Governance April 2012
An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions
Volume 25, Issue 2
Belgium's experiment: 590 days without government
In the current issue of Governance (25.2, April 2012), four distinguished Belgian academics discuss what happened when the country's parties spent almost six hundred days after the June 2010 elections negotiating over a new government.
"Surprisingly," , say Carl Devos of Ghent University and and Dave Sinardet of the Free University of Brussels"life without a government has been pretty normal." They explain why in their commentary (open access). Meanwhile Geert Bouckaert and Marleen Brans of the University of Leuven argue that the crisis was actually a period "when two types of transitional governments operated together: a caretaker one, which was disappearing, and a 'constituent' one, which was emerging."
Making legislative oversight work in Ghana
GhanaIn a research note in the current issue of Governance, Rick Stapenhurst and Riccardo Pelizzo of the World Bank Institute examine a success story in "constitutional engineering": the establishment of effective legislative oversight mechanisms within Ghana's parliament. Improved legislative oversight, they argue, has enhanced the reputation of parliament. Low levels of partisanship and a general demand for good governance have helped to make the reforms work.
Book reviews: How the FDA builds its power; Doctors' conflicts of interest
CarpenterIn the current issue of Governance, David DeMortain of Université Paris-Est reviews Daniel Carpenter's Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. DeMortain says it is "likely to become a gold standard for the study of regulatory agencies." Read the review. And Ian Greener of Durham University reviews Conflicts of Interest and the Future of Medicine by Marc Rodwin. "A very good book indeed," says Greener, which ought to be widely used to illuminate "the kinds of challenges the profession faces in relation to conflicts of interest."
Free download of Explorations in Governance
Explorations in GovernanceTwenty academics contribute to Explorations in Governance, a new volume produced to honor the work of Christopher Hood, the Gladstone Professor of Government at University of Oxford. The volume was prepared for a festschrift held at the Institute for Government in London on March 16. The edited collection can be downloaded at no charge from the University of Oxford.
Laffan talks about economic governance in Eurozone
Listen to a talk by Brigid Laffan, Principal of the College of Human Sciences at University College Dublin, on Europe's recent crises and the significance of new treaty rules. Professor Laffan gave the talk at Suffolk University Law School in Boston on April 2. She is author of Integration and Co-operation in Europe, The Finances of the Union, and Europe's Experimental Union, among other works, and is presently a visitor at Harvard University's Center for European Studies.