Edited by Andrew Massey and Karen Johnston
Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. (All things are in the process of change; we also are in the process of change among them.) We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke (1991) Nascentes morimur. (From the moment of being born, we die.) Manilus, Astronomica iv.16. We all live continually in a time of change, whether in an age of innovation or in a period of decay. This is the natural ebb and flow of the human condition, and likewise that of all the institutions created and staffed by people. Even those venerable customs and structures such as the civil and administrative organizations in old countries are constantly being reinvented and reformed (Kuhlman and Wollman, 2014). Change also affects newly formed countries, even as they emerge star-like from the flux of war or civil strife; or simply because their citizens no longer wish to be linked to an autocratic regime, another nation or group of nations. Some of these resurrect ancient borders and long-smothered nations; others challenge the colonial borders bequeathed by retreating empires (Vidmar, 2012).