Trade in services, far more than trade in goods, is affected by a variety of domestic regulations, ranging from qualification and licensing requirements in professional services to pro-competitive regulation in telecommunications services. Experience shows that the quality of regulation strongly influences the consequences of trade liberalization. WTO members have agreed that a central task in the ongoing services negotiations will be to develop a set of rules to ensure that domestic regulations support rather than impede trade liberalization. Since these rules are bound to have a profound impact on the evolution of policy, particularly in developing countries, it is important that they be conducive to economically rational policy-making. This book addresses two central questions: What impact can international trade rules on services have on the exercise of domestic regulatory sovereignty? And how can services negotiations be harnessed to promote and consolidate domestic policy reform across highly diverse sectors? The book, with contributions from several of the world's leading experts in the field, explores a range of rule-making challenges arising at this policy interface, in areas such as transparency, standards and the adoption of a necessity test for services trade. Contributions also provide an in-depth look at these issues in the key areas of accountancy, energy, finance, health, telecommunications and transportation services.
Texas and California are the leaders of Red and Blue America. As the nation has polarized, its most populous and economically powerful states have taken charge of the opposing camps. These states now advance sharply contrasting political and policy agendas and view themselves as competitors for control of the nation's future. Kenneth P. Miller provides a detailed account of the rivalry's emergence, present state, and possible future. First, he explores why, despite their many similarities, the two states have become so deeply divided. As he shows, they experienced critical differences in their origins and in their later demographic, economic, cultural, and political development. Second, he describes how Texas and California have constructed opposing, comprehensive policy models--one conservative, the other progressive. Miller highlights the states' contrasting policies in five areas--tax, labor, energy and environment, poverty, and social issues--and also shows how Texas and California have led the red and blue state blocs in seeking to influence federal policy in these areas. The book concludes by assessing two models' strengths, vulnerabilities, and future prospects. The rivalry between the two states will likely continue for the foreseeable future, because California will surely stay blue and Texas will likely remain red. The challenge for the two states, and for the nation as a whole, is to view the competition in a positive light and turn it to productive ends. Exploring one of the primary rifts in American politics, Texas vs. California sheds light on virtually every aspect of the country's political system.
UCLA: The First Century is an extensively illustrated hardcover book which follows a chronological historical narrative with in-depth sections on campus traditions and the history of Bruin athletics.Since the UCLA History Project was launched in 2004, UCLA have been chronicling a full account of their alma mater, from humble beginnings to their current standing as one of the world's most prestigious public research universities. The research and editorial team for this publication delved into the untold number of historical documents and photographs preserved in UCLA's archives and beyond, interviewed numerous members of the UCLA community, and searched for materials and anecdotes that were on the verge of becoming permanently lost or forgotten.'100 years of UCLA on your coffee table.' Los Angeles Times"I wanted to create an authentic, historical account of our university. Every day I am inspired by the story of UCLA and I see its history as a collective, living legacy that we all share." Marina Dundjerski '94, Author'The book is indeed beautiful. Thank you so much for all the work that went into it.' Rhea Turtletaub, Vice Chancellor, UCLA External Affairs
In Short Jabs to the Head, the jabs are my words (each 1000, more or less) after being rope-a-doped on the Internet, and now aimed at your head, hoping to make an impact. I don't expect a knock-out every time-but I'm hoping . Left Hooks, are essays and stories of the leftward persuasion, hoping to achieve the same objective. Short Jabs to the Head should give you detailed close-ups of various aspects of the Bush Administration, like looking through someone's photo album who lived it. No Storm Troopers here, no Gestapo, no Sturm und Drang. In America, fascism creeps in on little cats' feet. But bit by bit Constitutional guarantees are erased by our sterling leader and his immoral shysters, more and more of them in secret signings under the claimed cover of National Security. And every day more government malfeasance is revealed (albeit reluctantly) by the timid media, Congressional investigations blocked with no or little outcry. How much longer can we stand it? This White House doesn't give a damn about written law. No, they just make their own, just as they claim to make their own reality. Worried? You damn well should be.
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