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Measure of a Nation How to Regain America's Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing

ISBN-10: 1616145692
ISBN-13: 9781616145699
Edition: 2012
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Description: If America were a corporation, how would an independent analyst judge its ability to compete against other corporate giants? Using charts that illustrate the unbiased, party-neutral data, it uncovers the major problem areas that the nation must  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 6/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

If America were a corporation, how would an independent analyst judge its ability to compete against other corporate giants? Using charts that illustrate the unbiased, party-neutral data, it uncovers the major problem areas that the nation must address.

Howard Steven Friedman (New York, NY) is a leading statistician and health economist for the United Nations. He has worked with major organizations including UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Health Organization, UNFPA, UNAIDS, UNDP, and UNESCO.

Foreword
Introduction: Competitive Intelligence for America
Looking Inward instead of Outward
Three Key Points
Comparison Details
Why Not Compare the United States with the European Union?
Where's China?
The Lingo of Competitive Intelligence
The Nations Heartbeat: Health
Wealth Makes Health?
The Competitors
Who's Dying?
What Is Shorter Life Expectancy Costing Americans?
Overspending on What?
Healthcare Systems 101
The High Cost of the Uninsured
Healthcare Professionals: Delivering Healthcare
How Sick Are We?
What about Mental Health?
"Best Medical Care in the World"?
The Final Analysis: The United States, the Dog of the Market
Recommendations
Locking Our Doors: Safety
The Dark Figure of Crime
America the Violent
Guns, Guns, and More Guns
The Response to Crime: Incarceration
To Attack or Be Attacked
Where Does the Money Go?
All We Are Saying Is Give Peace a Chance
Recommendations
The Right to the Three Rs: Education
Educational Quality
Can I Buy an A?
Bringing in Top Teachers
Starting Early
Longer School Years: More Time to Learn
Standards
Funding
After High School Comes…
The Final Market Analysis: The United States Is a Middle Child in Education
Silver Bullets?
Recommendations
We the People: Democracy
What Do We Mean by "Democracy"?
Competition and Participation: Being Counted Counts
Participation: Voter Turnout
Competition: How Many Parties at the Table
Winner-Take-All Elections Leave Democracy Out
Geography: Another Issue Undermining Competition
Other Measures of Democracy
The World Bank Scores Governance
The Economist's Spin on Democracy
Freedom Is Not Free
The Final Market Analysis: United States Is a Middle Child in Democracy Ranking
Recommendations
A Balancing Act: Equality
Income
Wealth
Socioeconomic Mobility: Moving Up, Sideways, or Down?
"All Men Are Created Equal"; What about the Women?
Equality Performance: No Star, but the United States Is the Market Dog
Recommendations
What the Data Have Shown Us
Applying Competitive Intelligence
Inequality in America
Why Should We Care?
Where Do We Go from Here?
Our Country, Our Future
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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