Buss was previously director of interna-tional programs at the National Academy of Public Administration.
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Roberts and Richard S. This is the first biography of Thomas Barclay, the first Amer-ican consul to serve abroad and also the first to successfully negotiate a treaty with an Arab, African or Muslim nation. Priscilla and Richard Roberts tell the story of this Irish immigrant who moved to Philadelphia in the s and became a successful merchant, ship owner and political activist — especially within the Irish community.
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A man of many firsts, Barclay also became the first American diplomat to die in the service of the United States. Priscilla and Richard Roberts lived, worked and raised a family in multiple countries for several. The Haitian people are the victims, even as Buss recognizes a widespread culture of corruption, illegality, and political violence; he eschews the literature on social capital, in which a pervasive lack of trust and cooperation among citizens is shown to pulverize national development projects.
Despite his recognition that Haiti has always been governed miserably, Buss does not give up. A public-administration specialist, he argues forcefully for prioritizing central public administration and financial management, for building capacity and implementing performance assessments, and for battling corruption; meanwhile, democratic elections, political decentralization, and privatization may have to wait.
Donors must coordinate better among themselves, take a comprehensive "whole-of-government" approach, and fund sustainable projects that make a difference. These are all defensible recommendations -- yet in presenting them as he does, Buss ignores the overwhelming crush of evidence that in fact donors have tried them all before only to confront the stubborn resistance of Haitian society.
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