers who are seeking new insights into the linkages between disorganised labour and the evident competitive advantage of American capitalism before the financial crisis of 2007.” - Professor Steven Toms, Chair in Accounting at Leeds University Business School, UK and Editor of Business History.

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Macroeconomic Policies in Countries of the Global South

"This book considers what macroeconomic policies are conducive to growth in developing countries, including particular fiscal, monetary, and exchange rate options. The book critically considers the growth consequences of insufficient government spending on public goods, central bank independence, alternative monetary policies, low-inflation targeting policy and foreign exchange reserve accumulation." - Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor, was United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, and received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought

"Despite the unfortunate "global south" term, this book is not to be missed. With these 12 essays, Chowdhury and Popov provide an analytical clear presentation of how to design a progressive and effective macroeconomic policy. This is book for policy makers, students and the interested public. Not to be missed." - Professor John Weeks, BSc, MSc PhD, Department of Development Studies, SOAS University of London

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Best Human Resource Management Practices and Firm Performance in the Pacific Island Countries

"The book is a valuable resource for both scholars wishing to study more about HRM in hotels in developing small islands, and for HR managers who want to study and improve their day to day working process." READ MORE... - Erez Katz Volovelsky, student of Professor Leo Dana, Associate Professor of Management, The University of Canterbury

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Phoenix Economics: From Crisis to Renascence

"The author of this recently published book is an Italian academic, who earned his PhD in Economic history. Phoenix Economics, his fourth book, is addressed to academics, researchers and those in need of food for thought to debate on economic current issues such as debt, financial crisis or fiscal and monetary policies." READ MORE... - Marie-Aimée Tourres, Associate Fellow, Foundation for Int’l Development Study and Research (FERDI), France

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Productive Forces of Design: The Basis of Post-Industrial Development

"In the presented monograph, the author develops the main provisions of the classical school of economics, such as: the wealth of a nation (products of labor) creates material production, the source of wealth is labor, labor creates value of a product, development is caused by the development of productive forces, etc." READ MORE...Professor Grigory Semenovich Khulap, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences

"In the first paragraph of the abstract, the author writes that the monograph presents a new economy, in which the company's economic activity and a set of relations are considered not only at the stages of production, distribution, exchange and consumption, but also at the design stage, which determines the post-industrial development. Consider the content of the concept of the new economy." READ MORE... - Evgeny V. Kalinkin, Doctor of Economic Sciences, Professor of Department of Finance and Prices, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

The author has convincingly shown that the goal of post-industrial development is the design and production of complex high-tech varieties (modified versions within the type) of product types that meet the country's strategic needs. Varieties differ either in the number of consumer functions (functionally) or the parameters of consumer functions (parametrically), or program control (without human participation) in satisfying needs." READ MORE... - Professor Oleg Pavlovich Chernyaev, Doctor of Technical Sciences

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Dynamic Consumer Theory: A Premier Treatise with Stochastic Dynamic Slutsky Equations

"As a researcher I found this book as a pioneering and fundamental work of dynamic consumer theory. There is no other work which goes as deeply into this field than this book. It is not only an excellent reference of the field, but Dr Yeung, as the leading researcher of this field, introduced many new developments and results, some of which were not published before." READ MORE... - Ferenc Szidarovszky, Professor, University of Pecs, Applied Mathematics Department, Hungary.

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Current Issues in International Trade: Methodologies and Development Implications for the World Economy

"Current issues in international trade..." explores the complexities of classical and emerging international trade issues, and the challenges arising from globalization. The collection of essays provides rigorous and insightful analysis that will be of interest for academics and practitioners." - Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, UNCTAD

"The book delves into diverse issues on the evolving role of trade in the global economy of the twenty-first century. Spanning over current scenarios, analytical frameworks and methodologies, the book offers a fine balance between cutting -age theory and contemporary policy questions. Professor Das, in this present volume, provides a wholesome
food for thought to the readers." - Partha Ray, Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

"The chapters in the book offer theoretical as well as applied perspectives on many facets of trade and globalisation. The book covers a cornucopia of material and gives deep insights into many of the current problems of international economics. The editor has done a superb job and I strongly recommend this volume to those interested in this area." - Krishnendu Gosh Dastidar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

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Advances in Economics and Optimization: Collected Scientific Studies Dedicated to the Memory of L. V. Kantorovich

"The book is devoted to the outstanding Soviet scientist Leonid Kantorovich (1912-1986) - well known Russian mathematician and economist. Nowadays he is known mainly by his works in application of mathematics to economics, started in 1939 and marked in 1975 by memorial Nobel prize in economics (together with American economist Tjalling Koopmans)." READ MORE... - Vladimir Mazalov

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Management and Economic Policy for Development

"Management and Economic Policy for Development, published by Nova in New York, has an important massage: not just economics is interdisciplinary, but the management as well. To be successful in the managing of a state, a private company or an NGO, one has to look into the interconnections with other disciplines to “avoid losing sight of what matters.”" READ MORE... - NAGY, Sándor Gyula,PhD, associate professor, Corvinus University of Budapest Department of World Economics and STUKOVSZKY, Tamás, PhD-candidate and lecturer, Corvinus University of Budapest Department of World Economics

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Qualitative and Quantitative Economics (Q2E): Making Economics into a Science

"Woodrow (Woody) Clark II, PhD and I have known and worked together for over two decades, from the late 1990s on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which went on to share the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Woody gave lectures in my courses at Berkeley; and got involved when I launched the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley.
We have stayed in touch since then; and will continue to do so. Woody’s work to develop “Qualitative Economics” reflects an important conversation in the evolution of disciplines." - Daniel Kammen, PhD, Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group, Professor in the Goldman School of Public Policy, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Founding Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

"Whether one agrees or not with the thesis this is a book well worth reading. It provides a new perspective on the traditional view that dominates the field of economics. For anyone willing to be challenged, I highly recommend this book." - James Barth, PhD., Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA, and Senior Finance Fellow, Milken Institute, Fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center, Co-Editor of Journal of Financial Economic Policy

"I have known Woody for more than two decades, when he was first teaching in the business school at what is now Cal State East Bay. Woody has a long and admirable history in bringing social, environmental and economic issues to light across a range of media and topics. He has been a pioneer in energy and environmental issues, including serving as the first Manager of Technology Transfer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, before moving to Denmark (after being a Fulbright Fellow in the early 1990s) to be a fulltime Professor in Business Economics at Aalborg University. When Woody was asked by California Governor Gray Davis to return to California to be one of his five energy advisors, he predicted the statewide energy crisis months before it happened. Now, he has turned to another critical issue — the Circular Economy — which he helped establish in the EU and China. He brings intellect, vision and passion to everything he does, always in service of the greater good." - Joel Makower, Chairman and Executive Editor, GreenBiz Group Inc., Oakland, California, USA

"Dr. Woodrow “Woody” Clark and I have worked together for more than two decades on solutions to global sustainability and climate change challenges. Above all, Woody understands the economics, costs, financing and ROI (both economically and environmentally) that are needed to turn vision into reality

His work in creating qualitative economics has done a lot to change economics from a “field of study” into a science, especially as it relates to our energy needs and uses. What does “clean” energy mean, for example? He demonstrates that there is no “clean coal” and that natural gas is not truly clean either. These words, terms and numbers must be defined, examined and used to reverse the destruction of the earth, water and air.

That is what this book is about and what Woody has brought into the mainstream conversation with his work on Circular Economics. This book provides cases and ways to make our planet, and its economy, green and sustainable for the long term. Our lives and our children’s lives depend upon learning new ways to see the world and taking action based on this knowledge NOW." - Terry Tamminen, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Executive Director of the Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA, USA

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