June 17, 2016

SOG is the IPSA Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government.  It has been the academic sponsor of the journal Governance  since its creation by SOG in 1988.    Learn more.
#2 in Public Administration, #5 in Political Science
Journal Citation Reports released its ranking data for 2015 on June 13.  Governance has moved to #2 ranking in the field of Public Administration, and #5 ranking in Political Science.  It is the only journal ranked in the top five in both fields.  Its 2014 ranking was #4 in Public Administration and #10 in Political Science.  
Peters and Campbell on founding of Governance
2017 will mark the thirtieth year of publication for Governance.  In a new commentary, B. Guy Peters and Colin Campbell recall how the journal was established by IPSA's Research Committee on the Structure and Organization of Government.  "The first several years were challenging," say Peters and Campbell, "but we are pleased that after thirty years of hard work, Governance has become one of the leading journals in public administration and policy." Read the commentary.
Grindle: Goodbye to "good governance"
Governance has invited short essays to mark the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the journal.  In her essay, Merilee Grindle questions the value of that ubiquitous concept, "good governance."  The concept has been "progressively inflated" and encouraged "muddy thinking," Grindle says, and made it harder to understand how governance can be changed for the better.   Read this 30th anniversary essay.
When are citizens willing to fight corruption?
When will citizens step forward to help battle corruption?  In the current issue of Governance, Caryn Peiffer and Linda Alvarez examine the question based on data collected from over seventy countries.  In non-OECD countries, pervasive corruption discourages citizens from actively opposing it.  But citizen attitudes do change when confidence in a government's anti-corruption efforts grows.  Read the article.
Understanding Europe's refugee crisis
In the current issue of Governance, Mahama Tawat draws on two books on immigration -- Frontiers of Fear by Ariane Chebel d'Appolonia and Survival Immigration by Alexander Betts -- to examine Europe's refugee crisis.  The recent surge of refugees into Europe "has triggered events whose historical parallel can only be found in the early hours of World War II," Tawat says. Drawing on Francis Fukuyama's 2013 contribution to Governance, Tawat considers how shortfalls in state capacity have intensified the crisis.     Read the review .