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Implementing a Basic Income in Australia - Pathways Forward (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): Elise Klein, Jennifer Mays, Tim Dunlop Implementing a Basic Income in Australia - Pathways Forward (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Elise Klein, Jennifer Mays, Tim Dunlop
R2,434 R2,015 Discovery Miles 20 150 Save R419 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book brings together scholars from the fields of politics, philosophy, sociology, anthropology and economics, to explore pathways towards implementing a Basic Income in Australia. It is the first book of its kind to outline avenues for implementation of a basic income specifically for Australia and responds to a gap in the existing basic income literature and published titles to provide a distinct standpoint in the exploration of basic income within the Australian contemporary policy landscape. The first section of the book outlines some of the continuing substantive and philosophical issues regarding BI implementation. In the second section of the book, authors offer practical strategies and models for progressing BI in Australia.

Central Bank Ratings - A New Methodology for Global Excellence (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Indranarain Ramlall Central Bank Ratings - A New Methodology for Global Excellence (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Indranarain Ramlall
R1,126 Discovery Miles 11 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

When the global financial crisis broke, central banks in both the US and the UK undertook massive asset purchase programmes which resulted in considerable increase in assets. Cross-border spillover effects were noted across global economies. Balance sheet adjustments may eventually gnaw at the profit-earning capacities of central banks, and in extreme cases, negative equity can manifest. This study investigates a benchmark for comparing central banks. The author employs a unique and large set of metrics to gauge the quality of central banks and presents an argument to reflect upon international best practices. The study uses different criteria including the accounting body, research, presence of stress-testing exercises, inflation-targeting frameworks, staff efficiency, and languages of communication with the public, amongst others. The book begins by providing an overview of central banking, before exploring some stylized facts about central banks in unique detail. It then presents a ratings methodology for worldwide central banks to analyse the results. A backtesting exercise is included to validate the quality of the ratings obtained. The book concludes by offering insights into the comparison of central banks.

When States Go Broke - The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis (Hardcover, New): Peter... When States Go Broke - The Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis (Hardcover, New)
Peter Conti-Brown, David Skeel
R2,204 Discovery Miles 22 040 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

When States Go Broke collects insights and analysis from leading academics and practitioners that discuss the ongoing fiscal crisis among the American states. No one disagrees with the idea that the states face enormous political and fiscal challenges. There is, however, little consensus on how to fix the perennial problems associated with these challenges. This volume fills an important gap in the dialogue by offering an academic analysis of the many issues broached by these debates. Leading scholars in bankruptcy, constitutional law, labor law, history, political science and economics have individually contributed their assessments of the origins, context and potential solutions for the states in crisis. It presents readers - academics, policy makers and concerned citizens alike - with the resources to begin and continue that important, solution-oriented conversation.

The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Hardcover): Peter Conti-Brown The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve (Hardcover)
Peter Conti-Brown
R623 R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Save R91 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

The independence of the Federal Reserve is considered a cornerstone of its identity, crucial for keeping monetary policy decisions free of electoral politics. But do we really understand what is meant by "Federal Reserve independence"? Using scores of examples from the Fed's rich history, The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve shows that much common wisdom about the nation's central bank is inaccurate. Legal scholar and financial historian Peter Conti-Brown provides an in-depth look at the Fed's place in government, its internal governance structure, and its relationships to such individuals and groups as the president, Congress, economists, and bankers. Exploring how the Fed regulates the global economy and handles its own internal politics, and how the law does--and does not--define the Fed's power, Conti-Brown captures and clarifies the central bank's defining complexities. He examines the foundations of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which established a system of central banks, and the ways that subsequent generations have redefined the organization. Challenging the notion that the Fed Chair controls the organization as an all-powerful technocrat, he explains how institutions and individuals--within and outside of government--shape Fed policy. Conti-Brown demonstrates that the evolving mission of the Fed--including systemic risk regulation, wider bank supervision, and as a guardian against inflation and deflation--requires a reevaluation of the very way the nation's central bank is structured. Investigating how the Fed influences and is influenced by ideologies, personalities, law, and history, The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve offers a clear picture of this uniquely important institution.

Markets and the Media - Competition, Regulation and the Interests of Consumers (Paperback): Michael. E. Beesley Markets and the Media - Competition, Regulation and the Interests of Consumers (Paperback)
Michael. E. Beesley
R341 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R36 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure and Business Development - Principles, Practices, and Perspectives (Hardcover,... Public Private Partnerships for Infrastructure and Business Development - Principles, Practices, and Perspectives (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Stefano Caselli, Veronica Vecchi, Guido Corbetta
R2,601 Discovery Miles 26 010 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Public-Private Partnerships for Infrastructure and Business Funding is ideal for scholars and practitioners who work in the field of public policy design and implementation, finance and banking, and economic development.

Cutting the Costs of Crime - The Economics of Crime and Criminal Justice (Paperback): David J. Pyle Cutting the Costs of Crime - The Economics of Crime and Criminal Justice (Paperback)
David J. Pyle
R225 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R23 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The author argues that public sector policing has largely failed to prevent crime and catch offenders. Alternative solutions include the encouragement of individuals to buy more protection in the market place, and the extension of the private provision of prison.

Education in the Marketplace - An Intellectual History of Pro-Market Libertarian Visions for Education in Twentieth Century... Education in the Marketplace - An Intellectual History of Pro-Market Libertarian Visions for Education in Twentieth Century America (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
Kevin Currie-Knight
R1,773 R1,484 Discovery Miles 14 840 Save R289 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book offers an intellectual history of the libertarian case for markets in education. Currie-Knight tracks the diverse and evolving arguments libertarians have made, with each chapter devoted to a different libertarian thinker, their reasoning and their impact. What are the issues libertarians have had with state-controlled public schooling? What have been the libertarian voices on the benefits of markets in education? How have these thinkers interacted with law and policy? All of these questions are considered in this important text for those interested in debates over market mechanisms in education and those who are keen to understand how those arguments have changed over time.

New Perspectives on Global Governance - Why America Needs the G8 (Hardcover, New Ed): Michele Fratianni, Paolo Savona New Perspectives on Global Governance - Why America Needs the G8 (Hardcover, New Ed)
Michele Fratianni, Paolo Savona; Edited by John J Kirton, Alan M. Rugman; Series edited by Michele Fratianni, …
R2,240 Discovery Miles 22 400 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

On its 30th anniversary in 2004 responsibility for hosting the G8 Summit fell into the hands of an allegedly unilateralist America. An America still reeling from the shock of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the resulting economic recession, bitter divisions with its NATO allies and disappointment with the United Nations Institutions over the 2003 Iraq war. So why does America still need the G8? New Perspectives on Global Governance offers new insight into the role of the Group of Eight's major market democracies and challenges the assumption that the G8 is simply a forum for binding a unilateralist hegemonic America. In contrast to seeing the G8 as a means of imposing an American world order this unique collection of new writings suggests that a now vulnerable America must rely on the G8 as a central instrument of foreign policy. America needs the G8 to achieve its security, economic and political interests in the world and to shape the twenty-first central global order it so desperately wants.

What We Owe - Truths, Myths, and Lies about Public Debt (Hardcover): Carlo Cottarelli What We Owe - Truths, Myths, and Lies about Public Debt (Hardcover)
Carlo Cottarelli
R455 Discovery Miles 4 550 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Famed international economist Carlo Cottarelli explains public debt the IOUs governments issue to keep the machinery of government running. Where does public debt originate? Why is it so difficult to reduce? Why is it so important for a nation's economy? Can nations live with debt, and how? Is it possible to eliminate public debt? Drawing on his roles as director of fiscal affairs and executive director for Italy at the International Monetary Fund, and as commissioner of public spending reform in Italy, Cottarelli brings a wealth of direct experience, especially of the crises generated by public debt, including in Italy and Greece, and their solutions: from the orthodox (austerity) to the more combative (""I won't pay you"), to more realistic, long term, growth-focused solutions. Cottarelli provides an essential, bias-free guide to public debt. He describes the different forms of debt in countries across the globe and illustrates what experts know and do not know about it, its perils and its solutions. A must-read to understand one or the main issues in today's global economy.

Creative Crisis in Democracy and Economy (Paperback, 2013 ed.): George C. Bitros, Anastasios D. Karayiannis Creative Crisis in Democracy and Economy (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
George C. Bitros, Anastasios D. Karayiannis
R3,792 Discovery Miles 37 920 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Developments across the millennia suggest that, even though democracies and free market economies are continuously challenged by crises and disturbances, such as natural disasters, wars, or technological revolutions, in the countries where they take roots civil liberties deepen and per capita prosperity increases. To substantiate this claim analytically, the authors emphasize the principles that make free markets a sine qua non condition for democracy and study the nature of the relationship between free market institutions and economic growth. By examining the operating principles, outcomes and challenges experienced by contemporary democracies, many lessons are drawn with regard to how governments should act in order to avoid the pitfalls inherently associated with representative democracy. To illustrate the dangers of deviating from these principles, the authors apply their findings to the Greek democracy and economy since the Second World War.

Shakedown - The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer (Hardcover): Steven Malanga Shakedown - The Continuing Conspiracy Against the American Taxpayer (Hardcover)
Steven Malanga
R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As their infatuation with President Obama fades, millions of Americans anxiously ask, Is this the change we were waiting for? The current administration represents change, for sure, Steven Malanga argues - a momentous transformation of the fundamental structure of American politics. A self-interested coalition of public-sector unions and government-financed community activists (like the young Barack Obama) has become our era's characteristic political machine. In "Shakedown," Mr. Malanga shows how this machine's single-minded goal is always bigger government and more public spending. The bill, he says, is now coming due for the relentless rise of this new political powerhouse. He chronicles how public-sector unions and the corrupt political hacks beholden to them have all but bankrupted once-rich states like California and New Jersey. He details the campaigns to undermine the successful and popular 1990s welfare reform and to revitalize the failed, wasteful War on Poverty programs that funnel taxpayer money to the advocacy groups that are integral cogs in the new political machine. And he provides a comprehensive summary of how these same advocacy groups spent decades helping undermine mortgage standards in the name of helping the poor - in the process enriching themselves and enabling the housing meltdown. As Americans anxiously ponder the future direction of their government and their economy, "Shakedown" explores the questions of who got us in this mess and why we need change - constructive change - more than ever.

State Failure and Distorted Urbanisation in Post-Mao's China, 1993-2012 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018): Yazhuo Zheng, Kent Deng State Failure and Distorted Urbanisation in Post-Mao's China, 1993-2012 (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2018)
Yazhuo Zheng, Kent Deng
R1,116 R956 Discovery Miles 9 560 Save R160 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book examines failure in the urbanisation of Northwest China as a result of government industrial policies that have impacted on the economic development of the region. By looking at the under-researched provinces of Gansu, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia, which make up a quarter of China's territory, Zheng and Deng challenge the common story of China's miracle growth and reveal the dark side of the country's pursuit of modernity. Severe weather conditions, chronic drought, permanent lack of oxygen and unforgiving terrain in the Northwest make farming, manufacture and services difficult simply because people tend not to stay. Yet, China's current political system forces growth to take place even though basic conditions and prerequisites for market-based growth are missing. This volume analyses 'ghost cities' and social tension in the process of `forced urbanisation' in which huge amount of resources are wasted, the local environment is systematically damaged and ordinary people's basic rights are brutally violated in the name of higher GDP and greater government glory.

Money, Prices and Wages - Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew (Hardcover): Martin Allen, D'Maris Coffman Money, Prices and Wages - Essays in Honour of Professor Nicholas Mayhew (Hardcover)
Martin Allen, D'Maris Coffman
R2,454 Discovery Miles 24 540 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Nick Mayhew has made key contributions to fields as diverse as medieval European monetary history, numismatics, financial history, price and wage history, and macroeconomic history. These essays, in his honour, demonstrate the analytical power and chronological reach of the novel interdisciplinary approach he has nurtured in himself and others.

Social Market Economy - The Case of Germany (Hardcover, 2014 ed.): Sorin Muresan Social Market Economy - The Case of Germany (Hardcover, 2014 ed.)
Sorin Muresan
R2,861 R2,518 Discovery Miles 25 180 Save R343 (12%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The book presents the economic policy model known as "Social Market Economy" in Germany, the country where it originated. Although the model has since been adopted as core objective in the EU Treaty of Lisbon, experts still disagree on its exact nature. The author contributes to this debate by presenting the German economic system from an external perspective and looking at the extent to which it enabled the country increase its weight in international relations. The system's history, identity, political and economic concepts, including ordoliberalism, are analyzed. Its potential and shortcomings are assessed by comparing it to other forms of capitalism. A brief enquiry is made into whether the "Social Market Economy", or aspects of it, are applicable to other countries, including in Eastern Europe. Providing both theoretical and practical aspects, the book offers a valuable resource for researchers, public administration professionals, and policymakers.

Infrastructure Investments in Developing Economies - The Case of Vietnam (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Giang Dang Infrastructure Investments in Developing Economies - The Case of Vietnam (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Giang Dang
R2,936 R2,553 Discovery Miles 25 530 Save R383 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book aims to provide knowledge on how infrastructure is planned and built in a typical developing country, and what key variables are there in the system limiting the efficient use of public investments in infrastructure. The book begins with a comprehensive literature review on construction and economic development, and trade and economic development. The focus of the book is on the case of Vietnam, with lessons drawn for other developing economies. The book employs the mixed use of data to provide a stronger basis for analysis and interpretation of related government policies. Based on the research findings, the book recommends significant capacity building work for Vietnam to develop capacities that would remove constraints on the efficient use of public investments in infrastructure. The general principles of significant capacity building work which are useful for policy implications are introduced in the book. Analysts, academics, public and private communities in developing countries can adopt the research findings as guiding principles to bring about changes in their current use of public investments in infrastructure, thus supporting their trade and economic growth in the long term.

Sovereign Debt - Genesis - Restructuring - Litigation (Hardcover, 2015 ed.): Mauro Megliani Sovereign Debt - Genesis - Restructuring - Litigation (Hardcover, 2015 ed.)
Mauro Megliani
R3,350 R2,852 Discovery Miles 28 520 Save R498 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides a thorough legal analysis of sovereign indebtedness, examining four typologies of sovereign debt bilateral debt, multilateral debt, syndicated debt and bonded debt in relation to three crucial contexts: genesis, restructuring and litigation. Its treatise-style approach makes it possible to capture in a systematic manner a phenomenon characterized by high complexity and unclear boundaries. Though the analysis is mainly conducted on the basis of international law, the breadth of this topical subject has made it necessary to include other sources, such as private international law, domestic law and financial practice; moreover, references are made to international financial relations and international financial history so as to provide a more complete understanding. Although it follows the structure of a continental "tractatus, "the work strikes a balance between consideration of doctrinal and jurisprudential sources, making it a valuable reference work for scholars and practitioners alike."

Sustainability of External Imbalances - A Critical Appraisal (Paperback, 2015 ed.): Angelique Herzberg Sustainability of External Imbalances - A Critical Appraisal (Paperback, 2015 ed.)
Angelique Herzberg
R1,574 R1,413 Discovery Miles 14 130 Save R161 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Since the mid-1990s, sustainability of large and persistent current account positions have been attracting much attention from policy makers and economists alike. Alongside global imbalances, sustainability of imbalances within the euro area, which started widening shortly after the introduction of the euro, raised much concern. While there exists a large body of theoretical and empirical literature on sustainability of external imbalances, a systematic survey has been lacking so far. Angelique Herzberg fills this gap by examining a broad range of established sustainability measures concerning their applicability to the various global and intra-euro imbalances of the recent past. Furthermore, the author examines the existence of feedback effects from an economy's net international investment position to its trade balance.

A Handbook of Alternative Theories of Public Economics (Hardcover): Francesco Forte, Ram Mudambi, Pietro Maria Navarra A Handbook of Alternative Theories of Public Economics (Hardcover)
Francesco Forte, Ram Mudambi, Pietro Maria Navarra
R4,099 Discovery Miles 40 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This comprehensive and thought-provoking Handbook reviews public sector economics from pluralist perspectives that either complement or reach beyond mainstream views. The book takes a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, drawing on economic elements in the fields of philosophy, sociology, psychology, history and law. The expert contributors present new methodological approaches across these disciplines in five distinct sections: * `Revisiting the Theoretical Foundations' compares and contrasts Austrians, Marxists, public choice theorists and Keynesians * `Revisiting the Values' is concerned with justice, welfare, religions and civil rights * `Beyond Rationalistic Rational Choice' includes chapters devoted to memory, information and group motivation * The final sections on `Optimal Government and Government Failure' and `Public Economics of Public Bads' deal with competition among governments, their suboptimal size, regulation, corruption, the informal economy, cognitive dissonance, rent seeking, the UN and criminal cycles. Academics, researchers and students with an interest in economics - particularly public sector economics and Austrian economics - and public policy will find this Handbook to be an invaluable reference tool.

The Economics of Austerity (Hardcover): Suzanne J. Konzelmann The Economics of Austerity (Hardcover)
Suzanne J. Konzelmann
R7,912 Discovery Miles 79 120 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Through her judicious selection of previously published material, Dr Konzelmann investigates the key social, political and financial developments that have shaped the evolution of austerity economics. These include the early classical debates, the politicization of austerity, the Keynesian challenge to existing thought and the revival of pre-Keynesian `Neo-Liberal' ideas during the 1970s. Discussion of the radical changes to economic thought and policy in the decades before the 2007-8 financial crisis and the key dimensions of the post 2007-8 debate bring the account right up to the present day. The editor's insightful and lucid introduction provides an illuminating guide to this crucial topic. The volume will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars seeking a wider understanding of austerity economics.

Public Finance - Lessons from the Past & Effects on the Future (Paperback): Miguel Angel Galindo Mart in Public Finance - Lessons from the Past & Effects on the Future (Paperback)
Miguel Angel Galindo Mart in
R1,692 R1,294 Discovery Miles 12 940 Save R398 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There are important lessons to be learned and analytical frameworks to be adapted and reused from the body of reference provided by the past history of public finance. This makes it possible to approach themes in terms of the actions of policy makers in various operating sectors of the economy: money, foreign exchange, finance, industry, labour relations, international trade, taxation and so on. One other key function carried out by the central authorities is the enactment and enforcement of rules governing competition between economic agents. Furthermore, in many countries, goods and services are produced by public sector enterprises, which emphasises that public intervention comes in many shapes and forms. In this book, attention centres on the fiscal sector, where government intervention has a crucial impact on private saving and investment, public spending decisions, taxation and government revenues, including the funding of budget deficits.

The New Public Leadership Challenge (Paperback, 1st ed. 2010): S. Brookes, Keith Grint The New Public Leadership Challenge (Paperback, 1st ed. 2010)
S. Brookes, Keith Grint
R2,129 Discovery Miles 21 290 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Drawn from the results of five seminars this unique book looks at the four areas of: public sector reform; essential features for public leaders; public leadership in action; and the outline of a public leadership approach for the future. It seeks to give public leadership a firm foothold within the study of leadership in general.

Financial Crises, Sovereign Risk and the Role of Institutions (Hardcover, 2013): Dominik Maltritz, Michael Berlemann Financial Crises, Sovereign Risk and the Role of Institutions (Hardcover, 2013)
Dominik Maltritz, Michael Berlemann
R2,432 R2,084 Discovery Miles 20 840 Save R348 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The recent world economic crisis showed very clearly that financial crises and sovereign defaults are severe threats to economic and social prosperity. In addition, it became apparent that currency crises and banking crises often occur together and are closely related to sovereign debt crises and defaults.

The present book contains new research on various important issues related to financial crises and sovereign default risk by leading experts in the field. The book discusses new modelling approaches to financial crises, defaults and their interdependencies. It also sheds light on the consequences of different sorts of crises for the trust in the institutions which are concerned with managing them. Moreover, it provides discussions of several institutional features of the EMU and the world financial system and in particular the risks inherent in these institutions. The book also includes interesting suggestions for solving crises and improving financial stability.

The Public Finance in Democratic Process - Fiscal Institutions and Individual Choice (Hardcover, Revised): James M. Buchanan The Public Finance in Democratic Process - Fiscal Institutions and Individual Choice (Hardcover, Revised)
James M. Buchanan
R478 R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 Save R86 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Public Finance in Democratic Process" is James M. Buchanan's monumental work that outlines the dynamics of individual choice as it is displayed in the process of public finance.
Buchanan is perhaps nowhere more clearly a disciple of the great Swedish economist Knut Wicksell than he is in the underlying principles of this seminal work. Specifically, he elaborates on these three central Wicksellian themes:
1.Analysis of market failure in the provision of public goods.
2.The insistence on conceiving policy decisions as the outcome of political processes.
3.The necessity of treating the tax and expense sides of the budget as interconnected.
Echoing Wicksell's antipathy to the "benevolent despot" model of government, Buchanan lays out in this book a starting point for modern public-choice analysis. Recognizing the pathbreaking work he is about to begin, Buchanan opens his preface by stating, "Fiscal theory is normally discussed in a frame of reference wholly different from that adopted in this book. This dramatic shift of emphasis . . . . requires that I consider the processes through which individual choices are transmitted, combined, and transformed into collective outcomes. Careful research in this area is in its infancy, and the necessary reliance on crude, unsophisticated models underscores the exploratory nature of the work."
According to Geoffrey Brennan in the foreword, ""Public Finance in Democratic Process" is a work more hospitable to public finance orthodoxy and could be treated as an extension (albeit an important one) of the conventional approach."
James M. Buchanan is an eminent economist who won the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1986 and is considered one of the greatest scholars of liberty in the twentieth century.
The entire series includes:
Volume 1 "The Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty"
Volume 2 "Public Principles of Public Debt "
Volume 3 "The Calculus of Consent "
Volume 4 "Public Finance in Democratic Process"
Volume 5 "The Demand and Supply of Public Goods"
Volume 6 "Cost and Choice"
Volume 7 "The Limits of Liberty"
Volume 8 "Democracy in Deficit"
Volume 9 "The Power to Tax"
Volume 10 "The Reason of Rules"
Volume 11 "Politics by Principle, Not Interest"
Volume 12 "Economic Inquiry and Its Logic"
Volume 13 "Politics as Public Choice"
Volume 14 "Debt and Taxes"
Volume 15 "Externalities and Public Expenditure Theory"
Volume 16 "Choice, Contract, and Constitutions"
Volume 17 "Moral Science and Moral Order"
Volume 18 "Federalism, Liberty, and the Law"
Volume 19 "Ideas, Persons, and Events"
Volume 20 "Indexes"

Financing Infrastructure - Who Should Pay? (Paperback): Richard M. Bird, Enid Slack Financing Infrastructure - Who Should Pay? (Paperback)
Richard M. Bird, Enid Slack
R553 R473 Discovery Miles 4 730 Save R80 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Politicians and citizens universally agree that Canada's urban infrastructure urgently needs work. Roads and bridges are overdue for repair, aging water systems should be replaced, sewage must be adequately treated, urban transit needs to be updated and extended, and it is necessary that public housing as well as schools, health centres, and government offices are brought up to current standards. But few cities have room to raise additional revenue, and the federal and provincial governments to which they turn for financial support are already in deficit, so who is going to pay for all of this? Bringing together perspectives and case studies from across Canada, the US, and Europe, Financing Infrastructure argues that the answer to the question "Who should pay?" should always be "users." Headed by two of Canada's foremost experts on municipal finance, this book provides a closer look at why charging user fees makes sense, how much users should pay, how to charge fees well and where present processes can be improved, and how to convince the politicians and the public of the importance of pricing infrastructure correctly. Across the disciplines of public policy, urban studies, and economics, almost no one is looking at the extent to which users should play a role in infrastructure planning. Financing Infrastructure contends that the users, not federal and provincial taxpayers, should start paying directly for their cities' repairs and expansions. Contributors include Richard M. Bird (University of Toronto), Bernard Dafflon (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Robert D. Ebel (Local Governance Innovation and Development), Harry Kitchen (Trent University), Jean-Philippe Meloche (Universite de Montreal), Matti Siemiatycki (University of Toronto), Enid Slack (University of Toronto), Almos T. Tassonyi (University of Calgary), Lindsay M. Tedds (University of Victoria), Francois Vaillancourt (Universite de Montreal), and Yameng Wang (World Bank).

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