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Ascher, William

Overview
Works: 65 works in 313 publications in 1 language and 9,848 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: HB3730, 333.7091724
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by William Ascher
Bringing in the future : strategies for farsightedness and sustainability in developing countries by William Ascher( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,885 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humans are plagued by shortsighted thinking, preferring to put off work on complex, deep-seated, or difficult problems in favor of quick-fix solutions to immediate needs. When short-term thinking is applied to economic development, especially in fragile nations, the results--corruption, waste, and faulty planning--are often disastrous. In Bringing in the Future, William Ascher draws on the latest research from psychology, economics, institutional design, and legal theory to suggest strategies to overcome powerful obstacles to long-term planning in developing countries. Drawing on cases from Afri
Revitalizing political psychology : the legacy of Harold D. Lasswell by William Ascher( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Intended for researchers, practitioners, and advanced students in the areas of political and historical psychology, political strategy, and political communication, the book's emphasis on psychodynamics will also appeal to psychoanalysts and the material on leadership will appeal to professionals in management and industrial/organizational psychology."--Jacket
Forecasting : an appraisal for policy-makers and planners by William Ascher( Book )

26 editions published between 1977 and 1981 in English and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: Forecasting is a new, and still changing field. One of the most important factors in the relationships between method and result is that core assumptions are more important than sophisticated techniques; improved technique does not compensate for faulty assumptions. Forecasting is still an art and one that is difficult to master. The uses of forecasting can be so varied, and applied to so many different disciplines, that it's worth making the effort. The appraisal of forecasts and the choice of the "most likely" from a group focusing on the same area is also a type of forecasting
Guide to sustainable development and environmental policy by N. S Mirovit︠s︡kai︠a︡( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy is a comprehensive presentation of definitions, philosophies, policies, models, and analyses of global environmental and developmental issues. With a wealth of comparative, multidisciplinary, and geographically varied perspectives on environmental governance, it also provides detailed and balanced discussions about specific environmental issues.The guide combines formal, objective entries with critical commentaries that emphasize different opinions and controversies. With succinct explanations of more than a thousand
Scheming for the poor : the politics of redistribution in Latin America by William Ascher( Book )

10 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strategic planning and forecasting : political risk and economic opportunity by William Ascher( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Natural resource policymaking in developing countries : environment, economic growth, and income distribution by William Ascher( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why governments waste natural resources : policy failures in developing countries by William Ascher( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Knowledge and environmental policy : re-imagining the boundaries of science and politics by William Ascher( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An analysis of the challenges involved in incorporating science and other kinds of knowledge into making environmental policy
The Future of Brazil( Book )

7 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Central American Recovery and Development Task Force report to the International Commission for Central American Recovery and Development by Central American Recovery and Development Task Force( Book )

7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural change and persistence : new perspectives on development by William Ascher( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 312 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cultural Change and Persistence addresses the complex challenge of pursuing development while safeguarding cherished aspects of deeply-rooted cultural practices and beliefs. Through cases from multiple world regions, the authors tackle the thorny problem of how to define and identify cultural aspects worthy of persistence. They document how leaders and activists use culture to shape development and vice versa, with examples ranging from the use of historical understandings to promote or critique economic development strategies, to efforts to modify cultural practices in order to prevent their decline. The cases provide penetrating insights into effective strategies for pursuing both cultural integrity and development. -- Back cover
Economic development strategies and the evolution of violence in Latin America( Book )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the links between Latin American governments' economic policies and the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. Based on the patterns of ten countries, the contributions to this volume trace the remarkable transformation from open ideological conflict to the explosion of social (seemingly apolitical) violence, the upsurge in urban crime, and the confrontations over natural resources and drugs across the region spanning from Mexico to Argentina. The variations in economic success and in conflict prevention and transformation can guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development
Physical infrastructure development : balancing the growth, equity, and environmental imperatives( Book )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""This book makes important contributions to the critical debate on how to achieve sustainable infrastructure development, by balancing the sometimes conflicting concerns over economic growth, environmental protection, and social equity. I highly recommend this publication to both academics as well as practitioners who want to better understand the wide-ranging challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in fostering effective public-private sector partnerships for infrastructure development."--Tom Zearley, Lead Operations Officer (retired), World Bank" ""This book offers indispensable advice to governments at all levels---in both developed and developing countries---about the complex endeavor of planning, adopting, and maintaining new, physical infrastructure projects. Contributing authors explore problems that are too frequently downplayed by governments ... Their careful consideration improves the likelihood that physical infrastructure projects actually deliver what they promise."--Matthew R. Auer, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and Dean of the Hutton Honors College, Indiana University" "Physical Infrastructure Development addresses the key challenges of balancing economic, growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental protection in the development of major physical infrastructure, ranging from transport to energy. The contributions, reflecting the perspectives of economics, engineering, planning, political science, and urban design, examine the impact of alternative financing and pricing arrangements, and the opprotunities and risks of public-private partnerships. They also assess emerging approaches for restoring ecosystems degraded by past infrastructure development, and strategies for promoting farsighted infrastructure planning and protecting vulnerable people impacted by physical infrastructure expansion."--Jacket
The evolution of development thinking : governance, economics, assistance, and security by William Ascher( )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This landmark book offers a comprehensive analysis of how development approaches have evolved since World War II, examining and also evaluating the succession of theories, doctrines, and practices that have been formulated and applied in the Third World and beyond. Covering all developing regions, the book offers an integrated approach for considering the entwined aspects of development: governance, economics, foreign assistance, civil society, and the military. With reference to carefully chosen case studies, the authors offer distinctive explanations for why development approaches fall short and systematically relate the evolution of development thinking to current challenges, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of key institutions and the clashes of institutional interests that have distorted otherwise sound doctrines and negatively affected development practice. In identifying the dynamics that account for shortcomings in past development attempts, and recommending a better integration of doctrines across the entire range of inter-connected development fronts, the book points to how development practice may be improved to better advance human dignity"--Publisher's description
Development strategies and inter-group violence : insights on conflict-sensitive development by William Ascher( )

9 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Throughout the world, development has been affected by armed violence - from civil wars and separatist struggles to explosions of religious and communal violence and terrorism. Ethnolinguistic and religious diversity, rivalries among regional groups and clans, and competing economic interests create a potential for acrimonious intergroup divisions. Yet some nations remain stable, while others, earlier touted as pillars of peaceful growth, have foundered badly. Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence argues that economic development strategies, though embedded within a complex matrix of social and political conditions, have often shaped such different outcomes. Drawing on economic, political, and psychological theory, policy experiences, and case studies of the three regional volumes in the series (Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America; Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia; and The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa), this book assesses the risks and opportunities of development strategies regarding the likelihood of inter-group violence. Policymakers and development practitioners will greatly benefit from this detailed and comprehensive analysis of how development initiatives may affect group identities, influence multiple disparities among groups, create "conflict-opportunity structures," and change the dynamics of state-society relations"
Development strategies, identities, and conflict in Asia( )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores the links between Asian governments' development strategies and the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. The overview chapters comprehensively assess the development doctrines, patterns of development, and levels and nature of violence in all Asian subregions, while case-study contributions focusing on eight countries explore the often surprising impacts of development initiatives on reducing or increasing inter-group conflict and violence ranging from West Asia to Southeast Asia. The variations in strategies and their impacts on multiple risks of violence can guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development"--
The Caspian Sea : a quest for environmental security by William Ascher( Book )

11 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Caspian Sea region is profoundly important to global and regional environmental security. New geopolitical and economic conditions have created a mix of competition, reluctant collaboration, and legal, political, economic and ideological wrangling. There is intense debate on how the Caspian Sea and its resources should be divided between the littoral states and how the resources are to be developed. Development of the area's immense hydrocarbon potential poses a risk to the unique and fragile ecosystem. The issue is extremely complex, and vital economic, political and environmental interests are involved. The present book provides the most recent scientific assessments of the environmental threats in the region, articulates the standpoints of the various stakeholders from the littoral states, and presents the diverse approaches of interest groups from other nations currently involved in Caspian developments. Key to the work is the way it addresses the almost untouched questions of how to foster cooperation in resource sharing and environmental security issues and how to structure international cooperation to ensure its effectiveness
The economic roots of conflict and cooperation in Africa( Book )

10 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa" explores how the development strategies of African nations shape the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. The overview chapter assesses development doctrines, patterns of development, and levels and nature of violence in both North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on eleven countries, the case-study contributions explore the immediate and long-term impacts of development initiatives on reducing or increasing inter-group conflict and violence. They demonstrate the importance of evolving identities as economic roles and conditions change. These insights can guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development
Understanding the policymaking process in developing countries by William Ascher( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Understanding the Policymaking Process in Developing Countries provides a uniquely comprehensive and practical framework for development practitioners, policymakers, activists, and students to diagnose and improve policy processes in developing countries across a wide range of issues. Based on the classic policy sciences approach, the book offers over 100 diagnostic indicators keyed to identify problems of policy processes, policy content, bureaucratic behavior, stakeholder behavior, and national-subnational interactions. This multi-disciplinary framework is applied to a host of policy problems that particularly plague countries experiencing the 'under-development syndrome', including aborted programs and projects, policy impasses, distorted implementation, unnecessary harm and conflict, and shortsighted initiatives. These points are illustrated through cases from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Based on the developing countries' distinctive challenges, the book also offers recommendations on improving policy content and institutions to address the typical limitations"--
 
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Bringing in the future : strategies for farsightedness and sustainability in developing countries
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Revitalizing political psychology : the legacy of Harold D. LasswellForecasting : an appraisal for policy-makers and plannersGuide to sustainable development and environmental policyScheming for the poor : the politics of redistribution in Latin AmericaWhy governments waste natural resources : policy failures in developing countriesKnowledge and environmental policy : re-imagining the boundaries of science and politicsCultural change and persistence : new perspectives on developmentPhysical infrastructure development : balancing the growth, equity, and environmental imperativesThe Caspian Sea : a quest for environmental security
Alternative Names
Ascher, William.

Ascher, William L.

Ascher, William Louis 1947-

Aschera, William Falsche Namensform 1947-

William Ascher Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics/Claremont McKenna College/Claremont/California

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English (236)