The subject and purpose of this book is to make a contribution to the development and application of political economic models. The point of departure is the public choice literature, and in particular the interest function approach to government behaviour. The book gives a critical and up-to-date review of the existing approaches in the public choice literature. Various approaches are theoretically and empirically elaborated and statistically tested, using data for the Netherlands. Moreover, new models are constructed which try to explain governmental decision making with respect to government expenditure and transfer payments. The models are empirically applied to the Netherlands. The book analyzes in detail the organization of governmental decision making and studies the implications of this structure for economic policy.
In response to global change, people create new opportunities and conditions, and in their responses they are influenced by both gender and age. In Gender, Agency and Change the contributors illustrate the complexities involved in the constitution and performance of agency. Such agency may be reflected in strategies of accommodation and adaption that can nevertheless produce new institutional arrangements. Alternatively, they may be directed towards the outright rejection of these processes. The cases examined in this volume explore the ways in which different subjects engage in the reformulation of spaces, roles and identities, redefining the boundaries between, and the content of, the 'public' and the 'private'. The examples also provide an account of how gendered discourses are deployed to convey new meanings, a new sense of place and time, confirming or challenging ideas of 'tradition' and 'modernity'. This collection will be of particular interest to students of anthropology and gender studies.
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