How to Improve Governance

A New Framework for Analysis and Action

David de Ferranti,

How to Improve Governance: A New Framework for Analysis and Action
The lack of a reliable compass to describe where a country is at a given moment, and where it could be heading in the absence or acceptance of proposed reforms, can result in disastrous missteps. A country-specific analysis needs to be comprehensive, considering transparency, accountability, governance, and corruption throughout the calculus.This perceptive book emphasizes the need for an overall analytical framework that can be applied to different countries to help analyze the current situation, identify potential areas for improvement, and assess their relative feasibility and the steps needed to promote them. The absence of such a framework is a fundamental reason for innumerable failed governments or ineffective regimes. Without such an analytic framework, any reform attempt is likely to founder for lack of a shared understandingof the underlying problems and of the feasible reforms.Contents1. Introduction2. Do Transparency, Accountability, Governance, and Corruption Matter?3. Overview4. Principals and Agents5. Interest Group Dynamics6. Signals and Actions7. Political Systems8. Interventions9. Application at Country LevelAppendixes: Case studies on Ghana, Kenya, Peru, Mexico, and Thailand, and Four Composite Country Cases of Attempted Government Reforms

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