Governance: An international journal of policy, administration and institutions

Book reviews in Governance

Picard and Buss bookIn the current issue of Governance (July 2010), Kim Moloney of the University of the West Indies reviews A Fragile Balance: Re-Examining the History of Foreign Aid by Louis Picard and Terry Buss.  The book explores the evolution and structure of the US foreign aid apparatus and provides a “particularly valuable” assessment of the connections between government agencies, NGOs, and private corporations, according to Moloney.  But the book underplays “actual developing country voices.”  Read the review.

In addition, Attila Ágh of Budapest Corvinus University reviews Civil Service Reform in Post-Communist Countries by Alexander Kotchegura.  The book examines the transformation of the Russian and Czech bureaucracies and provides “interesting data about the structure of the civil service and its politicization in both countries.”  Ágh suggests that the analysis can be strengthened by examining the impact of EU pressures on Czech reforms, and the extent to which this might cause divergence between the two cases.  Read the review.

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September 25, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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