Focusing on policy entrepreneurs enhances our understanding of anticorruption policies . . . Anticorruption entrepreneurs reduce corruption because they raise the level of scrutiny, foment uncertainty, and deter those considering abusing their power. — Doron Navot and Nissim Cohen, Governance, January 2015
Journal Citation Reports released its data on journal impact factors on June 19. Governance has been ranked #3 in public administration by impact factor, and #10 in political science by impact factor. It is the only journal that is ranked in the top ten for both fields.
Governance was also ranked #2 in both fields based on JCR’s immediacy index. Journal Citation Reports says: “For comparing journals specializing in cutting-edge research, the immediacy index can provide a useful perspective.”
The global financial crisis might have changed other aspects of IMF policy, but when it comes to the treatment of foreign and domestic creditors, it is business as usual. In the current issue of Governance, Aitor Erce of the Bank of Spain argues that after the crisis, the IMF insisted that member states honor their commitments to foreign creditors, while being less rigorous about government commitments to domestic creditors and suppliers. “The Fund,” says Erce, “continues to privilege foreign creditors at the expense of domestic creditors.” Moreover the Fund does not fully understand how its policy aggravates the risk of economic dislocation and continued recession. Read the article.
Governance will also 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 symposium will be held in Shanghai on October 16-17. More details here.