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Michael C. LaBelle

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Energy Cultures

Technology, Justice, and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe

Michael C. LaBelle

This thought-provoking book explores the concept of energy cultures as a means of understanding social and political relations and how energy injustices are created. Using Eastern Europe as an example, it examines the radical transition occurring as the region leaves behind the legacy of the Soviet Union, and the effects of the resulting power struggle between the energy cultures of Russia and the European Union.
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Christopher Ball, John Creedy and Grant Scobie

The provision of long-term policy advice requires projections of government debt. Models have been widely produced to generate expenditures and tax revenues on the assumption that various age-specific rates and fiscal policy variables remain unchanged. As a result of population ageing, current policy settings in many countries lead to unsustainable levels of public debt. The present book is motivated by two limitations of the standard models. First, they seldom contain feedback effects arising from endogenous responses on the part of individuals and policy-makers. Second, the models seldom make an allowance for uncertainty, which creates the problem of whether, in the face of anticipated debt increases, tax rates should be increased earlier rather than delaying, and if so by how much? This book presents new modelling approaches to allow for feedbacks and uncertainty, and to analyse optimal policy. The modelling innovations can be applied to any country, but for illustrative purposes they are calibrated to examine the case of New Zealand.

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Michael C. LaBelle

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Michael C. LaBelle

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Tax Policy and Uncertainty

Modelling Debt Projections and Fiscal Sustainability

Christopher Ball, John Creedy and Grant Scobie

Presenting innovative modelling approaches to the analysis of fiscal policy and government debt, this book moves beyond previous models that have relied upon the assumption that various age-specific rates and policy variables remain unchanged when it comes to generating government expenditures and tax revenues. As a result of population ageing, current policy settings in many countries are projected to lead to unsustainable levels of public debt; Tax Policy and Uncertainty explores models that allow for feedbacks and uncertainty to combat this.
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Densifying the City?

Global Cases and Johannesburg

Edited by Margot Rubin, Alison Todes, Philip Harrison and Alexandra Appelbaum

Providing an in-depth exploration of the complexities of densification policy and processes, this book brings the important experiences of densification in Johannesburg into conversation with a range of cities in Africa, the BRICS countries and the Global North. It moves beyond the divisive debate over whether densification is good or bad, adding nuance and complexity to the calls from multilateral organisations for densification as a key urban strategy.
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Timothy E. Nielander

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Neil Thin

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Neil Thin

The book is concluded by noting that the current surge of interest in social wellbeing has echoes of 19th century interest that then became effectively silenced by social pathologism and cultural declinism in much of the 20th century. While there has always been some intermittent interest in wellbeing, now is the time for scholars and practitioners to combine forces to develop much more systematic, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive approaches.