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Good Growth and Governance in AfricaRethinking Development Strategies$
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Akbar Noman, Kwesi Botchwey, Howard Stein, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199698561

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.001.0001

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Governance and Growth: History, Ideology, and Methods of Proof

Governance and Growth: History, Ideology, and Methods of Proof

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(p.51) 2 Governance and Growth: History, Ideology, and Methods of Proof
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Good Growth and Governance in Africa
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Mushtaq H. Khan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199698561.003.0002

Governance plays a critical role in development, but what should governance reform in developing countries focus on? The advice given to Africa in common with other developing countries has focused on building a set of governance capabilities that are described as “good governance.” These focus on enforcing property rights, a rule of law, reducing corruption, and improving government accountability. These are all desirable governance conditions but the historical evidence does not suggest that developing countries can achieve these capabilities to an extent that can make a significant contribution to their long-term growth. Rather, the evidence suggests that successful developing countries had more specific governance capabilities that helped to sustain growth and development. These capabilities were country-specific because initial political and institutional conditions were significantly different across countries as were the economic problems that had to be addressed. This evidence suggests that governance reform priorities for Africa have to be rethought.

Keywords:   governance reform, good governance, growth-enhancing governance, development

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