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Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Roundtable at PMRC 2016 in Aarhus

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The recent roundtable in Governance, “Is Public Management Neglecting the State?” was discussed at the Public Management Research Conference at Aarhus University on June 24.  The article can be downloaded here.

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June 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm

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

Book reviews: Challenging modernization theory, reviving Follett

In the current issue of Governance, Yi Feng reviews Dynamics Among Nations: The Evolution of Legitimacy and Development in Modern States by Hilton Root.  Root “challenges a major paradigm that has guided research in political and economic development: modernization theory.”  Read the review.

And Edoardo Ongaro reviews  Integrative Process: Follettian Thinking From Ontology to Administration by Margaret Stout and Jeannine Love.  “This book is a manifesto for the relaunch of Follettian thinking . . . A valuable effort to place it firmly on the public governance and administration agenda.”  Read the review.

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June 20, 2016 at 7:07 pm

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New ranking: #2 in PA, #5 in PS

Journal Citation Reports released its ranking data for 2015 on June 13.  Governance has moved to #2 ranking in the field of Public Administration, and #5 ranking in Political Science.  It is the only journal ranked in the top five in both fields.  Its 2014 ranking was #4 in Public Administration and #10 in Political Science.

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June 13, 2016 at 3:48 pm

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Why Europe’s farms are thickly layered with policy

The study of policy reform has tended to focus on single-stage reforms taking place over a relatively short period — and suggested that such reforms often do not endure. Carsten Daugbjerg and Alan Swinbank take a long view of Europe’s Common Agriculture Policy and reach a different conclusion.  An accretion of layers “may create sustainability dynamics that can result in lasting reform trajectories.”  Read the article.

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June 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

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How election of women improves services for women

More than one hundred countries have adopted electoral quotas to address gender inequality in representation.  But does this have an effect in policy outcomes?  Using data from survey of Moroccan and Algerian parliamentarians, Lindsay Benstead finds that quotas do matter: they create mandates, increasing responsiveness to women.  “Controlling for other factors, quota-elected women are more responsive to females than parliamentarians of either sex elected without quotas.”  Read the article.  Benstead also discusses her article in the Washington Post.

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June 5, 2016 at 7:02 pm

Posted in Current issue

How EITI promotes reform in corruption-prone countries

Why do so many governments in corruption-prone countries voluntarily sign up for greater scrutiny under the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative?  In the current issue of GovernanceElizabeth David-Barrett and Ken Okamura argue that the answer “lies in a complex story about how norms spread and take hold in international politics.”  Once transparency has been established as a global norm, the EITI serves as “an important tool for reformers in government to signal their good intentions, helping them to motivate their peers to comply.”  Read the article.

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June 1, 2016 at 7:01 pm

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