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Thirty years of Governance

Reagan and Gorbachev in Red Square, March 1988

This month marks the publication of volume 30 of Governance.  In a commentary in the current issue, Colin Campbell and Guy Peters reflect on the launch of the journal in 1988. “The major journals in policy and administration were much less internationalized than they are now,” Campbell and Peters write.  There was “a need for a journal that would address public policy and administration in a comparative manner.”   Read the commentary.

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January 1, 2017 at 11:21 am

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Thirtieth anniversary essays

To mark our upcoming thirtieth anniversary, Governance has published eight essays that examine the theory and practice of governance over the last thirty years:

Susan Rose-Ackerman.  What Does Governance Mean?  “‘Governance’ is an ambiguous term that often substitutes for something else. It is often invoked to signal that the political issues at the core of government are off the table.”   Read the article.

Merilee GrindleGood Governance, R.I.P.: A Critique and an Alternative.  “As a concept, good governance more often obscures than enlightens.  The concept has encouraged muddy thinking about the role of governance in the development process.”  Read the article.

Geert Bouckaert. Taking Stock of “Governance”: A Predominantly European Perspective. “Ideally, governance research is rigorous and relevant. In reality, it is sometimes not so rigorous, and also not so relevant.” Read the article.

Guy Peters and Jon Pierre. Two Roads to Nowhere: Appraising 30 Years of Public Administration Research. “Public administration needs to return to thinking about the ‘big picture’ rather than the fragments that dominate much of the contemporary work in the discipline.” Read the article.

Frank Baumgartner. Creating an Infrastructure for Comparative Policy Analysis. “The other types of barriers, those coming from mere national or literature-based tradition, however, have no particular redeeming value. As we develop a literature ever more deeply integrated across different traditions, we will drop these artificial distinctions. And that will leave us with our true theoretical differences.” Read the article.

Bert Rockman.  The Melting Down of Government: A Multi-Decade Perspective.  “Government can only be part of the solution if it is adequately resourced and finds the will to be part of the solution. Under current circumstances, the joint probability of meeting those conditions is close to zero.” Read the article.

Rahul Mukherji.  Governance Reform in a Weak State: Thirty Years of Indian Experience. “India is home to a weak state in an eco-system powerfully shaped by social forces. The state can neither make a Dengist nor a Lee Kuan Yew type move to swiftly turn the page toward a new policy paradigm.” Read the article.

Yijia Jing. The Transformation of Chinese Governance: Pragmatism and Incremental Adaption. “Chinese governance has been transformed through a combination of pragmatic thinking and incremental adaptation of institutions.” Read the article.

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December 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

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Grindle: Goodbye to “good governance”

Governance has invited short essays to mark the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the journal.  In her essay, Merilee Grindle questions the value of that ubiquitous concept, “good governance.”  The concept has been “progressively inflated” and encouraged “muddy thinking,” Grindle says, and made it harder to understand how governance can be changed for the better.  Read this 30th anniversary essay.

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June 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm

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Peters and Campbell on founding of Governance

2017 will mark the thirtieth year of publication for Governance.  In a new commentary, B. Guy Peters and Colin Campbellrecall how the journal was established by IPSA’s Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government.  “The first several years were challenging,” say Peters and Campbell, “but we are pleased that after thirty years of hard work,Governance has become one of the leading journals in public administration and policy.” Read the commentary.

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June 23, 2016 at 4:42 pm

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 9, 2016 at 7:35 pm

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