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Good Enough Governance Revisited

23 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2010  

Merilee S. Grindle

Harvard University - David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

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Date Written: December 3, 2010

Abstract

The concept of good enough governance provides a platform for questioning the long menu of institutional changes and capacity-building initiatives currently deemed important (or essential) for development. Nevertheless, it falls short of being a tool to explore what, specifically, needs to be done in any real world context. Thus, as argued by the author in 2004, given the limited resources of money, time, knowledge, and human and organisational capacities, practitioners are correct in searching for the best ways to move towards better governance in a particular country context. This article suggests that the feasibility of particular interventions can be assessed by analysing the context for change and the implications of the content of the intervention being considered.

Keywords: Governance, institutions, institutional assessment, reform process, room for manoeuvre

Suggested Citation

Grindle, Merilee S., Good Enough Governance Revisited (December 3, 2010). Development Policy Review, Vol. 29, pp. s199-s221, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1727163 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2011.00526.x

Merilee S. Grindle (Contact Author)

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Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

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