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.
By Daniel Béland and Mitchell A. Orenstein
Much has been written about the role of international organizations in public policy advice. In both public and academic discourse, a central tendency is to depict them as having fixed policy preferences. For instance, both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are typically defined as firm proponents of “neoliberalism” and instruments of US hegemony. In this perspective, such organizations reflect the will of a small set of dominant actors and promote the same basic policy preferences across time and space. This perspective, however, obscures the potential instability of their policy preferences over time. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
On the World Bank’s CommGAP blog, Sina Odugbemi discusses Governance’s special issue on limited statehood. “It is an excellent issue of the journal and worth reading,” says Odugdemi.
On the Global Integrity blog, Alan Hudson references Matt Andrews’ 2010 Governance article in a discussion about the need to move “beyond the ‘good governance mantra.'”
And the World Bank’s iChallenge workshop, held in Paris on October 29-30, says that Francis Fukuyama’s 2013 commentary in Governance has “spurred the debate” about how to measure the effectiveness of public institutions.