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Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Book reviews: Corruption and the right to information

In the current issue of Governance, Carolyn Warner reviews The Quest for Good Governance by Alina Mungiu-Pippidi. “It has yet to occur to the international community that corrupt actors rarely, if ever, reform themselves out of business,” Warner says.  “Mungiu-Pippidi’s work is a significant contribution to our understanding of the subject, and one to which policymakers and international donors should pay attention.”  Read the review.
And Gaia von Hatzfeldt reviews Democracy and Transparency in the Indian State by Sharma Prashant.  India’s 2005 Right to Information Act “is lauded for being both a producer and a product of an empowered and active citizenry,” von Hatzfeldt says.   “Sharma Prashant provocatively and astutely questions this assumed correlation between the RTI and democratic processes.” Read the review.

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August 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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Call for nominations: 2017 Levine Book Prize

The Levine Book Prize Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Levine Prize.  More details here.  The committee is composed of Professor Tobias Bach (University of Oslo), Professor Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University), and Professor Ting Gong (City University of Hong Kong).   Information about previous winners is available here.

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August 10, 2016 at 10:59 am

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Aberbach and Laegreid receive Kloeti award

Jan Meyer-Sahling introduces a SOG panel at IPSA meeting in Poznan, Poland in July
SOG organized several sessions at the IPSA meeting in Poznan, Poland in July.  See the list of sessions.  It was announced that Joel Aberbach and Per Laegreid have been awarded the Ulrich Kloeti award to acknowledge their long service to SOG and the field of governance research. Joel and Per have served SOG for many years, especially in their roles as co-chair and treasurer. There will be a formal award ceremony during the forthcoming SOG workshop in Gothenburg in summer 2017.

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August 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

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Hadden wins Levine Book Prize

The Levine Book Prize for books published in 2015 has been awarded to Jennifer Hadden for her book Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Climate Change.  The prize committee says that the book “makes a contribution of great academic and policy significance” about civil society organizations’ choice of mobilization strategies on climate change.  Read more about the committee’s decision.  Hadden is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.

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August 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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Horrible bosses and pathological delegation

Principal-agent theory has established a firm foothold in political science.  But there is a limitation with the way the theory is applied, Mor Sobol argues in the current issue of Governance.  Scholars typically assume that problems arise because the agent is an opportunistic and disloyal actor. But principals can be just as problematic as their agents, Sobol says.  The result may be “pathological delegation”: a pattern of behavior by the principal that makes it harder for the agent to do their job properly.  Sobol uses the case of the European Neighborhood Policy to examine the undesirable effects of pathological delegation.
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August 1, 2016 at 12:38 pm

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How government and business respond to protest

In the current issue of Governance, Sharon Gilad, Saar Alon-Barkat, and Alexandr Braverman say that “public administration scholarship has devoted limited attention to the responses of public organizations” to social protests.  They examine how Israeli public agencies and businesses responded to social protests in 2011.  They find that public organizations were “more likely to perceive social upheaval as an opportunity for reputation enhancement and for expansion of resources and jurisdiction,” and increased their spending on public communications in response to the protests.  Businesses, by contrast, “perceive social activism as costly” and were “inclined to keep a low profile to avoid being targeted.”  Read the article.

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July 26, 2016 at 12:37 pm

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Understanding Europe’s refugee crisis

In the current issue of Governance, Mahama Tawat draws on two books on immigration — Frontiers of Fear by Ariane Chebel d’Appolonia and Survival Immigration by Alexander Betts — to examine Europe’s refugee crisis.  The recent surge of refugees into Europe “has triggered events whose historical parallel can only be found in the early hours of World War II,” Tawat says. Drawing on Francis Fukuyama’s 2013 contribution toGovernance, Tawat considers how shortfalls in state capacity have intensified the crisis.   Read the review.

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July 15, 2016 at 4:45 pm

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