Promoting Good Governance

Principles, Practices and Perspectives

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The concept of good governance is interlinked with institutionalised values such as democracy, observance of human rights, accountability, transparency and greater efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector. This publication focuses on key elements of good governance. It discusses the role of public management in promoting productivity and improving performance in the pursuit of efficiency, effectiveness, economic growth, sustainable development and social justice. The book looks at the public/private sector interface in the context of developing a meaningful and effective partnership in economic development.



The role of the state in creating a conducive environment

At independence, many Commonwealth developing countries believed that political independence by itself was insufficient unless accompanied by economic independence and self-sufficiency. Rapid industrialisation in the domestic economy was considered key to the acceleration of the development process. As a result, it was believed that planning and public ownership constituted key instruments in pushing forward the objectives of political and economic independence.


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