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W Tseng
India’s and China’s Recent Experience with Reform and Growth (Procyclicality of Financial Systems in Asia)

Can China and India continue to rank among the fastest expanding economies? This book highlights what has worked and what more needs to be done to ensure sustained rapid economic growth and poverty reduction Addressing the two countries’ recent experiences with growth and reform, this book provides important insight for other developing economies

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Kevin Rosner
Gazprom and the Russian State

Gazprom is the world’s single largest producer of natural gas, long acknowledged as a state-within-a-state In 2005 it reached a turning point in its history when the Russian government reasserted its majority stakeholder position, whilst also continuing it’s own push to gain control over an increasing share of Russia’s energy complex overall This timely report provides answers to questions such as: what do these movements mean for the future of the Russian energy sector? What will be the impact of state control over Gazprom on domestic and foreign shareholders? And what do these changes portend for the future of natural gas exploitation, production, distribution and the ultimate export of Russian gas to downstream consumers? And what will these changes mean to world? Part of the Russian Foreign Energy Policy Report series

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Adriana Sinclair
International Relations Theory and International Law: A Critical Approach

International law is playing an increasingly important role in international politics However, international relations theorists have thus far failed to conceptualise adequately the role that law plays in politics Instead, IR theorists have tended to operate with a limited conception of law An understanding of jurisprudence and legal methodology is a crucial step towards achieving a better account of international law in IR theory But many of the flaws in IR’s idea of law stem also from the theoretical foundations of constructivism – the school of thought which engages most frequently with law In this book, Adriana Sinclair rehabilitates IR theory’s understanding of law, using cases studies from American, English and international law to critically examine contemporary constructivist approaches to IR and show how a gap in their understanding of law has led to inadequate theorisation

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Deborah Ghate
Parenting in Poor Environments: Stress, Support and Coping

A study of the effect of poor environments on parenting The authors explore what professionals and policy-makers can do to assist families living in poverty They examine community-level poverty and its relationship to familial and individual problems such as low income, mental ill-health and child behavioural difficulties – problems that those working with poor families need to understand

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Brian Keeley
International Migration The human face of globalisation

It’s estimated that 200 million people—roughly 3 percent of the world’s population—live outside of their home countries Some have been pushed out by political or ethnic persecution, war, or unemployment; others have been pulled away by the prospects of finding a better job, a good education, or a higher standard of living

What happens to the countries that either lose or gain significant numbers of these migratory people? Nations that receive migrants can find them a valuable source of labor, skills, and new ideas, especially in parts of the world that are experiencing population aging Despite the potential benefits, there is often widespread resistance to migrants, and governments can face pressure totightly control the flow of newcomers On the other side of the equation, countries from which people emigrate may receive substantial economic benefits in the form of remittances but can suffer a “brain drain” of some of their brightest and most educated workers

OECD Insights: International Migration examines key issues in the debate, including migration flows; managing migration policies; migration, work, and education; and migration and development The book features statistical data drawn from OECD’s databases, as well as a number of special online features to enhance its potential for use in educational settings

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