Challenges to State Policy Capacity

Global Trends and Comparative Perspectives

Author: M. Painter,J. Pierre

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230524192

Category: Political Science

Page: 287

View: 3637

Globalization and New Public Management pose major challenges to the policy capacity of the state. Challenges to State Policy Capacity offers the most timely and comprehensive coverage of contemporary state policy capacity. Drawing on the work by international leading scholars in political science and public administration, the book is indispensable to anyone interested in policy capacity, administrative reform and the state.

PRICAI 2008: Trends in Artificial Intelligence

10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Hanoi, Vietnam, December 15-19, 2008, Proceedings

Author: Tu-Bao Ho,Zhi-Hua Zhou

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 354089196X

Category: Computers

Page: 1130

View: 3202

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 10th Pacific Rim International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, PRICAI 2008, held in Hanoi, Vietnam, in December 2008. The 49 revised long papers, 33 revised regular papers, and 32 poster papers presented together with 1 keynote talk and 3 invited lectures were carefully reviewed and selected from 234 submissions. The papers address all current issues of modern AI research with topics such as AI foundations, knowledge representation, knowledge acquisition and ontologies, evolutionary computation, etc. as well as various exciting and innovative applications of AI to many different areas. Particular importance is attached to the areas of machine learning and data mining, intelligent agents, language and speech processing, information retrieval and extraction.

Plunketts Food Industry Almanac 2008

The Only Comprehensive Guide to Food Companies and Trends

Author: Plunkett Research, Ltd

Publisher: Plunkett Research, Ltd.

ISBN: 1593921063

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 578

View: 3595

Covers almost everything you need to know about the food, beverage and tobacco industry, including: analysis of major trends and markets; historical statistics and tables; major food producers such as Kraft and Frito Lay; and more. It also includes statistical tables, a food industry glossary, industry contacts and thorough indexes.

Global Catastrophes and Trends

The Next 50 Years

Author: Vaclav Smil

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262195860

Category: Science

Page: 307

View: 5259

Fundamental change occurs most often in one of two ways: as a "fatal discontinuity," a sudden catastrophic event that is potentially world changing, or as a persistent, gradual trend. Global catastrophes include volcanic eruptions, viral pandemics, wars, and large-scale terrorist attacks; trends are demographic, environmental, economic, and political shifts that unfold over time. In this provocative book, scientist Vaclav Smil takes a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary look at the catastrophes and trends the next fifty years may bring. Smil first looks at rare but cataclysmic events, both natural and human-produced, then at trends of global importance, including the transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources and growing economic and social inequality. He also considers environmental change -- in some ways an amalgam of sudden discontinuities and gradual change -- and assesses the often misunderstood complexities of global warming. Global Catastrophes and Trends does not come down on the side of either doom-and-gloom scenarios or techno-euphoria. Instead, Smil argues that understanding change will help us reverse negative trends and minimize the risk of catastrophe.

Proust and the Squid

The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Author: Maryanne Wolf

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062010638

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 8644

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself to learn something new. In this ambitious, provocative book, Wolf chronicles the remarkable journey of the reading brain not only over the past five thousand years, since writing began, but also over the course of a single child's life, showing in the process why children with dyslexia have reading difficulties and singular gifts. Lively, erudite, and rich with examples, Proust and the Squid asserts that the brain that examined the tiny clay tablets of the Sumerians was a very different brain from the one that is immersed in today's technology-driven literacy. The potential transformations in this changed reading brain, Wolf argues, have profound implications for every child and for the intellectual development of our species.

Handbook of Print Media

Technologies and Production Methods

Author: Helmut Kipphan

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540673262

Category: Computers

Page: 1207

View: 3426

CD-ROM contains: Electronic version of text.

The State of African Cities 2008

A Framework for Addressing Urban Challenges in Africa

Author: N.A

Publisher: UN-HABITAT

ISBN: 9211320151

Category: Political Science

Page: 206

View: 1444

With rapidly increasing urban populations, cities in Africa are faced with enormous challenges and will have to find ways to facilitate by 2015 urban services, livelihoods and housing for more than twice as many urban dwellers than it has today. A worrying trend with the African urbanization process is that it is a process rooted in poverty rather than an industrialization-induced socio-economic transition as in other major world urban regions. Africas escalating urban problems have received less attention than warranted and now, at the dawn of Africas urban age, these need to be addressed - publisher.

Contemporary Nursing

Issues, Trends, & Management

Author: Barbara Cherry,Susan R. Jacob

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0323390226

Category: Nursing

Page: 536

View: 4555

Resource added for the Nursing-Associate Degree 105431, Practical Nursing 315431, and Nursing Assistant 305431 programs.

Trends and Issues in Global Tourism 2008

Author: Roland Conrady,Martin Buck

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540777984

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 220

View: 7515

This book offers insight into important trends in the global travel and tourism industry and analyzes developments in the aviation and hospitality industry and destination management. The most recent developments in marketing and sales as well as in travel technology and business travel are of key importance for managing travel and tourism companies. The articles are based on presentations and panel discussions presented at the world ́s largest tourism convention, the ITB Convention Market Trends & Innovations.


The Essentials

Author: Anthony Walsh,Cody Jorgensen

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1506372031

Category: Social Science

Page: 392

View: 376

Criminology: The Essentials, Third Edition, by Anthony Walsh and Cody Jorgensen, introduces students to major theoretical perspectives and criminology topics in a concise, easy-to-read format. This straightforward overview of the major subject areas in criminology still thoroughly covers the most up-to-date advances in theory and research. In the new full-color Third Edition, special features have been added to engage the reader in thinking critically about concepts in criminology.

Plunkett's Telecommunications Industry Almanac 2008: Telecommunications Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies

Author: Jack W. Plunkett

Publisher: Plunkett Research, Ltd.

ISBN: 1593920865

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 632

View: 8952

Plunkett's Telecommunications Industry Almanac 2008 is the only complete reference guide to the telecommunications technologies and companies that are changing the way the world communicates today. This massive reference book's market research section provides complete access to the U.S. telecommunications and communications industry. This section includes over a dozen major statistical tables covering everything from revenues for the fixed line and wireless service sectors, to the number of telephone subscribers worldwide, to telephone equipment import and export market numbers. Finally, in this carefully-researched volume, you will receive an abundance of data on: national and global telecommunications statistics, new telecommunications technology, telecommunications market forecasts, telecommunications trends and leading telecommunications companies. In the corporate profiles section, you'll receive vital details on the "Telecommunications 500 Firms," the largest, most successful corporations in all facets of the telecommunications business. These in-depth profiles include corporate name, address, phone, fax, web site, growth plans, competitive advantage, financial histories and up to 27 executive contacts by title. You will also find information regarding local exchange and long distance telephone service markets and trends, wireless and cellular telephone markets and trends, satellite telecommunications, Wi-Fi, telephone industry equipment, software and support. Telecommunications is one of the fastest-growing and most dynamic industries in the world today, and Plunkett's Telecommunications Industry Almanac will be your guide to this rapidly-changing business. Purchasers of the printed book or PDF version may receive a free CD-ROM database of the corporate profiles, enabling export of vital corporate data for mail merge and other uses.

Vital Statistics of the United States 2008

Births, Life Expectancy, Deaths, and Selected Health Data

Author: Mary Meghan Ryan

Publisher: Bernan Press

ISBN: 1598882961

Category: Social Science

Page: 412

View: 5330

This book fills the gap created when the National Center for Health Statistics ceased publication of its Vital Statistics compendia in 1992. This volume includes both current and historical statistics and, when appropriate, details by state and metropolitan area and comparisons to foreign countries. Equal emphasis is given to data on natality and mortality. Mortality data is supplemented by selected background statistics on high-risk persons, such as smokers, patients with HIV, diabetics, and persons with heart disease. In the third edition, the health chapter has been expanded to include several more tables on health expenditures and health insurance. In addition there are a variety of new figures on topics including teenage pregnancy, diabetes, and deaths due to drug-induced causes.

European Judicial Systems - Edition 2010 (data 2008)

Efficiency and Quality of Justice

Author: N.A

Publisher: Council of Europe

ISBN: 9789287169877

Category: Political Science

Page: 389

View: 2882

The new edition of the report of the European Commission For The Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), which evaluates the functioning of the judicial systems of 45 Council of Europe member states, remains in line with the process carried out since 2002. it relies on a methodology, which has already proved itself, To collect and process a wide range of quantitative and qualitative judicial data. This unique study has been conceived above all as a public policy tool aimed at improving the efficiency And The quality of justice. The CEPEJ's objective is to have the knowledge in order to be able to understand, analyse and reform. This report is intended for policy makers, legal practitioners and researchers as well as for those who are interested in the functioning of justice in Europe.

The State of Food and Agriculture 2008

Biofuels : Prospects, Risks and Opportunities

Author: Food and Agriculture Organization

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN: 9789251059807

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 128

View: 4977

The publication surveys the current status of the biofuel debate, exploring implications for food security, the environment and agricultural development in developing countries. It addresses the biophysical and economic potential of 1st and 2nd generation biofuels and its implications on agricultural development, poverty and hunger. The publication also explores policy options and contains an overview of the current global agricultural situation, including data on agricultural production, food consumption and agricultural trade.