By Ariane van Buren
Makes use of diagrams and photographs to teach how the fundamental layout of the biogas pit should be tailored for building in several soils, from sandstone to sheer rock, which may still inspire different constructing international locations to embark on their lonesome biogas courses. Reprinted in 1997.
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Extra info for A Chinese Biogas Manual: Popularising Technology in the Countryside
As an undergraduate at Kenyon College in 1965, I took a course on political parties with a young assistant professor called Leonard G. Miller. In this course, we got to know and discuss some of the classics of pluralist and elitist political sociology. Since then, I have regularly refreshed and expanded my familiarity with this literature while observing the emergence of globalization and evolving both academically, from comparative politics to international political economy and world politics, and politically, from a youthful libertarianism to social democracy to “social neoliberalism” (see chapter 7), with various stops in between.
The nation-state, of course, is therefore not dead. But its role has changed. States are less and less able to act as “strategic” or “developmental” states (Zysman 1983; Johnson 1982) and are more and more like “splintered states” (Machin and Wright 1985). At the same time, state actors and agencies are increasingly intertwined in “transgovernmental networks”—systematic linkages between state actors and agencies within particular jurisdictions and sectors, cutting across different countries and including a heterogeneous collection of private actors and groups in interlocking policy communities (Slaughter 2004).
Such arguments are profoundly misleading, and both intellectual debate and social discourse have suffered as a result. In fact, globalization is inherently complex and heterogeneous in at least three principal ways, ways that can, for the sake of simplicity, be labeled economic, social, and political. A. The Economic Dimension: Complex Market Structures and New Sources of Competitive Advantage In the ﬁrst place, economic globalization does not necessarily denote convergence and homogeneity. It leads neither to the emergence of a homogeneous marketplace nor to the dominance of any one type of corporate organization, for example.