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Technology, management & business growth studies


Technological Development in Industry: A Business-Economic Survey and Analysis

Engineering Firms: A Survey of Factors Affecting their Growth and Performance

Industrial Technological Products: Key Influences on Buying, Selling, and Market Growth

Housebuilding and the New Homes Market: A Survey

New Technology in Housebuilding: A Review

Business & the political-legal environment studies


British Democracy: Its Restoration and Extension

Political Barriers to Housebuilding in Britain: A Critical Case Study of Protectionism and its Industrial-Commercial Effects

British Withdrawal from the European Union: A Guide to the Case For

Statutory Minimum Wage Controls: A Critical Review of their Effects on Labour Markets, Employment, and Incomes

Two Treatises on Government: A Translation into Modern English

The Pound and Monetary Economic Policy Independence: A Summary of the Case for Retention

A New British Bill of Rights: The Case For

On Liberty: A Translation into Modern English

Business finance & investment studies


The Business Finance Market: A Survey

The Management of Business Lending: A Survey

The Mortgage Loans Industry and Market: A Survey

Small and Medium-Sized Business Finance: A Review

Economic growth & performance studies


Industry and Enterprise: An International Survey of Modernization and Development

Manufacturing and Investment Around the World: An International Survey of Factors Affecting Growth and Performance

Manufacturing in Britain: A Survey of Factors Affecting Growth and Performance

Theories of Industrial Modernization and Development: A Review

Theories of the Labour Market and Employment: A Review

The Housing Market: A Survey

The Wealth of Nations: A Translation into Modern English

TECHNOLOGY, MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS GROWTH STUDIES


Technological Development in Industry: A Business-Economic Survey and Analysis


This book examines technological change in manufacturing firms and industries. It covers origins; how new technologies affect jobs, firms, and industries; and major business-economic and other change influences. In addition to reviewing the findings of published research on the subject, the book presents detailed original case studies of the introduction and utilization of new technologies in a wide range of firms in engineering, construction, food and drugs, textiles, petrochemicals, and other industries.

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Contents

  1. Technological Development in Industry: An Overview
  1. The Economics of Technological Development
  1. Technological Development & Organization (1): General
  1. Technological Development & Organization (2): Management, Jobs, Productivity
  1. Technological Development & Organization (3): 25 Company Case Studies
  1. Trade Unions and Technological Development
  1. The Political & Legal Environment
  1. Education, Training, & Technological Development
  1. Technological Development, the Labour Market, & Employment
  1. Finance and Investment in New Technology

Price & specifications


Print book:

2nd. Revised edition 2003. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321294

122 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book:

Price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321652

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Engineering Firms: A Survey of Factors Affecting their Growth and Performance


This book is a concise account of business-economic and related factors affecting growth and performance in engineering. It covers a wide range of different types of firm – in all the main engineering fields – in Britain, the United States, Europe, and Japan. The study combines the findings of original field research with an extensive review of key literature on the subject. It will be useful for senior managers in engineering, management consultants, business school academics, and investment analysts and others with an interest in production engineering and manufacturing.

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Contents

  1. The Growth and Performance of Engineering Firms: an Overview
  1. Engineering Firms and the Economy
  1. Engineering Markets, Product Developments, and Demand Trends
  1. Technological Development and Product Innovation in Engineering
  1. Organization and the Growth and Performance of Engineering Firms
  1. Managerial, Organizational, and Technological Aspects: 24 Company Case Studies
  1. The Political and Legal Environment
  1. The Supply and Demand for Engineering Labour
  1. Investment and the Growth & Performance of Engineering Firms

Price & specifications


Print book

Second revised edition 2003. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321287

125 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £98.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

Price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321553

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Industrial Technological Products: Key Influences on Buying, Selling, and Market Growth


This article looks at selling points, the main benefits to firms from buying new equipment, and cost savings and other payoffs from industrial technological investment in general. It summarizes the major obstacles to industrial technological product sales and market growth; and it lists typical causes of low demand, prices, and sales profit margins in industries and markets.

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Housebuilding and the New Homes Market: A Survey


Commercial housebuilders are in competition not only with other housebuilders but also with the suppliers of a massive stock of used homes.  To sell, new housing products have to be in better locations, more satisfactory in terms of size, space and amenities, better looking, sturdier-built, and offer better value for money all around than older existing properties on the market. This widely used business managerial and economic study provides a detailed account of modern housebuilding and the new homes market. The book covers the factors affecting company growth, competitiveness, and innovation. It surveys general industrial-commercial trends and issues and reviews significant technical-product developments. Finally, it analyzes key influences on demand, prices, and business success in the main new homes sub-markets as well as the market as a whole.

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Contents 

  1. Housebuilding and the New Homes Market: An Overview
  1. Housebuilding and Land (1): Economic Aspects
  1. Housebuilding and Land (2): Political and Legal Influences
  1. Building Materials and Components
  1. Labour, Employment, and Training
  1. Financial Investment, Company Growth, and Profitability
  1. Size of Firms, Economies Of Scale, and Diversification
  1. Technological Development, Production Organization, and Product Innovation
  1. The New Homes Market, Demand, and Prices
  1. Marketing New Homes
  1. Sub-market Trends

Price & specifications


Print book

Second edition 2009. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321454

127 pages

Hardback

Price £98.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book ISBN 9780906321560

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

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New Technology in Housebuilding: A Review


In recent times, technical advances have significantly improved the quality of conventionally built new homes. Firms now use computers extensively in the design, building, and marketing of homes. Some companies also utilize new industrial materials and factory-based methods to make innovative forms of residential accommodation. However, housebuilding is still technologically traditional by comparison with other consumer durable industries. The search for a high quality low-cost factory-made housing product with mass-market appeal has been going on for a long time – and manifestly, still has far to go. This article looks at the capacity of new industrial methods and materials to produce good quality homes faster and more cheaply. It examines the advantages of specific technologies; and it considers the scope for manufacturing and marketing yet more innovative housing in the future.

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BUSINESS & THE POLITICAL-LEGAL ENVIRONMENT STUDIES


British Democracy: Its Restoration and Extension


Modern parliamentary democracy first developed in Great Britain and Britons played a major role in spreading democracy around the world – for example, through the Commonwealth. However, at the start of the 21st century, Britain itself was no longer a fully independent democratic country. As part of the European Union bloc, unelected and immovable foreign authorities determined a large part of its laws, policies, and taxes. Domestically meanwhile, such things as extra-parliamentary bureaucratic lawmaking, curbs on local political autonomy, moves from direct to indirect representation, and restrictions on the private funding and advertising of political parties had diminished democracy. This study provides a detailed review of the main political independence and constitutional reform requirements for restoring and extending democracy in present-day Britain.

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Contents 

  1. The Restoration and Extension of British Democracy: an Overview of the Main Requirements
  1. National Political Independence and Democracy: Withdrawal from the European Union
  1. The Reform of Parliament and Central Government
  1. Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law
  1. The Legal Protection of Democracy and Freedom
  1. The Restoration of Local Democracy
  1. Electoral System Reform: Increasing Competition and Voter Choice and Influence

Price & specifications


Print book

First published 2006. New impression 2012

Print book ISBN 9780906321317

167 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book 

E-book price £14.95 (British pounds 14.95)

E-book ISBN 9780906321522

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Political Barriers to Housebuilding in Britain: A Critical Case Study of Protectionism and its Industrial-Commercial Effects


Over the years, political barriers have severely hampered housebuilding in Britain. Governments have blocked urban expansion, stymied new low-cost housing production methods and materials, and restricted the supply of new housing to the market in other ways. They have thereby artificially raised prices and excluded many lower-income households from owner-occupation. This study analyses political barriers to housebuilding as a special form of political-economic protectionism – the equivalent of quotas and tariffs on international goods imports. The book will be of interest to anyone concerned about shortages in the supply and the high costs of good new homes – not just in Britain but in other industrial countries also.

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Contents

  1. Political Barriers to Housebuilding in Britain: a Critical Overview
  1. Greenbelt Barriers to Urban Expansion
  1. Housing Output Planning and Quota Fixing
  1. Housing Development Taxes and Quasi-Taxes
  1. New Housing Class Discrimination
  1. Controls on Technological Development and Product Innovation
  1. The Effects on the Land Market and New Housing Location
  1. The Effects on Housebuilders and Housing Production
  1. The Effects on Household Consumer Choice, House Prices, and Housing Quality
  1. The Removal of Political Barriers to Housebuilding

Price & specifications


Print book

2nd edition 2002. New impression 2012

Print book ISBN 9780906321218

107 large pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321645

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Statutory Minimum Wage Controls: A Critical Review of their Effects on Labour Markets, Employment, and Incomes


Around the world, minimum wage controls have excluded low-cost competitors from labour markets, hampered firms in reducing wage costs during trade downturns, and caused various industrial-economic inefficiencies as well as unemployment, poverty, and price rises. This study analyzes national minimum wage fixing as a special form of political-economic protectionism – the equivalent of tariff barriers to low-cost imports. It sees it as violating Treaty of Rome and other basic guarantees of free trade and markets in labour services in Europe. The widely used study contains a detailed critique of the recently established British national minimum wage fixing regime.

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Contents

  1. Minimum Wage Controls and their Effects: an Overview
  1. Minimum Wage Control and De-Control in Particular Countries
  1. Legal Aspects of Minimum Wage Control
  1. Minimum Wage Control and Unemployment
  1. The Effects of Minimum Wage Controls on Employers and the Demand for Labour
  1. The Effects of Minimum Wage Controls on Employees and the Supply of Labour
  1. The Effects of Minimum Wage Controls on Incomes and Welfare

Price & specifications


Print book

Second revised edition 2000. New impression 2012

Print book ISBN 9780906321225

102 large pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321669

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British Withdrawal from the European Union: A Guide to the Case For


Businesses and business representative organizations are constantly complaining about the effects of European Union laws, policies, and regulations. In 1992, Britain benefited considerably by withdrawing from the European Union’s Exchange Rate Mechanism and programme of Economic and Monetary Union. This study provides a detailed guide to the economic and political case for British withdrawal from the EU bloc as a whole. Major general arguments for withdrawal are that (a) the economic costs of EU membership substantially exceed the benefits, and (b) withdrawal is necessary to restore democracy, business and market freedom, the rule of law, and other basic features of a modern liberal social order.

“Clear and thorough … Examining many of the key aspects of EU membership… students of European business or politics will find this guide useful and interesting reading.” (European Access, and European Access Plus online)

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Contents

  1. The Case for Britain’s Withdrawal from the European Union: an Overview
  1. The Main Non-EU Sources of British Wealth
  1. The Economic Costs of EU Membership
  1. The Political Constitutional Case for EU Withdrawal
  1. The Free Trade Case for EU Withdrawal
  1. The Removal of EU Regulatory Burdens
  1. The Benefits of Monetary and Economic Policy Independence
  1. The Case for Fiscal Independence

Price & specifications


Print book

First published 2002. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321232

151 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £14.95 (British pounds 14.95)

E-book ISBN 9780906321539

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Two Treatises on Government: A Translation into Modern English


John Locke’s 1690 book is one of the most important and influential works on government ever published.

The first part demolishes the main authoritarian/totalitarian ideology of its day: the doctrine of the divine right of kings to absolute arbitrary power over their subjects. The second sets out the real social origins, functions, and limits of government. Locke demonstrates that far from God and natural law ordaining all-powerful hereditary dictatorship, the only legitimate form of government is one established by the consent of the people and committed to upholding their fundamental human rights to life, liberty, and property.

The book justified the Glorious Revolution establishing parliamentary government in England and was an inspiration behind the American Declaration of Independence a century later. Around the world, it continues to have a profound influence on the theory and practice of limited representative government and the protection of basic rights and freedoms under the rule of law.

However, the book is now well over 300 years old and present-day readers find its language difficult to follow and understand in places. This version translates the work into current English and seeks to make its substantive content clearer. It retains literalness and original word order and grammar as far as possible. Nonetheless, the primary objective has been to improve the readability of Locke’s text in order to better convey its meaning. The considerable distance in time between the two documents has inevitably meant a considerable difference in conventional writing styles. In addition, much of Locke’s analysis is intrinsically highly complex and subtle. Thus, this new version diverges significantly from the original throughout.

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Contents

Treatise 1

“The Divine Right of Kings”: A Refutation of the Doctrine of Sir Robert Filmer and His Followers

Treatise 2

The Real Origins, Functions and Limits of Government

Price & specifications


Print book

First published 2009

Print book ISBN 9780906321478

154 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £14.95 (British pounds 14.95)

E-book ISBN 9780906321690

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The Pound and Monetary Economic Policy Independence: A Summary of the Case for Retention


This article summarizes the main economic and political arguments for Britain’s retention of the pound and national monetary-economic policy independence. It is an edited extract from British Withdrawal from the European Union: A Guide to the Case For, published by Industrial Systems Research. The article looks at the costs of Britain’s former involvement in the European Union bloc’s monetary economic unification project. It then outlines the key arguments for permanently keeping the pound and flexible national interest and exchange rates. The case in short for Britain to stay out of the EU single currency project is that the overall business-economic and political-constitutional costs would substantially exceed any benefits.

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A New British Bill of Rights: The Case For


Basic legal limits on state power have existed for centuries in Britain. However, various major official subversions of liberty, democracy, and equality before the law have taken place of late. This article reviews the case for a new Bill of Rights to better protect basic economic, political, judicial, communications, and personal rights and liberties. Essentially, an effective modern Bill of Rights would prohibit a much wider range of abuses of authority than the original 17th century Bill. It would also establish a new independent Supreme Court with the power to actually nullify government laws and policies that violated its terms. The article is an edited extract from the book British Democracy: Its Restoration and Extension, published by Industrial Systems Research.

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On Liberty: A Translation into Modern English


This is a modern language version of John Stuart Mill’s classic 1859 essay. Essentially, it translates the work into current English with the aim of improving its readability and understandability. The translation is substantive but retains literalness and original word order and grammar as far as possible.

Mill’s primary concern in the essay is with individual liberty. He is fully aware that personal freedom is only a part of freedom. People live in societies and their personal liberty depends on – and contributes to – economic and political institutional (etc.) freedom. In the essay, Mill touches on many wider sociocultural liberties. He does not examine them very systematically or in much depth. However, he is not setting out to write a comprehensive treatise on human liberty.

Nor does On Liberty just attack state interference with freedom.

Mill declares that states are only worth the individuals who compose them. Great states produce great individuals – and conversely, great individuals produce great states. In his book, a great state is not a big state. On the contrary, a great state deliberately avoids doing what private citizens can do independently/voluntarily. Big states concentrate power in a few hands, hamper individual development, and turn citizens into dependents. Any state that dwarfs its citizens and makes them docile instruments in its hands will soon discover that with small people, nothing great is achievable.

Nonetheless, as Mill points out, private bodies such as guilds and trade unions, religious organizations, and families are quite capable of suppressing liberty without any help from the state. In democracies, majorities can oppress minorities. Sometimes, entire communities and social classes will act tyrannically towards individuals.

Mill’s basic thesis is that public authorities have no business restricting the liberty of people unless this is to prevent injury to others.

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Contents

Editorial foreword

1: Introductory

2: Liberty of thought and discussion

3: Individuality: One of the elements of well-being

4: The limits to the authority of society over the individual

5: Applications

Price & specifications


Print book

First published 2013

Print book ISBN 9780906321515

133 pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £14.95 (British pounds 14.95)

E-book ISBN 9780906321638

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BUSINESS FINANCE & INVESTMENT STUDIES


The Business Finance Market: A Survey


This book provides a comprehensive survey of supply and demand, product innovation, pricing, and other matters in the business finance market. It looks at the major factors affecting the competitiveness (growth, performance) of banks and other business finance suppliers. It examines the principal business finance products, new product developments, and marketing and distribution issues. Finally, it reviews key influences on businesses’ demands for particular types of finance. The book will be useful to academics, commentators, and practitioners on both the supply and demand sides of the market – including executives in the business finance industry, industrial-commercial firms and their finance managers, and independent professional advisers and accountants.

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Contents

  1. The Business Finance Market: an Overview
  1. Banks and the Supply of Business Finance
  1. The Economic and Political-Legal Environment of Business Financing
  1. The Financing Requirements of Different Types of Firm
  1. Business Financing Requirements in Different Industries
  1. The Uses of Finance by Businesses
  1. Factors Influencing Businesses’ Demands for Particular Types of Finance
  1. The Demand for Overdrafts and other Short-Term Credit Facilities
  1. The Demand for Medium-Term Loans and other Facilities
  1. The Demand for Large-Scale Long-Term Finance

Price & specifications


Print book

Third revised edition 2008. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321461

151 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £98.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321546

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The Management of Business Lending: A Survey


This is a detailed, comprehensive account of factors affecting performance in business lending. The study examines the main influences on business lending growth and profitability; reviews new developments in business loan assessment, monitoring, risk management, and pricing; and scrutinizes the nature and reliability of the major forms of business financial information on which lenders actually base their decisions. The study will be useful to senior executives in business/corporate banking, academic specialists, and banking industry economists and investment analysts.

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Contents

  1. The Management of Business Lending: an Overview
  1. Organizational Aspects of Business Lending and Management
  1. Cultural and Personnel Aspects of Business Lending and Management
  1. Technology and Efficiency in Business Lending
  1. Economic Aspects of Business Loan Management
  1. Lending Risks and Risk Reduction
  1. Business Loan Assessment, Monitoring, and Management (1): General
  1. Business Loan Assessment, Monitoring, and Management (2): Information

Price & specifications


Print book

2nd. revised edition 2002. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321188

110 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £98.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321591

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The Mortgage Loans Industry and Market: A Survey


This widely used study provides a detailed business-economic account of mortgage lending and borrowing. The focus is on the UK. However, the book’s examination of the factors affecting business growth and profitability, market competition, and innovation is relevant to mortgage lending in advanced industrial countries generally. The book surveys the main industrial-commercial trends and issues. It analyses the policies and practices of the major lending organizations. Finally, it examines key influences on the behaviour of mortgage borrowers and personal savers and investors generally.

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Contents

  1. The Mortgage Loans Industry and Market: an Overview
  1. The Mortgage Loans Industry in the UK
  1. The Growth and Performance of Institutions
  1. The Mortgage Loans Market (1): Economic Aspects
  1. The Mortgage Loans Market (2): Political and Legal Influences
  1. The Mortgage Loans Market (3): Demand and Demand Trends
  1. The Development of New Products and Services
  1. Marketing
  1. Mortgage Lenders and the Savings Market

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Print book

First published 1992. Third edition 2008. New impression 2012

Print book ISBN 9780906321447

113 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £98.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £16.15 (British pounds 16.15)

E-book ISBN 9780906321621

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Small and Medium-Sized Business Finance: A Review


Small and medium-sized businesses are a major part of the economy – and the effective financing of such businesses contributes significantly to economic growth and performance. This article reviews key issues and topics in SMB financing in Britain, the US, and other countries. It looks at the main forms and factors affecting the supply, demand, and costs of business finance. It examines the different financing requirements of different kinds of enterprise. Finally, it considers wider economic and political-legal influences on the business finance industry and market. The article draws on material from a number of ISR books published in the field – including The Business Finance Market and The Management of Business Lending: A Survey.

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ECONOMIC GROWTH & PERFORMANCE STUDIES


Industry and Enterprise: An International Survey of Modernization and Development


The latter part of the twentieth century was a period of radical global political-economic changes. Numerous non-Western countries industrialized and transitioned from statist-collectivism to modern market-capitalism and democracy. However, others stagnated or even regressed in economic developmental and other respects. This book provides a concise, comprehensive account of industrial-economic modernization and development in a wide range of present-day countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin American and the Caribbean.

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Contents

  1. Industrial Modernization and Development
  1. Other-societal Influences: Politics, Economics, and Diffusion
  1. The Geography of Industrial Modernization and Enterprise Development
  1. Cultural and Personality Influences
  1. Historical Studies
  1. The Economics of Modernization and Development
  1. Industry and Enterprise in East Asia
  1. Industry and Enterprise in China
  1. Industry and Enterprise in India
  1. Industry and Enterprise in the Middle East
  1. Industry and Enterprise in Latin America and the Caribbean
  1. Industry and Enterprise Development in Africa
  1. Manufacturing Firms and Industries
  1. Agriculture
  1. Trade, Markets, and Development
  1. Finance, Investment, and Development
  1. Educational, Political, and Wider sociocultural Aspects

Price & specifications


Print book

Second revised edition 2003. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321270

128 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £15.39 (British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321584

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Manufacturing and Investment around the World: An International Survey of Factors Affecting Growth and Performance


This book is a comprehensive cross-national examination of modernization and development in manufacturing. The focus is on the nature and sources of the important variations that occur internationally in growth, competitiveness, and attractiveness to foreign direct investors. The study begins with an overview of existing published research on general manufacturing development before turning to particular key aspects. It compares production and investment in a range of Western and non-Western countries. It also presents case studies of growth and performance in major industries and sectors.

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Contents 

  1. Manufacturing and Investment around the World: Introduction and Overview
  1. Manufacturing Growth and Performance: a Review of Research Findings
  1. Manufacturing in Western Countries: International Comparisons
  1. Manufacturing in Non-Western Countries: International Comparisons
  1. International Trade, Markets, and Demand Trends
  1. Finance and Investment in Manufacturing
  1. Industrial Manufacturing Facilities and Services

Price & specifications


Print book

Second revised edn. 2002. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321256

104 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £15.39 (British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321607

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Manufacturing in Britain: A Survey of Factors Affecting Growth and Performance


This book provides a concise, comprehensive account of factors affecting manufacturing growth and performance in modern Britain.

It begins with a review of general trends and issues before turning to individual firm and industry cases. The study examines new product developments, market trends, and economic environmental influences. It analyzes plant-level managerial and organizational aspects of production. Finally, it considers political-legal, educational and training, and other wider socio-cultural influences on manufacturing growth and performance.

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Contents

  1. Manufacturing in Britain: an Overview of Factors Affecting Growth and Performance
  1. General Economic Influences on Manufacturing
  1. Manufactured Goods Markets and Demand Trends
  1. Technological Development and Product Innovation
  1. Management and Production Organization
  1. Manufacturing Industries: Cases
  1. The Political and Legal Environment
  1. The Labour Market, Employment, and Education and Training for Manufacturing Jobs
  1. Capital Investment and the Growth and Performance of Firms

Price & specifications


Print book

Third revised edition 2003. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321300

128 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book 

E-book price £15.39 (British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321614

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Theories of Industrial Modernization and Development: A Review


This book reviews theory, research, and methods of analyzing industrial-economic modernization and development – a very large field of study. It covers general social structural, cultural, and behavioural aspects of industrial modernization, the creation and growth of individual enterprises, and developments in technical-production systems, markets, and consumption/savings/investment.

Among other things, the latest edition contains much new material on growth and performance in present-day advanced industrial economies.

“An admirable source of reference or starting point for research. Having identified the main areas of study, there are many numbered references appended to each chapter. A lot has been put into the book and researchers will find that much time may be saved by using it.” (British Book News)

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Contents

  1. Theories of Industrial Modernization and Development
  1. Industrial Organization and Enterprise Development in Modern Societies
  1. Sociology: Evolutionary and Comparative Perspectives
  1. Industrial Modernization and Markets
  1. The Modernization of Management and Employment Relations
  1. Industrial Organization in Modern Western Societies: Cross-National Studies
  1. Advanced Industrial Economies: International Differences in Growth and Performance

Price & specifications


Print book

Third revised edition 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321492

102 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £15.39(British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321676

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Theories of the Labour Market and Employment: A Review


This book reviews theory, research, and methods of analyzing the labour market and employment. Free and flexible labour markets can automatically end both labour surpluses (unemployment) and labour shortages (over-employment). However, in practice various things may impede wage flexibility, freedom of contract, and labour mobility – and thus the balancing of supply and demand.

Protectionist minimum wage tariff barriers and other obstacles to labour market entry and competition are one major general cause of unemployment. Technological and other business-economic development is a second major general cause while contraction or recession in economies is a third.

The book argues that broadly dividing unemployment into obstructional, developmental, and contractional types is more accurate and useful than distinguishing between frictional, structural, and cyclical forms (the conventional economic classification).

It also argues that is inadequate to analyze labour markets or explain employment and unemployment in purely economic terms. Even in the most developed, differentiated and autonomous market capitalist economies, external sociocultural, personality, and physical-organic environmental factors still impinge on labour markets and employment. A general theme of the book is the importance of bringing in empirical data from the real world to support or disprove theories.

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Contents

  1. Theories of the Labour Market and Employment: an Overview
  1. The Labour Market and Employment in Modern Society
  1. The Nature and Causes of Unemployment
  1. The Political and Legal Environment
  1. Trade Unions and Wage Determination
  1. Educational, Family, and Leisure Influences
  1. Employment Attitudes, Motives, and Behaviour

Price & specifications


Print book

Second revised edition 2010. New impression 2011

Print book ISBN 9780906321485

Hardback

124 two-column pages

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

E-book

E-book price £15.39 (British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321683

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The Housing Market: A Survey


This is a detailed study of housing market supply, demand, and prices – covering the main sub-markets, sub-market trends, and household preferences and buying behaviour.

The book will be of interest to senior executives in housebuilding and mortgage lending, real estate agents (brokers), and residential property investors and analysts.

The focus is on the British market. However, many of the findings apply to the housing markets of other industrial countries. Such issues as the costs and quality of residential properties and the macro-economic implications of fluctuations in house prices and mortgage interest rates are of public concern around the world.

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Contents

  1. The Housing Market: An Overview
  1. The Supply of Housing
  1. The Owner-Occupied Housing Market and House Prices
  1. The Rented Homes Market
  1. Government Policy and Legislative Influences
  1. Geographical Differences in the Housing Market and House Prices
  1. Housing Sub-Markets and Demand Trends
  1. The Demand for and Marketability of Individual Properties

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Print book

Second revised edition 2012

Print book ISBN 9780906321508

113 two-column pages

Hardback

Price £74.95 including free postal delivery

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E-book price £15.39 (British pounds 15.39)

E-book ISBN 9780906321577

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The Wealth of Nations: A Translation into Modern English


Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations is the great pioneering study of economic growth and performance.  When first published in 1776, the factory-based Industrial Revolution was only just getting underway. However, there had been steadily rising production and incomes in Britain, the North American colonies, Holland and other countries since at least the late 17th century.  Smith uses basic theory, observation and documentary sources to analyze the nature and causes of economic advancement in general.

The book is lengthy and wide-ranging.  It examines the contributions to production of labour, land and capital.  It explains the economic importance of large buoyant markets and industrial specialization.  It also shows that national wealth does not depend on economic factors alone. For example, the favourableness or otherwise of the political-legal environment for industry and commerce is everywhere a major influence on national prosperity.

This is a moderately abridged current language version of the book – essentially translating the work into modern English to improve its readability and understandability. The translation is substantive but retains literalness and original word order and grammar as far as possible

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CONTENTS

Editorial Foreword

Author’s Introduction

BOOK 1: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND INCOMES

Chapter 1: Industrial Specialization

Chapter 2: The Origins of Industrial Specialization

Chapter 3: The Extent of the Market Limits Specialization

Chapter 4: The Origins and Use of Money

Chapter 5: The Real Economic and Nominal Monetary Prices of Goods

Chapter 6: Supply Prices, Production Costs and Incomes

Chapter 7: The Natural and Market Prices of Products

Chapter 8: The Wages of Labour

Chapter 9: The Profits of Capital

Chapter 10: Wages and Profits in Different Trades

Chapter 11: The Rent of Land

BOOK 2: CAPITAL – ITS NATURE, ACCUMULATION AND USES

Chapter 1: Different Types of Capital

Chapter 2: Monetary Capital

Chapter 3: The Accumulation of Capital

Chapter 4: Capital Lent at Interest

Chapter 5: The Different Uses of Capital

BOOK 3: NATIONAL ECONOMIC GROWTH AND PERFORMANCE DIFFERENCES

Chapter 1: The Natural Process of Economic Growth

Chapter 2: The Discouragement of Agriculture in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire

Chapter 3: Urban Growth and Manufacturing after the fall of the Roman Empire

Chapter 4: The Contribution of Urban Industry and Commerce to Rural Economies

BOOK 4: POLITICAL-ECONOMIC THEORIES AND POLICIES

Chapter 1: The Mercantilist Political Economic Model

Chapter 2: Restrictions on Importing Goods Capable of Domestic Production

Chapter 3: Restrictions on Imports to Correct So-called Disadvantageous Trade Balances

Chapter 4: Tax Refunds on Exports

Chapter 5: Export Subsidies

Chapter 6: Treaties of Commerce

Chapter 7: Colonies

Chapter 8: The Mercantilist System – Conclusions

Chapter 9: The Agricultural Political Economic Model – The Notion of Land as the Great Source of National Wealth

BOOK 5: GOVERNMENT FINANCES – PUBLIC EXPENDITURE, TAXATION AND BORROWING

Chapter 1: Government Expenditure

Chapter 2: The Sources of General Public Revenues

Chapter 3: Public Debts

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E-book

First published 2015

E-book ISBN 9780906321706

523 printed pages equivalent

Price £14.95 (British pounds 14.95)

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