Book Title : The Paradoxes of Unintended Consequences

the paradoxes of unintended consequences

Release Date : 2000
ISBN Code : 9639241091
Book Author : Ralf Dahrendorf
Book Publisher : Central European University Press
Total Pages : 417

Book Summary :

"This volume of essays is dedicated to George Soros in honor of his seventieth birthday. In their various fields of work the authors, who come from the interconnected worlds of academe, politics, and business, have each made an active contribution to the growth of the huge philanthropic empire built by Soros." "The editors chose the title The Paradoxes of Unintended Consequences to encourage contributors to adopt a dialogical approach. The title also refers to the case of Giordano Bruno, itself a telling example of paradox. Burnt at the stake 400 years ago for heresy, Bruno's views were probably far more illiberal and undemocratic than the views of those who condemned him. The editors' aim was to show that any complex social process or political attempt to change people's lives will inevitably have unintended consequences, usually of a paradoxical nature. These consequences should force us to reconsider our original theory."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2001
ISBN Code : 0262621541
Book Author : Deepak Lal
Book Publisher : MIT Press
Total Pages : 287

Book Summary :

In this book, based on the 1995 Ohlin Lectures, Deepak Lal provides an accessible, interdisciplinary account of the role of culture in shaping economic performance. Topics addressed include a possible future "clash of civilizations," the role of Asian values in the East Asian economic miracle, the cultural versus economic causes of social decay in the West, and whether modernization leads to Westernization. Lal makes an important distinction between material and cosmological beliefs, showing how both were initially shaped by factor endowments and how they have evolved in response to changing historical pressures in different civilizations.Lal's first major theme is the interaction of factor endowments, culture, and politics in explaining modern intensive growth in the West. The other major theme is the role of individualism--an inadvertent legacy of the medieval Catholic Church--in promoting this growth, and the strange metamorphoses this has caused in both the West's cosmological beliefs and the interaction between "the West and the rest." Lal takes account of the relevant literature in history, anthropology, social psychology, evolutionary biology, neurology, and sociology, and the economic history of the regions and cultures that form Eurasia. An appendix shows how the stories Lal tells can be described by four formal economic models.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences of Constitutional Amendment

unintended consequences of constitutional amendment

Release Date : 2000
ISBN Code : 0820321915
Book Author : David E. Kyvig
Book Publisher : University of Georgia Press
Total Pages : 260

Book Summary :

Constitutional amendments, like all laws, may lead to unanticipated and even undesired outcomes. In this collection of original essays, a team of distinguished historians, political scientists, and legal scholars led by award-winning constitutional historian David E. Kyvig examines significant instances in which reform produced something other than the foreseen result. An opening essay examines the intentions of the Constitution’s framers in creating an amending mechanism and then explores unexpected uses of that instrument. Thereafter, authors focus on the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments, addressing such subjects as criminal justice procedures, the presidential election system, the Civil War’s impact on race and gender relations, the experiment in national prohibition, women’s suffrage, and, finally, limits on the presidency. Together these contributions illuminate aspects of constitutional stability and evolution, challenging current thinking about reform within the formal system of change provided by Article V of the Constitution. Forcefully demonstrating that constitutional law is not immune to unanticipated consequences, the eight scholars underscore the need for care, responsibility, and historical awareness in altering the nation’s fundamental law.

Book Title : Best Laid Plans

best laid plans

Release Date : 2011
ISBN Code : 9780313385315
Book Author : William A. Sherden
Book Publisher : ABC-CLIO
Total Pages : 208

Book Summary :

This intriguing and informative probe into the dynamics of unintended consequences reveal the real reasons our best laid plans often go askew in our political, business, and personal lives. * 60 case studies clearly illustrate how unintended consequences occurred in current and historical events * Various charts and figures clarify key points and information * A bibliography contains 250 books and articles referenced in the book

Book Title : The Nature of Change Or the Law of Unintended Consequences

the nature of change or the law of unintended consequences

Release Date : 2010
ISBN Code : 9781848165410
Book Author : John Mansfield
Book Publisher : World Scientific
Total Pages : 212

Book Summary :

This absorbing book provides a broad introduction to the surprising nature of change, and explains how the Law of Unintended Consequences arises from the waves of change following one simple change. Change is a constant topic of discussion, whether be it on climate, politics, technology, or any of the many other changes in our lives. However, does anyone truly understand what change is? Over time, mankind has deliberately built social and technology based systems that are goal-directed there are goals to achieve and requirements to be met. Building such systems is man's way of planning for the future, and these plans are based on predicting the behavior of the system and its environment, at specified times in the future. Unfortunately, in a truly complex social or technical environment, this planned predictability can break down into a morass of surprising and unexpected consequences. Such unpredictability stems from the propagation of the effects of change through the influence of one event on another. The Nature of Change explains in detail the mechanism of change and will serve as an introduction to complex systems, or as complementary reading for systems engineering. This textbook will be especially useful to professionals in system building or business change management, and to students studying systems in a variety of fields such as information technology, business, law and society.

Book Title : The Unintended Consequences of Information Age Technologies

the unintended consequences of information age technologies

Release Date : 1996
ISBN Code : 0788147056
Book Author : David Stephen Alberts
Book Publisher : DIANE Publishing
Total Pages : 62

Book Summary :

Discusses the potential benefits of information technologies in the military and the potential costs associated with unintended consequences regarding the deleterious effects of excessive information access. These technologies include collection, display, communications, and processing technologies of data fusion and analysis as well as support for decision making. Advocates and makes recommendations for the adoption of a comprehensive and systematic technological insertion approach for introducing and using emerging technologies and for the testing and refinement of new mission capability packages.

Book Title : Government Transparency

government transparency

Release Date : 2012-09-17
ISBN Code : 9781137035547
Book Author : T. Erkkilä
Book Publisher : Springer
Total Pages : 279

Book Summary :

Transparency has become a global concept of responsible government. This book argues that the transnational discourse of transparency promotes potentially contradictory policy ideas that can lead to unintended consequences. It critically examines whether or not increased transparency really leads to increased democratic accountability.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2007-04-25
ISBN Code : 1861893108
Book Author : Kenneth J. Hagan
Book Publisher : Reaktion Books
Total Pages : 223

Book Summary :

In this timely, groundbreaking study, the authors examine ten major wars fought by the United States, from the Revolutionary War to the ongoing Iraq War, and analyze the conflicts’ unintended consequences.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences of Human Actions

unintended consequences of human actions

Release Date : 2012-07-10
ISBN Code : 9780761854463
Book Author : Elena Ermolaeva
Book Publisher : University Press of America
Total Pages : 100

Book Summary :

Using a mixed-method approach, Unintended Consequences of Human Actions documents a wide range of unintended and unanticipated consequences of human actions. The major message is the urgent need to review a range of possible outcomes of human actions. During these fragile times 'looking down the road' has become imperative.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2012-05-07
ISBN Code : 9781101602584
Book Author : Edward Conard
Book Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 320

Book Summary :

In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many com­monly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down pay­ments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to seduce unsuspecting home owners into assuming mortgages they couldn't afford. It blames average Americans for borrowing recklessly and spend­ing too much. And it blames the tax policies and deregulatory environment of the Reagan and Bush administrations for encouraging reckless risk taking by wealthy individuals and financial institutions. But according to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of facing a slew of unintended-and potentially dangerous-consequences.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 1992
ISBN Code : IND:30000039065291
Book Author : Lily Brett
Book Publisher : Fine Art Publishing Paper Bark Press
Total Pages : 150

Book Summary :

A fourth book of poems by this Jewish writer whose spare verse recalls the Holocaust as well as happier times in later years and distant lands. Her other books of poems include TThe Auschwitz Poems', which won the Victorian Premier's Award for Poetry in 1987, and TPoland and Other Poems'.

Book Title : The Labeling of Sex Offenders

the labeling of sex offenders

Release Date : 2008
ISBN Code : 0761841237
Book Author : Sean Maddan
Book Publisher : University Press of America
Total Pages : 91

Book Summary :

"The Labeling of Sex Offenders contributes to the research on the effects of sex offender registration and notification policies using the labeling perspective. The labeling perspective asserts that offenders who are labeled are more likely to re-offend; this is counter to sex offender registration policies, which assume that knowing the identity and whereabouts of sex offenders is imperative to the public's ability to protect itself. This research used criminal data from the State of Arkansas within the framework of a quasi-experimental design to evaluate the recidivism of the first three waves of sex offenders registered (1997-1999) vs. a comparison group of sex offenders from a decade earlier (1978-1989). Key variables used to explain specific and general recidivism included the application of an active label, prior exposure to formal and informal labels, the intensity of the label, race, sex, and age. The findings presented by Madden indicate that there is no statistically significant difference between the two groups of sex offenders in terms of recidivism."--BOOK JACKET.

Book Title : Mad Max

mad max

Release Date : 2013-02-01
ISBN Code : 9781938467769
Book Author : Betsy Ashton
Book Publisher : Morgan James Publishing
Total Pages : 276

Book Summary :

Mad Max Davies lives a privileged life in Manhattan when her only daughter is seriously injured in an auto accident. She rushes to Richmond, Virginia, to care for her daughter and her two grandchildren, including the paranormally gifted twelve-year-old, Emilie. When her mother’s behavior deteriorates, Emilie uses her special gift to feel the thoughts of others, and acts as an early warning system . When her daughter is murdered, Mad Max and her grandchildren set out to solve the crime and bring the killer to justice.

Book Title : Race Redistricting and Representation

race redistricting and representation

Release Date : 1999-10-01
ISBN Code : 0226092704
Book Author : David T. Canon
Book Publisher : University of Chicago Press
Total Pages : 324

Book Summary :

Since the creation of minority-dominated congressional districts eight years ago, the Supreme Court has condemned the move as akin to "political apartheid," while many African-American leaders argue that such districts are required for authentic representation. In the most comprehensive treatment of the subject to date, David Canon shows that the unintended consequences of black majority districts actually contradict the common wisdom that whites will not be adequately represented in these areas. Not only do black candidates need white votes to win, but this crucial "swing" vote often decides the race. And, once elected, even the black members who appeal primarily to black voters usually do a better job than white members of walking the racial tightrope, balancing the needs of their diverse constituents. Ultimately, Canon contends, minority districting is good for the country as a whole. These districts not only give African Americans a greater voice in the political process, they promote a politics of commonality—a biracial politics—rather than a politics of difference.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2008
ISBN Code : 9781416562252
Book Author : Peter W. Galbraith
Book Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Total Pages : 203

Book Summary :

Following his New York Times bestseller The End of Iraq, Peter W. Galbraith describes the storm the next president will inherit in the Middle East as a result of President George W. Bush's failed Iraq policies.

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2017-10-02
ISBN Code : 9781480948556
Book Author : Stephen P. Black
Book Publisher : Dorrance Publishing
Total Pages : 292

Book Summary :

Unintended Consequences By: Stephen P. Black A doctor in a small town. A desperate pharmacy delivery driver. A dealer expanding into new markets in rural America. A stunned community, an unwitting victim to the nightmare of narcotic abuse. The web that entwines and changes their lives, forever. How does one destroy that which consumes from within? What fans are saying... “I couldn’t put this book down! A true life horror.” - E. Morton “Believable characters in a dark, chilling story. A must read for all teens and parents.” - C. Finley

Book Title : Paradoxes of Modernization

paradoxes of modernization

Release Date : 2012-02-16
ISBN Code : 9780199639618
Book Author : Helen Margetts
Book Publisher : Oxford University Press
Total Pages : 272

Book Summary :

This book explores the unintended and unanticipated effects associated with 'modernization' projects and tackles the key question that they provoke - why do policy-makers persist in such enterprises in the face of evidence that they tend to fail? Paradoxes of Modernization first discusses what is meant by 'modernization' and 'unintended consequences', placing public policy reform within more general intellectual and social trends. It presents eight case study 'modernization' projects. Their architects promised faster trains, a more efficient and reactive health service, a more motivated public service, better performing local government, enhanced information for prospective US university students, reduced rates of child malnutrition in developing countries, and a free, open, safe, interconnected cyberspace for people to conduct their social and political life. Each case provides a neat story with a paradox that varies the modernization theme and tackles the question: why was the project pursued? The conclusion categorizes the cases in terms of their outcome, from success to disappointment, and suggests some strategies for a more balanced version of modernization for current and future policy-makers

Book Title : Unintended Consequences

unintended consequences

Release Date : 2013-04-09
ISBN Code : 9781101621202
Book Author : Stuart Woods
Book Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 400

Book Summary :

Stone Barrington finds intrigue abroad in the sensational thriller from New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington is no stranger to schemes and deceptions of all stripes—as an attorney for the premier white-shoe law firm Woodman & Weld, he’s seen more than his share. But when he travels to Europe under highly unusual circumstances, Stone finds himself at the center of mystery that is most peculiar, even by his standards. Two unexpected invitations may be the first clues in an intricate puzzle that will lead Stone deep into the rarified world of European ultrawealth and privilege, where billionaires rub elbows with spies, insider knowledge is traded at a high premium, and murder is never too high a price to pay for a desired end… From the Paperback edition.

Book Title : Paradise Lost

paradise lost

Release Date : 2017-01-24
ISBN Code : 9781785899027
Book Author : Duncan Baxter
Book Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
Total Pages : 288

Book Summary :

Celebrate the 350th anniversary of Milton’s Paradise Lost in 2017 with Paradise Lost – A Drama of Unintended Consequences In an accessible exploration of one of the more testing Renaissance poems, first published in 1667, the reader is taken on a journey through Milton’s re-telling of the Genesis account of mankind’s Fall to reveal how he explores issues which confront the spiritual yearning of every generation. Using approachable language, general readers and students are guided through Milton’s moral maze, to explore the power of human love and ambition to challenge obedience to God, the limitations inherent in human powers of reasoning and the doubtful reality of God’s grant of free will to mankind. Careful analysis of Milton’s artistry demonstrates how his intention to defend God’s response to mankind’s disobedience is subverted by his convincing characterisation of biblical figures. Whilst Milton had supreme control over the form and structure of the poem, it was his decision to portray the protagonists as fully human characters, utilising dialogue and soliloquy in the form of a verse drama, which caused his characters to ‘turn against’ their creator. By putting forward convincing alternative arguments to God’s self justification, the protagonists appear not to cooperate with their creator’s intention, leading to unplanned and unexpected outcomes. Milton’s characters turn on their creator, producing a different yet greater outcome from the one he intended: instead of managing to ‘justify the ways of God to men’, Milton inadvertently put the case for mankind and ‘justifies the ways of men to God’. Readers will be empowered to appreciate Paradise Lost as a poem for all time in its confronting of the questions concerning our very existence.

Book Title : Rethinking Security Governance

rethinking security governance

Release Date : 2010-05-04
ISBN Code : 9781136967436
Book Author : Christopher Daase
Book Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 240

Book Summary :

This book explores the unintended consequences of security governance actions and explores how their effects can be limited. Security governance describes new modes of security policy that differ from traditional approaches to national and international security. While traditional security policy used to be the exclusive domain of states and aimed at military defense, security governance is performed by multiple actors and is intended to create a global environment of security for states, social groups, and individuals. By pooling the strength and expertise of states, international organizations, and private actors, security governance is seen to provide more effective and efficient means to cope with today’s security risks. Generally, security governance is assumed to be a good thing, and the most appropriate way of coping with contemporary security problems. This assumption has led scholars to neglect an important phenomenon: unintended consequences. While unintended consequences do not need to be negative, often they are. The CIA term "blowback," for example, refers to the phenomenon that a long nurtured group may turn against its sponsor. The rise of al Qaeda, which had benefited from US Cold War policies, is only one example. Raising awareness about unwanted and even paradoxical policy outcomes and suggesting ways of avoiding damage or limiting their scale, this book will be of much interest to students of security governance, risk management, international security and IR. Christopher Daase is Professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt and head of the research department International Organizations and International Law at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK). Cornelius Friesendorf is lecturer at the Goethe University Frankfurt and research fellow at the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF/HSFK).