Public Service Delivery and Empowerment
Edited by Anil B. Deolalikar, Shikha Jha and Pilipinas F. Quising
Governance is a complex and difficult concept to pin down. An expansive definition of governance would include the nature of political regime (for example, the process by which governments are selected); state capacity to formulate, implement and deliver policies and services for the welfare of citizens; and respect for social and legal institutions (rule of law). According to most indicators, developing Asia ranks low in the quality of governance; indeed, the only other region in the world placing lower is sub-Saharan Africa. Despite poor performance on governance, however, many countries in developing Asia have achieved remarkable economic success as well as impressive social progress over the past three decades. There are many possible reasons for this. For one, the effects on economic growth from other growth-determining factors, such as capital accumulation and trade openness, may have neutralized the negative influence of poor governance on development.
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