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.



Good governance and donors

This chapter discusses some concerns regarding the current widespread use by donors of good governance in their approaches to reform-mongering and to aid conditionality. These include reflections based on experience with policy work over the past 45 years in a wide range of developing and transitional countries. For the purposes of this discussion, governance will be taken to mean the practices guiding the formulation, implementation and oversight of the programmes, policies and activities of organizations, and in particular, governments, and the development of appropriate institutions for effective development.


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