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The Oxford handbook on fascism

The essays in this handbook, written by an international team of distinguished scholars, combine to explore the way in which fascism is understood by contemporary scholarship, as well as pointing to areas of continuing dispute and discussion. From a focus on Italy as, chronologically at least, the ‘first Fascist nation’, the contributors cover a wide […]

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An Islamic perspective on governance

Zafar Iqbal and Mervyn K Lewis examine, from an Islamic perspective, some central issues in public, economic and corporate governance. Amongst topics analysed are theories of justice, taxation, budget deficits, Islamic financing modes, public and private accountability, and corruption. The authors’ starting point is that the Islamic perspective on governance and its differences from Western […]

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Handbook of Islamic banking

The Handbook of Islamic banking comprises 25 studies by leading international experts on Islamic banking and finance specially commissioned to analyse the various debates and the current state of play in the field. Edited by M. Kabir Hassan, University of New Orleans, and Mervyn K. Lewis, Professor of Banking and Finance, University of South Australia […]

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Joan Robinson

Joan Robinson, is widely considered to be amongst the greatest economists of the twentieth century. She was one of Keynes’s circle of trusted colleagues, studying the theoretical possibilities offered by his The general theory. This comprehensive study recounts her intellectual development and her major contributions, examining her role in the making of The general theory; […]

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The everyday impact of economic reform in China

During the past 30 years, China has undergone extensive economic reform, replacing the government administration of enterprises with increasing levels of market-oriented enterprise autonomy. At the heart of the reform are changes in the employment relationship, where state control has been superceded by market relationships. These reforms have had far-reaching implications for many aspects of […]

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What were they thinking

Ideas are at the heart of our politics. They are the means by which people are influenced and mobilised. Australian politics have been shaped by distinctive patterns of political thought from the colonial period to the Rudd government. But how have these patterns arisen? And what have been their effects on shaping what we think […]

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The poor relation

What are the social sciences? What do they do? How are they practised in Australia? The poor relation examines the place of the social sciences-from economics and psychology to history, law and philosophy-in the teaching and research conducted by Australian universities. Across sixty years The poor relation charts the changing circumstances of the social sciences, […]

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Globalization

Expected to become a classic in the field and the classroom standard for teachers and their students, this book offers the most comprehensive, engaging selection of classic and contemporary readings on globalization currently available. Here, for the first time in print, is the full historical story of globalization—drawn from original sources, explained by accessible introductions […]

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Transnational lives

The transnationalism of ordinary lives threatens the stability of national identity and unsettles the framework of national histories and biography. This book takes mobility, not nation, as its frame, and captures a rich array of lives, from the elite to the subaltern, that have crossed national, racial and cartographic boundaries.

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Murdering stepmothers

Sensational rumours of the murder of three small children by their stepmother ignite the passions of Perth citizens in 1909. Shocked by horrific descriptions of how she poisoned the children, they demand her execution as one voice. But did she do it? Or was she a victim of the prejudices of her persecutors? Anna Haebich […]

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Innovation: a very short introduction

What is innovation? How important is innovation in business? How can we use it to succeed? In the last 150 years our world has been transformed—largely due to innovation. Our parents were born into a world where television had yet to be invented, and there was no penicillin or frozen food. Our great grandparents began […]

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The broken years

Containing the diaries and letters of more than 1,000 Australian soldiers who served in World War I, this collection vividly reconstructs the valor and tragedy of their experience. The reasons behind the Great War and its profound effect on the attitudes and ideals of Australia are intertwined with intimate personal details in this beautifully constructed […]

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Taking social development seriously

This work presents a systematic historical and analytical understanding of Sri Lanka’s social development. Instead of merely focusing on economic yardsticks, it studies the country’s development in the conceptual framework of social policy, with an emphasis on the way current institutions reflect the impact of previous political conflicts and struggles. The book critiques the country’s […]

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Imagination

Advancement in the arts and sciences is a primary driver of economic production and social policy in post-industrial societies. Imagination steps back and asks ‘what advances the arts and sciences?’ This book explores the collective, social and global dimension of human imagining—and the ambivalent relationship of social institutions, including universities, schools, economies, media and culture […]

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Women, love and learning

This book tells the story of a generation of American and Australian women who embodied—and challenged—the prescriptions of their times. In the 1950s and early 60s they went to colleges and universities, trained for professions and developed a life of the mind. They were also urged to embrace their femininity, to marry young, to devote […]

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Creativity and innovation in business and beyond

In many modern economies, creativity, the essential prerequisite for innovation, tends to be assumed or neglected while the catchphrase "innovation" dominates the field of business as the key to national performance and competitiveness. Creativity and innovation in business and beyond illustrates the ways in which creativity spurs innovation—not only in the realms of business and […]

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The End of the Homosexual?

In The End of the Homosexual? – part memoir/part politics – Dennis Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past forty years to larger social, political and cultural trends. This is a case study of both local and global change, yet one told from personal experience. Written engagingly, this timely […]

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Competition, Diversity And Economic Performance

Ecological and economic systems share some fundamental characteristics that Clem Tisdell has beautifully illuminated. He has given us a much better handle on the roles of competition, diversity, evolution and sustainability in complex, interdependent ecological and economic systems. Our ability to build a sustainable and desirable future fundamentally depends on this integrated understanding.

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Living on the Edge

This book confronts one of the most enduring and controversial issues in education – the nexus between poverty and underachievement. The topic has become a key contemporary battleground in the struggle to raise standards. Living on the Edge maps and compares a number of competing explanations, critiques inadequate and deficit accounts, and offers a more […]

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