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Open access: Tommasi on state capacity in Latin America

Mariano TommasiDebates about state reform in Latin America often focus on fashions such as developmental statism or neoliberalism.  But what really matters “is not so much what you do, but how you do it,” says Mariano Tommasi of Argentina’s Universidad de San Andrés.  In the new issue of Governance (24.2, April 2011), says that policy success hinges on the capacity of political systems to implement effectively, assure stability over the long run, and adapt policies to changing circumstances.  If countries do not have these capabilities, Tommasi concludes, policies will not achieve good outcomes, “no matter how good they look on paper.”  Open access to the commentary

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April 1, 2011 at 1:35 am

Book reviews: China in Africa; Welfare systems in Latin America; management reform in Napoleonic countries

China in AfricaIn the current issue of Governance (January 2011), Brian Levy of the World Bank reviews The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa by Deborah Brautigam — a “superb book” about China’s distinctive approach to engagement with African governments.   Open access to the review.   Alex Segura-Ubriego‘s Political Economy of the Welfare State is “the first comprehensive and systematic effort to advance our knowledge of Latin American welfare systems,” according to Barbara Zarate of the University of Oxford.   Open access to the review.  And Riccardo Mussari of University of Siena reviews Public Management Reform and Modernization by Edoardo Ongaro.  Ongaro’s book “fills a significant gap” by assessing management reforms in the Napoleonic countries of of central and southern Europe.   Open access to the review.

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March 25, 2011 at 12:05 pm