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Voters in India, 2014
Conventional wisdom says that a sound and functioning state has to be in place before democracy can be introduced. The possibility that democratization might contribute to state-building “has hardly been addressed in empirical research,” Giovanni Carbone and Vincenzo Memoli argue in the current issue of Governance. Their findings? More democratic countries are more likely to develop stronger and more effective states. Countries that reach and sustain a certain level of democratization are particularly likely to realize the benefits of a well-developed state. “Our findings have evident policy implications,” Carbone and Memoli say. “Authoritarian rulers do not make better ‘state consolidators’.” Read the article.
Transnational public-private partnerships are transboundary alliances between public and private actors that are aimed at providing food, sanitation and water in countries like Bangladesh, India and Kenya. In the current issue of Governance, Marianne Beisheim, Andrea Liese, Hannah Janetschek and Johanna Sarre examine when these partnerships will work. Emphasizing community participation helps to build legitimacy, which increases the likelihood of success. Effective projects also allow room for tailoring of projects to local needs. Close monitoring is critical as well. Read the article.
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.