Adopting Eldar: Joy, Tragedy and Red Tape

At simplest, this is the story of an adoption. Simple stops there. How is this different?

Bulgariana

It is not uncommon for an older man to fall in love with a younger woman, but for someone aged, well, let's say "around 65," to fall in love with a beautiful maiden who is 1,329 years old this year, may be said to be "pushing it."

Cold War in a Hot Place

Cold War in a Hot Place is a humorous and sideways look at something that dominated our lives in the 1960s and 70s.

Comparative Public Management: Putting US Public Policy and Administration in Context

In this new approach to a comparative text in public management, Randall Baker examines how, why, and to what extent the public sector around the world has shared in the "management revolution."

Energy: Science, Policy and the Pursuit of Sustainability

During the past few years, energy prices have fluctuated wildly, from historic highs in the winter and spring to the lowest wholesale prices in decades a few short months later.

Environment: Science, Policy and Values

Or, why it is still fun and profitable to destroy our life-support system

Environmental Law and Policy in the European Union and the United States

This book arose from a long-standing association among the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and the public administration departments of both Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Environmental Management in the Tropics: An Historical Perspective

When the Chinese say "May you live in interesting times", they are doing you no favors, as this is intended to be a curse. The Chinese Empire, which had survived in one form or another for almost five millennia, put a high premium on stability, to the point where the calligraphy next to the Heavenly Throne read "change nothing".

In Passing

This is an exercise in nostalgia, selecting those occasions when something rather surprising happened while I happened to be passing through, quite often, unusual places.

Kavkaziana

Randall Baker was born in Wales in 1944, and is currently a professor at Indiana University, USA. In 1990 he made his first visit to the Caucasus when he stayed at the Moscow State University research station in Kabardino-Balkaria, As a result of that, in 1992 he adopted the son of the director, who was tragically killed in an avalanche on Mount Elbrus.

King Husain and the Kingdom of Hejaz

King Husain of Hejaz is remembered today as an inadequate ruler during whose reign the administration of the Holy Land of Islam degenerated into anarchy and pillage by the bedu over whom he exercised only nominal control.

Moresnet: The Curious Complexities of a Neutral Zone

'The book is magnificent and must have taken massive research. It shows how much better the Congress of Vienna was as compared with the peace of Versailles a century later.' The Late Lord Pilkington of Oxenford, House of Lords, London, February 3rd, 2011

Public Administration in Small and Island Countries

This is a book about te relationship between scale and the theory and practice of public administration—in particular, what happens to the conventional wisdom about good government when the scale factor is a very small one.

Strange Places, Interesting People

"Strange People, Interesting Places" brings together fifty years of encounters with some of the remarkable places, regimes, geographical confusions, countries coming back to life after a long slumber, as well as some of the engaging people who cope with these very "different" situations or just try to understand them as part of daily life.

Summer in the Balkans

In his travels throughout Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, and Macedonia, Randall Baker finds himself caught up in the paradoxes of a region pursuing a beckoning future of democracy while at the same time refusing to give up its incredibly tangled past. He experiences the zany mix of ethnic memories, madcap activities, and unlikely dreams that pass for history in the Balkans in his encounters with a wide cast of colorful, yet typical, characters.

The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be

Fashion, technology, our address, our job, the economy, our environment, what do they have in common?

Transitions from Authoritarianism: The Role of the Bureaucracy

This book is the result of a long and geographically very dispersed collaboration among scholars from many countries.

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