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Governance for Development in Africa: Solving Collective Action Problems
Title: Governance for Development in Africa: Solving Collective Action Problems
Authors: David Booth ; Diana Rose Cammack
Material Type: printed text
Publisher: London ; New York : Zed Books, 2013
ISBN (or other code): 9781780325958 9781780325941
Size: 160
Languages: English
Class number: 09.2 (African politics)
Keywords: Politics ; Politics in Africa ; Politics and government ; Governance ; Development
Abstract: Drawing on in-depth empirical research spanning a number of countries in Africa, Booth and Cammack's path-breaking book offers both an accessible overview of issues surrounding governance for development on the continent, whilst also offering a bold new alternative. In doing so, they controversially argue that externally imposed 'good governance' approaches make unrealistic assumptions about the choices leaders and officials are, in practice, able to make. As a result, reform initiatives and assistance programmes supported by donors regularly fail, while ignoring the potential for addressing the causes rather than the symptoms of this situation. In reality, the authors show, anti-developmental behaviours stem from unresolved - yet in principle soluble - collective action problems.

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