by Kas Oosterhuis
INDIAN AND WORLD GEOGRAPHY
by Prof Majid Husain
Right from its first issue, Indian and World Geography has shown a steady increase in its popularity and readership in India as well as in adjacent countries. Geography as a subject continues to have significant importance in the Civil Services Preliminary as well as the Mains examinations. The second and now the third edition of this book have been revised and updated in the light of the course structure and pattern introduced in 2011.
The book is widely used also by aspirants of the State Services Competitive Exams as well as by those appearing for UGC’s NET.
The Ebook of Indian and World Geography 4e is designed to be a useful resource for the UPSC and State PSC aspirants. Made into a four color Epub version of the 4th Edition of the book, this book also offers interactive images that help quicker and accurate visualization on maps and diagrams. Now click on the legends to highlight a certain marking on the maps and diagrams so that reading them becomes easy. This ebook can be accessed anywhere anytime in the student’s mobile phone, tab or other portable devices whether Android or Windows. Unable to devote enough time at home or in the library and want to be able to study on the go? This ebook is the perfect solution available to you 24*7 in your pockets.
by Michael Grubb
How well do our assumptions about the global challenges of energy, environment and economic development fit the facts?
Energy prices have varied hugely between countries and over time, yet the share of national income spent on energy has remained surprisingly constant. The foundational theories of economic growth account for only about half the growth observed in practice. Despite escalating warnings for more than two decades about the planetary risks of rising greenhouse gas emissions, most governments have seemed powerless to change course.
Planetary Economics shows the surprising links between these seemingly unconnected facts. It argues that tackling the energy and environmental problems of the 21st Century requires three different domains of decision-making to be recognised and connected. Each domain involves different theoretical foundations, draws on different areas of evidence, and implies different policies.
The book shows that the transformation of energy systems involves all three domains – and each is equally important. From them flow three pillars of policy – three quite distinct kinds of actions that need to be taken, which rest on fundamentally different principles. Any pillar on its own will fail.
Only by understanding all three, and fitting them together, do we have any hope of changing course. And if we do, the oft-assumed conflict between economy and the environment dissolves – with potential for benefits to both. Planetary Economics charts how.
The Political Economy of Work
by David Spencer
Against the background of increasing interest in the changing nature and quality of work, The Political Economy of Work offers a new and unique assessment of the theoretical analysis of work. The author challenges some common preconceptions about work and promotes an original approach to the field, contemplating the nature and development of ideas on work and its impact on human well-being drawing on such burgeoning literatures as the ‘economics of happiness’.
Spencer approaches the subject through a careful examination of the history of thought on work over the last three hundred years. A key focus is the development of ideas on work in mainstream economics, starting with the mercantilists and the classical economists, and continuing with neoclassical economists (e.g. Jevons, Marshall). The contributions of modern approaches including the new ‘information-theoretic’ economics and the new ‘economics of happiness’ are also discussed. The author sees flaws in the depiction of work in mainstream economics and instead draws insight from the writings of critics of the mainstream paradigm, such as the nineteenth century ‘utopian’ writers (Godwin, Fourier, Carlyle, Ruskin, Morris), Marx, and the old institutional economists (Commons, Veblen). The alternative approach outlined in the book stresses the barriers to rewarding work under capitalism and develops a case for radical change in the organisation of work.
The book cuts across different disciplinary boundaries and is likely to appeal to researchers in a number of different fields, including labour economics, labour history, the sociology of work, industrial relations, and human resource management. It will appeal to all those who wish to promote a more critical understanding of the role that work can and ought to play in society.
India’s Struggle for Independence
by Bipan Chandra, Mridula Mukherjee, Aditya Mukherjee, K N Panikkar, Sucheta Mahajan
Freedom with Responsibility
by Anthony James Nicholls
For a New Critique of Political Economy
by Bernard Stiegler
Stiegler argues that today the proletarian must be reconceptualized as the economic agent whose knowledge and memory are confiscated by machines. This new sense of the term ‘proletarian’ is best understood by reference to Plato’s critique of exteriorized memory. By bringing together Plato and Marx, Stiegler can show how a generalized proletarianization now encompasses not only the muscular system, as Marx saw it, but also the nervous system of the so-called creative workers in the information industries. The proletarians of the former are deprived of their practical know-how, whereas the latter are shorn of their theoretical practice, and both suffer from a confiscation of the very possibility of a genuine art of living.
But the mechanisms at work in this new and accentuated form of proletarianization are the very mechanisms that may spur a reversal of the process. Such a reversal would imply a crucial distinction between one’s life work, originating in otium (leisure devoted to the techniques of the self), and the job, consisting in a negotium (the negotiation and calculation, increasingly restricted to short-term expectations), leading to the necessity of a new conception of economic value.
This short text offers an excellent introduction to Stiegler’s work while at the same time representing a political call to arms in the face of a deepening economic and social crisis.
Encyclopedia of Political Theory
by Mark Bevir
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How do we arrange our collective affairs? Why do we live together in the ways we do? How ought we to live together? All humans think about the world they live in, its history and future, and the ideals by which they want to live in relation to others. How we think today decisively influences the world of tomorrow. This encyclopedia attempts to bring greater clarity and understanding to political debate.
Drawing together a team of international scholars, the Encyclopedia of Political Theory examines the ideas of the major political theorists from before Plato to our own times; the main schools of political thought; the concepts and issues that have captured the imagination and attention of political theorists; and some of the main institutions and practices inspired by political thought. With more than 450 entries, these three volumes provide a quick, one-stop source to key topics in the field.
- Examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them
- Includes specific lists of entries that deal with constitutional thought and democratic thought
- Refers to distinctive norms and features of various governments, legal systems, and societies
- Devotes large parts to the history of ideas about government, ethics, and society
- Provides a chronology of political theory to help readers see how a given theorist, school, or issue fits into the bigger historical picture
- Ancient Thought
- Applied Ethics
- Comparative Theory
- Constitutional Thought
- Critical Theory
- Democratic Thought
- Early Modern Thought
- International Theory
- Liberal Theory
- Medieval Thought
- Modern Theory
- Power and Authority
- Religious Thought
- Self and Community
This work is designed to serve as a reference source for anyone interested in the roots of contemporary political theory. It will be a welcome addition to any academic or public library.