A review of Confronting the Weakest Link: Aiding Political Parties in New Democracies by Thomas Carothers.
About the Author
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi is professor of democratization and policy analysis at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. Her latest book, The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption, has just been published by Cambridge University Press.
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