From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics
Author : Ben Fine
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 216
Release : 2009-04-15
ISBN 10 : 9781134099375
ISBN 13 : 1134099371
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Economics Imperialism to Freakonomics Book Description:

Is or has economics ever been the imperial social science? Could or should it ever be so? These are the central concerns of this book. It involves a critical reflection on the process of how economics became the way it is, in terms of a narrow and intolerant orthodoxy, that has, nonetheless, increasingly directed its attention to appropriating the subject matter of other social sciences through the process termed "economics imperialism". In other words, the book addresses the shifting boundaries between economics and the other social sciences as seen from the confines of the dismal science, with some reflection on the responses to the economic imperialists by other disciplines. Significantly, an old economics imperialism is identified of the "as if market" style most closely associated with Gary Becker, the public choice theory of Buchanan and Tullock and cliometrics. But this has given way to a more "revolutionary" form of economics imperialism associated with the information-theoretic economics of Akerlof and Stiglitz, and the new institutional economics of Coase, Wiliamson and North. Embracing one "new" field after another, economics imperialism reaches its most extreme version in the form of "freakonomics", the economic theory of everything on the basis of the most shallow principles. By way of contrast and as a guiding critical thread, a thorough review is offered of the appropriate principles underpinning political economy and its relationship to social science, and how these have been and continue to be deployed. The case is made for political economy with an interdisciplinary character, able to bridge the gap between economics and other social sciences, and draw upon and interrogate the nature of contemporary capitalism.

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D Levitt Stephan J Dubner

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D  Levitt   Stephan J  Dubner
Author : Jonathan Nathan
Publisher : Hyperink Inc
Total Pages : 32
Release : 2011-11-09
ISBN 10 : 9781614641469
ISBN 13 : 1614641463
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quicklet on Freakonomics by Stephen D Levitt Stephan J Dubner Book Description:

Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Freakonomics was written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Levitt is an economist who is known for making connections that other people do not see, while Dubner is a journalist for the New York Times. The book started as an article about Levitt that Dubner was writing for the New York Times in 2003. They wrote the book together as an attempt to bring economics to the masses, to show in an interesting and conversational way on how economics can prove that conventional wisdom is often wrong and how it can shed new light on confusing situations. The book was published in 2005 and has somewhat become controversial for its findings.

Education Under Siege

Education Under Siege
Author : Arthur Shapiro
Publisher : R&L Education
Total Pages : 206
Release : 2013-10-21
ISBN 10 : 9781475803099
ISBN 13 : 1475803095
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Education Under Siege Book Description:

This book analyzes each major reform--No Child Left Behind, Common Core State Standards, grading schools, evaluating teachers, failing students, vouchers, charters, online virtual charters-- and finds them seriously wanting. We conclude with reforms that work actually helping teachers, kids, parents and communities.

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries
Author : Laura B. Cohen
Publisher : Assoc of Cllge & Rsrch Libr
Total Pages : 167
Release : 2007
ISBN 10 : 0838984525
ISBN 13 : 9780838984529
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Library 2 0 Initiatives in Academic Libraries Book Description:

Economics Made Fun

Economics Made Fun
Author : N. Emrah Aydinonat
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 164
Release : 2017-10-02
ISBN 10 : 9781317449485
ISBN 13 : 1317449487
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Economics Made Fun Book Description:

Best-selling books such as Freakonomics and The Undercover Economist have paved the way for the flourishing economics-made-fun genre. While books like these present economics as a strong and explanatory science, the ongoing economic crisis has exposed the shortcomings of economics to the general public. In the face of this crisis, many people, including well-known economists such as Paul Krugman, have started to express their doubts about whether economics is a success as a science. As well as academic papers, newspaper columns with a large audience have discussed the failure of economic to predict and explain ongoing trends. The emerging picture is somewhat confusing: economics-made-fun books present economics as a method of thinking that can successfully explain everyday and "freaky" phenomena. On the other hand, however, economics seems to fail in addressing and explaining the most pressing matters related to the field of economics itself. This book explores the confusion created by this contradictory picture of economics. Could a science that cannot answer its own core questions really be used to explain the logic of everyday life? This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Economic Methodology.

The Shangri La Diet

The Shangri La Diet
Author : Seth Roberts
Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 224
Release : 2007-04-24
ISBN 10 : 0399533168
ISBN 13 : 9780399533167
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shangri La Diet Book Description:

As seen in the New York Times and on Good Morning America-now updated by the author. Imagine a diet that's as easy as "a spoonful of sugar" (or extra-light olive oil) twice a day. A diet that actually reduces appetite and cravings. A diet that's based on a wealth of scientific findings but is simple enough for anyone to stick to. A diet with results that amaze almost everyone who tries it. Psychology professor Seth Roberts asks a simple question most weight-loss experts haven't thought to tackle: What makes people hungry? Based on a new understanding of how the human body regulates hunger, The Shangri-La Diet presents a strikingly simple and surprisingly effective way to lose weight-without giving up favorite foods. Simple and counterintuitive, this extraordinary new diet is changing the way the world thinks about weight loss-one success story at a time.

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations
Author : Eric Beasley
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 220
Release : 2017-09-08
ISBN 10 : 9781351497497
ISBN 13 : 1351497499
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations Book Description:

This book explores interpersonal situations in which weak or vulnerable people find themselves and the ways in which others help create, sustain, and eradicate such social dynamics. Vladimir Shlapentokh and Eric Beasley demonstrate that people can gain power over each other and then abuse this power because of unequal resource conditions. The authors define resources as the means necessary for satisfaction or achievement of needs or goals, such as wealth, physical strength, intellectual capacity and information, sexual attractiveness, and status. This volume is different from existing social science books on inequality and vulnerability, which address relations between people of different social positions, races, genders, ages, and places of residence confronting each other in political, economic, and cultural battles. This book focuses on people who become the victims of those whom they know personally-relatives, colleagues, neighbors. The authors argue that unequal resource distribution among members of social units is the main cause of conflict and ultimately creates situations where members of a social unit can abuse other members of the same unit.

World Class

World Class
Author : Teru Clavel
Publisher : Atria Books
Total Pages : 352
Release : 2019-08-20
ISBN 10 : 9781501192975
ISBN 13 : 1501192973
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

World Class Book Description:

An eye-opening firsthand exploration of why Asian students are outpacing their American counterparts, and how to help our children excel in today’s competitive world. When Teru Clavel had young children, the oldest barely two, she watched as her friends and fellow parents vied to secure a spot in the right New York City preschools. Following a gut feeling that a truly world-class education involves more than the privilege and ennui of elite private schools, Teru and her family moved to Asia, embarking on a ten-year-long journey through the public schools of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tokyo. During this time, Teru discovered firsthand why students in China and Japan are far outpacing their American counterparts. In Hong Kong, her children’s school was nicknamed The Prison for its foreboding, austere facilities, yet her three-year-old loved his teachers and his nightly homework. In Shanghai, in a school without flush toilets, the students were kept late not out of punishment but to master the day’s lesson. In Tokyo, her children and their classmates were responsible for school chores, like preparing and serving school lunches—lunches that featured grilled fish, stewed vegetables, and miso soup, not hot dogs and french fries. These schools were low-tech and bare-bones, with teachers who demanded obedience and order. Yet Teru was shocked to discover that her children thrived in these foreign and academically competitive cultures; they learned to be independent, self-confident, and resilient, and, above all, they developed a deep and abiding love of learning. The true culture shock came when Teru returned to the States and found their top-rated California school woefully ill-prepared to challenge her children. Her kids were passing, but the schools were failing them. In this revelatory book, Teru shares what she learned during her decade in Asia, providing practical tips and takeaways to bring the best of Asia’s education and parenting philosophies into American homes and schools. Written with warmth and humor, World Class is an insightful guide to set your children on a path towards lifelong learning and success.


Author : Gennaro F. Vito
Publisher : Jones & Bartlett Learning
Total Pages : 496
Release : 2006
ISBN 10 : 0763730017
ISBN 13 : 9780763730017
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Criminology Book Description:

Across America, crime is a consistent public concern. The authors have produced a comprehensive work on major criminological theories, combining classical criminology with new topics, such as Internet crime and terrorism. The text also focuses on how criminology shapes public policy.

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy
Author : Gae Lyn Henderson
Publisher : SIU Press
Total Pages : 286
Release : 2016-10-05
ISBN 10 : 9780809335060
ISBN 13 : 0809335069
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy Book Description:

The study of propaganda's uses in modern democracy highlights important theoretical questions about normative rhetorical practices. Edited by Gae Lyn Henderson and M. J. Braun, Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis advances our understanding of propaganda and rhetoric. Essays focus on historical figures, examining the development of the theory of propaganda during the rise of industrialism and the later changes of a mass-mediated society. Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy offers new perspectives on the history of propaganda, explores how it has evolved during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and advances a much more nuanced understanding of what it means to call discourse propaganda.