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Jacqueline Yeldon and Robert Pitter

) and is six times greater for competitive players than those participating in recreational leagues ( Willer et al. 2005 ). Concussions occur frequently in ice hockey and can have lasting and devastating physical and neurological effects ( Laurer et al

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Grant Amyot and Francesco Marangoni

In 2005, the flagging competitiveness of the Italian economy, which

had preoccupied journalistic and academic commentators for the past

two or three years, was brought forcefully to the attention of public

and politicians by the sudden upsurge of Third World competition,

especially from China. With the ending of the Multifiber Agreement

on 1 January, Chinese clothing and textile products were allowed free

entry into the European Union, and Italy, with its large number of

firms in this sector, was especially vulnerable.

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Ofer Kenig

The selection methods of party leaders in Israel have gone through a gradual shift during the last 30 years. Like parties in several other democracies (Canada, United Kingdom, Japan), the major Israeli parties have changed their internal distribution of power to give their members a role in candidate and leadership selection. In Israel, as elsewhere, among the reasons for this reform was the desire to reduce the oligarchic tendencies of parties by creating a participatory revolution and by providing the rank-and-file members a chance to make a difference. This study maps the various methods used by Israeli parties for selecting their leaders and asks what the positive and negative consequences of the opening of the selection process are. The first section presents the various methods used by parties for selecting their leaders. The following three sections deal with the gradual process of democratization in leadership selection that occurred in the two major Israeli parties, and in other parties. The final section discusses the consequences of this democratization and tries to assess whether there is an ideal method for selecting party leaders.

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Jean-Marc Trouille

Economy and industry have traditionally been major stakes within the Franco-German relationship. This article examines French and German economic and industrial relations, and their importance for these countries' joint leadership in Europe. It investigates the level of economic interdependence and of macroeconomic convergence between the two largest Eurozone economies, industrial cooperation between French and German companies, discrepancies in their trade relations and investment flows, divergences in their respective economic and industrial policies, and the dichotomy between partnership and rivalry in their long-standing relationship. Finally, this article assesses the risk of increasing fiscal and industrial imbalance between the two economies and draws conclusions on its implications for the Franco-German entente in Europe.

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

. Within this industry, masculine identity means a demonstration of prowess, risk taking, and competitiveness. Risk A house in South London is being refurbished. A group of Romanian workers are in charge of the painting, tiling, structural alterations

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‘Love Merchandized’

Money in Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Manfred Pfister

poetry inspired by love serves the poet’s self-fashioning, enhances his prestige with the cognoscenti and with that his ‘cultural capital’. 13 Sonnet writing is, not unlike economic interactions, a competitive game, in which you can – by lending, stealing

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Rethinking the class politics of boredom

Marguerite van den Berg and Bruce O’Neill

surprising that the boredom of the informant or of the ethnographer tends to drop out of the ethnographic record to foreground instead those events that animate everyday life as well as narrative and analysis. An increasingly competitive global economy

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Imagined Germany and the Battle of Models in South Korea

Rival Narratives of Germany in South Korean Public Spheres, 1990–2015

Jin-Wook Shin and Boyeong Jeong

have been adopted from neighboring countries, such as the developmental state with its obvious Japanese origin, had quite different political motivations and processes of implementation. 14 In addition, the competitive democracy and free market economy

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John Agnew

-regional communities worldwide. In 2001, I published an article ( Agnew, 2001 ), which argued in relation to the emerging eastward expansion of the European Union (EU) that the older goals of what was now the EU—increased European global economic competitiveness with

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Jakob Krause-Jensen and Christina Garsten

Over the past decades, higher education has been profoundly restructured across the world. With remarkable consistency educational reforms have been put forward that rest on a particular and similar rationale: to achieve global competitiveness and adapt to the advent of the so-called ‘knowledge economy’. The ramifications for universities have been dramatic: institutions have changed, roles of students and university employees have been re-defined and the concept of knowledge itself altered.