Thursday, December 01, 2011

"Institutional Design and the Management of Regulatory Governance"

An article I have written has just been published in a volume entitled the Handbook on the Politics of Regulation. You can click here to check the volume out. In the meantime, here is what some readers are saying...

‘Political science has leap-frogged law, economics, and sociology to become the dominant discipline contributing to regulatory studies. David Levi-Faur’s volume taps the rich veins of regulatory scholarship that have made this the case. It brings together the talented new network of politics scholars intrigued by the importance of the changing nature of state and non-state regulation. Their fresh insights complement important new work by established stars of the field. Definitely a book to have on your shelf when in search of exciting theoretical approaches to politics.’

– John Braithwaite, Australian National University

‘“Regulation”, in its manifold forms, is the central process of contemporary governance, as it seeks to blend the dynamism of market economies with responsiveness to political and normative demands for health, safety, environmental protection, and fairness. Understanding regulation’s varieties, vulnerabilities, and virtues has become a significant focus of academic research and theory. This volume provides an extraordinary survey of research in that field – a survey remarkable in its comprehensiveness, outstanding in the quality of the contributions by leading regulatory scholars from different nations and academic disciplines.’
– Robert A. Kagan, University of California, Berkeley, US


‘An authoritative collection by a range of contributors with outstanding reputations in the field.’
– Michael Moran, University of Manchester, UK

‘This is an extraordinarily useful one-stop-shop for a wide range of traditions and approaches to the political aspects of regulation. David Levi-Faur has assembled a fine collection that by reporting on the state of the art also shows the way ahead for a discipline that has to capture and explain dramatic changes in real-world regulatory philosophies and policies.’
– Claudio Radaelli, University of Exeter, UK

‘This is an unusually impressive edited volume. Its contributors include the leading academic experts on government regulation from around the world. Its several clearly-written and informative essays address the most important topics, issues, and debates that have engaged students of regulatory politics. I strongly recommend this volume to anyone interested in understanding the breadth and depth of contemporary scholarship on the political dimensions of regulation.’
– David Vogel, University of California, Berkeley, US

~Steve

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Scenes From The Top Of Juyongguan

Yes, it might have taken several hours to get there, but it was most definitely worth the trip!

~Steve

PS: You know I left that piece of the Great Wall behind, right!? I was just pointing out the poor quality of the masonry work...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Head Over Heels

This is the latest in our occasional series (see here and here) of photos of Chinese women in high heels, negotiating ancient tourist sites.

~Steve

Monday, November 28, 2011

It Only Took Seven Years!

Yes, Desi was happy to make it back to Juyongguan! I'm sure being subjected to one of our Balla family death marches (see the previous post) only heightened her enthusiasm!

~Steve