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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 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

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Merilee S. Grindle is Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, Emerita, at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the former Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University.

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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
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
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 *

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