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Aeron Davis

the numbers. Every new business leader has to have them to impress their investors. For decades business strategies have been broken down into metrics and targets, with the most important target being the share price. Neil Carson, after ten good years at Johnson Matthey, was a veteran of the numbers game: ‘The top of the list on the sustainability 2017 targets was double earnings per share. And the second one was, we're going to halve the raw materials used per unit output … and you need to get a 20% return on capital expenditure investment

in Reckless opportunists
Elites at the end of the Establishment

This book surveys the elite state of play in Britain as it is now. It argues that the Establishment, as it has been conceived, is coming to an end. The book looks at how elites, by trying to get ahead, have destabilised the very institutions on which their power is based. It also looks at how leaders have adapted to get to the top. Those most suited to pleasing their assessors get there first. The book reveals some of the ways elites use to stay at the top once they get there. It looks at the secrets and lies that underpin elite power and control. Some are systematic and organised, and some are simply the lies leaders tell themselves. The book shows how leadership has been transformed into a numbers game because numbers can be tallied up in a way that ideas cannot. And because elites co-create the game, they can also change the rules as and when they need to. The book focuses on exit strategies and how canny elites survive when it all goes wrong. It briefly explores what solutions there might be to the current problems of leadership.

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Aeron Davis

culture and ideas, and adopting dominant norms and positions, no matter how nonsensical. Chapter 6 looks at the secrets and lies that underpin elite power and control. Some are systematic and organised, and some are simply the lies leaders tell themselves. Chapter 7 shows that leadership has been transformed into a numbers game because numbers can be tallied up in a way that ideas can't. And because elites co-create the game, they can also change the rules as and when they need to. Part IV focuses on exit strategies and how canny elites

in Reckless opportunists
Naming and the numbers game
Alexander Smith

3 Dispelling Doonhamers: naming and the numbers game We are talking about percentages, the mileages between A and B, what percentage of what constituency is going to be in what. We are talking about people – that’s what the Boundary Commission should be about and there are exceptions … where the Boundary Commission can deviate from the quota of 70,000 and these are the reasons being put forward by the Dumfries and Galloway Council. (Labour councillor John Forteath during the Boundary Commission public inquiry) In accordance with the 1998 Scotland Act, one

in Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives
Jonathan Chatwin

incorporate the province; this numbers game has been backed up by draconian policies restricting the freedom of the Uyghur population in all sorts of ways. Uyghur food is distinct from that of the provincial cuisine of Han China – itself deliciously diverse. Foregrounding flavours of cumin, it connects more to the Middle East than to the Middle Kingdom. In my head, I ran through the litany of dishes I planned to order later; as I walked, their names became almost a mantra, their separate syllables playing in my head like a refrain, falling in

in Long Peace Street
Place, space and discourse
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Identity is often regarded as something that is possessed by individuals, states, and other agents. In this edited collection, identity is explored across a range of approaches and under-explored case studies with a view to making visible its fractured, contingent, and dynamic features. The book brings together themes of belonging and exclusion, identity formation and fragmentation. It also examines how identity functions in discourse, and the effects it produces, both materially and in ideational terms. Taking in case studies from Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, the various chapters interrogate identity through formal governing mechanisms, popular culture and place. These studies demonstrate the complex and fluid nature of identity and identity practices, as well as implications for theorising identity.

A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

The other side of Thompson’s critique
Scott Hamilton

Historical Context’, Midland History , 1, 3, 1972. All of these texts are 225 Crisis and creativity collected in Persons and Polemics, Merlin, London, 1994. 7 Robert William Fogel and Stanley L Engerman, Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery, Little and Brown, Boston, 1974. 8 For the argument about wages, see Time on the Cross, 1974, pp. 237–238. For the argument about whipping, see pp. 144–147. For an overview of the controversy Time on the Cross provoked and a critique of the book, see Herb Gutman’s Slavery and the Numbers Game, University of

in The crisis of theory
Aeron Davis

audits’ and ‘risk comparisons’. Doing something new or innovative was risky. 1 It usually involved a big investment in time and money. The breadth of market interest was not yet proven. And the worst risk of all was that it could affect the share price in the short-term. As one UK study found, 75% of managers would avoid new projects with long-term value creation if they were damaging to short-term earnings. 2 For CEOs, there were a whole lot of other strategies to pursue which were less risky. There was the playing the numbers game (not

in Reckless opportunists
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‘Numbers games’ and ‘holocausts’ at Jasenovac and Bleiburg
David Bruce MacDonald

suffering and Fall during the Second World War. Following a victim-centred strategy, both sides advanced negative myths of identification, arguing that they alone had suffered a ‘Holocaust’ during the war, which was repeating itself in the 1990s. 160 2441Chapter6 16/10/02 8:05 am Page 161 Comparing genocides: ‘holocausts’ at Jasenovac and Bleiburg The ‘numbers game’ at Jasenovac During the Communist era and afterwards, the Ustaša death-camp at Jasenovac became the most potent twentieth-century symbol of the victimisation of Serbs. It figured as the scene of an

in Balkan holocausts?