Archive for the ‘commentary’ Category
“In democracies around the world,” Milan Vaishnav writes in the current issue of Governance, “candidates who stand accused or convicted of criminal conduct routinely win elections.” In his commentary, Vaishnav explains why. He challenges the conventional wisdom that voters are just uninformed. Looking at experience in India, Vaishnav suggests that under some circumstances, “politicians can use their criminality to signal their credibility when it comes to protecting the interest of voters in their constituencies.” Free access to the commentary.
John Yoo at March 16 debate
Why has the project of statebuilding in Afghanistan proved to be such a failure? Because of a misguided preoccupation with the build-up of “power-deploying institutions,” and the neglect of mechanisms for holding power-holders accountable. So says Jennifer Brick Murtazashvili in the current issue of Governance. “Afghanistan illustrates how a fragile state requires enough capacity to defeat insurgents, but enough constraints to discourage ofﬁcials from predation and abuse. Unfortunately, well-crafted constraints often seem like an afterthought, as state-building efforts obsess with building quick capacity.” Free access to the commentary.
It’s been 50 years since the U.S. Congress adopted the Freedom of Information Act, which provides access to documents held by federal agencies. Since 1966, Congress has adopted many other laws designed to promote openness. But has the United States gone too far, undermining the capacity of public officials to solve our major problems?
Cain and Lewis engaged in an in-person debate about their commentaries at the University of Missouri on March 15. Watch the debate here.