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Assuming no prior knowledge, this widely-used and
critically-acclaimed text provides a clear introduction to, and
uniquely fair-minded assessment of, Rational Choice approaches. The
substantially revised, updated and extended new edition includes
more substantial coverage of game theory, collective action,
'revisionist' public choice, and the use of rational choice in
This book introduces and applies the economic way of thinking to
public policy and public administration. It provides a
non-technical introduction and assumes no prior economic or
mathematical training but looks closely at the methodological and
normative assumptions underlying economic analysis. It provides a
deep understanding of the method than a simple technical
presentation would allow. After introducing the basic assumptions
of the economic method, the book considers the analysis of market
failure, the role of government in a market economy, behavioural
economics, bargaining in government, bureaucracy, interest groups,
and levels of government. By providing a balanced introduction to
and overview of economic approaches to government, the book will be
useful to undergraduate and postgraduate students in public
administration and public policy, as well as academics and
practitioners in these fields interested in the application of the
economic way of thinking.
A tentative peace between Israel and Palestine has been brokered by
the United States. But the Taskforce--a clandestine team operating
outside of US law to protect the country from terrorism--hears of
an assassination attempt on the American envoy sent to solidify the
treaty. The Taskforce must devote every resource to saving his
life--and preventing another bloody outbreak of violence.
Taskforce operator Pike Logan and his partner, Jennifer Cahill,
must hunt down the assassin through the Middle East, following a
trail that becomes more perilous at every turn. And they must deal
with terrorist organizations, independent killers, and shaky allies
to uncover the biggest threat of all: an American citizen hiding a
secret that just may destroy everything, including the Taskforce.
Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to
putting their lives at risk, but this time it's Jennifer's brother
who is in danger. As an investigative reporter working on the
Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught
between two rival groups. His desperate call to his sister is his
last before he's kidnapped.
In their efforts to rescue Jack, Pike and Jennifer uncover a plot
much more insidious than illegal drug trafficking--the cartel that
put a target on Jack's back has discovered a GPS hack with the
power to effectively debilitate the United States.
With the GPS hack about to be exploited and Jack's life at stake,
Jennifer and Pike must find a way to eliminate the impending
threat. The price of failure, for both the Taskforce and the
country, is higher than ever.
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