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Reform capacity

Author: Johannes Lindvall
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"It is often said that effective government requires a concentration of power. If we want our political leaders to adjust public policies to changing economic, social, and political circumstances, we should, in this view, leave our leaders alone: we should put in place electoral procedures that identify a clear winner in each election, and then we should let the winning political party govern without having to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)970611660
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Johannes Lindvall
ISBN: 9780191821134 0191821136 9780191079450 0191079456
OCLC Number: 979772935
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Reform Capacity; Copyright; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; 1: Two Theories of Effective Government; The Problem of Reform Capacity; Concentrating or Sharing Power; Institutions and Conflicts; Expediency and Justice; The Choices We Face; 2: Compensating the Losers; Compensation and Side Payments; Power Sharing, Compensation, Reform; Reforming Trade; Reforming Labor Markets; The Pitfalls and Promises of Power Sharing; Technical Appendix; The political system; Policy choices; If compensation is not possible; If compensation is possible; 3: How Reforms Fail Dilution Costs and Deadweight CostsInternal Costs and Audience Costs; Reforms in the Low Countries; Commitment Problems; Coalition Governments and Government Debt; How Reforms Fail; Technical Appendix; If compensation is costly; The bureaucracy game; The election game; Measuring commitment potential; 4: Formal and Informal Power; Institutions and Interest Groups; Labor Market Reforms in Western Europe; Reforms and Protests in France; Failed reforms; Labor law and old-age pensions in neighboring countries; Successful reforms; French lessons; Unions, Institutions, and Political Strikes A Realist's ViewTechnical Appendix; Regression results; 5: Future-Oriented Reforms; Democracy's Time Scale; Reforming Pension Systems; Reforming Tax Systems; Crises; A Time to Judge Every Deed; Technical Appendix; 6: Reform Capacity; Main Lessons; From Reform Capacity to Good Government; The Way We Live Now; Bibliography; Index
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This volume examines reform capacity and the ability of political decision-makers to resolve conflicts that might otherwise prevent governments from adopting desirable policies.  Read more...

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