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Governance, Democracy and Poverty Reduction: Lessons Drawn from Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

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  • Javier Herrera
  • Mireille Razafindrakoto
  • François Roubaud

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Public statistics face quite a challenge when it comes to measuring new dimensions of development (institutions, governance, and social and political participation). To take up this challenge, modules on "Governance, Democracy and Multiple Dimensions of Poverty" have been appended to household surveys by National Statistics Institutes in twelve African and Latin American developing countries. This paper presents the issues addressed and the methodological lessons learnt along with a selection of findings to illustrate this innovative approach and demonstrate its analytic potential. We investigate, for instance, the population's support for democratic principles, the respect for civil and political rights and the trust in the political class; the 'need for the State', particularly of the poorest; the extent of petty corruption; the reliability of expert surveys on governance; the perception of decentralization policies at local level; the level and vitality of social and political participation, etc. The conclusive appraisal made opens up prospects for the national statistical information systems in the developing countries. The measurement and tracking of this new set of objective and subjective public policy monitoring indicators would benefit from being made systematic. Copyright 2007 The Authors. Journal compilation (c) 2007 International Statistical Institute.

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Article provided by International Statistical Institute in its journal International Statistical Review.

Volume (Year): 75 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (04)
Pages: 70-95

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Handle: RePEc:bla:istatr:v:75:y:2007:i:1:p:70-95

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  1. Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, François & Torelli, Constance, 2009. "La mesure de l’emploi et du secteur informels : Leçons des enquêtes 1-2-3 en Afrique," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10910, Paris Dauphine University.
  2. Cling, Jean-Pierre & Cogneau, Denis & Loup, Jacques & Naudet, Jean-David & Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, François, 2005. "Le développement, une question de chances ? A propos du Rapport sur le Développement dans le monde 2006 « Equité et Développement »," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/4390, Paris Dauphine University.
  3. James Copestake, 2008. "Wellbeing in international development: what's new?," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(5), pages 577-597.
  4. Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, François, 2010. "Are International Databases on Corruption Reliable? A Comparison of Expert Opinion Surveys and Household Surveys in Sub-Saharan Africa," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(8), pages 1057-1069, August.
  5. Razafindrakoto, Mireille & Roubaud, François & Torelli, Constance, 2009. "Measuring the informal sector and informal employment: the experience drawn from 1-2-3 surveys in African countries," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10627, Paris Dauphine University.

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