Is Good Governance Good for Development?

Is Good Governance Good for Development?

by Anis Chowdhury
     
 

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While good governance is a worthy goal, this book argues that it is not a prerequisite for economic growth or development. The book exposes the methodological shortcomings of the commonly-used governance indicators developed within the World Bank. The authors argue that donors should not impose onerous good governance conditions, expecting the developing world to

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While good governance is a worthy goal, this book argues that it is not a prerequisite for economic growth or development. The book exposes the methodological shortcomings of the commonly-used governance indicators developed within the World Bank. The authors argue that donors should not impose onerous good governance conditions, expecting the developing world to simulate now-developed countries. They contend that most poor countries lack the administrative and financial capacity to achieve these reforms or institutions - so donor conditionality often becomes a recipe for failure.In place of grand government reforms aimed at enhancing market efficiency, the book's position is that the reform agenda should target strategic bottlenecks for development and enhance the state's capacity to deal with these disruptions. Bringing together contributions from leading political scientists, political economists and development practitioners, this is the first book to provide a systematic critical perspective on received notions of good governance.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780932217
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Series:
United Nations Series on Development Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Jomo Kwame Sundaram was United Nations Assistant-Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations during 2005-2012. He was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Anis Chowdhury is Chief of the Macroeconomic and Development Division of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations. He was Senior Economic Affairs Officer in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and Professor of Economics at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.Also by Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Anis Chowdhury (eds.) in this series: Poor Poverty: The Impoverishment of Analysis, Measurement and Policies (2011)Contributors:Rita Abrahamsen, Associate Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, CanadaMatthew Andrews, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USAArthur Goldsmith, Associate Dean of the College of Management, University of Massachusetts, USAMushtaq Khan, Professor of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UKMarcus Kurtz, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University, USAMartin Painter is Chair and Professor of Public Administration, City University of Hong KongAndrew Schrank, Professor of Political Science and Sociology, University of New Mexico, USABrian van Arkadie, Development economist and consultant

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