Book reviews: French administrative reforms, developing countries and trade, conceptions of community and identity
In the current issue of Governance (24.4, October 2010), Julie Gervais says that Phillipe Bezes‘ new book Réinventer l’Etat: les réformes de l’administration française makes a “significant contribution to French academic literature on public administration,” showing how change happens “discreetly and slowly,” but with an eventually profound effect on administration. Read the review. John Whalley of University of Western Ontario says that Chad Brown‘s Self-Enforcing Trade provides “a rich array of evidence” about the use of WTO dispute settlement procedures developing countries, and an “extremely helpful” entry point on this complicated subject. Read the review. Cara Wong‘s Boundaries of Obligation in American Politics examines how community boundaries are socially constructed in the minds of ordinary Americans. Yves Laberge says that it is “an important and very special book,” useful in reminding political scientists about the ways in which conceptions of identity shape policy. Read the review.