>States of change

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Some academics can never say no to a conference invitation. Others never turn down a book review. I don’t like flying, so I am (pretty much) much one of the latter. So, for my sins, for the last few weeks I’ve been reading and writing my way towards a review essay of – two very high class pieces of US comparative political science which asks why some states in CEE have ended up with far more bloated and politicized state bureaucracies than others (both think the answer lies in the why parties compete against each other: Runaway State Building by Conor O’Dwyer and Anna Grzymała-Busse’s Rebuilding Leviathan. O’Dwyer does a narrower set of cases, but they basically agree that the Estonians and Slovenes come out on top for lean mean administration (relatively speaking), as more surprisingly do those big public sector spenders the Hungarians. The Slovaks Bulgarians, and Latvians get the booby prize. The two authors, for rather interesting reasons, disagree on the Czech and the Polish cases. Unfortunately, I enjoyed the books so much the essay underwent its own runaway growth processes and ended up as a bit of a Leviathan itself, so I spent the last few days hacking it down to size for the journal concerned. Anyone interested in the longer deluxe version can, however, download it from the link here.

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3 responses to “>States of change”

  1. MSS says :

    >I tend to avoid book reviews, as well as conference that involve long flights.And your remarks point to the reason why I am usually sorry if I agreed to do a book review: the leviathan problem.In any event, these books sound interesting, so thanks for reviewing.

  2. MSS says :

    >OK, I got the review downloaded, but what is that website, anyway?

  3. Sean Hanley says :

    >The website? It’s just a quick and easy file drop/share site as recommended on Lifehacker (tinyurl.com/2tx8oq) Also has the virtue of deleting the file, if no one shows any interest in downloading it for a while 🙂

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