Governance will begin its 30th year of publication in 2017. To mark our anniversary, in January 2016 we asked readers of our newsletter to nominate books published in 1988 or afterward that have made an important contribution on subjects covered by the journal. Here are the results. Take these results with a large grain of salt. Only 74 of our 5000 newsletter readers responded to the survey, and their 169 suggestions actually included more than 100 different books. Still, you might find the results interesting. We’ve included every title that was mentioned more than once. Comments welcomed — see below. Read the rest of this entry »
In 2010, something odd happened in the Russian construction sector. The “control-oriented” Russian government decided to hand off regulatory power to the private sector — and did this despite objections of the industry itself. In the current issue ofGovernance, Masha Hedberg explains this “perplexing” development. The Russian government wanted to sidestep an ineffective and corrupt bureaucracy, while industry leaders recognized that the new regime was likely to be tougher than the status quo. Hedberg says that conventional explanations of delegation neglect cases like this, in which “low capacity bureaucracies severely curtail the government’s ability to enact its policy agenda.” Read the article.
Governance will begin its 30th year of publication in 2017. It provides a forum for the theoretical and practical discussion of executive politics, public policy, administration, and the organization of the state, with an emphasis on articles that take an international or comparative approach. To mark our anniversary, we’re asking readers to nominate books published in 1988 or afterward that have made an important contribution to on subjects covered by the journal. We’ll post a list on our blog later in 2016, and publish retrospective reviews of selected books in 2017. Nominate a book here.
Climate change is an “urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies.” So said national leaders at the Paris climate conference three weeks ago. But it has proved difficult to design durable programs to control greenhouse gas emissions. In the current issue of Governance, Barry Rabe observes that half of the U.S. states that made formal commitments to cap-and-trade programs by the end of 2008 had abandoned those commitments by 2013. Rabe identifies three features that explain why some commitments persisted: political resilience, administrative flexibility, and the capacity to produce demonstrable benefits that sustain constituency support. Open access to the article.
International migration, Susan F. Martin says in a new commentary for Governance, is “one of the most salient but poorly managed issues on the twenty-first policy agenda.” Why? Because governments persist in pursuing unilateral solutions to “a transnational issue that requires multilateral approaches.” National leaders need to negotiate stronger agreements about the allocation of responsibilities for managing the international movement of people. And the United Nations’ institutional capabilities need to be overhauled. Such reforms, says Martin, “could help save millions of lives.” Free access to the commentary.