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Working PaperMeasuring Government Performance in Public Opinion Surveys in Africa: Towards Experiments?
In examining the study of government performance, this paper asks whether field experiments can improve the explanatory precision of results generated by public opinion surveys...Government accountability Public administration Public goods
Book ChapterBotswana as a Role Model for Country Success
From the book: Achieving Development SuccessEconomic development Economic policy Government accountability
Research BriefBarriers to Effective Civil Service Reform in Developing Countries
The civil service is the backbone of the state, and can either support or undermine a country’s entire system of governance...International agencies Corruption Public administration
Working PaperEconomic Governance: Improving the Economic and Regulatory Environment for Supporting Private Sector Activity
This paper reviews the state of knowledge on the effectiveness of donor interventions aimed at improving the regulatory environment for private sector development in developing countries...Economic policy Public administration
Working PaperCivil Service Reform: a Review
Civil service reform is one of the most intractable yet important challenges for governments and their supporters today. However, civil service reform thus far has largely failed...International agencies Corruption Public administration
Working PaperEscaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)
Many reform initiatives in developing countries fail to achieve sustained improvements in performance because they are merely isomorphic mimicry—that is, governments and organizations pretend to reform by changing what policies or organizations...Economic development Economic policy Public administration
NewsLaunch of Special Rio+20 Journal Edition
Launch of special Rio+20 edition of Public Administration and Development on 'Public Administration and Sustainability: The Role of Public Institutions in Creating a Sustainable Future' may be freely downloaded from the journal's website.Public administration Sustainability
Book ChapterRekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentBureaucracy Public administration Decision making (Public administration)
Book ChapterIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic DevelopmentDecision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Book ChapterThe Impact of Institutions on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries
From the book: Entrepreneurship and Economic DevelopmentEconomic policy (Business enterprises) Economic development Entrepreneurship
Book ChapterVulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States
From the book: Understanding Small-Island Developing StatesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth International trade
Working PaperRekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil
This paper shows how an elite cadre of public sector officials played a key role in the success of administrative reforms in Brazil’s state tax administration bureaus in the 1990s...Bureaucracy Public administration Decision making (Public administration)
Working PaperIs it Possible to Reform a Customs Administration?: The Role of the Customs Elite on the Reform Process in Cameroon
An ethnographic approach is applied to Cameroon customs in order to explore the role and the capacity of the bureaucratic elites to reform their institution...Decision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Journal ArticleVulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States
Part of Journal Special Issue Fragility and Development in Small Island Developing StatesEconomic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth International trade
Working PaperBotswana as a Role Model for Country Success
I argue that the economic success of Botswana can be explained by the historical development of its institutions which is related to the trajectory of the Tswana states over the past 200 years...Economic development Economic policy Government accountability
Working PaperEntrepreneurship and Quality of Institutions: A Developing-Country Approach
Over the last few years we have observed a prominent flourishing of empirical studies on the determinants of new business creation and its effect on the economy...Economic policy (Business enterprises) Economic development Entrepreneurship