Recent Submissions

  • Notes on Contributors 

    Unknown author (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
  • Introduction: Working with the Grain? The Africa Power and Politics Programme 

    Booth, David (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    At the heart of current policy thinking about Africa there is a significant knowledge gap concerning governance and development. This IDS Bulletin is concerned with what can be done about that, drawing on the initial ...
  • Towards a Theory of Local Governance and Public Goods Provision 

    Booth, David (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    Under?provision of essential public goods is making development in Africa slower and more inequitable than it needs to be. A good part of this problem concerns the governance of provision at sub?national levels. This article ...
  • The Eight Modes of Local Governance in West Africa 

    Olivier de Sardan, Jean?Pierre (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    Used in an analytical and non?normative way, the concept of governance may be taken to refer to any organised method of delivering public or collective services and goods according to specific logics and norms, and to ...
  • Local Powers and the Co?delivery of Public Goods in Niger 

    Olivier de Sardan, Jean?Pierre (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    The provision of public goods in Niger involves in almost all cases complex forms of co?production, with several actors and ‘modes of governance’ contributing within a variety of delivery configurations. How well goods are ...
  • Local Governance and Public Goods in Malawi 

    Cammack, Diana (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    This article outlines the impact of local governance institutions on public goods provision in contemporary Malawi. Three cases – on safe birthing, market management, and public safety – are presented. These demonstrate ...
  • Makeni City Council and the Politics of Co?production in Post?conflict Sierra Leone 

    Workman, Anna (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    Policymakers in Sierra Leone have identified recently established local councils as the main vehicles for delivering on commitments to improve local public goods provision, but little is known about which strategies work ...
  • Rethinking the Relationship between Neo?patrimonialism and Economic Development in Africa 

    Kelsall, Tim (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    Is it possible to work with the grain of neo?patrimonial politics to boost investment and growth in Africa? Current donor orthodoxy is that neo?patrimonialism is irredeemably bad for economic development, but evidence from ...
  • Popular Concepts of Justice and Hybrid Judicial Institutions in Ghana 

    Crook, Richard C.; Asante, Kojo P.; Brobbey, Victor K. (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    The provision of effective, legitimate and accessible justice is one of the most fundamental public goods expected from a well?governed state. In this article, we compare the legitimacy of three state or state?supported ...
  • Neo?patrimonialism, Institutions and Economic Growth: The Case of Malawi, 1964–2009 

    Cammack, Diana; Kelsall, Tim (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    For significant periods Malawi's economy has performed as well or better than might have been expected given its geographical location and natural resource endowments. Underlying these promising episodes is a pattern of ...
  • Conclusion: Rethinking African Governance and Development 

    Crook, Richard C.; Booth, David (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 1/3/2011)
    This article draws together the main strands of argument being developed by the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP), as reflected in this IDS Bulletin. The central question is what kinds of governance arrangements ...