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On the World Bank’s CommGAP blog, Sina Odugbemi discusses Governance’s special issue on limited statehood.  “It is an excellent issue of the journal and worth reading,” says Odugdemi.

On the Global Integrity blog, Alan Hudson references Matt Andrews’ 2010 Governance article in a discussion about the need to move “beyond the ‘good governance mantra.'”

In a paper on deliberative negotiation, Mark Warren and Jane Mansbridge draw on Governance articles about transparency by Jenny De Fine Licht et al and Monika Bauhr and Marcia Grimes.

And the World Bank’s iChallenge workshop, held in Paris on October 29-30, says that Francis Fukuyama’s 2013 commentary in Governance has “spurred the debate” about how to measure the effectiveness of public institutions.

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November 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

Posted in Uncategorized

How ‘delegation deals’ build state capacity

In the current issue of Governance, Aila Matanock of the University of California, Berkeley asks whether governance delegation agreements — international treaties by which states cede legal authority to external actors for fixed terms — can be effective in statebuilding.  The answer, she concludes, is yes, largely because these “delegation deals” have domestic support from a ruling coalition.  Matanock draws on statistical analysis of United Nations missions as well as discussion of specific cases, including the Australia-led mission to the Solomon Islands undertaken in 2003, a “canonical case of full governance delegation” that “succeeded in restoring the rule of law and strengthening governance.”  Read the article.  The article is part of a special issue on governance in areas of limited statehood edited by Thomas Risse and Stephen Krasner.

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November 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

Call for papers: Fudan symposium on governance in China

Governance will partner with the School of International Relations and Public Affairs at Fudan University, and other institutions, to organize a symposium on governance in China in October 2015.  The call for papers is now available.  The symposium will be held in Shanghai on October 16-17.  The symposium “seeks to explain China’s recent decades of development by exploring its changing institutional structures and its ability to accommodate multiple and sometimes conflicting demands in a period of rapid transition.”

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November 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

Posted in Conferences

Book reviews: Empowering the poor, conflicts in China

  In the current issue of Governance, Phyllis R. Pomerantz of Duke University reviews Betrayed: Politics, Power and Prosperity by Seth Kaplan.  Kaplan calls this a “handbook for political and economic change in less developed countries.”    It is a well-written and pragmatic volume, says Pomerantz, although marked by a contradiction.  It “is about empowering the poor but looks explicitly to development country elites . . . to make that happen.”  Read the review.And Dechao Sun of Jilin University reviews The Causes, Escalation and Management of Public Conflicts in China by Yao Xu.  The book “contributes to an overall understanding of the various stages of the escalation of public conflicts in China” and provides a “rich accumulation” of case studies that will prove useful to other researchers.  Read the review.

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November 10, 2014 at 6:08 am

Posted in book reviews

The challenge for Indonesia’s new president

Joko Widodo

Joko Widodo

In a commentary for the next issue of Governance, Marcus Mietzner of Australian National University looks at the results of last month’s election in Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country.  Enthusiasm over the election of Joko Widodo “is already giving way to a growing realization of the protracted problems” confronting the country, Mietzner says.  These include “the fight against corruption, economic reform, infrastructure development, and reduction of wasteful subsidies.”  Free access to the commentary.

Also: read earlier online comments on recent elections in India and the European Union by Thomas Risse, Alexander Katsaitis, Krishna Tummala, and Rahul Mukherji.

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November 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

Posted in commentary, Elections

Book reviews: financial management, public participation

In the current issue of Governance, Allen Schick reviews The International Handbook of Public Financial Management, edited by Richard Allen, Richard Hemming, and Barry Potter.  “The handbook is forthright in describing the many reforms that have energized PFM practices in recent decades,” Schick says.  But “By their disregard of politics, almost all of the Handbook‘s dream team of authors purges PFM of political content and influence.” Read the review.

And Alvin Camba reviews Participatory Governance in the EU, by Karl-Oskar Lindgren and Thomas Persson.  The book uses a case study of chemical regulation to determine whether civil society participation enhances the formation of a democratic EU.  There are difficulties with argumentation and evidence, Camba says.  Still, “this is a fresh and timely contribution to the governance literature.”  Read the review.

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November 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

Special issue: Has crisis changed the IMF?

A forthcoming special issue of Governance (28.2, April 2015) will consider how the 2008 financial crisis has changed policy and practice within the International Monetary Fund.  The special issue is co-edited by professors Cornel Ban and Kevin Gallagher of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

Ban and Gallagher explain the aims of the special issue:

Recently, the IMF has been in the headlines as a critic of austerity, inequality and unrestricted capital movements. This is in stark contrast to its conventional pre-crisis image as rigid international bully imposing draconian policies on countries in trouble.

Cornel Ban and Daniela Gabor, Bristol Business School

Cornel Ban and Daniela Gabor at workshop for special issue at Boston University

In the special issue of Governance, the contributors examine how extensive these changes have been in both theory and in practice and provide explanations of the resulting patterns of stability and change. They find extensive evidence that the Fund has indeed experienced a significant recalibration of its policy advice and supervision since the 2008 crisis and attribute this outcome to staff politics, the rise of the BRICS’s or shifts in the economics profession.

However, not all changes in policy doctrine traveled into the IMF’s policy practice. Moreover, deeper shifts in policy doctrine were largely tempered by the nature of the institution and the powerful interests that control its governing structure. To make these arguments, the contributions examine fiscal policy, sovereign debt policy, structural reforms, capital controls and financial sector stability.

All of the papers in the special issue are now published on Governance EarlyView:

André Broome, Back to Basics: The Great Recession and the Narrowing of IMF Policy Advice

Cornel Ban, Austerity versus Stimulus? Understanding Fiscal Policy Change at the International Monetary Fund Since the Great Recession

Kevin P. Gallagher, Contesting the Governance of Capital Flows at the IMF

Daniela Gabor, The IMF’s Rethink of Global Banks: Critical in Theory, Orthodox in Practice

Aitor Erce, Banking on Seniority: The IMF and the Sovereign’s Creditors

Leonard Seabrooke and Emelie Rebecca Nilsson, Professional Skills in International Financial Surveillance: Assessing Change in IMF Policy Teams

Professors Ban and Gallagher will host a lunch discussion about the special issue on November 20, 2014, 12:30-2:00pm, at The Pardee School for Global Studies, Bay State Rd. 121, Boston.  More details here.  Boston University also profiles the special issue here.

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October 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

Posted in Special Issues

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