The Politics of Bureaucratic ‘Pockets of Effectiveness’: Insights from Ghana’s Ministry of Finance

ESID Working Paper No. 119. Manchester: Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, The University of Manchester

41 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2019

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Abdul‐Gafaru Abdulai

University of Ghana - Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management; University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development

Giles Mohan

The Open University

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Date Written: June 17, 2019

Abstract

Ghana’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) has been identified as a ‘pocket of effectiveness’, both in relation to other state agencies and in terms of delivering on its mandate. However, this effectiveness has not been constant over the post-independence period, which requires us to explain how and why effectiveness is generated, but also why it can falter. We argue that the effectiveness of the MoF’s performance derives from the coupling of changing features in Ghana’s wider political settlement with the internal organisational features of this key ministry. Using historical analysis and data collected from recent interviews and reports, we focus on the MoF’s performance over the past five years, even as we situate this in the longer-term context of the Ministry’s ups and downs.

Keywords: Ghana, Pockets of Effectiveness, Ministry of Finance, Politics, Political Settlements

Suggested Citation

Abdulai, Abdul-Gafaru and Mohan, Giles, The Politics of Bureaucratic ‘Pockets of Effectiveness’: Insights from Ghana’s Ministry of Finance (June 17, 2019). ESID Working Paper No. 119. Manchester: Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, The University of Manchester. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430440 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3430440

Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (Contact Author)

University of Ghana - Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management ( email )

Ghana

University of Manchester - School of Environment, Education and Development ( email )

Manchester
United Kingdom

Giles Mohan

The Open University ( email )

Milton Keynes, MK6 7AA

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