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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.
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.
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.
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