"Of huge value. With an eye that sweeps from Poland and Russia to Cambridge and Washington, Janine Wedel has reinvented the study of public administration for an era of blurred roles and secret networks. Shadow Elite is a must-read for all who care about the future of government—even the possibility of decent government—in the age of flexians and truthiness."
- James K. Galbraith, Author of The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too
"Wedel's probing look at cross-cultural miscom-munication demonstrates that Western resolve and the global rush to benefit from the demise of communist rule was costly not only to societies resistant to change, but to the American taxpayer as well."
- The Washington Post
"[Janine Wedel] is good at conjuring up the sense of adventure and psychological complexity that ensued as West and East got to know each other up close. She carefully charts the misunderstandings and cultural collisions as Western aid-givers tried to impose their own terms of reference on societies they were usually poorly equipped to understand."
- The Wall Street Journal
CONFRONTING CORRUPTION, BUILDING ACCOUNTABILITY: Lessons From the World Of International Development Advising. (Resource Handbook)
With Lloyd J. Dumas and Greg Callman
Palgrave Macmillan, December 2010
"The crisis that nearly brought the world’s financial house down in 2008 demonstrated clearly and powerfully that the global economy cannot work well where there is widespread deception based in deep-seated corruption and lack of accountability. Corruption and lack of accountability are also key reasons why international development assistance so often fails to deliver on its promise. …this book analyzes the problem, considers how major donor organizations approach it, and offers a series of helpful strategies for working toward solutions—in aid delivery and beyond."
- Editorial Review
Wedel's book "[weaves] essays and interviews from twenty Poles into a compelling tapestry. Her contributors...tell how people actually lived under a system that claimed total authority but was in reality incapable of exercising any form of positive control over Poland. Wedel...connects these wide-ranging native observations with introductions and annotations."
- Edward E. Roslof, Harvard University
"Janine Wedel renders a multi-layered portrait of Polish life...and opens to the Western reader... the mix of principle and compromise, tradition and improvisation, the bending to necessity while continuing to defy it, which make up the texture of grassroots life in contemporary Poland."
- Walter D. Connor, Harvard University
A quarter century later, the book was published in Polish by TRIO publishers, Warsaw. Read the Introduction to the Polish edition of The Private Poland (Prywatna Polska).