Public administration

Fiscal sustainability in Japan

Japanese government debt is at unprecedented levels with a gross debt to gross domestic product ratio of over 230 per cent and a net debt to gross...

Anticipating the struggle against everyday impunity in Myanmar through accounts from Bangladesh and Thailand

Work done internationally to address impunity concentrates on removing blanket amnesties and establishing commissions of inquiry into past atrocities....

Inside Myanmar's turbulent transformation

Since constitutional government began in 2011, Myanmar’s shift from an entrenched military regime has drawn wide interest from policy analysts. This...

Using signal processing diagnostics to improve public sector evaluations

False positive test results that overstate intervention impacts can distort and constrain the capability to learn and adapt in governance, and are...

Expanded social protection may do more harm than good: a pessimistic review

There is growing interest in expanded social protection programs, even for the poorest countries. Technology now allows cash transfers to be delivered to...

Age of choice: how partner countries are managing the new development assistance landscape—the cases of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu

Based on a comparative case study approach, the article reviews trends in volumes and modalities of non-traditional development assistance flows since...

Managing risk and increasing the robustness of invasive species eradication programs

Invasive species eradication programs can fail by applying management strategies that are not robust to potentially large but non-quantified risks. A more...

Governance for effective policy-relevant scientific research: the shared governance model

Despite the aligned aspirations of many applied scientists and policy-makers that science should contribute directly to policy decisions, there are...

Coping with nasty surprises: improving risk management in the public sector using simplified Bayesian methods

Bayesian methods are particularly useful to informing decisions when information is sparse and ambiguous, but decisions involving risks must still be made...

The rising tide of mental disorders in the Pacific region: forecasts of disease burden and service requirements from 2010 to 2050

Despite progress, poor performance of Pacific Island health systems continues to be highlighted by treatment gaps. Projecting burden of disease and the...

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