New Acquisitions (Books), November 2014


Martiin, Carin

The world of agricultural economics : an introduction / Carin Martiin. Oxon, [England] :  Routledge, 2013. HD 1415 M37 2013

This textbook takes a truly international approach towards agricultural economics, uniting many different perspectives on the subject and providing insight into agriculture in general, and into how practical farming works in particular. The book is laced throughout with real world examples and other pedagogical features.


Asia 2050 : realizing the Asian century / edited by Harinder S. Kohli, Ashok Sharma, Anil Sood.  Los Angeles : SAGE, 2011.  HC 412 A7284 2011

Asia is in the midst of a truly historic transformation. If it continues to grow on its recent trajectory, it could, by 2050, account for more than half of global GDP, trade and investment, and enjoy widespread affluence. Its per capita income could rise sixfold. It thus holds the promise of making some 4 billion Asians, hitherto commonly associated with poverty and deprivation, affluent by today s standards. This study, Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century, is aimed at key opinion makers to foster debate on a vision of and strategy for Asia s potentially historic rise among the global community of nations between now and 2050. It offers a long-term perspective of the Asia region as a whole as opposed to the more common approach that delivers a short- to medium-term perspective of selected countries, subregions or issues.

Hu, Angang

China in 2020 : a new type of superpower / Hu Angang. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2011. HC 427.95 H83 2011

The rapid pace and grand scale of China’s rise have produced a heady mixture of wonder and consternation in the West. Is China on track to become a superpower? What would that mean for the rest of the world? Economist Hu Angang approaches these questions through analysis of three major dimensions of China’s rise: its overall economic and social development; advances in education, science, and technology (including alternative energy); and the likely complications posed by resource scarcity, environmental degradation, and climate change. (Continue reading at

Segal, Adam

Advantage : how American innovation can overcome the Asian challenge / Adam      Segal. New York : W. W. Norton, c2011. HC 110 T4 S44 2011

A contrarian analysis of how the United States can succeed in the technological race with Asia. The emergence of India and China as economic powers has shifted the global landscape and called into question the ability of the United States to compete and maintain its technological lead. Advantagesorts out the challenges the United States faces and focuses on what drives innovation, what constrains it, and what advantages we have to leverage. Recasting the stakes of the debate, Adam Segal, an expert on technology and foreign policy, makes the compelling case for the crucial role of the “software” of innovation. By strengthening its politics, social relations, and institutions that move ideas from the lab to the marketplace, the United States can play to its greatest economic strengths and preserve its position as a global power. With up-to-the-minute economic and political data, this is a resounding call to tie innovation to larger social goals in an age of global science and technology.

The Evolution of water resource planning and decision making / edited by Clifford S. Russell and Duane D. Baumann. Cheltenham, [England]: Edward Elgar, c2009. HD 1694 A5 E96 2009

This broad review of the development of US water resource policy analysis and practice offers perspectives from several disciplines: law, economics, engineering, ecology and political science. While the historical context provided goes back to the early 19th century, the book concentrates on the past sixty years and features a discussion of the difficulty that has generally been encountered in bringing the disciplines of economics and ecology into collaboration in the water resource context. (Continue reading at

The new political economy of Southeast Asia / [edited by] Rajah Rasiah, Johannes Dragsbaek Schmidt. Northampton,Mass. : Edward Elgar Pub., 2010. HC 441 N495 2010

This well-researched book examines the dramatic transformation of Southeast Asian countries from agricultural and mining economies to industrial nations. In doing so, it explores the effects of development policy on a number of interdisciplinary issues, and the emergence of new social and political pressures created by industrialization. These include their heightened vulnerability to complex economic crises, their use of sophisticated instruments in the labour process and increased awareness of environmental issues. The distinguished authors present a regional and cross-border focus on transnational actors and institutions, and the policy issues and problems which have a wider impact on spatial configurations in the region. This insightful study will appeal to researchers, academics and policymakers working on the economics and development of Southeast Asia.

Florini, Ann

China experiments : from local innovations to national reform / Ann Florini, Hairong  Lai, Yeling Tan. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2012. JQ 1509.5 O73 F56 2012

All societies face a key question: how to empower governments to perform essential governmental functions while constraining the arbitrary exercise of power. This balance, always in flux, is particularly fluid in today’s China. This insightful book examines the changing relationship between that state and its society, as demonstrated by numerous experiments in governance at subnational levels, and explores the implications for China’s future political trajectory. (Continue reading at


The Use of economic valuation in environmental policy : providing research support for the implementation of EU water policy under AquaStress / edited by Phoebe Koundouri.  Oxon, [England] : Routledge, 2009. HD 1698 A1 U74 2009

This book aims to show that economics in general and non-market valuation methods in particular, together with participatory and engineering tools, can facilitate the design and implementation of the different European policies in relation to mitigation of water stress. The results presented in this book derive from AquaStress, an EU funded integrated project, delivering interdisciplinary methodologies to help mitigate water stress problems. The project draws on both academic and practitioner skills to generate knowledge in technological, operational management, policy, socio-economic, and environmental domains. (Continue reading at


Lucarelli, Bill

The economics of financial turbulence : alternative theories of money and finance / Bill Lucarelli. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. HB 3722 L83 2011

This challenging book examines the origins and dynamics of financial-economic crises. Its wide theoretical scope incorporates the theories of Marx, Keynes and various other Post Keynesian scholars of endogenous money, and provides a grand synthesis of these theoretical lineages, as well as a powerful critique of prevailing neoclassical/monetarist theories of money. (Continue reading at


Bioinvasions and globalization : ecology, economics, management, and policy / edited by Charles Perrings, Harold Mooney, and Mark Williamson. Oxford : Oxford University    Press, 2010.  QH 353 B55 2010

Bioinvasions and Globalization synthesises our current knowledge of the ecology and economics of biological invasions, providing an in-depth evaluation of the science and its implications for managing the causes and consequences of one of the most pressing environmental issues facing humanity today. (Continue reading at

Poverty and social exclusion : new methods of analysis / edited by Gianni Betti and Achille Lemmi. Oxon, [England] : Routledge, 2014. HC 79 P6 P725 2014

Poverty and inequality remain at the top of the global economic agenda, and the methodology of measuring poverty continues to be a key area of research. This new book, from a leading international group of scholars, offers an up to date and innovative survey of new methods for estimating poverty at the local level, as well as the most recent multidimensional methods of the dynamics of poverty.

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Reiss, Julian

Philosophy of economics : a contemporary introduction / by Julian Reiss. New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2013. HB 72 R45 2013

Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction is the first systematic textbook in the philosophy of economics. It introduces the epistemological, metaphysical and ethical problems that arise in economics, and presents detailed discussions of the solutions that have been offered. Throughout, philosophical issues are illustrated by and analysed in the context of concrete cases drawn from contemporary economics, the history of economic ideas, and actual economic events. This demonstrates the relevance of philosophy of economics both for the science of economics and for the economy. This text will provide an excellent introduction to the philosophy of economics for students and interested general readers alike.

Williamson, Oliver E.

The transaction cost economics project / Oliver E. Williamson. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, 2013. HB 846.3 W55 2013

Transaction cost economics has and continues to be a fruitful area of research. There is still much to be done in the field with past research being used in conjunction with the vast number of contractual phenomena that have yet to be investigated in transaction cost economics terms. (Continue reading at


Democratizing health : consumer groups in the policy process / edited by Hans Lofgren, Evelyn de Leeuw, Michael Leahy. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. RA 394.9 D45 2011

This book examines the important role of consumer activism in health policy in different national contexts. In an age of shifting boundaries between state and civil society, consumer groups are potentially drivers of democratization in the health domain. The expert contributors explore how their activities bring new dynamics to relations between service providers, the medical profession, government agencies, and other policy actors. This book is unique in comprehensively analyzing the opportunities and dilemmas of this type of activism, including ambiguous partnerships between consumer groups and stakeholders such as the pharmaceutical industry. These themes are explored within an internationally comparative framework, with case studies from various countries. Students and researchers in the fields of health policy and sociology, public policy and social movements will find this relevant and path-breaking book enlightening. It will also prove invaluable for participants and activists in patient and health consumer organizations.


Colander, David C.

 The making of an economist, redux / David Colander. Princeton, N. J. : Princeton University Press, c2007. HB 74.8 C65 2007

Economists seem to be everywhere in the media these days. But what exactly do today’s economists do? What and how are they taught? Updating David Colander and Arjo Klamer’s classic The Making of an Economist, this book shows what is happening in elite U.S. economics Ph.D. programs. By examining these programs, Colander gives a view of cutting-edge economics–and a glimpse at its likely future. ( Continue reading at

The Foundations of positive and normative economics : a handbook / edited by Andrew Caplin and Andrew Schotter. Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2008. HB 131 F68 2008

The Foundations of Positive and Normative Economics: A Handbook is the first book in a new series by Andrew Caplin and Andrew Schotter. There is currently no guide available on the rapidly changing methodological frontiers of the field of economics. Economists have been introducing new theories and new sources of data at a remarkable rate in recent years, and there are widely divergent views both on how productive these expansions have been in the past, and how best to make progress in the future. (Continue reading at

Frank, Robert H.

The Darwin economy : liberty, competition, and the common good / Robert H. Frank. Princeton [N.J.] : Princeton University Press, c2011. HB 95 F75 2011

Who was the greater economist–Adam Smith or Charles Darwin? The question seems absurd. Darwin, after all, was a naturalist, not an economist. But Robert Frank, New York Times economics columnist and best-selling author of The Economic Naturalist, predicts that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics. The reason, Frank argues, is that Darwin’s understanding of competition describes economic reality far more accurately than Smith’s. And the consequences of this fact are profound. Indeed, the failure to recognize that we live in Darwin’s world rather than Smith’s is putting us all at risk by preventing us from seeing that competition alone will not solve our problems. (Continue reading at

The History of economic thought : a reader / edited by Steven G. Medema and Warren J. Samuels. Oxon, [England] : Routledge, 2003. HB 75 H58 2003

From the ancients to the moderns, questions of economic theory and policy have been an important part of intellectual and public debate, engaging the attention of some of history’s greatest minds. This book brings together readings from more than two thousand years of writings on economic subjects. Through these selections, the reader can see first-hand how the great minds of past grappled with some of the central social and economic issues of their times and, in the process, enhanced our understanding of how economic systems function. (Continue reading at


Kennedy, Gavin

Adam Smith : a moral philosopher and his political economy / Gavin Kennedy. Basingstoke [England] : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. HB 103 S6 K46 2010

Western Europe, stagnant since the fall of Rome, showed signs of economic resurgence in the mid-18th century. Adam Smith was excited by the potential of this new era, and he was inspired to study the changes in Britain’s evolving political institutions, the decline in the old verities of the church, the strengthening of the eternal verities of human sympathy, the ever-widening knowledge of his age, the momentous implications of the division of labour, the power of exchange, and faster growth through capital accumulation and an expanding labour force. This book presents the authentic Adam Smith and explores his underlying approach and radical thinking, aiming to re-establish his original intentions as articulated in his works and correspondence, which have been distorted by modern interpretations, assumptions and attributions. The book provides a crucial reminder of how relevant Adam Smith was in his own time, and how relevant he remains today in this era of globalisation.

Nasar, Sylvia

Grand pursuit : the story of economic genius / Sylvia Nasar. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011. HB 75 N38 2011

A New York Times bestseller, this sweeping narrative from the author of A Beautiful Mind takes us on a journey through modern history with the men and women who changed the lives of every single person on the planet. Grand Pursuit is the epic story of the making of modern economics, of how economics rescued mankind from squalor and deprivation by placing its material fate in its own hands.


Borras, Susana

Cluster policies in Europe : firms, institutions and governance / Susana Borras, Dimitrios Tsagdis. Cheltenham, [England]: Edward Elgar, c2008. HD 3616 E85 B67 2008

This book provides a comprehensive and much-needed study of cluster policies in Europe. It focuses on one very important element that has so far been disregarded in the literature, namely, the extent to which the complex dynamics of multi-level governance are responding to the problems and challenges faced by clusters. This book offers a critical appraisal and comparative analysis of cluster policies, focusing on Germany, Italy, the UK, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Slovenia, whilst examining their firms, institutions, and multi-level governance patterns.

Lambertini, Luca

Oligopoly, the environment and natural resources / Luca Lambertini. Oxon, [England] : Routledge, 2013. HD 2757.3 L36 2013

Industrial production and consumption patterns rely heavily on the intensive use of both renewable and non-renewable resources and the consequences for the environment can be serious. Following a long period of time where the profit incentives of firms have prevailed over preservation of the environment and the world’s natural resources, a new consensus has emerged concerning the need to regulate firm behaviour, aimed at ensuring the sustainability of the economic system in the long run. (Continue reading at


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The Economics of digital markets / edited by Gary Madden and Russel Cooper. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2009. HC 79 I55 E26 2009

This innovative book provides state-of-the-art analyses of the current condition of the economics of digital markets. The most recent developments in web technology are evolving creating an increasingly deregulated environment. Much of the impetus for liberalisation is in response to multimedia convergence and the globalisation of markets, leading to uncertainties in the sector. Gary Madden and Russel Cooper examine the microeconomics of platform structure and firm competition within and between digital markets, modern theoretical treatments of regulatory intervention in digital markets and the consideration of forward-looking experimental analysis of demand for yet-to-be provided services. Bringing together a highly focused group of eminent scholars, this book will appeal to academics, postgraduate students, and both international treaty and national government agencies as well as market analysts.

Rivoli, Pietra

The travels of a t-shirt in the global economy : an economist examines the markets, power and politics of world trade / Pietra Rivoli. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, c2005. HD 9969 S6 R58 2005

International trade can be a difficult topic to discuss in the abstract, but when it is focused on a single product that makes its way around the world over the course of its usefulness, the unwieldy issue of globalization is made vividly clear. In The Travels of a TShirt in the Global Economy, business professor Pietra Rivoli explores the politics and the human element behind the globalization debate by tracking the life story of her $6 Tshirt.

Stoneman, Paul

Soft innovation : economics, product aesthetics, and the creative industries / Paul Stoneman. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011.  HD 9999 C947 S76 2011

At its heart this book is about innovation and the innovation process. On the way, it considers aesthetics, design, creativity and the creative industries, and a number of other similar topics. (Continue reading at


Globalization and inequality / edited by Branko Milanovic. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2012. HC 79 I5 G56 2012 

This volume brings together the most significant modern contributions to the literature on globalization and inequality. The editor’s selection, set in context by an authoritative introduction, uses broad analyses and important case studies to illustrate the impact on levels of inequality of previous periods of globalization and of the current era of globalization. The collection further focuses on the issues of openness and inequality, and concludes with several benchmark papers that examine global levels of inequality. This timely book will be an invaluable resource for anyone concerned with this vital relationship, including teachers, doctoral students and researchers.

The handbook of globalisation / edited by Jonathan Michie. Cheltenham, UK : Edward Elgar Pub., c2011. HF 1359 H35 2011

Globalization is an issue that has been high on the research agenda for several years, spawning a vast and at times unwieldy literature. A concept often ill-defined, it has generated a plethora of unresolved and fiercely contested questions, the nature of which depends on which side of the ideological divide one stands. (Continue reading at

Kull, Steven

Feeling betrayed : the roots of Muslim anger at America / Steven Kull. Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c2011.  JZ 1480 A57 I74 2011

Though it has been nearly a decade since the attacks of September 11, the threat of terrorism emanating from the Muslim world has not subsided. U.S. troops fight against radical Islamists overseas, and on a daily basis, Americans pass through body scanners as part of the effort to defend against another attack. Naturally, many Americans wonder what is occurring in Muslim society that breeds such hostility toward the United States. (Continue reading at


Credit, money and macroeconomic policy : a post-Keynesian approach / edited by Claude Gnos and Louis-Philippe Rochon. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2011. HB 172.5 C74 2011

With recent turmoil in financial markets around the world, this unique and up-to-date book addresses a number of challenging issues regarding monetary policy, financial markets and macroeconomic policy. While some of the chapters address the recent crisis as well as adjustments to the Basel Accord, others analyze the required changes to the conduct of monetary and fiscal policies. The distinguished authors offer an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of macroeconomics and provide alternative policies to deal with a number of persistent modern-day problems. Offering an interesting analysis of current economic issues from a Post-Keynesian perspective, this book will appeal to academics and graduate students of macroeconomics and financial markets.


Kitagawa, Genshiro

Smoothness priors analysis of time series / Genshiro Kitagawa, Will Gersch. New York : Springer, c1996. QA 280 K58 1996

Smoothness Priors Analysis of Time Series addresses some of the problems of modeling stationary and nonstationary time series primarily from a Bayesian stochastic regression “smoothness priors” state space point of view. Prior distributions on model coefficients are parametrized by hyperparameters. (Continue reading at

Modeling, computation and optimization / editors, S.K. Neogy, A.K. Das, R.B. Bapat. Singapore : World Scientific, c2009. QA 401 M635 2009

This volume provides recent developments and a state-of-the-art review in various areas of mathematical modeling, computation and optimization. It contains theory, computation as well as the applications of several mathematical models to problems in statistics, games, optimization and economics for decision making. It focuses on exciting areas like models for wireless networks, models of Nash networks, dynamic models of advertising, application of reliability models in economics, support vector machines, optimization, complementarity modeling and games.

Mukherji, Anjan

Mathematical methods and economic theory / Anjan Mukherji, Subrata Guha. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011. HB 135 M85 2011

Meant for first year postgraduate students of economics, this book provides an understanding of the mathematical propositions necessary for comprehensively following the fundamentals of economic theory. These mathematical tools help the student to define terms precisely and apply them to real world situations and also to the needs of economics like problems of decision making, inflation, forecast, and risk. With an aim to broaden the applicability of an economic model through mathematics, this volume addresses students as well as teachers of mathematical methods in economics course as it constitutes the very basic set of problems in fundamental aspects of economic theory.

Terasvirta, Timo

Modelling nonlinear economic time series / by Timo Terasvirta, Dag Tjostheim, Clive W.J. Granger. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010. HA 30.3 T47 2010

This book contains an extensive up-to-date overview of nonlinear time series models and their application to modelling economic relationships. It considers nonlinear models in stationary and nonstationary frameworks, and both parametric and nonparametric models are discussed. (Continue reading at


Cowell, Frank A. (Frank Alan)

Measuring inequality / Frank A. Cowell. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011. HC 79 I5 C63 2011

What do we mean by inequality comparisons? If the rich just get richer and the poor get poorer, the answer might seem easy. But what if the income distribution changes in a complicated way? Can we use mathematical or statistical techniques to simplify the comparison problem in a way that has economic meaning? (Continue reading at

Dietz, Rob

Enough is enough : building a sustainable economy in a world of finite resources / Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill. Oxon, [England] : Routledge, c2013. HC 79 E5 D54 2013

It’s time for a new kind of economy. We’re overusing the earth’s finite resources, and yet excessive consumption is failing to improve our lives. In Enough Is Enough, Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill lay out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is not more but enough. They explore specific strategies to conserve natural resources, stabilize population, reduce inequality, fix the financial system, create jobs, and more—all with the aim of maximizing long-term well-being instead of short-term profits. Filled with fresh ideas and surprising optimism, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all.


Lonergan, Eric

Money / Eric Lonergan. Durham [England] : Acumen Pub., c2009. HG 220.3 L66 2009

Over the past year, we have seen banks tumble, City firms collapse and the advent of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s. At the heart of these events lies the pursuit of money. But just what is this thing that seems so powerful and omnipresent and yet is physically worthless – a piece of paper, or a digit on a computer screen? (Continue reading at

Southeast Asia’s credit revolution : from moneylender to microfinance / edited by Aditya Goenka and David Henley. London : Routledge, 2010. HG 178.33 S644 S68 2010

Southeast Asia’s Credit Revolution describes and explains the rise of microfinance – the provision of credit and other financial services for the poor – in Southeast Asia, over the past four decades the most consistently successful region of the developing world. In recent years microfinance has come to be seen as a key weapon in the battle against global poverty, generating more enthusiasm and optimism than any other development strategy.


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Oates, Wallace E.

Fiscal federalism / Wallace E. Oates. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, 1972, c2011. HJ 192 O18 1972b

An economic analysis of public finance in a system with many levels of government. It explores the assignment of fiscal functions to different levels of government, the use of specific forms of taxation by different tiers, and the design and workings of systems in intergovernmental grants-in-aid.

Wagner, Richard E.

Fiscal sociology and the theory of public finance : an exploratory essay / Richard E. Wagner. Cheltenham, [England] : Edward Elgar, c2007. HJ 131 W34 2007

This book advances a social-theoretic treatment of public finance, which contrasts with the typical treatment of government as an agent of intervention into a market economy. To start, Richard Wagner construes government not as an agent but as a polycentric process of interaction, just as is a market economy. The theory of markets and the theory of public finance are thus construed as complementary components of a broader endeavor of social theorizing, with both seeking to provide insight into the emergence of generally coordinated relationships within society. The author places analytical focus on emergent processes of development rather than on states of equilibrium, and with much of that development set in motion by conflict among people and their plans.