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Currency and Contest in East Asia

The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism

Since the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-98, East Asian economies have sought to make themselves less vulnerable to global financial markets by transforming the regional financial architecture. With Japan as a leading actor, they have introduced initiatives to provide emergency financing to crisis economies, support the development of local-currency bond markets, and better coordinate currency policies.

In Currency and Contest in East Asia, William W. Grimes builds on years of primary research and scores of interviews with participants and policy analysts to provide the most accurate, complete, and detailed description available of attempts to build financial cooperation among East Asian countries. Adapting realist political economy theory to the realities of contemporary global finance, Grimes places regional issues firmly in the wider context of great-power rivalries. He argues that financial regionalism can best be understood as one arena for competition among Japan, the United States, and China.

Despite their mutual desire for regional prosperity and economic stability, these three powers have conflicting political interests. Their struggles for regional leadership raise questions about the long-term feasibility of regional financial cooperation, the possible effects of Sino-Japanese rivalry on regional financial stability, and the potential for East Asian financial regionalism to undermine the long-established-albeit waning-global and regional dominance of the United States and the dollar.

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De Cora à Cora Déjeuners

Une biographie

« Je suis l’exemple de la réussite de quelqu’un qui n’avait pas ce qu’il faut. » C’est en ces termes que Cora Tsouflidou, une entrepreneure de la trempe d’Alphonse Desjardins, de Pierre Péladeau ou de Jean Coutu, résume son parcours de femme d’affaires. Sa chance, si chance il y a, elle l’a fabriquée elle-même, à coup de courage, en dépit d’un mauvais départ dans la vie et d’embûches innombrables. Née à Caplan en Gaspésie, dans une famille d’origine belge plutôt modeste, cette jeune fille aux grandes ambitions voit ses rêves se briser un à un. À 40 ans, elle se retrouve sans le sou et seule responsable de trois enfants, après avoir quitté un mari aux humeurs « imprévisibles ». Avec l’aide de son père, elle achète un petit restaurant de quartier où elle s’active aux fourneaux, dessine les menus et sert sa clientèle de plus en plus nombreuse. Grâce à des économies durement amassées, elle ouvre un autre restaurant, puis un autre, puis un autre… pour parvenir à la tête d’un réseau de franchises Cora Déjeuners qui compte aujourd’hui plus de 130 établissements partout au Canada. Sa biographie est la preuve qu’il n’est jamais trop difficile ni trop tard pour qu’un être humain décide de réécrire sa propre histoire en -canalisant ses forces et ses faiblesses de façon constructive et innovatrice. Elle constitue une leçon autant sur la persévérance que sur la créativité, autant sur la rigueur que sur la fantaisie, et même, disons-le, autant sur la stratégie d’affaires que sur la récupération éclatante d’illusions et d’amours perdues.

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Today, a third of American children are born outside of marriage, up from one child in twenty in the 1950s, and rates are even higher among low-income Americans. Many herald this trend as one of the most troubling of our time. But the decline in marriage does not necessarily signal the demise of the two parent family—over 80 percent of unmarried couples are still romantically involved when their child is born and nearly half are living together. Most claim they plan to marry eventually. Yet half have broken up by their child's third birthday. What keeps some couples together and what tears others apart? After a breakup, how do fathers so often disappear from their children's lives? An intimate portrait of the challenges of partnering and parenting in these families, Unmarried Couples with Children presents a variety of unique findings. Most of the pregnancies were not explicitly planned, but some couples feel having a child is the natural course of a serious relationship. Many of the parents are living with their child plus the mother’s child from a previous relationship. When the father also has children from a previous relationship, his visits to see them at their mother’s house often cause his current partner to be jealous. Breakups are more often driven by sexual infidelity or conflict than economic problems. After couples break up, many fathers complain they are shut out, especially when the mother has a new partner. For their part, mothers claim to limit dads’ access to their children because of their involvement with crime, drugs, or other dangers. For couples living together with their child several years after the birth, marriage remains an aspiration, but something couples are resolutely unwilling to enter without the financial stability they see as a sine qua non of marriage. They also hold marriage to a high relational standard, and not enough emotional attention from their partners is women’s number one complaint. Unmarried Couples with Children is a landmark study of the family lives of nearly fifty American children born outside of a marital union at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Based on personal narratives gathered from both mothers and fathers over the first four years of their children’s lives, and told partly in the couples' own words, the story begins before the child is conceived, takes the reader through the tumultuous months of pregnancy to the moment of birth, and on through the child's fourth birthday. It captures in rich detail the complex relationship dynamics and powerful social forces that derail the plans of so many unmarried parents. The volume injects some much-needed reality into the national discussion about family values, and reveals that the issues are more complex than our political discourse suggests.

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Deepening Democracy in Indonesia?

Direct Elections for Local Leaders (Pilkada)

Maribeth Erb and Priyambudi Sulistiyanto

Since the fall of long-reigning President Soeharto, in 1998, Indonesia has been in an era of transition, away from an authoritarian regime, and on a “quest for democracy”. This quest started with decentralization laws implemented in 2001, which gave greater autonomy to the regions, and continued with the direct elections for the national and local legislatures and the President in 2004. The latest development in this democratization process is the implementation of a system for the direct election of regional leaders, which began in 2005; the first round of elections across the nation for all governors, mayors and district heads was completed in 2008. Authors of the chapters in this volume, the result of a workshop in Singapore in 2006, present data from across the archipelago for these first direct elections for local leaders and give their assessment as to how far these elections have contributed to a “deepening democracy”.

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Defusing Democracy

Central Bank Autonomy and the Transition from Authoritarian Rule

Delia M. Boylan

Many of today's new democracies are constrained by institutional forms designed by previous authoritarian rulers. In this timely and provocative study, Delia M. Boylan traces the emergence of these vestigial governance structures to strategic behavior by outgoing elites seeking to protect their interests from the vicissitudes of democratic rule. One important outgrowth of this political insulation strategy--and the empirical centerpiece of Boylan's analysis--is the existence of new, highly independent central banks in countries throughout the developing world. This represents a striking transformation, for not only does central bank autonomy remove a key aspect of economic decision making from democratic control; in practice it has also kept many of the would-be expansionist governments that hold power today from overturning the neoliberal policies favored by authoritarian predecessors. To illustrate these points, Defusing Democracy takes a fresh look at two transitional polities in Latin America--Chile and Mexico--where variation in the proximity of the democratic "threat" correspondingly yielded different levels of central bank autonomy. Boylan concludes by extending her analysis to institutional contexts beyond Latin America and to insulation strategies other than central bank autonomy. Defusing Democracy will be of interest to anyone--political scientists, economists, and policymakers alike--concerned about the genesis and consolidation of democracy around the globe. Delia M. Boylan is Assistant Professor, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago.

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Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism

Political Trust in Argentina and Mexico

Some theorists claim that democracy cannot work without trust. According to this argument, democracy fails unless citizens trust that their governing institutions are serving their best interests. Similarly, some assert that democracy works best when people trust one another and have confidence that politicians will look after citizen interests. Questioning such claims, Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism, by Matthew Cleary and Susan Stokes, suggests that skepticism, not trust, is the hallmark of political culture in well-functioning democracies. Drawing on extensive research in two developing democracies, Argentina and Mexico, Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism shows that in regions of each country with healthy democracies, people do not trust one another more than those living in regions where democracy functions less well, nor do they display more personal trust in governments or politicians. Instead, the defining features of the healthiest democracies are skepticism of government and a belief that politicians act in their constituents' best interest only when it is personally advantageous for them to do so. In contrast to scholars who lament what they see as a breakdown in civic life, Cleary and Stokes find that people residing in healthy democracies do not participate more in civic organizations than others, but in fact, tend to retreat from civic life in favor of private pursuits. The authors conclude that governments are most efficient and responsive when they know that institutions such as the press or an independent judiciary will hold them accountable for their actions. The question of how much citizens should trust politicians and governments has consumed political theorists since America's founding. In Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism, Matthew Cleary and Susan Stokes test the relationship between trust and the quality of governance, showing that it is not trust, but vigilance and skepticism that provide the foundation for well-functioning democracies.

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Des campagnes de communication réussies

43 études de cas primés

Quels sont réellement les ressorts des campagnes de communication? Comment les institutions et les entreprises traitent-elles leur image? De la communication de crise au lobbying, en passant par la communication environnementale, les campagnes de souscription, les commandites ou encore l'organisation d'événements majeurs à des fins de relations publiques, l'auteure présente 43 campagnes de communication primées. Elle décortique ensuite les pratiques, étudie les intentions, analyse les tendances et clarifie les types de relations qui existent entre les organisations et leurs publics.

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Des campagnes de communication réussies, Tome 2

42 études de cas primés

Ce deuxième tome du livre Des campagnes de communication réussies arrive ainsi à point nommé. Passant au crible des théories des relations publiques des campagnes canadiennes de 2003 à 2007, il veut inspirer les praticiens dans la résolution de problèmes et aider les étudiants à concrétiser des notions théoriques. Chaque campagne est décrite, puis analysée en fonction des publics visés, du type de relation, des choix de réseaux, du modèle de communication, des contextes modifiés par les campagnes et de l’utilisation du storytelling. De la gestion des enjeux à la communication de crise, en passant par les campagnes de santé publique, l’organisation d’événements et les campagnes de lancement de produits, l’ouvrage pose un regard à la fois pragmatique et critique sur la pratique récente de la communication organisationnelle.

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Developing a Dream Destination

James Mak

Developing a Dream Destination is an interpretive history of tourism and tourism policy development in Hawai‘i from the 1960s to the twenty-first century. Part 1 looks at the many changes in tourism since statehood (1959) and tourism’s imprint on Hawai‘i. Part 2 reviews the development of public policy toward tourism, beginning with a story of the planning process that started around 1970—a full decade before the first comprehensive State Tourism Plan was crafted and implemented. It also examines state government policies and actions taken relative to the taxation of tourism, tourism promotion, convention center development and financing, the environment, Honolulu County’s efforts to improve Waikiki, and how the Neighbor Islands have coped with explosive tourism growth. Along the way, author James Mak offers interpretations of what has worked, what has not, and why. He concludes with a chapter on the lessons learned while developing a dream destination over the past half century.

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Digital Depression

Information Technology and Economic Crisis

Dan Schiller

The financial crisis of 2007-08 shook the idea that advanced information and communications technologies (ICTs) as solely a source of economic rejuvenation and uplift, instead introducing the world to the once-unthinkable idea of a technological revolution wrapped inside an economic collapse. In Digital Depression , Dan Schiller delves into the ways networked systems and ICTs have transformed global capitalism during the so-called Great Recession. He focuses on capitalism's crisis tendencies to confront the contradictory matrix of a technological revolution and economic stagnation making up the current political economy and demonstrates digital technology's central role in the global political economy. As he shows, the forces at the core of capitalism--exploitation, commodification, and inequality--are ongoing and accelerating within the networked political economy.

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