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Book reviews: disaster response, securities regulation, health care

In the current issue of Governance, Felix Kiruthu of Kenyatta University reviews  Building Resilience: Social Capital in Post Disaster Recovery by Daniel Aldrich.  “Aldrich’s work,” says Kiruthu, “has profound implications for the role of politicians, bureaucrats, researchers and non-governmental organizations.”  Read the review.

Patrick Schmidt reviews Policing the Markets: Inside the Black Box of Securities Enforcement by James Williams.  Schmidt says that Williams’ study of Canadian securities regulation “advances the state of the art in the empirical study of regulatory enforcement.”  Read the review.

And Albert Weale of University College London reviews Politics, Health, and Health Care by Theodore Marmor and Rudolf Klein.  The book collects essays written over forty years “united by a concern to show how ideas, interests and institutions combine to bring about policy outcomes.”  Read the review.

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March 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

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Book reviews: Red tape in India, and stopping civil war

In the current issue of Governance, Shruti Majumdar reviews Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence, and Poverty and India, by Akhil Gupta.   Majumdar says that the book “paints a vivid picture of a Weberian nightmare — a state whose everyday functioning is shot through with neither rationalization nor administrative logic, rather with contingency, guesswork, and ‘barely controlled chaos.’”  Free access to the review.

And Clare Lockhart reviews Why Peace Fails: The Causes and Prevention of Civil War Recurrence by Charles T. Coll.  The book’s “major contribution,” Lockhart says, “is to focus attention on the critical policy issue of why peace agreements break down and on the central importance of political dynamics following the apparent achievement of peace.”  Free access to the review.

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February 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Book reviews: Patronage, bad data in Africa, shadow elites, and invisible colleges

In the current issue of GovernanceJ.W. Christian Schuster reviews Jobs for the Boys: Patronage and the State in Comparative Perspective by Merilee S. Grindle.  It is “a fascinating read,” Schuster says, “refuting key assumptions of prior scholarly work and development practice.”  Read the review.

Matt Andrews reviews Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics by Morton Jerven.  Jerven “tells a lively story” that shows how “the numbers we so readily rely on are more questionable than we would like to admit.”  Read the review.

Michael Johnston reviews Shadow Elite by Janine Wedel.  Wedel explores the world of “flexians . . . the diverse and elusive network of professionals, activists, analysts, consultants and wheeler dealers” whose decisions affect millions of lives.  Read the review.

Boris Hauray reviews Scientists and the Regulation of Risk by David Demortain.  Demortain’s thesis, Hauray says, is that “invisible colleges” of interconnected transnational scientists pay a critical role in establishing standards of risk regulation in domains such as medicine and food safety.  Read the review.

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December 4, 2013 at 8:27 am

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Book reviews: global financial governance, regional security

Elson“One of the few positive consequences of the global financial crisis,” Randall Germain writes in the current issue of Governance, “has been a broad upsurge in interest in the broad problem of financial governance at the global level.  Germain reviews Governing Global Finance by Anthony Elson.  Elson successfully outlines the technical challenges of global financial governance, German says, but needs “to engage more fully with the political dynamics at work” in this area.  Read the review.

Kai Chen reviews The Security Governance of Regional Organizations, edited by Emil Joseph Kirchner and Roberto DomínguezThe book provides a comparative study of ten regional security organizations and is a “valuable contribution to the study of security governance,” Chen concludes. Read the review.

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September 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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China’s development: Limits to liberalization

In the current issue of Governance, Phillippe Ratte of the Fondation Prospective et Innovation in Paris reviews China’s Regulatory State: A New Strategy for Globalization by Roselyn Hsueh of Temple University.  “China only appears to be a more liberal state,” Hsueh argues. The introduction of market principles has been accompanied by creation of new forms of control to protect state interests.   “This book is a major contribution both to understanding China’s growth better, and to opening up a new way of thinking about development,” Ratte concludes.  Free access to the review.

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February 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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Book reviews: Eurolegalism, intergovernmental cooperation

Kelemen In the current issue of Governance, Rachel Cichowski of the University of Washington reviews Eurolegalism: The Transformation of Law and Regulation in the European Union by Daniel Kelemen.  “A fascinating read,” says Cichowski, which examines “the move toward a more adversarial legalistic mode of governance” across Europe.  Read the review.  And Michael Tatham of Humboldt University reviews Intergovernmental Cooperation: Rational Choices in Federal Systems and Beyond by Nicole Bolleyer.  Tatham says that the book “fills an important research gap . . . [with] an unusual mixture of detailed case study analyses and rigorous conceptual work.”  Read the review.

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November 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Book reviews: The new India; healthcare; republicanism in Australia

In the current issue of Governance, Krishna Tummala of Kansas State University reviews The New India by Kanishka Chowdhury, a “polemical work” that examines how “culture and politics come together” in contemporary India.  Read the review.   Jane Gingrich of the University of Minnesota reviews
Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care, edited by Theodore Marmor, Richard Freeman and Kieke Okma. “A crucial theoretical contribution to debates over comparative policy analysis,” says Gingrich.   Read the review.  And Jon Pierre of the University of Gothenburg provides an assessment of Fiducial Governance: An Australian Republic for the New Millennium by John Power: a brief but insightful “exercise in constitutional reform design.”  Read the review.

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August 1, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Book reviews: State evolution, global governance, Asia’s rise

 MonsoonIn the current issue of Governance, Devin Joshi of the University of Denver reviews The Evolution of Modern States by Sven Steinmo.  “Thought provoking and timely during this period of global economic crisis,” says Joshi.  Read the reviewMauricio Dussauge Laguna of the London School of Economics appraises Managers of Global Change, edited by Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner.  “An important book,” he says, which has implications beyond the field of environmental policy, on which it focuses.  Read the review.  And Kingsley Ejiogu of Texas Southern University examines Robert Kaplan’s Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power.  Says Ejiogu: “Kaplan illustrates the multiple possibilities of the Asian renaissance for US power.”  Read the review.

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May 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

Book reviews: Venezuelan democracy, global governance

In the current issue of Governance, Jason Seawright of Northwestern University reviews Dismantling Democracy in Venezuela by Allan Brewer-Carías.  Seawright says the book provides “a detailed and polemical history of constitutional law and related legal regime issues since 1998.”  Open access to the review.

And Salvador Santino Regilme of the Freie Universität Berlin reviews Making Global Governance Effective, a volume edited by John Kirton, Marina Larionova, and Paolo Savona.  “This book is a rare gem in the field,” says Regilme, “as it comprehensively presents the burning theoretical and empirical scholarly issues about the G8 and its cooperation with other multilateral organizations.”  Open access to the review.

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February 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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Book reviews: Democracy in Latin America, Olsen on institution building, public administration in Singapore

Participatory InnovationIn the current issue of Governance (24.3, July 2011), Stephanie L. Smith of the University of New Mexico reviews Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America, edited by Andrew Selee and Enrique Peruzotti.  The book “expands our knowledge of how participatory institutions emerge under less than ideal conditions,” says Smith.  Read the reviewJozef Bátora of Comenius University considers Governing Through Institution Building, by Governance board member Johan P. Olsen.  Olsen’s book “argues persuasively that European integration has not produced any new and substantial theoretical innovation in political science.”  Read the review.  And John Burns of the University of Hong Kong reviews Public Administration Singapore-Style by Jon S.T. Quah — “a book of immense value not only to the academic community but also those doing business in Singapore.”  Read the review.

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September 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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