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Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Seven pieces of advice for prospective authors

Our updated page of advice for prospective authors is provided here.  Contact the editors directly at governance.online@gmail.com if you have questions about possible contributions.

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July 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

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Weaver: Getting compliance with government policies

Many government policies work only if citizens or corporations comply with their requirements. But what determines whether citizens or corporations will comply?  In Governance, Kent Weaver proposes a comprehensive framework for understanding compliance problems.  Weaver says that it is important for policymakers to think carefully about the barriers to compliance that may be operating at a particular place and time, and accommodate heterogeneity in the character and circumstances of the target population.  Read the article.

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July 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

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Green wins Levine Book Prize

Professor Jessica Green of New York University has won the 2015 Levine Book Prize for Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance, published by Princeton University Press. The prize committee says “This fascinating book is a decisive contribution to the governance debate as it investigates the emergence, growth, and influence of private actors in global environmental and climate governance.” Read more about the Levine Prize.

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July 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

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Book reviews: Corruption in India, financial governance in Africa

In the current issue of GovernanceJon Quah reviews Public Services Reform in India: A Fight Against Corruption by Shiladitya Chakraborty.  “Corruption remains a serious problem” despite decades of anti-corruption efforts in India, Quah observes.  While this book provides useful historical analysis, it may disappoint specialists looking for fresh approaches to corruption control.  Read the review.
And Anand Rajaram reviews Public Financial Governance for Inclusive Development in Africa by Salvatore Schiavo-Campo. “In much of Africa there has been almost no progress” on public financial management, Rajaram observes.  Schiavo-Campo “provides compelling arguments to explain this disappointing performance.”  Read the review.

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July 17, 2015 at 11:40 am

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Overcoming resistance to vaccination in Israel

The anti-vaccination movement is a global phenomenon.  In the current issue of Governance,  Anat Gofen and Catherine Needham explain how the Israeli government has promoted compliance with vaccination requirements.  The key has been “personalizing the service of routine childhood vaccination” — for example, by altering the timing and bundling of shots.  This has been an informal but effective response to noncompliance.  It has required a shift away from the conventional notion of public health interventions as unalterable protocols.  Compliance is achieved by redesigning services rather than simple enforcement of established rules.  Read the article.

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July 10, 2015 at 11:39 am

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Using light to gauge state capacity in Ecuador

Too often, we gauge state capacity only at the national level.  In the current issue of GovernanceImke Harbers reminds us that there are important variations in state capacity within countries too.  Harbers applies an innovative technique to measure differences in state capacity across Ecuador.  Nighttime light emissions are used as a measure of economic activity, which is then compared with data on collection of direct taxes.  Harbers finds significant variations in capacity, with “clusters of high capacity” around major cities.  Data suggests that areas of high capacity are also distinguished by higher levels of satisfaction with government services.  Read the article.

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July 3, 2015 at 11:38 am

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Focusing on policy entrepreneurs enhances our understanding of anticorruption policies . . . Anticorruption entrepreneurs reduce corruption because they raise the level of scrutiny, foment uncertainty, and deter those considering abusing their power. —  Doron Navot and Nissim Cohen, Governance, January 2015

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June 29, 2015 at 7:31 am

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