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Publication date: 10 February 2015

Andrew Bowman, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Michael Moran and Karel Williams

This exploratory paper discusses the undemocratic agenda setting of elites in Britain and how it has changed politics within a form of capitalism where much is left…

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This exploratory paper discusses the undemocratic agenda setting of elites in Britain and how it has changed politics within a form of capitalism where much is left undisclosed in terms of mechanism and methods. It argues for a more radical exploratory strategy using C. Wright Mills’ understanding that what is left undisclosed is crucially important to elite existence and power, while recognising the limits on democratic accountability when debate, decision and action in complex capitalist societies can be frustrated or hijacked by small groups. Have British business elites, through their relation with political elites, used their power to constrain democratic citizenship? Our hypothesis is that the power of business elites is most likely conjuncturally specific and geographically bounded with distinct national differences. In the United Kingdom, the outcomes are often contingent and unstable as business elites try to manage democracy; moreover, the composition and organisation of business elites have changed through successive conjunctures.

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Elites on Trial
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-680-5

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Publication date: 15 February 2008

Lucy A. Tedd

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Program, vol. 42 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 10 February 2015

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Elites on Trial
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-680-5

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Publication date: 1 October 1916

Middle October finds most libraries well settled into their winter work, and this winter will probably be the most unusual in the history of the public library movement…

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Middle October finds most libraries well settled into their winter work, and this winter will probably be the most unusual in the history of the public library movement, while it will not be without its problems for every other description of library. Present indications lead us to believe that there will be no falling‐off of the demands of the civilian population; our libraries are crowded in the earlier part of the evenings, and unless some catastrophe intervenes of which we have at present no anticipation, this demand is not likely to fall much lower. Apart from their book work, some libraries may find it necessary to shear away their extension work in the shape of lectures and similar activities, mainly, of course, because of shortage of labour, but also because of the darkness of the streets at night. This latter difficulty is being met by some by moving the time of the lectures forward, and we think the plan has much to commend it. We hope, wherever they can, that librarians will maintain as many as possible of these activities “that show,” since they will keep the libraries before the public at a time when they are likely to be thought comparatively unimportant. There should be no acquiescence in the notion that libraries are luxuries, and that they have not a part of quiet but immense importance to play in the immediate future.

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New Library World, vol. 19 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 August 1972

A £400,000 extension has just been completed at the Vinyl Products plant at Carshalton, Surrey. The main equipment and control systems are to the design of their own…

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A £400,000 extension has just been completed at the Vinyl Products plant at Carshalton, Surrey. The main equipment and control systems are to the design of their own engineers, and will be able to handle a wide variety of emulsion types. This extension virtually exhausts the capacity of the Surrey site, and the company are negotiating for a second site at Warrington.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 1 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 10 February 2015

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Elites on Trial
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ISBN: 978-1-78441-680-5

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Publication date: 2 August 2013

Dorina Maria Buda and Alison Jane McIntosh

The purpose of this paper is to propose voyeurism as one possible lens to analyse the experiential nature of dark tourism in places of socio‐political danger, thus…

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The purpose of this paper is to propose voyeurism as one possible lens to analyse the experiential nature of dark tourism in places of socio‐political danger, thus expanding psychoanalytic understandings of those who travel to a “dark” place.

Design/methodology/approach

Freud's and Lacan's theories on voyeurism are used to examine the desire to travel to and gaze upon something that is (socially constructed as) forbidden, such as a place that is portrayed as being hostile to international tourists. A qualitative and critical analysis approach is employed to examine one tourist's experience of travelling to Iran and being imprisoned as a result of taking a photograph of what he thought was a sunrise but also pictured pylons near an electrical plant.

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The authors' analysis of the experiences of this tourist in Iran reveals that tourism, in its widest sense, can be experienced as “dark” through the consumption and performance of danger. This finding moves beyond the examination of dark tourism merely as “tourist products”, or that frame a particular moment in time, or are merely founded on one's connection to or perception of the site.

Research limitations/implications

Whilst the authors recognise the limitations of the case study approach taken here, and as such, generalisations cannot be inferred from the findings, it is argued that there is merit in exploring critically the motivational and experiential nature of travel to places that may be considered forbidden, dangerous or hostile in an attempt to further understand the concept of dark tourism from a tourist's lived perspective.

Originality/value

As the authors bring voyeurism into the debate on dark tourism, the study analyses the voyeuristic experiences of a dark tourist. In short, the authors argue that the lived and “deviant” experiential nature of tourism itself can be included in the discussion of “dark tourism”.

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International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1750-6182

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Publication date: 24 May 2022

Asad Khan, Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Zia ur Rehman and Shehzad Khan

This study aims to extend Bowman's risk–return paradox to Asian emerging markets and explain its causes under the prospect theory.

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Purpose

This study aims to extend Bowman's risk–return paradox to Asian emerging markets and explain its causes under the prospect theory.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is conducted on a cross-sectional sample of 4,609 firms across nine Asian emerging countries. The two stage least squares (2SLS) estimation technique is used to evaluate the three objectives of the study, i.e. Bowman's risk–return paradox, significance of firm-specific risk and prospect theory explanation of Bowman's paradox.

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The authors challenge the two basic financial economics arguments that higher risk is rewarded with higher return, and firm-specific risk is diversifiable. The empirical findings confirm the negative impact of firm-specific and systematic risk on firm return, thus, corroborates the Bowman's explanation of risk–return trade-off. However, the authors did not find empirical evidence to support prospect theory's explanations of Bowman’s paradox in Asian emerging markets.

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A holistic approach is adopted to analyze the various aspects of Bowman's paradox and its causes for the same time period, variables and sample. The authors also rectified several methodological limitations observed in previous studies, i.e. the use of same proxies for firm return and risk, endogeneity and survivorship issues. Furthermore, the findings of this study will enable managers to formulate critical viewpoint on firm-specific risk and systematic risk and take informed strategic decisions regarding optimum utilization of their firm's key resources in Asian emerging markets.

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Managerial Finance, vol. 48 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4358

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Publication date: 1 March 2001

Andrew Kakabadse, Keith Ward, Nada Korac‐Kakabadse and Cliff Bowman

The paper presents the results of a study based on an extensive number of interviews and focus group discussions conducted with non‐executive directors (NEDs), executive…

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The paper presents the results of a study based on an extensive number of interviews and focus group discussions conducted with non‐executive directors (NEDs), executive and non‐executive chairmen, chief executive officers (CEOs) and other key line and functional directors within UK corporations. Four critical issues concerning NEDs’ performance are identified, namely the need to be responsive to boardroom dynamics, the need to be multi‐competent in response to the various challenges NEDs face, the need to have the capability to address governance issues which are increasingly identified as predominating boardroom debate and the need to be sensitive to the context within which the company finds itself. Overall, NEDs are considered to provide a valuable contribution to the progress of the enterprise. However, the question that remains unanswered is what motivates NEDs to continue to address such challenges as, in the UK context, NEDs’ rewards are seen to be particularly low.

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Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society, vol. 1 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1472-0701

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Publication date: 1 January 1947

In an aircraft, a power plant, a cowling surrounding said power plant, a propeller driven by said power plant, a fairing mounted on said propeller and having an external…

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In an aircraft, a power plant, a cowling surrounding said power plant, a propeller driven by said power plant, a fairing mounted on said propeller and having an external contour which merges with the external contour of said cowling, an orifice in the upstream end of said fairing to permit throughflow of air to cool said power plant, an axially adjustable streamlined body extending from said orifice and shaped to vary the inlet area of said orifice, and means responsive to the air pressure anteriorly of said body for axially adjusting said body thereby to influence the airflow encompassing said fairway and said power plant.

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, vol. 19 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0002-2667

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