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Constructing European Union Trade Policy

Constructing European Union Trade Policy
by Gabriel Siles-Brügge
Palgrave Macmillan

Synopsis
With the stagnation of the Doha Round of multilateral talks, trade liberalisation is increasingly undertaken through free trade agreements. Gabriel Siles-Brügge examines the EU’s decision – following the 2006 ’Global Europe’ strategy – to negotiate such agreements with emerging economies. Eschewing the purely materialist explanations prominent in the field, he develops a novel constructivist argument to highlight the role of language and ideas in shaping EU trade policy. Drawing on extensive interviews and documentary analysis, Siles-Brügge shows how EU trade policymakers have privileged the interests of exporters to the detriment of import-competing groups, creating an ideational imperative for market-opening. Even during the on-going economic crisis the overriding mantra has been that the EU’s future well-being depends on its ability to compete in global markets. The increasingly neoliberal orientation of EU trade policy has also had important consequences for its economic diplomacy with the developing economies of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of states.

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Global Tobacco Control: Power, Policy, Governance and Transfer

ABSTRACT

Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in the world. This has been known for some time but the responses of governments to this problem have varied enormously. Many countries which now have comprehensive tobacco control regimes did very little to regulate tobacco until the 1980s. Further, many countries still have very limited tobacco controls. The book raises two key questions: Why is there often such a wide gap between the size of the policy problem and the government response? And why, if the problem is the same across the globe, does policy vary so markedly across political systems? This is the first major book by political scientists explaining global tobacco control policy. It identifies a history of minimal tobacco control, linked to the power of the tobacco industry, then charts the extent to which governments, aided by public health advocates, have regulated tobacco domestically and internationally in the modern era.

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Implementing Public Policy

Implementing Public Policy:
An Introduction to the Study of Operational Governance
Third Edition
by Michael Hill and Peter Hupe
SAGE Publications Ltd

Synopsis:
Building on the success of the previous two editions, this book provides students with an exemplary overview of the theory and practice of public policy implementation and how it relates to contemporary public management. In doing so, this new edition makes use of more illustrative examples, delves further into researching implementation and explores issues about the relationship between policy formulation and implementation in greater depth.

Written for an international audience, this is essential reading for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying or conducting research in public policy, social policy, public management, public administration and governance.

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Governance of Addictions: European Public Policies

Governance of Addictions: European Public Policies
by Tamyko Ysa, Joan Colom, Adrià Albareda, Anna Ramon, Marina Carrión, and Lidia Segura
Oxford University Press

Synopsis:

Based on research from ALICE RAP (Addiction and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe, Reframing Addictions Project), a unique project studying the place of addictive substances and behaviours in contemporary European society

Analyses the approaches of 28 European countries to tackling addiction of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and heroin, using four topologies, which highlight the advantages and limitations of each approach

Book annexes provide the reader with a breakdown of key factual information about each country

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The Politics of Marketising Asia

The Politics of Marketising Asia
Studies in the Political Economy of Public Policy
Edited By Toby Carroll and Darryl S.L. Jarvis
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014

Synopsis:
Economic growth continues to transform the economic and political landscape of Asia. Equally the policies now being adopted to promote private sector participation, re-structure state entities, and reduce the presence of the state in the provision of public goods and services, are tied to fundamental transformations in Asia’s state-society relations. The global cast of contributors present a timely analysis of the impact of neo-liberalism on Asia’s developmental policies and the organisation of Asian states and markets. Ironically, the "developmental state" that has historically driven Asia’s rapid economic transformation is now threatened by an increasingly dominant neoliberal agenda that aims to roll back the state in the name of market fundamentalism.

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Social Insurance : America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future

Social Insurance : America’s Neglected Heritage and Contested Future
by Theodore R. Marmor, Jerry L. Mashaw and John Pakutka
CQ Press

Synopsis:
What has America done to protect its citizens from life-changing but common risks such as death of a family breadwinner, ill health, disability, involuntary unemployment, outliving retirement savings, and birth into a poor family ? Each, in its own way, burdens—and possibly devastates—unlucky individuals and families both emotionally and financially. It is the rare life that is untouched by one or more of these six threats. How do our current policies affect taxation, spending, and the economy, as well as prospects for individual lives ? What more might these policies do to protect Americans ?

Rich in stories, data, and analysis, Social Insurance provides a strong intellectual foundation for understanding the history, economics, politics, and philosophy of America’s most important social insurance programs. This insightful work provides a unifying vision of these programs’ purposes and reminds us, amidst the confusing and often apocalyptic rhetoric, why we have the programs and policies we do, while arguing for reforms that preserve and enhance the protections in place.

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Books Call for Proposals - New Book Series

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy

CALL FOR PROPOSALS:

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Public Policy is a new series established by Cambridge University Press to promote and disseminate comparative research in public policy. Edited by M. Ramesh, Wu Xun and Michael Howlett, the series welcomes proposals for new books from established scholars and first-time authors alike.

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The Political Process of Policymaking

The Political Process of Policymaking: A Pragmatic Approach to Public Policy
by Phillipe Zittoun
Palgrave Macmillan, June 2014

ABSTRACT

Far from being defenceless when faced with inextricable problems such as inequality, unemployment, poverty, precarious situations or global warming, governments continuously increase the policy proposals for new action, reforms or transformation. Nevertheless, their inability to solve problems, which is occasionally penalised by democratic voting or by changeovers, never challenges the political system itself. To understand this astonishing political stability within a disordered world, Philippe Zittoun looks at the ’policymaking process’ as a political activity which defines, propagates and imposes public policy proposals as a means to ’restore order’ within society. Based on a significant study as well as on surveys carried out at the heart of the policymaking process, this innovative approach to public policy leads us to identify policymakers as true modern Sisyphuses.

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Varieties of Governance : Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities

Varieties of Governance : Dynamics, Strategies, Capacities
Edited by Giliberto Capano, Michael Howlett, M. Ramesh

Palgrave Macmillan, June 2015

Summary
The study of governance may be currently in fashion, but it is also a firmly-established lens through which the complexities of contemporary policy making can be analysed while examining the ways in which a society and its political processes are organized and steered. Governance thus needs to be seen as a general concept within political analysis which offers a necessary heuristic tool for understanding the complexities of political processes, the policies these produce and the outcomes they generate. However, despite a great deal having been written on the subject in recent years, questions remain about many fundamental aspects of governance. This is especially the case when trying to define the modes of governance and their dynamics. Many varieties of governance exist, both cross-nationally and cross-sectorally: Understanding why and how it is important for the future of governance studies is the subject of the cross-national and theoretically-informed case studies presented in this volume.

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Agenda Dynamics in Spain

Agenda Dynamics in Spain
Laura Chaqués Bonafont, Anna Palau and Frank R. Baumgartner
Palgrave Macmillan. 2015

Synopsis:
Spanish politics has evolved from a consensual democracy with a focus on consolidating democratic rule to one where political parties increasingly polarize around ideologically rigid positions of Left and Right. No government seems able to resolve fundamental social conflicts relating to economic growth, relations with the regions, the EU, and the Church. Members of Parliament are regularly sidelined compared to the Prime Minister, even as the regional governments and the European Union increasingly make important policy decisions in a growing number policy domains. Tracing political history from the transition to democracy to the present, this engaging and highly empirical book provides a new look at Spanish politics, based on a policy agendas approach. Students, academics, and those interested in policy change and institutional design over the long term, will all find the book of interest.



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