This timely book analyses the status of hydrocarbon energy in Russia as both a saleable commodity and as a source of societal and political power. Through empirical studies in domestic and foreign policy contexts, Veli-Pekka Tykkynen explores the development of a hydrocarbon culture in Russia and the impact this has on its politics, identity and approach to climate change and renewable energy.
This book revives the discussion on public social services and their redesign, with a focus on
services relating to care and the social inclusion of vulnerable groups, providing rich information
on the changes that occurred in the organisation and supply of public social services over the last
thirty years in different European places and service fields. Despite the persisting variety in
social service models, three shared trends emerge: public sector disengagement, ‘vertical
re-scaling’ of authority and ‘horizontal re-mix’ in the supply system. The consequences of such
changes are evaluated from different perspectives – governance, social and territorial cohesion,
labour market, gender – and are eventually deemed ‘disruptive’ in both economic and social terms.
The policy implications of the restructuring are also explored. This title will be Open Access on
The rise of Asia, as well as the future of regional cooperation and integration (RCI) the world over, will be profoundly influenced by the challenges of slowing productivity growth, increasing economic inequalities and systemic vulnerabilities. Such structural reform issues will require RCI policies that complement domestic policy reform. This unique book explains what drives the regional economic integration of nations and their contribution to national knowledge capital. It also lays out how such beneficial integration can generate broad-based, equitable wealth in Europe and Asia.