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Large Forces: What's Missing In Public Administration
Large Forces: What's Missing In Public Administration
by Alasdair S. Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good on (US) public administration history, 25 Dec 2013
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A useful corrective to the 'received wisdom' on the history of US public administration academia. Roberts critique is persuasive in that context, but has much less force with regard to the European tradition, which has always been much more context sensitive (although not always).

A rather bigger issue is how poor the global public administration academic community has been at addressing the really "large forces" driving real world-wide change in PA - e.g. PA in the transitional states, failed states, emerging states, the BRICs, etc. Instead PA studies have remained myopically fixated with (relatively) small changes in western PA systems.


SuperBox Trunk Luggage - Black - One Size
SuperBox Trunk Luggage - Black - One Size

1.0 out of 5 stars Poor build quality, 25 Dec 2013
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The box is made of rather flexible plastic, which means the lid and side walls don't line up easily especially around the latch area. Only one of the latches on the one I received works properly. I wanted it for the back of Landrover and regular use, but it's not really up to that. If it was so big I'd send it back.


Cruzer Fit 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-016G-B35)
Cruzer Fit 16 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (SDCZ33-016G-B35)
Price: £7.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And its washing-machine proof., 10 Nov 2013
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The only slight 'problem' with these are they're so small its easy to forget where you've put them. In my case i left it in a pair of trousers that went thru the washing machine and dryer and came out intact and fully functional. Amazed.


The Complete Guide to Sony's Alpha 58 SLT Camera - 3 Sample Chapters
The Complete Guide to Sony's Alpha 58 SLT Camera - 3 Sample Chapters
Price: £2.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 16 Aug 2013
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A 'how to' guide written by someone who understands their subject, but also, and in many ways more importantly, understands communication and learning. Rare in a 'geek' Guide.


Nebo RedLine SE Flashlight With Steel belt clip
Nebo RedLine SE Flashlight With Steel belt clip
Offered by Western Tool Supply
Price: £20.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tactical torch, only one minor issue, 20 July 2013
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This is an excellent product which does exactly what it says. The full-power, narrow-focus setting produces an amazingly powerful beam. The strobing effect is awesome. Totally freaked out a cat across the street last night (sorry puss).

My only very small niggle is that the adjuster ring for changing the settings feels loose and insecure.


Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
Zen to Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
by Leo Babauta
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is as simple (but not simplistic) as the ideas it promotes, 21 April 2013
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Like a lot of self help books, this doesn't tell you much you don't know, but don't do. Zen is an especially useful underpinning, but this shows you don't have know much about Zen to apply some of its principles. Certainly helping me manage a overloaded inbox.


Taking Tax Out of Politics: Seven Maxims for Tax Policy in the Late 1990s (Arguments)
Taking Tax Out of Politics: Seven Maxims for Tax Policy in the Late 1990s (Arguments)
by D.C Hague
Edition: Paperback

3.0 out of 5 stars Useful historical document, 18 April 2013
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Geoff Mulgan was one of the key New Labour thinkers in government. This pamphlet is a useful indicator of how in Opposition attempts were being made to create consensus and show how fiscally prudent Labour would be. But taking taxation out of politics was obviously a step too far, something Mulgan admitted to me when I talked to him about this pamphlet recently.


Unico Brief Profundo Men's Underwear, Dark Blue (L)
Unico Brief Profundo Men's Underwear, Dark Blue (L)
Offered by AsdruMark
Price: £17.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 18 April 2013
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Good fit and endurance. I have several pairs of earlier versions that have lasted for nearly a decade. Good investment.


Jewelco London Sterling Silver 3mm Gauge Curb Chain - 22 inch
Jewelco London Sterling Silver 3mm Gauge Curb Chain - 22 inch
Offered by Jewelco London
Price: £27.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If it was any thinner it would have inverted space., 18 April 2013
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Should have guessed it was too cheap - extremely thin chain not much use for anything and would probably break if you sneezed on it. I sent it back.
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BoxWave Apple iPad (4th Generation) Presentation Capacitive Stylus - Professional Executive Quality Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus w/ Integrated LED Reading Light and Laser Pointer (Metallic Silver)
BoxWave Apple iPad (4th Generation) Presentation Capacitive Stylus - Professional Executive Quality Capacitive Touch Screen Stylus w/ Integrated LED Reading Light and Laser Pointer (Metallic Silver)
Offered by BoxWave Corporation
Price: £19.94

2.0 out of 5 stars As a stylus, fine, as a laser pointer - forget it., 18 April 2013
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This works fine as a stylus, but I didn't buy it mainly for that (I have two already). I bought for the combined stylus AND laser pointer - as a professor this reduces the amount of stuff I need to carry. Unfortunately the laser pointer works, but only in a darkened room and over a range of about 3 inches, producing a red nano dot. I exaggerate a bit, but it is pretty useless. Can't be bothered with the hassle of returning it, but I wouldn't recommend anyone who needs the laser pointer function to buy it.

Prof. Colin Talbot


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