Anthem Book Spotlight | ‘The Entrepreneurial State’

Since the June release of our new title, ‘The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths,’ the book has already received significant press coverage. Mariana Mazzucato is a leading innovation economist and her ideas provide a new perspective on the role of the state in entrepreneurship. Some of the recent media highlights include The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg and Yahoo! Finance.

Dr Mazzucato is professor of economics at the University of Sussex, where she holds the prestigious RM Phillips Chair in Science and Technology Policy. She gives lectures all around the world, is often invited to appear on major broadcast programmes (including Bloomberg, BBC Newsnight, etc). and is a frequent contributor to major publications including the Guardian, New Statesman, Harvard Business Review and others. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, she was invited to be one of the keynote speakers for the TEDGlobal2013 conference, where her ideas drummed up quite a bit of attention. You can read a TED blog post about it here (the video will be up later this year):

In addition to the TED talk, Anthem just recently hosted a book launch at Waterstone’s where many came to celebrate the book’s release. Tej Sood (publisher at Anthem Press) made some introductory remarks, followed by a brief talk from Mariana and some kind words from Lord Andrew Adonis. The event, which included guests such as Paul Ekins, Vicky Pryce and Dimitri Zenghelis, was a success and received a mention in Bookseller Magazine.

To read a book excerpt from ‘The Entrepreneurial State,’ find information about future events, and review the latest press coverage, visit the book’s website here:

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The austere and elegant central cloisters designed by Bramante and the ancient monastery of Sant’Ambrogio, or St Ambrose, home to the Catholic University of Milan since 1932, are framed by modern buildings technologically fully equipped. Together with the more austere and imposing pre-existent structures, they house the great University Library.

The University Library is one of the most important Italian academic libraries hosting over  1,530,000 books, over 6,000 printed periodical publications and 19,400 online publications. The Reference Room not only is home to one of the greatest collection in Italy of Humanities studies and of ancient sources, but also is a centre for scholars from Italy and all over the world.

To it refer all the Faculty studies: Arts, Philosophy, Law, Political Science, Economics, Languages and Sociology. A special area is dedicated to Media, Cinema and Theatre Studies, an ever-increasing subject within the University syllabus, and to which Mario Apollonio, a well-known scholar in the western world, assured relevant academic importance. Through the lively cloisters by Bramante and lecture halls housed in the ancient monastery, students have access to an intimate and well organized academic environment, immersed in a magnificent historical atmosphere, equipped to help them reach for the future fully prepared and creative.

—Annamaria Cascetta, Università Cattolica di Milan, Italy; editorial board member of Anthem Studies in Theatre and Performance

Anthem Book Spotlight | Development Without Aid

‘Development Without Aid: The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora’ by David A Phillips

David Phillips makes a compelling case that international migration and remittances have vast potential to promote development in many of the world’s poor nations. By contrast, foreign aid – in its current form – is unlikely to lead to transformative changes in the developing world. His ideas are prescient. Development professionals should take note.”

—Dean Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Economics and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Having grown up in Malawi, Dr David Phillips had a unique vantage point to the limitations of foreign aid as an alien resource inherently unable to provide the necessary dynamism to propel the poorest countries out of poverty, and compromised by profound anomalies which subvert its own effectiveness. In his new book, ‘Development Without Aid: The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora,’ Phillips reviews the nature foreign aid, surveying its history and taking a critical look at its effectiveness. He investigates reasons for its failure, new aid instruments that have been developed to improve aid effectiveness, and alternative routes out of poverty. The emergence of the diaspora as a quasi-indigenous economic and social force is of particular interest to the author and the book looks into how the path to growth could be helped along by these concentrations of economic power. He also provides an outline for an aid exit strategy for poor countries.

Read David Phillips’ guest post on this subject at the World Bank’s blog here:
The Decline of Development Aid and the Rise of the Diaspora?

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Anthem Author, Mariana Mazzucato, at TEDGlobal2013

TED conferences are some of the best places for forward thinkers to come together and share ideas. Covering everything from art to science to business, innovative thinkers and industry leaders come to spread their knowledge with the world. One of the greatest aspects of the organisation is that they record all the lectures from the conferences and uploaded them to their website — an open source sharing of ideas, accessible to anyone with an internet connection.

With that said, we’re happy to share that one of our authors, leading innovation economist Dr Mariana Mazzucato (University of Sussex), will be giving a lecture at this year’s TEDGlobal2013: Think Again in Edinburgh. Her new book, ‘The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths,’ has just been released today and her lecture on Wednesday will cover some of the key points from her new book. (If you’re attending the event, she will be doing a book signing as well, so do stop by.)

Building on the Dr Mazzucato’s work for a high-impact DEMOS report, ‘The Entrepreneurial State’ debunks the myth of the state as a large bureaucratic organization that can at best facilitate the creative innovation which happens in the dynamic private sector. Analysing various case studies of innovation-led growth, it describes the opposite situation, whereby the private sector only becomes bold enough to invest after the courageous state has made the high-risk investments.

“It is the State that has dared to think – against all odds – about the ‘impossible’: creating a new technological opportunity; making the initial large necessary investments; enabling a decentralized network of actors to carry out the risky research; and then allowing the development and commercialization process to occur in a dynamic way.”

Of particular interest are her chapters on Apple (see her recent article for the Harvard Business Review here), the Green Revolution, and pharmaceuticals, as well her arguments against austerity and her points on risk-taking.

In addition to the TEDGlobal talk, there will be an official book launch at the Waterstones Economists’ Bookshop (at LSE) on 3 July at 6:00-7:30 pm. She will also be giving a talk at the Institute of Public Policy Research in London on the 17th of June at 11-12:30. Please find more information about the events here:

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Anthem Library of the Month | TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Trinity College Library

Trinity College Library is the largest library in Ireland, its collections of manuscripts and printed books having been built up since the end of the sixteenth century. The Library is a fascinating mix from an architectural point of view: the Old Library with the famous Long Room is over 300 years old, and it provides a sharp contrast to the neo-brutalist buildings built in the late 20th century. The Library is a copyright library in Ireland and in Britain, so if you are annoyed with hectic libraries in the UK, then this is your place to visit. The Library has over six million items, and there are also extensive collections of manuscripts, maps, printed music and electronic resources.

—Balázs Apor, Trinity College Dublin, Anthem Series on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies

Anthem Book Spotlight | How to Get Into Medical School In Australia

We are pleased to announce that we have just released a useful new book entitled ‘How to Get into Medical School in Australia’ by Timothy Shiraev. The book is the definitive guide on how to succeed in your application to medical school – and how to excel once there. It is a comprehensive book for prospective and current medical students.

Dr Timothy Shiraev completed his Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2007 and his Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) in 2012. However, in his first attempt to get into medical school, he hadn’t adequately prepared and was ultimately rejected. It was a wake-up call, forcing him to re-evaluate how he approached the process. He read everything he could on studying, GAMSAT test prep, interview techniques, etc. As a result, he was accepted into medical school the second time around and this book is a tribute to the amount of preparation and study he put in to earn his spot.

Making it into and surviving medical school are not easy feats and this book is very upfront about how taxing the process to becoming a doctor can be. But it also provides a glimpse into how rewarding it can be and if, after weighing everything out, you decide it’s worth it – this is one of the best books out there to see you through.

When we say comprehensive, we mean comprehensive. Simply take a look at the table of contents to get a sense of what this book covers: This book touches on what characteristics a person should possess to become a doctor, study techniques,  UMAT and GAMSAT prep, special applicants tips (such as those for mature age and indigenous students – and for your non-Australians an international student section), interview tips, university information etc. The appendices and references alone make this book a worthwhile investment with useful test prep questions, practice interview questions, sample CVs, etc. Additionally, peppered throughout the book are useful quotes from people describing their experiences and offering their insight into the various stages of the process.

Consultant Neurologist at St Vincent’s Hospital (Sydney), Associate Professor Ray Garrick, has said the following about the book: ‘This is a thoroughly researched and well-written book that will be an invaluable resource for all people intending to apply for medical school, and also for people who are considering the possibility of a medical career. It is the most comprehensive overview to date, and provides excellent advice on how to approach decisions on which medical school to choose and on the options for support.’

This is the first in an Anthem series of ‘How to Get Into Medical School’ around the world.

Find out more about the book here: