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Good Enough Governance Revisited

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  • Merilee S. Grindle
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    The concept of good enough governance provides a platform for questioning the long menu of institutional changes and capacity-building initiatives currently deemed important (or essential) for development. Nevertheless, it falls short of being a tool to explore what, specifically, needs to be done in any real world context. Thus, as argued by the author in 2004, given the limited resources of money, time, knowledge, and human and organisational capacities, practitioners are correct in searching for the best ways to move towards better governance in a particular country context. This article suggests that the feasibility of particular interventions can be assessed by analysing the context for change and the implications of the content of the intervention being considered. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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    Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

    Volume (Year): 25 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 5 (09)
    Pages: 533-574

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:25:y:2007:i:5:p:533-574

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    1. de Janvry, Alain & Dethier, Jean-Jacques, 2012. "The World Bank and governance : the Bank's efforts to help developing countries build state capacity," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6275, The World Bank.
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    3. Bjoern Dressel & Jim Brumby, 2012. "Enhancing Capabilities of Central Finance Agencies : From Diagnosis to Action," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12752, The World Bank.
    4. Bandeira, Pablo, 2008. "La relación entre las instituciones y el desarrollo económico de las naciones
      [The relationship between institutions and economic development]
      ," MPRA Paper 13371, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Pablo Bandeira, 2009. "Instituciones y desarrollo económico. Un marco conceptual," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 11(20), pages 355-373, January-J.
    6. Bandeira, Pablo, 2009. "El desarrollo institucional en el contexto de la ineficacia de la ayuda: ¿qué podemos hacer?
      [Promoting institutional development in the context of actual aid ineffectiveness: what can we do?]
      ," MPRA Paper 13372, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    7. Brinkerhoff, Derick W. & Johnson, Ronald W., 2009. "Decentralized Local Governance In Fragile States: Learning From Iraq," MPRA Paper 21505, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Ear, Sophal, 2009. "Sowing and sewing growth: The political economy of rice and garments in Cambodia," MPRA Paper 21200, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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