A Review of the Political Economy of Governance: From Property Rights to Voice

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Philip Keefer

Inter-American Development Bank

Date Written: May 20, 2004


Keefer reviews progress made in understanding the effects of different dimensions of governance on economic development, and the sources of "good governance." The term governance has been used to embrace concepts that are heterogeneous both with respect to their effects on economic development and their genesis. Future progress in developing policy responses to "bad governance" will depend on separately examining these heterogeneous elements - the security of property rights, the quality of bureaucatic performance, corruption, voice, and accountability. Future progress will also depend on explicitly linking problems of governance to the overarching political environment and the incentives of governments to correct those problems.

This paper - a product of Investment Climate, Development Research Group - is part of a larger effort in the group to understand the impact of political institutions on development. Copies of the paper are available free from the World Bank, 1818 H Street NW, Washington, DC.

Suggested Citation

Keefer, Philip, A Review of the Political Economy of Governance: From Property Rights to Voice (May 20, 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=610360

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