Is Good Governance Good for Development?

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Whilst good governance is a worthy goal by itself, this book argues that it is not a prerequisite for economic growth or development. Challenging the conventional good governance paradigm favoured by the donor community, this book exposes the methodological shortcomings of the commonly-used governance indicators developed within the World Bank. It argues that aggregate good governance indicators are less helpful for identifying governance failure in specific areas needing policy interventions. Bringing together contributions from leading political scientists, political economists and development practitioners, this is the first book that focuses on such good governance issues.



‘Poor governance’ for development in China and Vietnam

China and Vietnam are both transition economies ruled by Communist Parties. Both governments score poorly on ‘good governance’ indices whileexperiencing rapid economic development. While administrative reformhas been high on the agenda in both countries, the motives are unclearand the results mixed. Progress on issues such as anti-corruption, creationof a merit-based civil service and development of a service culture is disappointing.


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