What is the Future of Water Governance Scholarship?

By Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco), Centre for Economic Research and Training Governance is such an elusive concept to define, even though public policy scholars have been drawn to it almost naturally. My first exposure to the literature on governance occurred while I was studying for my PhD comprehensive exams. I became obsessed with the work of … Continue reading What is the Future of Water Governance Scholarship?

Why the War on Poverty Failed

By Nicolas Duquette, University of Southern California Fifty years ago this year, the central piece of Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty -- the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) -- was passed. This law was unusual both in its ambition to eliminate US poverty and in its implementation. Instead of directing funds to state anti-poverty … Continue reading Why the War on Poverty Failed

The EU‘s Foreign Policy: What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action?

Book Review By Eleni Xiarchogiannopoulou, Institute for European Studies The global role of the EU in the post-Lisbon Treaty era and in a multi-polar world has been the focus of numerous academic and policymaking debates. This is exactly the topic of the timely volume The EU‘s Foreign Policy: What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action? … Continue reading The EU‘s Foreign Policy: What Kind of Power and Diplomatic Action?

The Changing Ideology of the American Voter

By Josh Zingher, Binghamton University Cross-post from The Quantitative Peace and LSE Originally Published March 27, 2014 Demographic changes mean that traditional Republican constituencies are shrinking as the Democrats grow.  It is difficult to discuss electoral politics in the United States without talking in terms of social groups. Journalistic accounts of party competition often stress … Continue reading The Changing Ideology of the American Voter

Regaining Political Control Over the British Quango State: The Public Bodies Reform

By Haram Lee, University of Southern California In Britain, quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations) have been an integral part of the British government. The history of these special-purpose agencies working at an arm’s length distance from the ministers goes as far as the 17th century. Before the current Coalition Government came into power, Britain was in … Continue reading Regaining Political Control Over the British Quango State: The Public Bodies Reform