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Legislative Budget Offices: Making them work in developing countries

Development agencies have promoted the establishment of non-partisan legislative budget offices as a way of building the oversight capacity of legislatures in developing countries.  In a research note in the current issue of Governance, Jeffrey Straussman and Ari Renoni describe attempts to establish such offices in Jordan, Kenya, Morocco and Afghanistan.  Straussman and Renoni describe the two main challenges that must be overcome for these offices to work effectively, and key steps that can be followed to improve the likelihood of success.  Open access to the research note


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March 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Free download: Delapalme on African governance

Good governance may be crucial for development, says Nathalie Delapalme, Director of Research and Policy at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, but better data is crucial for achieving good governance.  Delapalme provides the lead commentary for the current issue of Governance (24.1, January 2011):  African governance: The importance of more and better data.  She describes the lack of reliable and timely information about the delivery of public services in many African nations.  Lack of data inhibits the Foundation’s ability to assess the quality of governance, compromises policymaking by governments, and undermines efforts to gauge aid effectiveness.  The dearth of data is a “major challenge”, says Delapalme, that “cuts across the entire spectrum of African governance.”  Open access to the commentary here.

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January 1, 2011 at 7:47 am

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Free download: Mehta on state spending and governance in India

Pratap Bhanu MehtaThe relationship between democracy and good governance is “more tenuous than we like to admit,” says Pratap Bhanu Mehta, President of India’s Centre for Policy Research, in the lead commentary for the new issue of Governance (23.3, July 2010).  But Mehta examines one neglected factor that might improve the prospects for good governance: an increase in the scale of government spending.

In India, Mehta argues, increased state expenditure has improved voters’ attention to governmental performance; changed the structure of corruption in beneficial ways; and allowed government to invest in stronger accountability instruments.  “A growth in state capacity,” Mehta concludes, “can, to a certain extent, mitigate the ill effects of unaccountable government.”  Download Mehta’s commentary for free.

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July 1, 2010 at 1:00 am

What happens after major policy changes are enacted?

Reforms at Risk“It is no small thing to win the adoption of general-interest reforms in the United States,” says Erik Patashnik in his new book, Reforms at Risk: What Happens After Major Policy Changes Are Enacted?, “But what is required to initiate policy reform should not be confused with what is required to sustain it”  Patashnik’s book is reviewed by Michael Moran of the University of Manchester in the new issue of Governance.   Moran says the book is “an example of American political science at its best . . . fine scholarship indeed.”

Also reviewed in the new issue:  Sustainable Development for Public Administration, by Denise Zeynep Leuenberger and John BartleFred Thompson of Willamette University says that this “very good book . . . introduces public administrators to the basics of sustainable development and to the design and implementation of public policies . . . which are systemically sustainable, intertemporally and distributionally equitable, and economically efficient.”

And Arthur Goldsmith of the University of Massachusetts Boston reviews Governance and the Depoliticisation of Development, edited by Wil Hout and Richard Robison.  Hout and Robison “challenge the new orthodoxy about governance,” Goldsmith says.  The book’s theme is that “the governance approach to global development represents less improvement than advertised over the market fundamentalism it superseded.”

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April 20, 2010 at 1:00 am