Social Sciences


NEW BOOK Co-Authored: Tausch-Heshmati-Karoui, Announced by NOVA Publishers (NYC)

The Political Algebra of Global Value Change: General Models and Implications for the Muslim World Link to Nova Publishers Authors: Arno Tausch, Almas Heshmati and Hichem Karoui  Book Description:  This book is intended to provide a new approach to the study of global values and global value change, based on representative […]

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Migration, Openness and the Global Preconditions of Smart Development

Arno Tausch, Corvinus University, Innsbruck University Almas Heshmati, Korea University Boğaziçi Journal Review of Social, Economic and Administrative Studies, Vol. 26, no. 2 (2012), pp. 27-89. Abstract We present a first empirical reflection on smart development,’ its measurement, possible drivers and bottlenecks.’ We first provide cross-national data on how much […]

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Social sciences for knowledge and decision making

By Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Social science research should lead to a better understanding of current societal developments and enable policy makers to propose solutions to problems and design policies that can serve the public more effectively. Governments are increasingly aware of the need and opportunities to improve […]

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Discovery: The New Science of Learning 1

Researchers find social aspects of learning important at all ages According to recent studies, young children learn best through social interaction. Andrew Meltzoff and his colleagues at the University of Washington are studying an emerging field called the “Science of Learning,” which re-evaluates how children learn in formal and informal […]

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Religion in World Affairs 4

Its Role in Conflict and Peace Author: David Smock Series: USIP Special Reports This paper addresses the potentially positive role of religion in peacemaking and conflict resolution, commenting on the United States Institute of Peace’s (USIP) field work experiences. It examines the link between religion and conflict, reviews the experiences […]

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Global Restrictions on Religion 1

The PEW Forum December 2009 Executive Summary For more than half a century, the United Nations and numerous international organizations have affirmed the principle of religious freedom.1 For just as many decades, journalists and human rights groups have reported on persecution of minority faiths, outbreaks of sectarian violence and other […]

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The Growth of a Movement: Old Right and New 19

Excerpts from: To the Right The Transformation of American Conservatism Jerome L. Himmelstein UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS Berkeley · Los Angeles · Oxford ( 1989 The Regents of the University of California) Part One, Chapter 3: By the mid-1950s several waves of political reaction to the New Deal and its […]

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Beyond the Kuhnian Paradigm 2

Hans Radder At issue in this paper is the question of the appropriate relationship between the philosophy and history of science. The discussion starts with a brief sketch of Kuhn’s approach, followed by an analysis of the so-called ‘testing-theories-of scientific- change programme’. This programme is an attempt at a more […]

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A Brief History of Neoliberalism 9

David Harvey Future historians may well look upon the years 1978–80 as a revolutionary turning-point in the world’s social and economic history. In 1978, Deng Xiaoping took the first momentous steps towards the liberalization of a communist-ruled economy in a country that accounted for a fifth of the world’s population. […]

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