“Developing knowledge states: Technology and the enhancement of national statistical capacity”

New with Derrick Anderson of Arizona State University, this paper is now published at the Review of Policy Research. Here’s the abstract:

National statistical systems are enterprises tasked with collecting, validating and reporting societal attributes. These data serve many purposes–they allow governments to improve services, economic actors to traverse markets, and academics to assess social theories. National statistical systems vary in quality, especially in developing countries. This study examines determinants of national statistical capacity in developing countries, focusing on the impact of technological attainment. Just as technological progress helps to explain differences in economic growth, we argue that states with greater technological attainment have greater capacity for gathering and processing quality data. Analysis using panel methods shows a strong, statistically significant positive linear relationship between technological attainment and national statistical capacity.

Policy Design and Practice

I’ve joined the Scientific Board of Policy Design and Practice, a new journal from Taylor & Francis that will begin publication in 2018. The journal is sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore. Michael Howlett and M Ramesh will co-edit the journal. I’ll post more information along the way about the journal.

2017 IPSA Levine Prize for the best book in comparative administration and public policy

Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment, written with Gary J. Miller of Washington University in St. Louis, will receive the 2017 Levine Prize for the best book in comparative administration and public policy. This is an annual award made by the Research Committee 27 of the International Political Science Association. Gary and I published this book in 2016 in the Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions series of Cambridge University Press.