Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (330 C4374 )
Publication Date: 2017-06-13
The 2008 financial crisis triggered the worst global recession since the Great Depression. Many OECD countries responded to the crisis by reducing social spending. Through 11 diverse country case studies (Belgium, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom,and the United States), this volume describes the evolution of child poverty and material well-being during the crisis, and links these outcomes with the responses by governments. The analysis underlines that countries with fragmented social protection systems were less able to protect the incomes of households with children at the time when unemployment soared. In contrast, countries with more comprehensive social protection cushioned the impact of the crisis on householdswith children, especially if they had implemented fiscal stimulus packages at the onset of the crisis. Although the macroeconomic "shock" itself and the starting positions differed greatly across countries, while the responses by governments covered a very wide range of policy levers and varied withtheir circumstances, cuts in social spending and tax increases often played a major role in the impact that the crisis had on the living standards of families and children.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (339.220973 C454r )
Publication Date: 2017-03-28
Requiem for the American Dream is a work of some 70,000 words based on four years of interviews with Noam Chomsky on the subject of income equality. Chomsky considers these to be his final, long-form documentary interviews. It is a book that makes Chomsky's breadth and depth accessible, and at the same gives us his most powerful political ideas with unprecedented, directness. It will go down as one of his greatest and most lasting contributions. To be released in tandem with the film of the same name that was recently released in selected cinemas to rave reviews.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (363.33 B7685h )
Publication Date: 2017-05-01
In the United States more than thirty thousand deaths each year can be attributed to firearms. This book on the history of guns in America examines the Second Amendment and the laws and court cases it has spawned. The author's thorough and objective account shows the complexities of the issue, which are so often reduced to bumper-sticker slogans, and suggests ways in which gun violence in this country can be reduced. Briggs profiles not only protagonists in the national gun debate but also ordinary people, showing the ways guns have become part of the lives of many Americans. Among them are gays and lesbians, women, competitive trapshooters, people in the gun-rights and gun-control trenches, the NRA's first female president, and the most successful gunsmith in American history. Balanced and painstakingly unbiased, Briggs's account provides the background needed to follow gun politics in America and to understand the gun culture in which we are likely to live for the foreseeable future.
Call Number: Valley City State University 3rd Floor (365.643 F821d )
Publication Date: 1995-04-25
In this brilliant work, the most influential philosopher since Sartre suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.