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Fighting corruption: You need pressure from below

The southern Caucasus, Tanja Börzel and Vera van Hüllen write in the current issue of Governance, is “one of the most corrupt regions in the world.”  And European Union anticorruption programs have had mixed effects: some success in Georgia, but none in Armenia and Azerbaijan.  What accounts for the difference?  “One factor,” Börzel and van Hüllen argue, “legitimacy.”  In Georgia, societal outrage against corruption meant that there was pressure on political elites to take anticorruption measures seriously.  EU initiatives failed when they were not accompanied by “pressure from below.”  Read the article.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Posted in Current issue

Book review: Controlling tobacco around the globe

In the current issue of Governance, Paulette Kurzer of the University of Arizona reviews Global Tobacco Control: Power, Policy, Governance and Transfer by Paul Cairney, Donley Studlar and Hadii Mamudu.  The book examines two topics, Kurzer says: Why did it take governments so long to recognize the health consequences of smoking?  And why did policy action vary if the problem is the same across the globe?  The book “is a superb examination of an important question . . . [A] first-rate account of tobacco control that will be a standard text for years to come.”  Read the review.

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December 5, 2014 at 7:34 am

Posted in book reviews

Talking about Governance

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

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