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Why Budgets Matter

by Dennis S. Ippolito Penn State University Press (October 22, 2015)

When the first edition of Why Budgets Matter was published in 2003, the federal budget had fallen back into deficit. At the time, fairly modest changes in taxes and spending would have ensured that deficits...


“Civilizing” Rio

by Teresa Meade Penn State University Press (November 27, 1996)

A massive urban renewal and public-health campaign in the first decades of the nineteenth century transformed Brazil's capital into a showcase of European architecture and public works. The renovation of Rio,...


What Kind of Democracy? What Kind of Market?

by Philip D. Oxhorn & Graciela Ducatenzeiler Penn State University Press (December 10, 1998)

While there is much literature analyzing the politics of implementing economic reforms, very little has been written on the social and political consequences of such reforms after they have been implemented....


American Immigration After 1996

by Kathleen R. Arnold Penn State University Press (August 09, 2011)

Few topics generate as much heated public debate in the United States today as immigration across our southern border. Two positions have been staked out, one favoring the expansion of guest-worker programs...


The Fight Over Food

by Wynne Wright & Gerad Middendorf Penn State University Press (December 19, 2007)

“One problem with the food system is that price is the bottom line rather than having the bottom line be land stewardship, an appreciation for the environmental and social value of small-scale family farms,...


Tax Evasion and the Rule of Law in Latin America

by Marcelo Bergman Penn State University Press (November 20, 2009)

Few tasks are as crucial for the future of democracy in Latin America—and, indeed, in other underdeveloped areas of the world—as strengthening the rule of law and reforming the system of taxation.

In this...


Limiting Resources

by LaDawn Haglund Penn State University Press (August 10, 2010)

The provision of public goods such as education, electricity, health, sanitation, and water used to be regarded as primarily the responsibility of governments, but in the 1980s privatization of such services...


Democratic Professionalism

by Albert W. Dzur Penn State University Press (March 28, 2008)

Bringing expert knowledge to bear in an open and deliberative way to help solve pressing social problems is a major concern today, when technocratic and bureaucratic decision making often occurs with little...


Rethinking Humanitarian Intervention

by Brian D. Lepard Penn State University Press (April 18, 2002)

Few foreign policy issues in the past decade have elicited as much controversy as the use of military force for humanitarian purposes. In this book Brian Lepard offers a new method for analyzing humanitarian...