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Africa’s Political Economy in the Contemporary Era  

Peter M. Lewis

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Jul 2018
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May 2016
This article discusses Africa’s political economy in the contemporary era. It begins with an overview of various theories, models and debates that address African economic performance ... More

Agency and Gender Norms in War Economies  

Patti Petesch

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Feb 2018
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Dec 2017
This chapter describes shifts in gender roles and agency during times of conflict, noting that the changes men and women experience are interdependent and arguing that a conflict period ... More

Agroecological Intensification of Smallholder Farming  

Rebecca Nelson and Richard Coe

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Jan 2015
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Sep 2013
The smallholder farmers who cultivate many of the planet’s diverse production systems are faced with numerous challenges, including poverty, shrinking farm sizes, degrading natural ... More

Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice and Loyalty: Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States  

Keith Dowding

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Mar 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter discusses Albert Hirschman’s Exit, Voice and Loyalty, a classic known for its relatively simple argument that has found many applications in fields ranging from personal ... More

Alternative Paths to Food Security  

Norman Uphoff

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2014
This chapter examines an agroecological approach to agricultural development called the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI can boost paddy yields by 50 to 100 percent using less ... More

Ambiguous Transformations: The 2007/08 International Financial Crisis and Changing Economic Roles of the State  

Eric Helleiner

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Jun 2015
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Oct 2014
Over the past century, international financial crises have often helped transform the role of the state within domestic economies as well as the nature of economic relations between ... More

Anthony Downs, “Up and Down with Ecology: The ‘Issue-Attention’ Cycle”  

Kuhika Gupta and Hank Jenkins-Smith

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Mar 2015
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Jul 2016
This chapter comments on Anthony Downs’s 1972 seminal paper “Up and Down with Ecology: The ‘Issue-Attention’ Cycle,” which tackles the concept of “public” or “issue” attention. Focusing on ... More

Authoritarian Government  

Stephen Haber

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Jun 2008
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Sep 2009
This article discusses authoritarian government, and argues that the literature on authoritarianism can be integrated into a unified framework that explains variance in economic ... More

The Bank of Italy  

Lucia Quaglia

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Nov 2015
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Feb 2016
Government weakness and political fragmentation lie at the roots of the Bank’s importance in economic governance. The Bank maintained independence in appointments throughout the postwar ... More

Biofuels: Competition for Cropland, Water, and Energy Resources  

David Pimentel and Michael Burgess

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Jan 2015
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Jan 2014
A rapidly growing world population and an even more rapidly growing consumption of fossil fuels are increasing demand for both food and biofuels, which will exaggerate both the food and ... More

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