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The Perils and Promise of Transparency

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Governments in recent decades have employed public disclosure strategies to reduce risks, improve public and private goods and services, and reduce injustice. In the United States, these targeted transparency policies include financial securities disclosures, nutritional labels, school report cards, automobile rollover rankings, and sexual offender registries. They constitute a light-handed approach to governance that empowers citizens. However, as Full Disclosure shows these policies are frequently ineffective or counterproductive. Based on a comparative analysis of eighteen major policies, the authors suggest that transparency policies often produce information that is incomplete, incomprehensible, or irrelevant to the consumers, investors, workers, and community residents who could benefit from them. Sometimes transparency fails because those who are threatened by it form political coalitions to limit or distort information. To be successful, transparency policies must place the needs of ordinary citizens at centre stage and produce information that informs their everyday choices.

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A Novel

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INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER From the former Chief Justice of Canada—a riveting thriller starring Jilly Truitt, a rising young defense attorney faced with a case that hits close to home. When everyone has something to hide, the truth is the only defense. There’s nothing Jilly Truitt likes more than winning a case, especially against her former mentor, prosecutor Cy Kenge. Jilly has baggage, the residue of a dark time in a series of foster homes, but that’s in the past. Now she’s building her own criminal defense firm and making a name for herself as a tough-as-nails lawyer willing to take risks in the courtroom. When the affluent and enigmatic Vincent Trussardi is accused of his wife Laura’s murder, Jilly agrees to defend him, despite predictions that the case is a sure loser and warnings from those close to her to stay away from the Trussardi family. Determined to prove everyone wrong, Jilly investigates Laura’s death, hoping to discover a shred of evidence that might give the jury a reasonable doubt. Instead, she is confronted by damning evidence and uncooperative witnesses at every turn. Someone isn’t telling the truth, but who? With her reputation and Vincent’s life on the line, Jilly tries to unravel the web of secrets surrounding Laura’s murder. As she digs deeper, she uncovers a startling revelation that will change not only the case, but her life forever. From the gritty streets of Vancouver to the fateful halls of justice, Full Disclosure is a razor-sharp thriller that pulses with authenticity and intrigue.

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Instant New York Times bestseller "Standing up to bullies is my kind of thing." How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? In this book, Stormy Daniels tells her whole story for the first time: what it's like to be a leading actress and director in the adult film business, the full truth about her journey from a rough childhood in Louisiana onto the national stage, and everything about her interaction with Donald Trump that led to the nondisclosure agreement and the behind-the-scenes attempts to intimidate her. Stormy is funny, sharp, warm, and impassioned by turns. Her story is a thoroughly American one, of a girl who loved reading and horses and who understood from a very young age what she wanted?and who also knew she'd have to get every step of the way there on her own. People can't stop talking about Stormy Daniels. And they won't be able to stop talking about her fresh, surprising, completely candid, nothing-held-back book.

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Dee Henderson Is Back! Ann Silver is a cop's cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region's most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI's top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn't expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is...

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A smart, funny, sex-positive YA perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Rainbow Rowell, this is a heartwarming look at the particular challenges of adolescence, written as only a teen could. Simone is HIV-positive - and positive HIV won't define her. She also knows that celibacy is - techincally - the best way to stay safe. Enter Miles Austin: intelligent, funny and way too sexy for Simone to resist. But her classmates don't know that she's HIV-positive - and what is the truth worth in the hands of the wrong person?

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The New Lawyer's Must-read Career Guide

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Annotation A comprehensive guide for young lawyers, those about to enter the practice of law & those thinking about a legal career.

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A Comparison of the Internet Investor relations activities of Swedish and Euro-zone Companies

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Inhaltsangabe:Problemstellung: In dieser Arbeit werden die Internet Investor Relations Aktivitäten der wichtigsten börsennotierten schwedischen Unternehmen mit denen der größten börsennotierten Unternehmen des Euroraums verglichen. Auf der Basis der Investor Relations Theorien wurden die vier wichtigsten Merkmale für Internet Investor Relations, Information, Kommunikation, Organisation und Wertschätzung, definiert und ein Verfahren für die Bewertung der Internet Angebote entwickelt. Die Bewertung der Internet Investor Relations Aktivitäten anhand der vier Dimensionen wurde durch einen Website Test und einen Fragebogen in beiden Firmengruppen durchgeführt. Die Ergebnisse zeigen, dass die schwedischen Unternehmen im Vergleich zu denen des Euroraums solide und ausgewogene Internet Investor Relations mit einer besonderen Stärke im Bereich Kommunikation und kleineren Schwächen in der Organisations- und Informationsebene bieten. Man kann daher annehmen, dass die schwedischen Unternehmen im Hinblick auf ihre Internet Investor Relations international konkurrenzfähig sind. Inhaltsverzeichnis:Inhaltsverzeichnis: Abstract2 Table of Contents3 List of Tables5 List of Figures6 List of Abbreviations7 I.Introduction8 1.1Background8 1.2Problem Formulation10 1.3Aim of the Study11 1.4Limitations11 1.5Disposition12 II.The Theory of Investor Relations14 2.1Overview14 2.2Classic Investor Relations14 2.2.1The Rationale for Investor Relations14 2.2.2Rules and Regulations15 2.2.3Organisational Aspects17 2.2.4The Financial Community18 2.2.5The Tool-Box of Investor Relations19 2.3Advanced Investor Relations22 2.3.1The Marketing Approach22 2.3.2Internet Investor Relations25 2.3.3Special Issues of Investor Relations27 2.4The Four Dimensions Model29 III.Methodology31 3.1Research Design31 3.2Benchmarking32 3.3Data Collection36 3.4Analysing and Reporting39 3.5Validity and Reliability41 IV.The Internet Investor Relations Benchmarking44 4.1General Remarks44 4.1.1Overview44 4.1.2The Company Sample44 4.2The Web Site Test47 4.2.1Internet Presence and Communication47 4.2.2The Range of Offered Information50 4.2.3The Company Ranking54 4.3The Questionnaire Results57 4.3.1Preliminary Remarks57 4.3.2Organisational Aspects58 4.3.3Attitudes and Opinions - Appreciation62 4.4The Final Analysis66 V.Conclusion71 Appendix 1 - The Company Sample73 Appendix 2 - The Complete Results of the Web Site Test75 Appendix 3 - The Complete Results of the [...]

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Deputy United States Marshal Mitch Knox apprehends fugitives for a living. His calm, cool, collected attitude and devastatingly handsome good looks earn him a well-deserved bad boy reputation, both in the field and out. While away on an assignment, he blows off some steam at a notorious Dallas nightclub. Solving the case that has plagued him for months takes a sudden backseat to finding out all there is to know about the gorgeous, shy blond sitting alone at the bar. Texas State Trooper Cody Turner is moving up the ranks, well on his way to his dream of being a Texas Ranger. While on a two-week mandatory vacation, he plans to relax and help out on his family’s farm. Mitch is the last distraction Cody needs, but the tatted up temptation that walks into the bar and steals his baseball cap is too hard to ignore. As Mitch’s case gains nationwide attention, how will he convince the sexy state trooper that giving him a chance won’t jeopardize his life’s plan...especially when the evil he’s tracking brings the hate directly to his doorstep, threatening more than just their careers

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The insider's story of the biggest controversies to rock the 1980s and early 1990s, this work, by the editor of the Sunday Times throughout the 1980s, covers the main political events of this period. The book reveals information about events as varied as the miners' strike and the Thatcher leadership contest, what lay behind the headline Queen dismayed by uncaring Thatcher, and why, despite being a supporter of much of the Thatcher revolution, the author and the Sunday Times were persona non grata at Downing Street. The author also reflects on his life as a bachelor, including comment on both his relationship with Pamella Bordes and his working partnership with Rupert Murdoch.