Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Results from our survey on important books of the last 30 years

1106p45-salt-shaker-mGovernance will begin its 30th year of publication in 2017.  To mark our anniversary, in January 2016 we asked readers of our newsletter to nominate books published in 1988 or afterward that have made an important contribution on subjects covered by the journal. Here are the results.  Take these results with a large grain of salt.  Only 74 of our 5000 newsletter readers responded to the survey, and their 169 suggestions actually included more than 100 different books.  Still, you might find the results interesting.  We’ve included every title that was mentioned more than once.  Comments welcomed — see below.

Mentioned 6 times

Hall and Soskice, Varieties of Capitalism

Pollitt and Bouckaert, Public Management Reform

Wilson, Bureaucracy

Mentioned 5 times

Ostrom, Governing the Commons

Mentioned 4 times

Hood, The Art of the State

Scott, Seeing Like a State

Mentioned 3 times

Acemoglu and Robinson, Why Nations Fail

Baumgartner and Jones, Agendas and Instability in American Politics

Blyth, Great Transformations

Fukuyama, Political Order and Political Decay

Mentioned 2 times

Braithwaite, Regulatory Capitalism

Evans, Embedded Autonomy

Finer, The History of Government From the Earliest Times

Horn, The Political Economy of Public Administration

Kornai, The Socialist System

Moore, Creating Public Value

North, Wallis and Weingast, Violence and Social Orders

Pierson, Dismantling the Welfare State

Putnam, Making Democracy Work

Stone, Policy Paradox

Thelen, How Institutions Evolve




Written by Governance

February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

Posted in 30th anniversary


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