Towards a Market Economy: Structures of Governance
16 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2006
Date Written: December 1996
This paper proposes an operational interpretation of the concept of economic governance. It argues that the capacity of governments to credibly ensure a secure economic environment provides an important benchmark against which governance can be evaluated. Such an environmentwhich is essential for sustained growth in a market economycan be established through a rules-based system which ensures freedom of entry into the market, access to information, and sanctity of contracts. Since creating a secure economic environment involves profound, far-reaching social change, it has historically been a complex and lengthy process in most societies. However, basing policy prescriptions on this benchmark helps avoid possible conflicts between different social and moral values.
JEL Classification: D78, E61, H11
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