C.A. van den Berg ~ The Making of the Statute of the European System of Central Banks

16,5 x 24 cm
596 pag.
€ 39,50
ISBN 978 90 3619 292 7

This book probes one of the world’s most powerful monetary institutions, the European Central Bank (ECB) – how it came into being, what determines its policies today and how it might develop in the future.

Revealing hitherto non-researched documents and information provided by key decision-makers, it offers fresh, detailed insight into how Europe’s bankers and politicians negotiated the ECB’s establishment and the statutes by which it is run. It analyses the web of relationships among political authorities, the ECB, the European System of Central Banks (ESCB) and National Central Banks as well as relationships internal to the ECB itself, notably the Governing Council. It devotes particular attention to period 1988-1991, when negotiators hammered out the statutes of the ESCB and ECB, parallel articles of the Treaty of Maastricht, and Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). It compares these institutional arrangements with those governing central banking in the United States, especially the Federal Reserve System.

This study reveals how European monetary policy-making actually takes place, set against the background of the system’s federal character, the weights given centralization versus decentralization, and in particular the role of checks and balances – a concept essential to all modern federally organized systems – and how and why they are applied according to the Statute both within the ESCB and vis-à-vis the political authorities. The book also comments on those parts of the proposed European Constitution (which Europe’s government leaders endorsed officially in October 2004) relating to the EMU and the role budgetary rules should play in it. The study criticizes the fundamental lack of checks and balances in Europe’s now contested Stability and Growth pact.

A unique aspect of the study is that it describes in detail the genesis of the wording of the articles of the statutes of the ESCB and ECB. The study also traces the evolution of post-war European monetary integration. It contains a wealth of fascinating and detailed knowledge that will interest anyone interested in central banking, monetary policy, political science, federalism and international relations.

This book has been described as ‘possible the most accurate and comprehensive source of historical facts and results on the genesis of EMU’ and ‘a great contribution to central banking literature’.

Dr. C.C.A. van den Berg, after graduating from the Free University of Amsterdam, worked at the Dutch central bank, with a short stint at the IMF, and has been closely involved in the European monetary integration process since 1989.

Price: €39,50

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Hans van Keken ~ Helende Kunsten. Over de oorsprong van het gebruik van muziek, drama en beeldende kunstvormen voor het welzijn

15 x 22 cm
104 pagina’s
ISBN 9 78 90 36 1 0423 4

Dit is het verslag van een onderzoek naar de oorsprong van het gebruik van muziek, drama en beeldende kunstvormen voor het welzijn onder de naam Helende Kunsten. Het blijkt dat het inzetten van muziek, drama en beeldende kunstvormen voor hun helende werking al heel oud is. De oude Grieken deden het en mogelijk gebeurde het ook al veel eerder. Vragen bij dit onderzoek zijn geweest: waar komt dat gebruik vandaan, vanuit welke ideeën is men de muziek, drama en beeldende kunstvormen zo gaan aanwenden voor het welzijn en waaruit bestond dat toepassen? ”In dit onderzoek is achterhaald hoe allerlei stromingen op diverse gebieden vanuit de Oudheid, Renaissance, achttiende, negentiende en vroege twintigste eeuw weg bereidend zijn geweest voor het therapeutisch toepassen van de media muziek, drama en beeldende middelen. Duidelijk wordt dat diverse vormen van dit therapeutisch gebruik geworteld zijn in zeer oude tradities en praktijken, die een interessant overgangsgebied vormen tussen genezing, behandeling en creatieve, kunstzinnige en culturele uitingsvormen. Het onderzoek eindigt voor elk medium daar waar die invloed in Nederland duidelijk vaste voet onder de grond heeft gekregen. Aldus de lector Geschiedenis van het Sociaal Werk Maarten van der Linde.
Het boek is een bewerking van het afscheidscollege (2012) van Hans van Keken als socioloog bij de opleiding Creatieve Therapie van de Hogeschool Utrecht.
Hij is tevens de schrijver van de geschiedenis van het apenstaartje, het @ teken.

Price: €12,90

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Lammert de Jong: Being Dutch, More or Less

15 x 22 cm
224 pag.
€ 19,90
ISBN 978 90 3610 210 0
Read the first chapter online: Dutch Wonderland – in: Rozenberg Quarterly

The Dutch have been living in Wonderland for quite a while, boosted by a glamorous 17th Century history, the grand Dutch Golden Century, when Holland ruled the waves. Undeniably the Dutch carry a rich history, though with ups and downs. Noblesse oblige! The Dutch have felt that their country could be a guide to the world; if they could, the Dutch would save the world, for sure. Since the end of World War II the Dutch gradually evolved into occupants of an excellent spot on the globe.

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Price: €19,90

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Marc Resch: Only in Holland, Only the Dutch

340 pages
€ 17,90
ISBN 978 90 5170 800 4
NUR 740

“(..) For the thus-naïve among the newcomers, or those who are well aware of how different life will be here, or simply the curious, this book is a great, complete and yet informal guide on life among the Dutch. Taking you on a trip through his life in the Netherlands, Marc Resch makes us grateful for his powers of observation and capacity to remember all that assaults your consciousness and sub-consciousness alike.” – XPat Review (2005)

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Edwin B. Reesink – Allegories of Wildness

456 pag.
€ 37,50
ISBN 978 90 3610 173 8

Three Nambikwara ethnohistories of sociocultural and linguistic change and continuity

A ‘primitive wild people’ that only Rondon could ‘pacify’, that was the reputation of wildness of these ‘savages’ around 1910. Not only that, Rondon also renamed them as the “Nambiquara” and hence, a few years later, this people acquiered its first fame in Brazil with a new name. Actually, colonial expansion and war had been part of their history since the seventeenth century.
The crossing of the enormous Nambikwara territories by the telegraph line constructed by Rondon’s Mission produced, as far as known, the first real pacific contact. For those local groups most affected it proved as disastrous as all ‘first contacts’ without any preparation and substantial medical assistance. When Lévi-Strauss travelled through the region the so-called civilization had receded again. His research was very severely hampered by the historical consequences and by the fact the Indians still retained their political autonomy. Yet he has remarked they were the most interesting people he met and regarded this journey as his initiation in anthropological fieldwork. Tristes Tropiques made this people famous to a very large public and fixed another particular image of the Nambikwara.
And then, in the seventies and eighties of the last century, the final assault took place by their being “before the bulldozer” (as written by the best known Nambikwara expert David Price).

Only after a demographic catastrophy, permanent encirclement and great losses of territory, several Nambikwara local groups coalesced and emerged as peoples while many other local groups perished in this genocide. In effect, the so-called Nambikwara never were ‘one people’.
This study explores the ethnohistory of the name, fame and fate of three of these peoples — the Latundê, Sabanê and Sararé — and dedicates some special attention to language loss and maintenance.

Price: €37,50

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