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Published: 09 October 2014

288 Pages


ISBN: 9780199363803

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Working with the Grain

Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies

Brian Levy

  • 'Good governance' has failed as a prescription for addressing development challenges. This book proposes an innovative 'with-the-grain' alternative - as a constructive, hopeful way of engaging the challenging governance ambiguities of our early 21st century world.
  • Low-income democracies confront a very distinctive set of institutional challenges, which conventional approaches to governance reform do not adequately address.
  • In low-income democracies, better development results will be achieved by efforts to nurture 'islands of effectiveness', underpinned by participatory engagement of multiple stakeholders - rather than by attempting top-down initiatives to improve public sector governance, which cannot be implemented effectively in these settings.
  • In settings where rapid inclusive economic growth is underway, reformers need to learn to live with imperfection - in these settings, a seeming excess or order, or a seeming excess of chaos may be less a signal that a country is off-track than part of the medium-term nature of things

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