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Read more about Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice

Community Resilience to Climate Change: Theory, Research and Practice

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Hellman and Shandas

Publisher: Portland State University Library

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This reader is an Open Educational Resource, meant to accompany a graduate or higher-level undergraduate university course in climate change resilience, adaptation, and/or planning. While the material is geared toward students in urban and regional planning, it may also be of interest to students of urban studies, public health, geography, political science, sociology, risk management, and others.

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Read more about A Quick Guide to Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

A Quick Guide to Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Davies

Publisher: University of Wales Trinity Saint David

License: CC BY-NC

This resource is intended as an easy-to-use guide for anyone who needs some quick and simple advice on quantitative aspects of research in social sciences, covering subjects such as education, sociology, business, nursing. If you area qualitative researcher who needs to venture into the world of numbers, or a student instructed to undertake a quantitative research project despite a hatred for maths, then this booklet should be a real help.

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Read more about Australian Politics and Policy - Senior

Australian Politics and Policy - Senior

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: Chen, Barry, and Butcher

Publisher: Sydney University Press

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book is a broad introduction to Australian politics and public policy. This field of study is important for Australians to understand the exercise of political power, their history and the scope for change. It is also important for analysts outside Australia looking for comparative cases. Within this volume are diverse topics and perspectives, demonstrating that the study of Australian politics and policy is not ‘fixed’. Rather, it is a contested field of academic scholarship. Indeed, the volume’s editors do not all agree on the content of this introduction!

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Read more about Principles of Political Economy - Third Edition

Principles of Political Economy - Third Edition

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Saros

Publisher: Valparaiso University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This textbook is unique among economics textbooks. It contains many of the same topics as mainstream textbooks, but it includes and takes very seriously heterodox critiques and alternatives to the mainstream approach to economics. It includes a whole range of alternative theories, including Post-Keynesian, Austrian, Marxian, radical, feminist, institutionalist, and other approaches. The purpose is to teach students about alternative schools of economic thought but also to deepen their understanding of the dominant, neoclassical approach to economics. In this sense, it draws a great deal of inspiration from Richard Wolff and Stephen Resnick’s Contending Economic Theories. Following Wolff and Resnick, an even broader objective is to teach students that economics is a discourse and that no single voice can rightfully claim to have a monopoly on the truth about economics.

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Read more about International Relations Theory

International Relations Theory

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributors: McGlinchey, Walters, and Scheinpflug

Publisher: E-International Relations

License: CC BY-NC

This book is designed as a foundational entry point to International Relations theory – structured to condense the most important information into the smallest space and present that information in an accessible manner. The first half of the book covers the theories that are most commonly taught in undergraduate programmes. The book then expands to present emerging approaches and offer wider perspectives. Each chapter sets out the basics of a theory whilst also applying it to a real-world event or issue, creating a lively, readable and relevant guide that will help students to see not only what theories are – but why they matter.

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Read more about Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined

Wellbeing, Freedom and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributor: Robeyns

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

How do we evaluate ambiguous concepts such as wellbeing, freedom, and social justice? How do we develop policies that offer everyone the best chance to achieve what they want from life? The capability approach, a theoretical framework pioneered by the philosopher and economist Amartya Sen in the 1980s, has become an increasingly influential way to think about these issues.

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Read more about Quantitative Research Methods for Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration (With Applications in R) - 3rd Edition

Quantitative Research Methods for Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration (With Applications in R) - 3rd Edition

Copyright Year: 2017

Contributors: Jenkins-Smith and Ripberger

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Libraries

License: CC BY

The focus of this book is on using quantitative research methods to test hypotheses and build theory in political science, public policy and public administration. It is designed for advanced undergraduate courses, or introductory and intermediate graduate-level courses. The first part of the book introduces the scientific method, then covers research design, measurement, descriptive statistics, probability, inference, and basic measures of association. The second part of the book covers bivariate and multiple linear regression using the ordinary least squares, the calculus and matrix algebra that are necessary for understanding bivariate and multiple linear regression, the assumptions that underlie these methods, and then provides a short introduction to generalized linear models.

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Read more about Políticas públicas, Género y Derechos Humanos en América Latin

Políticas públicas, Género y Derechos Humanos en América Latin

Copyright Year: 2014

Contributors: Levín, Blando, and Ingaramo

Publisher: LATIn Project

License: CC BY-SA

El enfoque de género ha producido verdaderas transformaciones tanto a nivel del conocimiento en las ciencias sociales, incorporando nuevos temas y problemas a partir de la teoría feminista, como a nivel de las acciones de polí

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Read more about Global Women's Issues: Women in the World Today, extended version

Global Women's Issues: Women in the World Today, extended version

Copyright Year: 2012

Contributors: Aragon and Miller

Publisher: BCcampus

License: CC BY

We cannot solve global challenges unless women participate fully in efforts to find solutions. Female participation in the private sector is a crucial economic driver for societies worldwide. Economic security benefits every facet of a woman's life, with positive effects on the health, education and vitality of families. Learn about women who are changing their societies for the better. This book is based on the twelve critical areas of concern identified in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995: The burden of poverty on women, unequal access to education and training, inequalities and inadequacies in and unequal access to health care and related services, violence against women, the effects of armed or other kinds of conflict on women, including those living under foreign occupation, inequality in economic structures and policies, inequality between men and women in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels, insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the advancement of women, lack of respect for and inadequate promotion and protection of the human rights of women, stereotyping of women and inequality in women's access to and participation in all communication systems, especially in the media, gender inequalities in the management of natural resources and in the safeguarding of the environment, and persistent discrimination against and violation of the rights of the girl child. This extended version of Global Women's Issues: Women in the World Today includes, for each chapter, a summary, key words, multiple choice questions, discussion questions, essay questions, and a list of additional resources. Copies of the original book are also available in Arabic, Portuguese, and Spanish.

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Read more about International Relations

International Relations

Copyright Year: 2016

Contributor: McGlinchey

Publisher: E-International Relations

License: CC BY-NC

This book is designed to be a ‘Day 0' introduction to International Relations. As a beginner's guide, it has been structured to condense the most important information into the smallest space and present that information in the most accessible way. The chapters offer a broad sweep of the basic components of International Relations and the key contemporary issues that concern the discipline. The narrative arc forms a complete circle, taking readers from no knowledge to competency. The journey starts by examining how the international system was formed and ends by reflecting that International Relations is always adapting to events and is therefore a never-ending journey of discovery. Unlike typical textbooks, there are no boxes, charts, pictures or exercises. The philosophy underpinning this book is that these things can be a distraction. This book, like others in the E-IR Foundations series, is designed to capture attention with an engaging narrative. The chapters are short, with simple paragraphs and clear sentences placing the reader inside crucial issues and debates so they can understand how things work, and where they fit in the world around them.

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