Thursday, April 3, 2014
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Parkes Hall, Parkes Hall, 222, 1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Julia A Harris-Sacony
Group: Sociology Department
Category: Lectures & Meetings
Erin Metz McDonnell presents:
"Subcultural Bureaucracy & the Patchwork Leviathan:
Understanding State Capacity in the Global South."
Erin's research focuses on governance and development in comparative perspective, with an emphasis on African states. She is particularly interested in fusing cultural and organizational approaches to understanding state strength. Her book manuscript, Subcultural Bureaucracy, examines niches of effective governance within conventionally weak states in low-income countries. It combines both international comparative approaches and in-depth case study of state administration in Ghana, arguing that there is important variation in administrative capacity within states, and further, that the conditions that support emergent cultures of Weberian-style bureaucracy--in places like Ghana--are quite different from those associated with the hegemonic bureaucratic administration familiar in the West.