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Methods in governance research: a review of research approaches

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The extant literature relating to the relationship between governance and inclusive growth does not appear to have reached convergence towards a preferred methodological approach. This paper attempts to review the strengths and shortcomings of different methodological approaches to the study of the relationship between governance and inclusive growth. The paper offers some recommendations on possible new directions in the study of the relationship between good governance and inclusive growth.

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  • Lawrence Sáez, 2013. "Methods in governance research: a review of research approaches," Global Development Institute Working Paper Series esid-017-13, GDI, The University of Manchester.
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