Archive for the ‘book reviews’ Category
In the current issue of Governance, J.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.
“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 Domínguez. The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Book reviews: Democracy in Latin America, Olsen on institution building, public administration in Singapore
In the current issue of Governance (24.3, July 2011), Renée de Nevers of Syracuse University reviews States, Citizens, and the Privatization of Security by Elke Krahmann. It is “a valuable addition to the study of private military contractors,” says de Nevers. The book examines how domestic ideologies have shaped the expansion of privatization in the security sector in the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. Read the review.
And Richard Allen of the World Bank reviews Legislatures and the Budget Process: The Myth of Fiscal Control by Joachim Wehner of the London School of Economics. The book enters into the ongoing debate about proper role of legislatures in fiscal policy and the extent to which they aggravate or moderate problems of budgetary indiscipline. The empirical analysis, says Allen, is “rigorous and thorough.” Read the review.
In the current issue of Governance (24.2, April 2011) Mauricio Dussauge Laguna reviews Political Competition, Partisanship and Policymaking in Latin American Public Utilities by Maria Victoria Murillo. Murillo “offers a comprehensive analysis of how the region’s electricity and telecommunications regimes have been transformed . . . [and] shows that political parties still matter” in shaping regulatory policies. Read the review. And Joseph Wong reviews Wealth, Health and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America by James W. McGuire. McGuire challenges the idea that economic development is the key determinant of health outcomes in the global South, pointing out the effectiveness of relatively inexpensive interventions “even in the context of difficult economic circumstances.” Wong says McGuire’s analysis is “powerful and provocative.” Read the review.