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Governance, Growth and Poverty Reduction

  • Mushtaq H. Khan
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    Poverty reduction is a function of economic growth, income distribution and distribution changes. Governance can impact both growth and income distribution. The dominant market-enhancing governance paradigm seeks to enhance the efficiency of markets through ‘good governance’ reforms, ostensibly to trigger or sustain growth. ‘Pro-poor’ good governance reforms purport to enhance the scale and efficiency of service delivery to the poor. The good governance approach to enhancing growth is disputed. Neither theory nor evidence strongly support the plausibility of significantly reducing poverty through the good governance agenda. Alternative governance approaches for addressing poverty are contrasted favourably with the currently dominant paradigm.

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    Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 75.

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    Length: 20 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:une:wpaper:75
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