Archive for the ‘book reviews’ Category
Alvin Almendrala Camba reviews Participatory Governance in the European Union by Karl-Oskar Lindgren and Thomas Persson. “Despite its limitations, this is a fresh and timely contribution to the governance literature.” Free access to the review.
And Nafis Hasan of Azim Premji University reviews Corruption and Reform in India by Jennifer Bussell. The book is a “bold attempt to identify the reasons for the difference in quality” of computerized service centers that were supposed to reduce corruption in Indian state governments. Free access to the review.
In the current issue of Governance, Alasdair Roberts reviews Breaking Democracy’s Spell by John Dunn. Dunn renders “a harsh judgment on Western democracies . . . But there are reasons to think why it might not be fair.” Read the review.
And Kai Chen of Zhejang University reviews The Routledge Companion to Public-Private Partnerships, edited by Piet de Vries and Etienne Yehoue. “This compelling and thought-provoking volume is an excellent addition to the literature on public-private partnerships.” Read the review.
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.
Book reviews: Environmental policy, corruption, and the World Bank’s attempt to understand political economy
Peter Larmour of Australian National University reviews Different Paths to Curbing Corruption, edited by Jon S.T. Quah. This set of five country case studies “complements and extends current econometric approaches to understanding corruption and relates it to broader macrohistorical themes in development.” Read the review.
Thomas Carothers and Diane de Gramont of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace review Problem-Driven Political Economy Analysis: The World Bank’s Experience, edited by Verena Fritz, Brian Levy, and Rachel Ort. The book is a “far-reaching, informative examination” of the World Bank’s attempt to improve its analysis of the political feasibility of proposed programs. All of the case studies “bring up a central problem: clientelism.” And the book emphasizes the need for more attention to “politically responsive policy design.” Read the review.