New books

You can find the complete list of new acquisitions on the New books page. The list includes all English-language books bought by the Library in the last two month (and published in the last five years), the books are grouped according to theme and title.

Here you can read selected book recommendations from the list of the new books.

The Europe of elites: A study into the europeanness of Europe's political and economic elites

What money can't buyThe Europe of elites: A study into the europeanness of Europe's political and economic elites / Heinrich Best, György Lengyel and Luca Verzichelli

Oxford, Oxford Univ. Press, 2012. 293 p.

It has been widely acknowledged that the process of European integration and unification was started and is still pursued as an elite project, designed to put an end to debilitating conflicts and rivalries by consolidating a common power base and by pooling Europe's economic resources.  Based on surveys of political and economic elites in 18 European countries, it is a comprehensive study of the visions, fears, cognitions and values of members of national parliaments and top business leaders underlying their attitudes towards European integration. It also investigates political and economic elites' embeddedness in transnational networks and their ability to communicate in multicultural settings. The book strongly supports the view of an elitist character of the process of European integration on the one hand, while challenging the idea that European national elites have merged or are even merging into a coherent Eurelite on the other.

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Culturematic

What money can't buyCulturematic / Grant McCracken

Boston, US: Harvard Business Review Press, 2012. 291 p.

A Culturematic is a little machine for making culture. It’s an ingenuity engine. the Culturematic acts as a probe into the often-alien world of contemporary culture, to test the atmosphere, to see what life it can sustain, to see who responds and how.. This is evolutionary strategy, iterative innovation, and rapid prototyping all at once. Culturematics are fast, cheap, and out of control.. They are the perfect antidote to a world where we cannot guess what’s coming next. In Culturematic, anthropologist Grant McCracken describes these little machines and helps the reader master them. This book will inspire new innovation and creativity.

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What money can't buy: The moral limits of markets

What money can't buy

What money can't buy: The moral limits of markets / Michael J. Sandel
New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2012, 244 p.
ISBN: 978 0 374 20303 0

In recent decades, market values have crowded out nonmarket norms in almost every aspect of life—medicine, education, government, law, art, sports, even family life and personal relations. We have drifted from having a market economy to being a market society. Is this where we want to be?
What is the proper role of markets in a democratic society—and how can we protect the moral and civic goods that markets don’t honor and that money can’t buy?
 

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Product variety and the gains from international trade

Product varietyProduct variety and the gains from international trade / Feenstra, Robert C.
Cambridge, US.: The MIT Press, 2010, 133 p.
ISBN: 978 0 262 06280 0

The application of the monopolistic competition model to international trade by Elhanan Helpman, Paul Krugman, and Kelvin Lancaster was one of the great achievements of international trade theory in the 1970s and 1980s. Monopolistic competition models have required new empirical methods to implement their theoretical insights, however, and in this book Robert Feenstra describes methods that have been developed to measure the product variety of imports and the gains from trade that are due to product variety.
Feenstra first considers the consumer benefits from having access to new import varieties of differentiated products, and examines a recent method to estimate the elasticity of substitution (the extent of differentiation across products) and to use that information to construct the gains from import variety. He then examines claims of producer benefit from export variety, arguing that the self-selection of the more productive firms (as the low-productivity firms exit the market) can be interpreted as a gain from product variety. He makes use of a measurement of product variety known as the extensive margin of exports and imports. Finally, he considers an alternative approach to quantifying the gains due to product variety by comparing real GDP calculated with and without the extensive margin of trade.

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A cooperative species

A cooperative speciesA cooperative species: Human reciprocity and its evolution / Bowles, S. and Gintis, H.
Princeton, US.: Princeton Univ. Press, 2011. 262 p.
ISBN: 978 0 691 15125 0

Using experimental, archaeological, genetic, and ethnographic data to calibrate models of the coevolution of genes and culture as well as prehistoric warfare and other forms of group competition, A Cooperative Species provides a compelling and novel account of how humans came to be moral and cooperative. Key to this process was the evolution of social emotions such as shame and guilt, and our capacity to internalize social norms so that acting ethically became a personal goal rather than simply a prudent way to avoid punishment.

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Managing sport facilities and major events

Managing sportManaging sport facilities and major events / Hans Westerbeek
London: Routledge, 2007, 278 p.
ISBN: 978 0 415 40109 8

From corporate boxes to sprinklers, food outlets to toilets, and first aid to media management… the facility and event managers are accountable for the success of sporting ventures and events. Managing Sport Facilities and Major Events explains how to get the job done. With detailed international case studies in each chapter, the book offers a systematic guide to the management issues and practical problems that sports managers must address to ensure financial, sporting and ethical success. Chapters cover feasibility assessment, market research, bidding for an event, branding, risk analysis, contract and project management, corporate structure, quality assurance, budgeting, facility management, staffing, occupational health and safety, and contractual considerations—as well as economic, social, community and environmental issues. Written by an international team of expert scholars, Managing Sport Facilities and Major Events is an invaluable student text and professional reference.

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