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Jobs for the Boys

Patronage and the State in Comparative Perspective

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$45.00 • £33.95 • €40.50

ISBN 9780674065703

Publication: June 2012

Short

336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 charts, 1 graph, 8 tables

World

With her keen sense of real-world politics and use of both the literature and her own interviews, Grindle provides a very valuable resource.—J.A. Rhodes, Choice

One of the book’s most original arguments is that there are drawbacks to professionalizing the bureaucracy. A stable, rule-bound administration may compromise flexibility for rulers, and even degrees of loyalty, both of which are arguably necessary for good governance. The book offers a counterargument to those scholars who, following Weber, believe that maximizing meritocracy is an unmitigated gift.—Javier Corrales, Amherst College

An outstanding book, highly original in its creation of a new interface between the historical-institutional literature on now-‘developed’ countries and the almost completely separate world of the development literature.—Judith Tendler, Massachusetts Institute of Technology