News from Governance September 254, 2014 - An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions
Co-Editors: Alasdair S. Roberts and Robert H. Cox. Book Review Editor: Clay Wescott.
Commentary: How the Asian century will shape the field of policy studies
In the new issue of Governance, Sara Bice and Helen Sullivan of the Melbourne School of Government consider how the rise of Asia will affect the field of policy studies. "Policy studies," they argue, "must question core concepts and approaches that are usually Western defined and taken for granted; expand its field of inquiry to embrace global challenges; and integrate more diverse knowledge and expertise into public service." Read the commentary.
The 2014 Levine Book Prize has been awarded to Christopher Adolph of the University of Washington for his book Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics (Cambridge University Press). The prize committee was composed of Professors Agnes Batory (Central European University; Chair), Luc Juillet (University of Ottawa) and Julia Fleischer (University of Amsterdam). The committee says that Adolph’s book “raises important questions about the assumed all-importance of central bank independence and provides a fascinating insight into the ways the professional background of key officials shapes monetary policy.”
RC 27 is in the process of electing new board members and officers. Two new board members (professor Donald P. Moynihan, University of Wisconsin and associate professor Julia Fleischer, University of Bergen) were elected in Montreal. They replace professor Herman Bakvis, University of Victoria and professor Hanne Foss Hansen, University of Copenhagen. We like to thank them for their work on the SOG Board and for their service and dedication to our research group.
The IPSA Research Committee on Structure and Organization of Government (SOG) held ten panels during the 23rd IPSA World Congress 2014 that took place in Montreal, Québec, Canada on 19-24 July. These panels entailed various themes such like Administrators at the Top (Recruitment Patterns, Career Paths, Role Perceptions and Politicization of Senior Bureaucrats); Organizing for Internal Security and Crisis Management; Analysing International Transfers from the Inside: Public Administration Reforms in Post-communist Europe; The Reciprocal Influence of Policies and Administrative Networks; The Moral and Ethical Implications of Accountability: Theory and Practice; The Politics of Selection at the Top of Ministerial Bureaucracies; Local Institutions and Participation in Urban Settings; The Study of the Structure of Government: A Field in Search of a New Agenda?; The Effects of Delegation on Bureaucratic Influence over Policy-making. See details about all panels here. Around sixty participants including chairs, paper givers and discussants, presented their on-going work and communications. The event took place in the Palais des Congrès of Montreal in the City Center and a SOG diner was organized on 22 July.
Charles H. Levine was an outstanding scholar in the fields of public policy and administration. He played a major role in the creation and early life of both this journal and its owner, the Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (SOG). After his untimely death in 1988, the Editorial Board of Governance and the Executive Committee of SOG established an annual book prize in his memory.
The book selected should meet the following criteria:
- It makes a contribution of considerable theoretical or practical significance in the field of public policy and administration.
- It takes an explicitly comparative perspective or produces findings the implications of which are highly significant for comparative research.
- It is written in an accessible style and form so that it is of value both to scholars and practitioners.
The Levine Prize will be awarded to the book published in 2014 that best meets these criteria. Nominations should be made by 31 March 2015 and sent to the committee. Please send a copy of the book to all three members of the committee. The winner will be announced in the October 2015 issue of Governance.