Review of ‘Searching for Boko Haram. A History of Violence in Central Africa’ by Scott Maceachern
Review of Scott MacEachern, Searching for Boko Haram. A History of Violence in Central Africa. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018. 233 pp. ISBN 9780190492526. In English.
Now in Russia at the highest level we can hear a lot of talking about the need to fight corruption. Moreover, this need is describing as it is almost a priority in the development of our country. Is it so important? And did the other countries have the same experience? This article tells us about global experience in combating corruption. It is considered that by using, special tools different countries struggled against corruption, why they started to do that and what kind of results they achieved? I had an aim to describe not only a positive experience; information about the failures could be useful too. From it you can find out what mistakes were made by governments in the sphere of combating corruption. It is important to know why they may have been committed.
We address the external effects on public sector efficiency measures acquired using Data Envelopment Analysis. We use the health care system in Russian regions in 2011 to evaluate modern approaches to accounting for external effects. We propose a promising method of correcting DEA efficiency measures. Despite the multiple advantages DEA offers, the usage of this approach carries with it a number of methodological difficulties. Accounting for multiple factors of efficiency calls for more complex methods, among which the most promising are DMU clustering and calculating local production possibility frontiers. Using regression models for estimate correction requires further study due to possible systematic errors during estimation. A mixture of data correction and DMU clustering together with multi-stage DEA seems most promising at the moment. Analyzing several stages of transforming society’s resources into social welfare will allow for picking out the weak points in a state agency’s work.
This article is talking about state management and cultural policy, their nature and content in term of the new tendency - development of postindustrial society. It mentioned here, that at the moment cultural policy is the base of regional political activity and that regions can get strong competitive advantage if they are able to implement cultural policy successfully. All these trends can produce elements of new economic development.