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How task complexity affects project success

When can external actors intervene to improve public health in areas of limited statehood?  In the current issue of Governance, Marco Schäferhoff argues that task complexity plays a critical role in determining the prospects for success.  Schäferhoff examines the work of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in different regions of Somalia.  Simple but important tasks, such as malaria prevention and tuberculosis treatment, could be accomplished even in areas where state authority has long been absent.  But the likelihood of success in such regions declined substantially for more complex tasks, such as AIDS treatment, that require many interventions by a number of entities.  Read the article.

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January 2, 2015 at 7:34 pm

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Which first: state capacity or democracy?

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.

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January 2, 2015 at 9:31 am

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Can transnational P3’s deliver basic services?

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.

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December 22, 2014 at 7:34 pm

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Fighting corruption: You need pressure from below

The southern Caucasus, Tanja Börzel and Vera van Hüllen write in the current issue of Governance, is “one of the most corrupt regions in the world.”  And European Union anticorruption programs have had mixed effects: some success in Georgia, but none in Armenia and Azerbaijan.  What accounts for the difference?  “One factor,” Börzel and van Hüllen argue, “legitimacy.”  In Georgia, societal outrage against corruption meant that there was pressure on political elites to take anticorruption measures seriously.  EU initiatives failed when they were not accompanied by “pressure from below.”  Read the article.

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December 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

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How ‘delegation deals’ build state capacity

In the current issue of Governance, Aila Matanock of the University of California, Berkeley asks whether governance delegation agreements — international treaties by which states cede legal authority to external actors for fixed terms — can be effective in statebuilding.  The answer, she concludes, is yes, largely because these “delegation deals” have domestic support from a ruling coalition.  Matanock draws on statistical analysis of United Nations missions as well as discussion of specific cases, including the Australia-led mission to the Solomon Islands undertaken in 2003, a “canonical case of full governance delegation” that “succeeded in restoring the rule of law and strengthening governance.”  Read the article.  The article is part of a special issue on governance in areas of limited statehood edited by Thomas Risse and Stephen Krasner.

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November 22, 2014 at 7:31 am

Book reviews: financial management, public participation

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.

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November 5, 2014 at 11:15 am

How multinational corporations help in areas of limited statehood

  We don’t ordinarily think of multinational corporations as providers of collective services in areas of limited statehood.  But Jana Hönke and Christian Thauer report in the current issue of Governance that this isn’t always the case.  They examine multinationals in the South African car industry that help with the fight against HIV/AIDS and mining firms in South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congro that are trying to improve public security.  Two factors are critical to the success of such initiatives.  They must have validation from domestic authorities.  And they must be highly institutionalized.  Read the article.

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October 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

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