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Can Green Sustain Growth? From the Religion to the Reality of Sustainable Prosperity. By John Zysman, Mark Huberty. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013. 978-0-804-78525-9. 352 pp. $45.00.

Although the concept of the “green economy” is popular and widely evoked, meaningful progress in building a viable green economy has yet to take place. The slow growth of the green economic engine implies that theory has not caught up with real-world conditions. Zysman and Huberty assess how we might go from theoretical support to implementation, arguing that it is necessary to engage in radical experimentation. But large-scale change is costly, and the formation of a new economic model will not succeed without political support, along with cooperation between business and government. This volume presents eight international case studies to consider what we can learn from the implementation of green growth strategies to date. The authors conclude that coalitions for green experimentation are most likely to survive when they address climate solutions in connection with solutions to specific problems that appeal to both environmental and industrial interests.

Capitalism and Democracy: A Fragile Alliance. By Theo van de, Klundert. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013. 978-1-78195-615. 240 pp. $120.00.

The author explores the long-standing question of how capitalism and democracy can either work hand in hand or operate as opposing forces. He pays particular attention to the Euro crisis and resulting recession that has plagued the Euro Zone for years. He places real-world events in the context of classic debates about economics and policy, invoking Marx, Schumpeter, and Polanyi. This volume also assesses familiar topics such as property rights, technological development, and long waves, and introduces newer ideas from the fields of political economy and institutional economics. These include open and limited-access societies, hyperglobalization, and the European Union itself.

Central Banks and Financial Markets: The Declining Power of US Monetary Policy. By Hasan, Cömert. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013. 978-1-78100-404-3. 224 pp. $110.00.

Cömert explores the volatile nature of global monetary policy and the shifting role that the U.S. Federal Reserve is playing. Using institutional analysis and econometrics, he lays out the case that central banks are losing control of the price and quantity of credit. In fact, he asserts that this process began over two decades ago. He shows that central banks played a central role in developing the process that ultimately led to a decline in their influence, and which also coincides with a period of global financial crisis.

Course of Action: A Journalist's Account from Inside the American League against War and Fascism and the United Electrical Workers Union (UE), 1933–1978. By James Lerner. Berkeley, CA: RNL Publishing, 2013. 978-097865-179-4. 235 pp. $20.00.

This personal account by noted labor activist James Lerner begins with his apprenticeship and youth leadership as an organizer for the American League against War and Fascism during World War II. Lerner covers the events of the war years at a granular level, and conveys a sense of personal struggle and determination in the face of indifference and even outright hostility. This story is noteworthy particularly as an account of the political turmoil within organized labor as perceptions of the international communist movement began to shift, at first slightly and then much more radically, as the true nature of the Stalinist regime came to light.

Economic Futures of the West. By Jan, Winiecki. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013. 192 pp. 978-178195-170-5. 192 pp. $105.00.

Winiecki surveys the economic landscape and finds both an increasing number of global challenges and a growing host of rising challengers to the economic supremacy of the West. He explores the deeply ingrained problems that Western economies must deal with in order to be efficient competitors in the world economy. He argues that the core set of systemic issues have their basis in the continual expansion of the welfare state, and he posits that it is now crucial to evaluate the causes not only from an economic perspective but also sociological and even political perspectives. He concludes that the principal challengers to the West—Brazil, Russia, India, and China—are unlikely to gain economic dominance in the near term, as they also face serious difficulties which do not map to the historic development of Western economies.

Gendered Commodity Chains: Seeing Women's Work and Households in Global Production. Edited by Wilma A. Dunaway, edited by *. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013. 978-0804-78794-9. 320 pp. 90.00.

The contributors evaluate the role of gender in global commodity chains and seek to reframe how we perceive the global economic systems in ways that can include social reproduction. The focus is multidisciplinary, with chapters devoted to sociology, anthropology, economics, women's studies, and geography. Contributors consider how women's work can be integrated into commodity chain research. They also assess the forms women's labor takes, threats to social reproduction, the impact of indigenous and peasant households on commodity chains, the growth of sex trafficking, and emerging opportunities for worker resistance.

Keys to the City: How Economics, Institutions, Social Interaction, and Politics Shape Development. By Michael, Storper. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2013. 978-06911-43118. 288 pp. $39.95.

Storper examines why economic development should be interpreted in regional contexts, specifically at the level of the metropolitan region. By using this approach he reveals why many urban economies with similar characteristics develop unequally. He identifies five contexts that shape urban economic development: economic, institutional, innovational, interactional, and political. The book explores how these contexts operate and how they interact, leading to developmental success in some regions and failure in others. In his conclusion, Storper specifies eight rules of economic development targeted at policy makers.

Mothers Unite! Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life. By Jocelyn Elise, Crowley. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013. 978-0-801-45175-1. 224 pp. $29.95.

Crowley examines the efforts of five diverse national mothers' organizations: Mocha Moms, which aims to assist mothers of color; Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), which stresses the promotion of Christian values; Mothers & More, which emphasizes support for those moving in and out of the paid workforce; MomsRising, which focuses on online political advocacy; and the National Association of Mothers' Centers (NAMC), which highlights community-based networking. She charts the growth and history of these groups and provides detailed accounts of their membership profiles, strategies, and successes. She asserts that greater workplace flexibility has become vital, but achieving it will require a broad-based movement that harnesses the energy of existing organizations such as the five she discusses.

Plane Queer: Labor, Sexuality, and AIDS in the History of Male Flight Attendants. By Phil, Tiemeyer. . Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. 978-0-520-27476-1. 312 pp. $70.00.

Tiemeyer charts the fascinating but often problematic history of men who have worked as air stewards, beginning with the late 1920s and moving forward through time. Although men serving as flight attendants is now quite common, Tiemeyer describes the many underlying tensions such workers face, including the stigma of being associated with work that is primarily identified as female oriented. This book provides a broad view of the various hardships these men have faced at work, paying particular attention to the conflation of gender-based, sexuality-based, and AIDS-based discrimination.

Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City. By Gordon, Young. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. 978-0-520-27052-7. 312 pp. $29.95.

The author decided to relocate to his hometown of Flint, Michigan and buy a house. He recounts his experiences upon returning, where he finds a city much changed by the ravages of de-industrialization. Contrasts abound: exotic dancers can afford mansions, speculators acquire large blocks of homes via eBay, and arson is often employed to set the stage for beautifying the neighborhood. He folds historical analysis into his experience, and conducts interviews with many residents. Ultimately what emerges is a story of the tenacity of people and how they form the most crucial foundation for healthy cities, whatever a given region's prospect might be—or be limited by.

Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown. By Chuck, McFadden. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2013. 978-0-520-27563-8. 249 pp. $29.95.

McFadden presents an in-depth biography of California's current governor, whose history of political leadership in the state spans more than 40 years. He traces Brown's childhood in San Francisco, his time studying for the priesthood, and his unusual political career. He describes Brown's first two terms as governor as being characterized by much-publicized advocacy for farm workers, women, and minorities, and his “spiritual quests,” and focuses on his controversial term as chairman of the California Democratic Party and then as mayor of Oakland. Political experts weigh in with thoughts about the remarkable 2010 campaign that saw the 72-year-old Brown winning his third term in office while being vastly outspent by Republican Meg Whitman. What emerges is an intimate portrait of a highly driven politician who continues to defy national trends as he leads one of the largest economies in the world.

Unfinished Business: Paid Family Leave in California, the Future of U.S. Work-Family Policy. . By Ruth Milkman, Eileen Appelbaum. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013. 978-0801478956. 152 pp. $69.95.

The authors chart the history and impact of California's paid family leave program, the first of its kind in the United States, which began in 2004. Drawing on original data from fieldwork and surveys of employers, workers, and the larger California adult population, they analyze the effect of the state's groundbreaking paid family leave on employers and workers. They also recount the process by which California workers and their allies built a coalition to win passage of paid family leave in the state legislature. Many of the strategies the coalition employed are transferrable to other states, so the authors describe them in detail. They conclude by asserting that because paid leave enjoys extensive popular support across the political spectrum, campaigns for such laws have an excellent chance of success if some basic preconditions are met.

Working Regions: Reconnecting Innovation and Production in the Knowledge Economy. By Jennifer, Clark. New York: Routledge, 2013. 978-0-415-67689-2. 216 pp. $125.00.

Clark focuses the policies that support the growth of sustainable regional economies and how they can continue to thrive in the wake of the ongoing global recession. This book traces several key themes underlying the core proposition that for a region to work, it has to link research and manufacturing activities in the same region. Chapters assess how the location of research and development infrastructure can produce effective partnerships between government and business. Throughout the book, the author draws on examples from diverse industries, including the medical devices industry and the U.S. photonics industry, in order to illustrate the different themes of working regions and the various institutional models operating in various countries and regions.

World Economic Performance: Past, Present and Future. Edited by D.S. Prasada Rao, and Bart van Ark, edited by *. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2013. 978-1-84844-848-3. 448 pp. $160.00.

Despite cycles of growth and recession, world economic performance over the last 50 years has been marked primarily by sustained advancement. This book explores the socioeconomic and institutional factors that have contributed to this long-term growth, and whether developed economies such as those of Europe, Japan, and the United States can hope to continue to grow. The contributors frame growth in a considerably longer context, with the period of the study beginning in 1850 and continuing through the present. The forecasts they present look forward to 2030.