France in Crisis

Welfare, Inequality, and Globalization Since 1980

Author: Timothy B. Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521605205

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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Timothy Smith argues that the French economy and society is in crisis and that globalization is not to blame.
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Framing the European Union

The Power of Political Arguments in Shaping European Integration

Author: Ece Özlem Atikcan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107115175

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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This accessible study explores the impact of political language and campaigning upon public opinion towards European integration.
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Comparative Politics

Interests, Identities, and Institutions in a Changing Global Order

Author: Jeffrey Kopstein,Mark Lichbach,Stephen E. Hanson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521135745

Category: Political Science

Page: 630

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Twelve in-depth country studies explore how the concepts of interests, identities and institutions shape the politics of nations and regions.
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Fatal Isolation

The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003

Author: Richard C. Keller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022625643X

Category: History

Page: 240

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In a cemetery on the southern outskirts of Paris lie the bodies of nearly a hundred of what some have called the first casualties of global climate change. They were the so-called abandoned victims of the worst natural disaster in French history, the devastating heat wave that struck in August 2003, leaving 15,000 dead. They died alone in Paris and its suburbs, and were then buried at public expense, their bodies unclaimed. They died, and to a great extent lived, unnoticed by their neighbors--their bodies undiscovered in some cases until weeks after their deaths. Fatal Isolation tells the stories of these victims and the catastrophe that took their lives. It explores the multiple narratives of disaster--the official story of the crisis and its aftermath, as presented by the media and the state; the life stories of the individual victims, which both illuminate and challenge the ways we typically perceive natural disasters; and the scientific understandings of disaster and its management. Fatal Isolation is both a social history of risk and vulnerability in the urban landscape and a story of how a city copes with emerging threats and sudden, dramatic change.
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The French Challenge

Adapting to Globalization

Author: Philip H. Gordon,Sophie Meunier-Aitsahalia

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815798651

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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In August 1999 a forty-six-year-old sheep farmer name José Bové was arrested for dismantling the construction site of a new McDonald's restaurant in the south of France. A few months later Bové built on his fame by smuggling huge chunks of Roquefort cheese into Seattle, where he was among the leaders of the antiglobalization protests against the World Trade Organization summit. Bové's crusade against globalization helped provoke a debate both within France and beyond about the pros and cons of a world in which financial, commercial, human, cultural, and technology flows move faster and more extensively than ever before. As the French struggle to preserve the country's identity, heritage, and distinctiveness, they are nonetheless adapting to a new economy and an interdependent world. This book deals with France's effort to adapt to globalization and its consequences for France's economy, cultural identity, domestic politics, and foreign relations. The authors begin by analyzing the structural transformation of the French economy, driven first by liberalization within the European Union and more recently by globalization. By examining a wide variety of possible measures of globalization and liberalization, the authors conclude that the French economy's adaptation has been far reaching and largely successful, even if French leaders prefer to downplay the extent of these changes in response to political pressures and public opinion. They call this adaptation "globalization by stealth." The authors also examine the relationship between trade, culture, and identity and explain why globalization has rendered the three inseparable. They show how globalization is contributing to the restructuring of the traditional French political spectrum and blurring the traditional differences between left and right. Finally, they explore France's effort to tame globalization—maîtriser la mondialisation—and the possible consequences and lessons of the French stance for the rest of the world.
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The Divided Welfare State

The Battle Over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

Author: Jacob S. Hacker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521013284

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 447

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This book examines the political relationship between government social programs, such as Social Security, and private social benefits, such as workplace health insurance. The book's core argument is that the extensive development of private benefits particularly in the health field helps explain why American public social programs are more limited than those abroad, because private benefits have fostered constituencies and institutions just as powerful and entrenched as those created by government programs.
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That Sweet Enemy

The French and the British from the Sun King to the Present

Author: Robert Tombs,Isabelle Tombs

Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 782

View: 1939

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Spanning three centuries of history and narrated from both perspectives, a witty study of the love-hate relationship between Britain and France ranges from the reign of King Louis XIV to the present day and captures the complex cultural, economic, social, and political influences that have shaped the relationship. 20,000 first printing.
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Social Indicators

The EU and Social Inclusion

Author: Tony Atkinson,Bea Cantillon,Eric Marlier,Brian Nolan

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191530937

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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Social indicators are an important tool for evaluating a country's level of social development and for assessing the impact of policy. Such indicators are already in use in investigating poverty and social exclusion in several European countries and have begun to play a significant role in advancing the social dimension of the European Union as a whole. The purpose of this book is to make a scientific contribution to the development of social indicators for the purposes of European policy-making. It considers the principles underlying the construction of policy-relevant indicators, the definition of indicators, and the issues that arise in their implementation, including that of the statistical data required. It seeks to bring together theoretical and methodological methods in the measurement of poverty/social exclusion with the empirical practice of social policy. The experience of Member States is reviewed, including an assessment of the National Action Plans on Social Inclusion submitted for the first time in June 2001 by the fifteen EU governments. The key areas covered by the book are poverty, including its intensity and persistence, income inequality, non-monetary deprivation, low educational attainment, unemployment, joblessness, poor health, poor housing and homelessness, functional illiteracy and innumeracy, and restricted social participation. In each case, the book assesses the strengths and weaknesses of different indicators relevant to social inclusion in the European Union, and makes recommendations for the indicators to be employed. Indicators for Social Inclusion in the European Union is being published at a critical stage in the evolution of the social agenda of the European Union. It is hoped that the report will play a role in widening public debate about the social dimension of Europe and that it will be of value to the social partners, to non-governmental and grass roots organizations, and to those living in poverty and social exclusion. It seeks to provide both a constructive background document at a crucial juncture in the evolution of the social dimension of the European Union and a reference work of continuing value.
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The Atlantic divide

"Old Europe" and the U.S.A. ; contemporary differences and their historical origins

Author: Ralph Peter Güntzel

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 267

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