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Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Using light to gauge state capacity in Ecuador

Too often, we gauge state capacity only at the national level.  In the current issue of GovernanceImke Harbers reminds us that there are important variations in state capacity within countries too.  Harbers applies an innovative technique to measure differences in state capacity across Ecuador.  Nighttime light emissions are used as a measure of economic activity, which is then compared with data on collection of direct taxes.  Harbers finds significant variations in capacity, with “clusters of high capacity” around major cities.  Data suggests that areas of high capacity are also distinguished by higher levels of satisfaction with government services.  Read the article.

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July 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

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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

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June 29, 2015 at 7:31 am

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JCR: Governance is world’s only top-ten journal in public administration and political science

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.”

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June 26, 2015 at 11:38 am

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Business as usual: IMF protection of foreign creditors

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.

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June 22, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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Book reviews: The politics of fiscal squeeze, and compliance with EU policies

In the current issue of Governance, Richard Allen reviews When The Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, edited by David Heald, Rozana Himaz, and Christopher Hood.  Fiscal squeeze is “the amount of political effort that is put into” retrenchment.  The book challenges “the commonly-held assumption that the financial crash of 2008 and the dramatic policy changes that followed were unique.”  Read the review.

Juliana Piecha reviews The Impact of European Employment Strategy in Greece and Portugal by Sotirios Zartaloudis.  The book provides a “detailed study of the transmission of EU guidelines into national policy.”  In Portugal, EU policies provided a window of opportunity for domestic players to advance their agenda.  But in Greece, domestic actors regarded EU policy as “too alien” and responded only when compliance became a condition of financial support.  Read the review.

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June 22, 2015 at 7:30 am

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Book reviews: The politics of fiscal squeeze, and compliance with EU policies

In the current issue of Governance, Richard Allen reviews When The Party’s Over: The Politics of Fiscal Squeeze in Perspective, edited by David Heald, Rozana Himaz, and Christopher Hood.  Fiscal squeeze is “the amount of political effort that is put into” retrenchment.  The book challenges “the commonly-held assumption that the financial crash of 2008 and the dramatic policy changes that followed were unique.”  Read the review.

Juliana Piecha reviews The Impact of European Employment Strategy in Greece and Portugal by Sotirios Zartaloudis.  The book provides a “detailed study of the transmission of EU guidelines into national policy.”  In Portugal, EU policies provided a window of opportunity for domestic players to advance their agenda.  But in Greece, domestic actors regarded EU policy as “too alien” and responded only when compliance became a condition of financial support.  Read the review.

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June 15, 2015 at 3:29 pm

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SOG/Governance in Istanbul, Shanghai

SOG is the IPSA Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government (RC27), and the academic sponsor of Governance.  SOG is organizing a set of panels for next year’s IPSA conference in Istanbul, on 23-28 July 2016.  Please email your panel proposals, including a panel title and brief abstract (250 words), before 12 July 2015 to bezes@hotmail.com ;julia.fleischer@uib.no and m.lodge@lse.ac.uk.

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.

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June 15, 2015 at 7:31 am

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