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pUBLIC GOODS PROVISION: INFORMAL RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT FAILURE IN THE CITIES OF NIGERIA

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  • Anthony U. EGBU

    () (Abia State University, PMB 2000 Uturu, Abia State, NigeriA)

  • Edith C. Pat-MBANO

    () (Imo State University, PMB 2000 Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria)

  • Kalu A. OBIALO

    () (Abia State University, PMB 2000 Uturu, Abia State, NigeriA)

Abstract

The traditionally accepted paradigm in the developed and developing countries assumes that the provision of urban public goods is best left in the hands of government agencies. This belief is manifested in the creation of different government agencies charged with the provision of a number of urban public goods namely open space, parks, water, electricity security and management of solid waste. The performance of some of these government agencies has at best been described as ordinary. Using empirical data from three cities in Nigeria and applying insights from the theory of collective action and private governance this paper demonstrates the failure of the generally accepted paradigm while showing the role of private informal street and neighbourhood associations in the provision of public goods in the urban areas of the developing world.

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  • Anthony U. EGBU & Edith C. Pat-MBANO & Kalu A. OBIALO, 2012. "pUBLIC GOODS PROVISION: INFORMAL RESPONSE TO GOVERNMENT FAILURE IN THE CITIES OF NIGERIA," Theoretical and Empirical Researches in Urban Management, Research Centre in Public Administration and Public Services, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 7(2), pages 67-78, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:terumm:v:7:y:2012:i:2:p:67-78
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