Book reviews: Democracy in Latin America, Olsen on institution building, public administration in Singapore
In the current issue of Governance (24.3, July 2011), Stephanie L. Smith of the University of New Mexico reviews Participatory Innovation and Representative Democracy in Latin America, edited by Andrew Selee and Enrique Peruzotti. The book “expands our knowledge of how participatory institutions emerge under less than ideal conditions,” says Smith. Read the review. Jozef Bátora of Comenius University considers Governing Through Institution Building, by Governance board member Johan P. Olsen. Olsen’s book “argues persuasively that European integration has not produced any new and substantial theoretical innovation in political science.” Read the review. And John Burns of the University of Hong Kong reviews Public Administration Singapore-Style by Jon S.T. Quah — “a book of immense value not only to the academic community but also those doing business in Singapore.” Read the review.