Public Spirit In The Thrift Tragedy

Author: Mark Carl Rom
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
ISBN: 0822974835
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Public Spirit In The Thrift Tragedy. Winner of the Harold Lasswell Award of the American Political Science Association The FSFIC failed spectacularly during the 1980s, costing taxpayers an estimated $200 billion. In this award-winning analysis, Rom examines the political causes of this “thrift tragedy.” He directly confronts-and rejects-the dominant scholarly “public choice” view that public officials were motivated mainly be self-interest. Instead, Rom argues that politicians and bureaucrats generally acted in the “public spirit” by attempting to obtain the common interest as they saw it. Using new evidence and innovative methods, Rom demonstrates that FSLIC's failure unfolded because of commitments that officials had made in the past and their uncertainties about how to fulfill these obligations in the future.

Talking About Machines

Author: Julian Edgerton Orr
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801483905
Size: 21.22 MB
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Talking About Machines. This is a story of how work gets done. It is also a study of how field service technicians talk about their work and how that talk is instrumental in their success. In his innovative ethnography, Julian E. Orr studies the people who repair photocopiers and shares vignettes from their daily lives. He characterizes their work as a continuous highly skilled improvisation within a triangular relationship of technician, customer, and machine. The work technicians do encompasses elements not contained in the official definition of the job yet vital to its success. Orr's analysis of the way repair people talk about their work reveals that talk is, in fact, a crucial dimension of their practice. Diagnosis happens through a narrative process, the creation of a coherent description of the troubled machine. The descriptions become the basis for technicians' discourse about their experience, and the circulation of stories among the technicians is the principal means by which they stay informed of the developing subtleties of machine behavior. Orr demonstrates that technical knowledge is a socially distributed resource stored and diffused primarily through an oral culture.Based on participant observation with copier repair technicians in the field and strengthened by Orr's own years as a technician, this book explodes numerous myths about technicians and suggests how technical work differs from other kinds of employment.

The Tragedy Of American Compassion

Author: Marvin Olasky
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
ISBN: 9780895267252
Size: 76.56 MB
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The Tragedy Of American Compassion. "A richly documented, controversial history of the welfare state...." --Publishers Weekly

Power Plays

Author: Richard A. Colignon
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791430118
Size: 33.55 MB
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Power Plays. Identifies the importance of New Deal conflicts, policy networks politics, and ruthless domination as critical events in the creation and early development of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Government Matters

Author: Lawrence M. Mead
ISBN: 9780691123806
Size: 74.77 MB
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Government Matters. It was the achievement of legislators and administrators who were unusually high-minded and effective by national standards. Their decade-long struggle to overhaul welfare is a gripping story that inspires hope for better solutions to poverty nationwide."--Jacket.

Civil War Poetry

Author: Paul Negri
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486112179
Size: 67.19 MB
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Civil War Poetry. A superb selection of poems from both sides of the American Civil War features more than 75 inspired works by Melville, Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, Whitman, and many others.

The Great Kanto Earthquake And The Chimera Of National Reconstruction In Japan

Author: J. Charles Schenking
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231535066
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The Great Kanto Earthquake And The Chimera Of National Reconstruction In Japan. In September 1923, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake and subsequent firestorms devastated nearly half of Japan’s capital, killing more than 120,000 people and leaving two million homeless. Using a rich array of source material, J. Charles Schencking tells for the first time in English or Japanese the graphic tale of Tokyo’s destruction, while explaining how and why the disaster compelled people to reflect on the state of urban, consumer society. He also examines how the unprecedented calamity encouraged many inhabitants to entertain new types of modernity as they rebuilt their world. Some residents hoped this catastrophe would lead to a grandiose, awe-inspiring new city; some pushed for more creative infrastructure to enable the state to better manage traffic. Others focused on rejuvenating society—morally, economically, and spiritually—to combat the perceived deterioration of Japan. Schencking explores the inspiration behind these dreams and the extent to which they were realized. He investigates why Japanese citizens of all walks of life responded to elite overtures for renewal with ambivalence, reticence, and, ultimately, resistance. Moreover, he examines how and why the earthquake rattled their deep-seated fears about modernity. His research not only sheds rare light on Japan’s experience with and interpretation of the earthquake, it challenges widespread assumptions that disasters unite stricken societies, creating a “blank slate” for radical transformation. National reconstruction, Schencking demonstrates, proved to be illusive.