Olen siinses voos olnud üsna edukas raamatute jagamisest hoidumisel. Sel korral teen erandi, sest avaliku juhtimise küsimused populistlikus valitsemiskorralduses on minu arvates lihtsalt väga olulised ühiskonnaelu küsimused. Lugeja leiab siinviidatus huvitavaid juhtumiuuringuid ja tõsiseid teoreetilisi arutlusi (millega empiiriale tähendus anda) avaliku juhtimise ning valitsemise valdkonnas tuntud tegijatelt (mis iseenesest ei peaks küll midagi tähendama, sest võiks lasta tekstil kõneleda, kuid hierarhiapõhisel mõttekonstruktsioonil tuginevas valitsemispraktikas võivad sedalaadi täpsustused lugejaid meelitada ja kui see toimib, siis on vist isegi hästi).
Tõsi, raamatu hind Amazonis on üsna krõbe, kuid võrreldes nt paagitäie bensiiniga on siin väärtust ikka oluliselt rohkem.

Sissejuhatuses märgivad autorid muuhulgas:

While almost complete collapses of democracy, such as in Venezuela, remain exceptions, governments in countries such as Turkey, Hungary, and Poland have implemented far-reaching illiberal reforms – hollowing out their democratic institutions. […] In many other Western states, too, liberal democracy is under siege, as authoritarianminded parties shift political discourses and thereby influence policies, or even enter government and implement illiberal reforms. Many of these current processes of liberal-democratic backsliding are driven by populism.

Autorite ambitsioon:

Against this empirical and theoretical background, this volume addresses the administrative dimension of liberal-democratic backsliding with a focus on populist governments. It studies public administrations as both objects and subjects in the backsliding process.

Analüütiline raamistik:

This analytical framework serves as a heuristic that identifies, based on scientific literature and empirical cues, potentially important factors for studying the administrative dimensions of liberaldemocratic backsliding.

Mida siis peale hakata?

Public administration needs to recognize how its practices have played into the hands of the populist surge. It needs to rethink some of its central premises, as well as defend core principles such as appointment on merit, a commitment to pluralism, and the rule of law. […] Public administration, if it is going to survive the populist assault, needs to drop its defense of the politics–administration dichotomy. […] We need to develop a public administration that can work across political and administrative boundaries, partner with critical citizens, and exploit new technology as the best defense against populism and democratic backsliding.

Bauer, M. W., Peters, B. G., Pierre, J., Yesilkagit, K., & Becker, S. (Eds.). (2021). Democratic backsliding and public administration: How populists in government transform state bureaucracies. Cambridge University Press.