Book Reviews

How can we ensure effectiveness in #Tanzania’s public administration? Lessons from Dahlström C & Lapuente V. (2017). Organizing Leviathan: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Making of Good Government. New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 262

Title: Organizing Leviathan Author: Carl Dahlström, Victor Lapuente, Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 21/06/2017 Pages: 270 Why are some countries less corrupt and better governed than others? Challenging conventional explanations on the remarkable differences in quality of government worldwide, this book argues that the organization of bureaucracy is an often overlooked but critical factor. Countries where… Read more →

A simplified framework to understand Dictators’ strategies: lessons from Greitens S. C. (2016). Dictators and Their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.324

Title: Dictators and their Secret Police Author: Sheena Chestnut Greitens Genre: Political Science Publisher: Cambridge University Press Release Date: 16/08/2016 Pages: 240 Context: Increasingly, there is substantial mentioning and complaints on social media and in the streets of Tanzania, wondering whether we are walking towards a dictatorial regime or not. There has been analysis that Tanzania has always been under… Read more →

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Your view is not my view: Reflections on Shetler J.B (2007). Imagining Serengeti: A History of Landscape Memory in Tanzania from Earliest Times to the Present

Title: Imagining Serengeti Author: Jan Bender Shetler Genre: Academic: Anthropology; History Publisher: Ohio University Press Release Date: 2007 Format: Paperback Pages: 378 If someone wants to teach about the theory of Construction, I think the best book to start with would be “Imagining Serengeti”. This may not be

Reflections on the Ross (2015) “The Industries of the Future” and it’s potential lessons for #Tanzania

Title: The Industries of the Future Author: Alec Ross Genre: Business & Economics Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: 2016-02-02 Pages: 320 A prompt to pick up this book from the shelf of many was triggered by the President of Tanzania (Dr. John P. Magufuli) new policy and emphasis on industrialization. I have been battling to

… the powers of Ideas… My reflection on: Schell O. and Delury J. (2013). Wealth and Power: China’s Long March to the Twenty-First Century (New York: Random House, 2013)

Title: Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the Twenty-First Century Author: Orville Schell and John Delury Publisher: Random Release Date: 2013 Pages: 478 Most scholars, commentators, media analysts, and students have been terming Chinese economic and material success as a “miracle”. A miracle is something that cannot be explained. Indeed, the classical and conventional economic development models found it… Read more →

Books (social) I have read in 2015:

Consolation: this list excludes books I’ve had to read for teaching purposes (some I had to read in full – e.g. those of Collective Security just for class confidence), research, and/or consultancy. All in all, upon reflection, I’ve not read as much as I could…and I’ve a feeling (apportioning the blame here) it’s mostly due to having elections in Tanzania…. Read more →

Graham A. , Blackwill R., & Wyne A., Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013) pp. 186

Title: Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World Author: Graham A. , Blackwill R., & Wyne A Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: MIT Press Release Date: 2013 Pages: 186 A respected former prime minister of Singapore discusses Islamic terrorism; economic growth; democracy; the welfare state; education; the free market; the roles of… Read more →

Reflections on Axelrod’s Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

Title: Believer: My Forty Years in Politics Author: Axelrod D Genre: Biography & Autobiography Publisher: Penguin Press Release Date: 2015 Pages: 528 David Axelrod provides an inspiring account of his political journey while marinating it with his personal life. This book can fall into two different genres – a biography and a non-fictional prose for a political career.While narrating his… Read more →