Governance and Development
Handbook of Development Economics , Volume 5 edited by Dani Rodrik and Mark Rosenzweig, North Holland, 2010.
In this paper we discuss whether or not 'governance' is an important source of variation in development experiences. We draw four main conclusions. First, governance is best thought of a sub-set of 'institutions' and as such emphasis on governance is consistent with much recent academic work. Nevertheless, governance is a quite vague rubric which it is difficult to unbundle. Second, the governance of a society is the outcome of a political process and as such is closely related to the literature on the political economy of development. Third, improving governance necessitates understanding the nature of the entire political equilibrium. Finally, an important research frontier is understanding the forces that create or impeded endogenous changes in governance.