'The Quest for Good Governance'
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi's 'The Quest for Good Governance' Cambridge University Press book, available from August 2015
In the words of Larry Diamond, the director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law from Stanford University "this is one of the most important books ever written on the most universal governance challenge of our time - how to control corruption. In this brilliant integration of theory, history, case studies and quantitative evidence, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi shows how countries move from the natural state of corruption, clientelism and particularistic governance to the impersonal norms of fairness, integrity and transparency that make for good governance. This is an indispensable work for any scholar, student or policy-maker who wants to understand how societies mobilize and states reform to control corruption." Alina Mungiu-Pippidi takes up the challenge from where renowned authors Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson had left it. If the difference in economic performance is explained by governance, what explains if countries engage on the path of open and inclusive institutions versus limited access and extractive ones?