News from Governance August 2012

News from Governance August 2012 - An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions

Co-Editors: Alasdair S. Roberts and Robert H. Cox. Book Review Editor: Clay Wescott. Editorial Assistant: Genevieve Butler. The GOVERNANCE blog

Alan M. Jacobs

Jacobs wins 2012 Levine Prize

Jacobs bookThe 2012 Levine Book Prize has been awarded to Governing for the Long Term: Democracy and the Politics of Investment (Cambridge University Press, 2011), by Alan M. Jacobs.  Jacobs is an associate professor of political science at the University of British Columbia.  The 2012 Levine Prize committee was composed of Professors Kutsal Yesilkagit(Utrecht School of Governance, committee chair),Eliza Lee (University of Hong Kong), and Victor Lapuente (University of Gothenburg).  The committee says that Jacobs' book "should force us to rethink the usual political economy assumptions of politicians as short-sighted re-election seekers. . . . The book provides a trenchant reminder of the power of ideas about the future to shape decisions taken today."  Read more about the Prize and the committee's decision.


How the supply of information shapes patterns of policymaking

Christina BoswellIn the current issue of Governance, Christina Boswell of the University of Edinburgh examines how differences in the supply of information about policy problems affects political attention to those problems. Contrasting UK policymakers' attention to two subjects -- asylum and illegal immigration -- Boswell finds that a sporadic supply of information encourages punctuated rather than incremental policy responses.  Read the article.


Blame the center

Peter MortensenIn the current issue of Governance, Peter Mortensen of Aarhus University explains when regional officials are likely to use rhetoric that blames central government for unpopular decisions.  Examining the behavior of officials within the Danish healthcare system, Mortensen explores the political and institutional factors that make some policymakers more likely to engage in blame-shifting strategies.  Read the article.

Book reviews: The new India; healthcare; republicanism in Australia

new indiaIn the current issue of Governance, Krishna Tummala of Kansas State University reviews The New India by Kanishka Chowdhury, a "polemical work" that examines how "culture and politics come together" in contemporary India.  Read the review. Jane Gingrich of the University of Minnesota reviews Comparative Studies and the Politics of Modern Medical Care, edited by Theodore Marmor, Richard Freeman and Kieke Okma. "A crucial theoretical contribution to debates over comparative policy analysis," says Gingrich.   Read the review.  And Jon Pierre of the University of Gothenburg provides an assessment of Fiducial Governance: An Australian Republic for the New Millennium by John Power: a brief but insightful "exercise in constitutional reform design."  Read the review.

SOG meets in Madrid

sog meets in madridThe Structure and Organization of Government (SOG) group, the sponsor of Governance, is a research committee of the International Political Science Association.  SOG members met in Madrid in early July as part of IPSA's World Congress, organizing nine panels featuring thirty-five papers.  Read the program of SOG panels.

Peters receives Kloeti Award

petersAt its Madrid meeting, the SOG group awarded the 2012 Ulrich Kloeti Award to B. Guy Peters, the Maurice Falk Professor of American Government at University of Pittsburgh and Professor of Comparative Governance at Zeppelin University. The Kloeti Award recognizes distinguished contributions to the study of public policy, administration, and institutions. Read more about the Kloeti Award.

Co-editor Cox named director of Walker Institute

coxGovernance's co-editor, Robert H. Cox, has been appointed director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina.  Cox was previously co-director of the University of Oklahoma's European Union Center. In addition to editing Governance, Cox also serves on the executive board of the International Political Science Association. Read the announcement from the University of South Carolina.