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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

How universal healthcare fades away

In the current issue of Governance, 23.1, Vandna Bhatia of Carleton University uses Canada as a case study to illustrate the subtle ways in which policymakers in welfare states have undermined health programs.  The conventional view that healthcare is protected from retrenchment is misguided, Bhatia says.  Discourse has subtly shifted away from the proposition that healthcare is a societal obligation, while governments have relied on “policy drift” — the failure to update programs to meet new needs — to limit their liabilities.  The cumulative effect, says Bhatia, is a gradual adjustment of the public to “new realities.”  Read more: Social Rights, Civil Rights, and Health Reform in Canada. Free download until January 31.

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January 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm