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Edited by Srinivas R. Melkote and Arvind Singhal

This incisive Handbook critically examines the role and place of media and communication in development and social change, reflecting a vision for change anchored in values of social justice. Outlining the genealogy and history of the field, it then investigates the possible new directions and objectives in the area. Key conclusions include an enhanced role for development communication in participatory development, active agency of stakeholders of development programs, and the operationalization of social justice in development.
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Jin Sheng

This insightful book examines the impact of two competing visions of Asian-Pacific economic growth paths and development governance. It discusses law, development and finance in the context of the Indo-Pacific Strategy versus the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), whilst also comparing parallel development financing systems.
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Global Production Networks and Rural Development

Southeast Asia as a Fruit Supplier to China

Edited by Bill Pritchard

Bill Pritchard provides an important update on how current trade methodologies are implemented as China becomes one of the world’s largest fresh fruit importers from countries such as Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.
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Nattapon Tantrakoonsab and Wannarat Tantrakoonsab

In the past five years, exports of Thai durian have been increasing consistently, dominating the Chinese market. In this study, key informant interviews and analyses of the secondary data revealed changes that affect durian exports, including increasing Chinese demand, the emergence of new durian planting areas, the expansion of the processed durian market, and transportation improvements in Mekong region countries. The empirical analysis also demonstrated that Chinese entrepreneurs have expanded their roles in the value chain to replace Thai entrepreneurs. Although farmers and packing plants may presently benefit from the increasing export volume of durian, concerns arise about the total value capture of the entirety of Thai stakeholders.

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Aungkana Kmonpetch and Waranya Jitpong

Longan is one of three largest tropical fruit export items in Thailand. Over the past decade, increased investment from China in packing houses in production areas has underpinned the tremendous growth of fresh longan exports to China. Reflecting on the trait of the Chinese market that puts less importance on credence attributes than on product attributes of fresh fruits, firms from outside the supply chain as well as incumbent downstream firms appear to have invested in packing houses. The rising number of packing houses, however, did not always translate to intensifying competition among them, which is represented by the stagnant farm gate price of longan. While it is evident that Chinese investment has boosted fresh longan exports to China, its ramifications on value capture of Thai stakeholders are uncertain.

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Capital Movements and Corporate Dominance in Latin America

Reduced Growth and Increased Instability

Edited by Noemi Levy-Orlik, Jorge A. Bustamante-Torres and Louis-Philippe Rochon

This book addresses the problems of Latin America, through two of the most important features of the post-Bretton Woods economic order, large corporations and weak financial markets. In turn, it shows that their impact on economic growth and development is feeble and short-lived. This resulted in income concentration and an extremely unequal distribution of wealth in the region. 
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Edited by Ayantunji Gbadamosi and Ayodele C. Oniku

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Edited by Ayantunji Gbadamosi and Ayodele C. Oniku

Examining how religion influences the dynamics of consumption in developing nations, this book illuminates the strategic placement of these nations on the global marketing stage both in terms of their current economic outlook and potential for growth.
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Claude Henry

Reducing greenhouse gases emissions is vital, reducing the stocks already in the atmosphere is a promising complement.

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Claude Henry

From low-key producer and trader of fossil fuels to world leader in offshore wind Farms, a march to sustainable energy.