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How To Steal A Country - State Capture And Hopes For The Future In South Africa (Paperback): Robin Renwick How To Steal A Country - State Capture And Hopes For The Future In South Africa (Paperback)
Robin Renwick; Illustrated by Zapiro
R260 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R54 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

How To Steal A Country describes the vertiginous decline in political leadership in South Africa from Mandela to Zuma and its terrible consequences. Robin Renwick’s account reads in parts like a novel – a crime novel – for Sherlock Holmes old adversary, Professor Moriarty, the erstwhile Napoleon of Crime, would have been impressed by the ingenuity, audacity and sheer scale of the looting of the public purse, let alone the impunity with which it has been accomplished.

Based on Renwick’s personal experiences of the main protagonists, it describes the extraordinary influence achieved by the Gupta family for those seeking to do business with state-owned enterprises in South Africa, and the massive amounts earned by Gupta related companies from their associations with them. The ensuing scandals have engulfed Bell Pottinger, KPMG, McKinsey and other multinationals. The primary responsibility for this looting of the state however, rests squarely with President Zuma and key members of his government. But South Africa has succeeded in establishing a genuinely non-racial society full of determined and enterprising people, offering genuine hope for the future. These include independent journalists, black and white, who refuse to be silenced, and the judges, who have acted with courage and independence.

The book concludes that change will come, either by the ruling party reverting to the values of Mandela and Archbishop Tutu, or by the reckoning it otherwise will face one day.

Coalition Country - South Africa After The ANC (Paperback): Leon Schreiber Coalition Country - South Africa After The ANC (Paperback)
Leon Schreiber 1
R300 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R42 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 15 working days

We are on the cusp of a momentous change.

The ANC has governed South Africa for more than two decades but its iron grip is slipping. For the first time since 1994 there is no guarantee that it will retain power. If ANC support drops below 50% in the 2019 elections, the political landscape will be transformed dramatically.

Will Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema be in charge? Or will the ANC and the EFF join forces? What will this mean for our nation?

How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback): Crispian Olver How To Steal A City - The Battle For Nelson Mandela Bay (Paperback)
Crispian Olver 8
R275 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R50 (18%) In stock

How to Steal a City is an insider account of this intervention, which lays bare how the administration was entirely captured and bled dry by a criminal syndicate, how factional politics within the ruling party abetted that corruption, and how a comprehensive clean-up was eventually conducted.

It is written as a gripping real-life thriller, taking the reader deeper and deeper into the rotten heart of the city. As a former senior government official and local government “fixer”, Crispian Olver was no stranger to dealing with dodgy politicians and broken organisations. Yet what he found was graft that went far beyond the dodgy contracts, blatant conflicts of interest and garden-variety kickbacks he had seen before. It had evolved into a web far more sophisticated and deep rooted than he had ever imagined, involving mazes of shell companies, assassinations, criminal syndicates, and compromised local politicians. The metro was effectively controlled by a criminal network, closely allied to a dominant local ANC faction. What he found was complete state capture—a microcosm of what has been happening in South Africa’s national government.

But there was a personal price to pay. Intense political pressure and threats to his personal safety took a toll on his mental and physical health. He had to have a full-time bodyguard, and never maintained a regular routine. He eventually lost much of his political cover. Olver ultimately had to flee the city as the forces stacked against him started to wreak their revenge.

This is his story.

A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, And Leadership (Paperback): James B Comey A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, And Leadership (Paperback)
James B Comey 1
R330 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R47 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

In this riveting book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

Public Administration & Management in South Africa: An Introduction (Paperback): Public Administration & Management in South Africa: An Introduction (Paperback)
R470 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R66 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 9 working days

What is Public Administration? How does Public Management operate? Who are the key role-players? What are the principles, and how are these applied practically in the developmental context of South Africa? Addressing the broad topics that form the foundations of Public Administration and Management in South Africa, this text introduces and critically explores all foundational and functional aspects of the development, theories, principles, concepts, approaches and structure of public administration. Key topic areas are accessed in dedicated chapters to provide a solid grounding in the discipline. Students are orientated in the theoretical foundations of public administration and the practical implementation of public management in developmental South Africa, across local, provincial and national government spheres. Covering the role and function of core aspects of public administration and management, topics addressed include: public decision-making; service delivery and policy implementation; leadership and control; human resources management; public financial management; and ethics in the public sector. An expertly designed pedagogical framework supports and develops important academic skills such as critical thinking, practical application and data interpretation. Presented in a real, applied and visual manner, this engaging text is the essential introduction for all students of BAdmin, BA, BSocSci or BCom degrees in public administration and public management.

Changing The Colour Of Capital - Essays In Politics And Economics (Paperback): Ben Turok Changing The Colour Of Capital - Essays In Politics And Economics (Paperback)
Ben Turok
R220 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R31 (14%) In stock

If you have an interest in law and politics, South Africa’s political economy and the processes of policy-making in a parliamentary context, this is an essential read.

The advancement of black South Africans in ownership and management in the private sector is growing steadily. This growth is aided by government scorecard that penalise corporations that fail to include black people in senior positions and management. Some claim that this process will lead to a more fair, less racially biased economy. But will this transform the basic structure of the economy to benefit the people as a whole? Changing The Colour Of Capital unpacks the fundamental character of the South African economy and examines the relationship between the political system and the economy.

Contributors include Trevor Manuel, Rob Davies, Jeremy Cronin, Ben Turok, Philisiwe Buthelezi, Adekeye Adebajo, Enver Daniels, Cassius Lubisi and Richard Levin.

In The Jaws Of The Crocodile - Emmerson Mnangagwa's Rise To Power In Zimbabwe (Paperback): Ray Ndlovu In The Jaws Of The Crocodile - Emmerson Mnangagwa's Rise To Power In Zimbabwe (Paperback)
Ray Ndlovu
R325 R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Save R89 (27%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The fall of Robert Mugabe and the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zimbabwe’s new president in November 2017 were events that no one could have predicted. Just three weeks earlier, Mugabe had sacked Mnangagwa as vice-president, a move that seemed to end the long political career of the man known as ‘The Crocodile’.

In the Jaws of the Crocodile tells the gripping story of how Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe in fear for his life, and of his brief exile in South Africa, where he declared to Mugabe that he would return ‘in a matter of weeks’ to take control of the levers of power. It describes the military intervention against Mugabe and his allies, analyses the sudden power shift within Zanu-PF, and gives an eyewitness account of the mass demonstrations as people took to the streets to demand an end to Mugabe’s rule. It describes Mnangagwa’s return to Zimbabwe to take over the presidency, and concludes with an account of the disputed 2018 election.

Drawing on interviews with Mnangagwa, his family, allies and opponents, and key political figures, this book gives unprecedented insights into the momentous events that changed the fate of a nation.

African Accountability - What Works And What Doesn't (Paperback): Steven Gruzd, Yarik Turianskyi African Accountability - What Works And What Doesn't (Paperback)
Steven Gruzd, Yarik Turianskyi; Foreword by Thuli Madonsela 1
R302 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R38 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

African Accountability: What Works And What Doesn't focuses on political and social aspects to assess the current state of governance and accountability in Africa. Rather than choosing an Afro-optimistic or Afro-pessimistic approach, both of which have been prominent since the start of the 21st century, this book tries to adopt a balanced, Afro-realistic view, giving credit where it is due, while also pointing out deficient areas that need improvement.

This edited volume brings to the fore cutting edge analysis on the contemporary African governance and accountability landscape by focusing on both continental institutions (including the African Peer Review Mechanism, African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance, and the African Union) well as domestic ones (parliaments, ombudsmen and electoral commissions).

Building A Capable State - Service Delivery In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Paperback): Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, Susan... Building A Capable State - Service Delivery In Post-Apartheid South Africa (Paperback)
Ian Palmer, Nishendra Moodley, Susan Parnell
R680 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R165 (24%) In stock

In 2016, the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) were signed into being, marking a new phase of global development thinking focused on ecologically, socially and fiscally sustainable human settlements. Few countries offer a better testing ground for their attainment than post-apartheid South Africa.

Since the coming to power of the African National Congress, the country has undergone a policy-making revolution, driven by an urgent need to improve access to services for the country’s black majority. More than 20 years on from the fall of apartheid, Building a Capable State asks what lessons can be learned from the South African experience. This comprehensive examination of urban service delivery in the global South assesses whether the South African government has succeeded in improving service delivery, focusing on the vital sectors of water and sanitation, energy, roads and public transport.

Emphasising the often-overlooked role of local government institutions, the book demonstrates that effective service delivery can have a profound effect on the social structure of emerging economies, and must form an integral part of any future development strategy.

Public Policymaking (Paperback, Adapted International Student Edition): James E. Anderson Public Policymaking (Paperback, Adapted International Student Edition)
James E. Anderson
R685 R582 Discovery Miles 5 820 Save R103 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

To explain the fundamentals of public policy, this best-selling text focuses on the process behind the crafting of legislation. By examining the individual steps-from identifying a problem, to agenda setting, to evaluation, revision, or termination of a policy-students are able to see how different factors influence the creation of policy. Each chapter features at least one case study that illustrates how general ideas are applied to specific policy issues. This new Eighth Edition provides thoughtful updates based on the 2012 election and completely revised case studies.

Namibian governance - A public administration and management perspective (Paperback): C. Keyter Namibian governance - A public administration and management perspective (Paperback)
C. Keyter
R432 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R75 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days
Municipal management - Serving the people (Paperback, 3rd ed): G. van der Waldt Municipal management - Serving the people (Paperback, 3rd ed)
G. van der Waldt 1
R457 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R81 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days
Handbook of American Public Administration (Hardcover): Edmund C. Stazyk, H. G. Frederickson Handbook of American Public Administration (Hardcover)
Edmund C. Stazyk, H. G. Frederickson
R4,934 Discovery Miles 49 340 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This forward-thinking Handbook draws on the expertise of established and emerging scholars to provide a comprehensive review of the current state and future direction of theory and practice in US public administration. Chapters offer a cross-disciplinary, holistic review of the field, pulling together leaders from subfields such as public administration, public and nonprofit management, finance, human resource management, networks, nonprofits, policy, and politics. Chapter authors conclude that the field is intellectually rich and highly nuanced, but also identify numerous opportunities for growth and expansion in the coming years. The Handbook charts an agenda for future research in the field. The Handbook of American Public Administration is geared toward academics, researchers, and advanced graduate students. As an authoritative text on the history and state of US public administration, it proves equally suitable for national and international audiences. Practitioners who may be looking for background information or state-of-the-art knowledge about practice will also benefit from this Handbook.

A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Paperback): James B Comey A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Paperback)
James B Comey 1
R210 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R29 (14%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The sensational Sunday Times #1 Bestseller about taking on the mafia, the Clintons and Trump.

'An urgent clarion call.' - The Financial Times

In his massive Number One bestselling memoir, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations - International Student Edition (Paperback, 6th... Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations - International Student Edition (Paperback, 6th Revised edition)
Steven A. Finkler, Daniel L Smith, Thad D. Calabrese
R2,256 R2,021 Discovery Miles 20 210 Save R235 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Reflecting recent changes in accounting standards, this Sixth Edition of Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations, by Steven A. Finkler, Daniel L. Smith, and Thad D. Calabrese, provides a comprehensive yet practical introduction to the financial decision-making and management skills required of students and practitioners in the public, health, and not-for-profit sectors. Assuming that you have no prior training in financial management, the authors artfully combine the principles, theory, and analytics of accounting and finance. In every chapter, a wide range of exercises, case studies, and problems help you develop strong financial assessment and judgment proficiencies while reinforcing the essential mechanics of accounting.

Cost-Benefit Analysis and Health Care Evaluations (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Robert J. Brent Cost-Benefit Analysis and Health Care Evaluations (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Robert J. Brent
R903 Discovery Miles 9 030 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Cost-benefit analysis is the only method of economic evaluation that can effectively indicate whether a health care treatment or intervention is worthwhile. In this thoroughly updated and revised second edition, Robert Brent expands the scope of the field by including the latest concepts and applications throughout all regions of the world. This book attempts to strengthen the link between cost-benefit analysis and the mainstream health care evaluation field, which is dominated by non-economists. The need to build a bridge between the two is more important than ever before, as the general understanding of cost-benefit analysis appears to have regressed. Case studies are used throughout to explain and illustrate the various methodologies being examined. In addition, the author now covers more of the statistical requirements that are necessary to understand and carry out health care evaluations, and follows an applied economics approach. Ultimately, he resolves a number of disputes and makes some new, but subtle, contributions by reinterpreting, correcting and extending existing work. The book covers the topic in an accessible manner, from the foundations to the frontiers of the field, and clearly explains all the necessary economic principles along the way. Cost-Benefit Analysis and Health Care Evaluations, Second Edition will be invaluable to students and researchers of health economics, public policy and health care policy, as well as policymakers and health care practitioners. It can also be used as a comprehensive introductory text by anyone with an interest in cost-benefit analysis. From this perspective, the new additional final chapter is particularly useful as it supplies a summary of CBA that highlights the main conclusions of the text in a single chapter.

Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Control (Hardcover): Laura Von Daniels Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Control (Hardcover)
Laura Von Daniels
R1,872 Discovery Miles 18 720 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How can governments control spending pressure from influential groups, often representing powerful regional interests? This book is concerned with institutional solutions that allow modern nation states to balance historically grown cultural, political and economic diversity. Laura von Daniels combines different literatures in economics and political science, and draws on interviews with former government leaders, and country experts from international organizations. She applies this research to topics such as fiscal institutions and budget balances, presenting a critical review of different institutional approaches to resolving fiscal imbalances and public indebtedness. Students and scholars of various disciplines, including politics, public and social policy, economics and business will find the discussions and detailed description of institutional reforms in emerging market nations to be of use to their research. It will also be of interest to practitioners working on fiscal decentralization and budget control.

Empire of Borders - How the US Is Exporting Its Border Around the World (Hardcover): Todd Miller Empire of Borders - How the US Is Exporting Its Border Around the World (Hardcover)
Todd Miller
R405 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R77 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The United States is outsourcing its border patrol abroad--and essentially expanding its borders in the process The twenty-first century has been an era of hardening borders--increased borderland patrols, surveillance and militarization are widening the chasm between those who can vacation (or do business) where they please, and others whose movements are restricted by armed guards. But as journalist Todd Miller finds in Empire of Borders, the US border is also becoming increasingly fluid, expanding thousands of miles outside of US territory often to protect Washington's interests. In places like Argentina, Kosovo, Honduras, Jordan and Afghanistan, US border patrol works alongside local agents to block migrants, terrorists, drug runners and smugglers from ever approaching the US. Empire of Borders traces the rise of this border regime, along with practices of "extreme vetting" and the vast global industry for border and homeland security. But in visiting the Jordan/Syria border, as well as Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Kenya, Palestine, Mexico and the Philippines, Miller finds instead a global war against the poor.

Multi-Level Governance: Essential Readings (Hardcover): Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders Multi-Level Governance: Essential Readings (Hardcover)
Ian Bache, Matthew Flinders
R13,620 Discovery Miles 136 200 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The term `multi-level governance' (MLG) has emerged from its origins in EU studies in the early 1990s to become a commonly used description of politics and policy-making in a range of settings. This collection brings together seminal papers covering three waves of MLG scholarship; the first wave focuses largely on debates around Europe and the regions; the second on the nature and impact of MLG in wider settings (local, national and global) and the implications for accountability; and the third discusses MLG of different types and in new terrains (geographical or policy). Along with an original introduction by the editors, these timely volumes will be a valuable tool for scholars, researchers, practitioners and students interested in the field.

The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance (Hardcover): Andrew Massey, Karen Johnston The International Handbook of Public Administration and Governance (Hardcover)
Andrew Massey, Karen Johnston
R3,739 Discovery Miles 37 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Taking a comparative approach unmatched by any other book on this topic, this vital Handbook explores key questions around the ways in which public administration and governance challenges can be addressed by governments in an increasingly globalized world. World-leading experts explore contemporary issues of government and governance, as well as the relationship between civil society and the political class. The insights offered will allow policy makers and officials to explore options for policy making in a new and informed way. Adopting global perspectives of governance and public sector management, the Handbook includes scrutiny of current issues such as: public policy capacity, wicked policy problems, public sector reforms, the challenges of globalization and complexity management. Practitioners and scholars of public administration deliver a range of perspectives on the abiding wicked issues and challenges to delivering public services, and the way that delivery is structured. The Handbook uniquely provides international coverage of perspectives from Africa, Asia, North and South America, Europe and Australia. Practitioners and scholars of public administration, public policy, public sector management and international relations will learn a great deal from this Handbook about the issues and structures of government and governance in an increasingly complex world.

Advanced Introduction to Public Policy (Paperback): B.Guy Peters Advanced Introduction to Public Policy (Paperback)
B.Guy Peters
R373 Discovery Miles 3 730 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Elgar Advanced Introductions are stimulating and thoughtful introductions to major fields in the social sciences and law, expertly written by the world's leading scholars. Designed to be accessible yet rigorous, they offer concise and lucid surveys of the substantive and policy issues associated with discrete subject areas. Renowned public policy scholar B. Guy Peters presents an introduction that untangles multidisciplinary approaches and condenses them into a sharp, functional overview of the field. This book outlines three vital components of policy design: understanding the causes behind the problem being addressed; identifying means of intervention, including selection and implementation of policy instruments; and evaluation and development of a strong policy knowledge base. By considering policymaking as a problem of design analogous to architecture or engineering, it approaches the core issue of how decision-makers can make effective choices. This clear and timely book captures the essence of an evolving field from both academic and practical perspectives. Students and established scholars alike will find the book to be a key resource for framing contemporary issues in public policy.

Governing Social Risks in Post-Crisis Europe (Hardcover): Colin Crouch Governing Social Risks in Post-Crisis Europe (Hardcover)
Colin Crouch
R2,188 Discovery Miles 21 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

How can a capitalist system reconcile its need to combine workers on uncertain incomes and conditions with consumers confident that they can spend? The approaches of different national economies to this conundrum have had varying degrees of success, as well as diverse implications for social inequality. Through the study of European societies, and comparisons with experience from the rest of the world, Colin Crouch scrutinizes this diversity, and looks at how the 2008 global financial crisis has impacted it. Crouch identifies three broad approaches that countries adopt in response to this central dilemma of a capitalist economy, and examines these across three different contexts: time, place, and the role of inclusion and exclusion. This primarily statistical study embraces all except the smallest European countries, with comparative material on Japan, Russia and the United States. Countries are grouped according to differences found in them in the roles of governance by market, state, and community. This important book will appeal to academics, policy makers and others interested in comparative employment relations, European political economy and social policy. Undergraduate and postgraduate students alike will also find this a compelling, jargon-free insight into social policy and the 2008 global financial crisis in Europe.

Public Administration, International Edition - An Action Orientation (Paperback, 7th edition): Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V.... Public Administration, International Edition - An Action Orientation (Paperback, 7th edition)
Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt
R719 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R108 (15%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Issuing a call to action, Public Administration: An Action Orientation, International Edition, encourages students to become active participants in public administration and equips them with the tools to do it effectively. Robert B. Denhardt, Janet V. Denhardt, and Tara A. Blanc teach readers how to influence the operations of public agencies-helping them learn to get involved and effect positive changes, regardless of whether they are working outside the agency as citizens or within the agency as managers. With a strong emphasis on ethics, the text introduces the theories and scholarly literature of the field while reflecting the latest trends and issues. Packed with hands-on applications, it helps students develop such practical skills as personal management, communication, delegation, motivation, and decision making. Key topics like nonprofit management, the global dimensions of public administration, and organizational theory are covered thoroughly throughout. In addition, CourseReader (available as a bundle option) integrates primary and secondary sources to give students a well-rounded perspective.

The Public Option - How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality (Hardcover): Ganesh Sitaraman, Anne L... The Public Option - How to Expand Freedom, Increase Opportunity, and Promote Equality (Hardcover)
Ganesh Sitaraman, Anne L Alstott
R474 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R98 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A solution to inequalities wherever we look-in health care, secure retirement, education-is as close as the public library. Or the post office, community pool, or local elementary school. Public options-reasonably priced government-provided services that coexist with private options-are all around us, ready to increase opportunity, expand freedom, and reawaken civic engagement if we will only let them. Whenever you go to your local public library, send mail via the post office, or visit Yosemite, you are taking advantage of a longstanding American tradition: the public option. Some of the most useful and beloved institutions in American life are public options-yet they are seldom celebrated as such. These government-supported opportunities coexist peaceably alongside private options, ensuring equal access and expanding opportunity for all. Ganesh Sitaraman and Anne Alstott challenge decades of received wisdom about the proper role of government and consider the vast improvements that could come from the expansion of public options. Far from illustrating the impossibility of effective government services, as their critics claim, public options hold the potential to transform American civic life, offering a wealth of solutions to seemingly intractable problems, from housing shortages to the escalating cost of health care. Imagine a low-cost, high-quality public option for child care. Or an extension of the excellent Thrift Savings Plan for federal employees to all Americans. Or every person having access to an account at the Federal Reserve Bank, with no fees and no minimums. From broadband internet to higher education, The Public Option reveals smart new ways to meet pressing public needs while spurring healthy competition. More effective than vouchers or tax credits, public options could offer us all fairer choices and greater security.

Fifteen Minutes of Power - The Uncertain Life of British Ministers (Hardcover, Main): Peter Riddell Fifteen Minutes of Power - The Uncertain Life of British Ministers (Hardcover, Main)
Peter Riddell 1
R402 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R99 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Aside for the secretaries of state, those lofty roles at the Home Office, MOD, Exchequer, and Foreign office, the ministers of the UK are a cast of roles that expand, and contract based on the whims and political needs of the Prime Minister. Within their portfolios those MPs and Lords are immensely powerful - able to reshape whole sectors of British society, grant or refuse government contracts and planning permission, and intervene in matters throughout the country. And yet, few members of the British Public could name every single minister and fewer still could say the extent of each minister's responsibilities. We like to imagine that they are competent, prepared, and entirely in control, and we hold them to standards as though they are. But they are often none of those things. These men and women serve at the pleasure of the Prime Minister. Any misstep or scandal can invite media attention, public outcry, and their swift departure. At the same time, their resignations can shatter political alliances and bring down Prime Ministers and even governments. Their positions are, therefore, both immensely powerful and precarious. In Fifteen Minutes of Power, Peter Riddell draws on interviews with former ministers, conducted on behalf of the Institute of Government, to reveal the fraught existence of these powerful men and women.

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