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Title:Manifestations of bad governance on the threshold of African democratic process and development
Author:Essien, Essien D.
Year:2012
Periodical:Ghana Journal of Development Studies (ISSN 0855-6768)
Volume:9
Issue:2
Pages:22-42
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:governance
democratization
economic development
Abstract:This paper argues that there is a worldwide resurgence of interest in the concepts of good governance, democracy and development. The current framework of public policy imperatives that emanate from around the world suggests that effective entrenchment of democracy and good governance is a prerequisite for development. The paper examines the challenges of good democratic governance in Africa today. This orbits around the problems of bad governance which manifests in corruption and other forms of particularistic behaviour through the noninstitutionalization of accountability institutions and mechanisms. The paper argues that the absence of effective measures to counter these perennial 'demons' could result in stagnation and lack of growth and development. The paper concludes that improving governance requires effective democratic processes driven by ethical principles which would regulate how people make the right decisions regarding governance. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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