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Working Paper
Measuring 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 Chapter
Botswana as a Role Model for Country Success

From the book: Achieving Development Success

Economic development Economic policy Government accountability
Research Brief
Barriers 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 Paper
Economic 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 Paper
Civil 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 Paper
Escaping 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
News
Launch 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 Chapter
Rekindling Governments from Within: Getting Public Sector Elite Officials to Support Government Reform in Brazil

From the book: The Role of Elites in Economic Development

Bureaucracy Public administration Decision making (Public administration)
Book Chapter
Is 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 Development

Decision making (Finance, Public) Corruption Public administration
Book Chapter
The Impact of Institutions on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries

From the book: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

Economic policy (Business enterprises) Economic development Entrepreneurship
Book Chapter
Vulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States

From the book: Understanding Small-Island Developing States

Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth International trade
Working Paper
Rekindling 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 Paper
Is 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 Article
Vulnerability, Trade, Financial Flows and State Failure in Small Island Developing States

Part of Journal Special Issue Fragility and Development in Small Island Developing States

Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic growth International trade
Working Paper
Botswana 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 Paper
Entrepreneurship 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
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