SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Khan, Mushtaq (2012) 'Governance and Growth: History, Ideology and Methods of Proof.' In: Noman, Akbar, Botchwey, Kwesi, Stein, Howard and Stiglitz, Joseph, (eds.), Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 51-79.

Text - Draft Version
Download (383kB) | Preview


Governance plays a critical role in development, but what should governance reform in developing countries focus on? The advice given to Africa in common with other developing countries has focused on building a set of governance capabilities that are described as “good governance.” These focus on enforcing property rights, a rule of law, reducing corruption, and improving government accountability. These are all desirable governance conditions but the historical evidence does not suggest that developing countries can achieve these capabilities to an extent that can make a significant contribution to their long-term growth. Rather, the evidence suggests that successful developing countries had more specific governance capabilities that helped to sustain growth and development. These capabilities were country-specific because initial political and institutional conditions were significantly different across countries as were the economic problems that had to be addressed. This evidence suggests that governance reform priorities for Africa have to be rethought.

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Economics
ISBN: 9780199698561
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 09:29

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item