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Governance and Developing Asia: Concepts, Measurements, Determinants, and Paradoxes

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  • Quibria, M.G.

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    (Morgan State University)

Recent years have seen the emergence of a considerable volume of literature on governance and its role in economic and social development of a country. This paper provides a critical review of the literature. This review brings into the open a number of serious conceptual, measurement, and data issues as well as the existence of an Asian governance paradox—i.e., a general disjunction between growth and governance in most Asian economies. This paradox seems to suggest that much of the current policy discussion on governance is essentially faith-based. It calls into question the quality of the existing data and the analytical basis of the policy orthodoxy.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series ADB Economics Working Paper Series with number 388.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2014
Handle: RePEc:ris:adbewp:0388
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