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Building Democracy and International Governance

Author: George M Guess
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2018.
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Efforts by governments to promote sustained domestic economic development have been mixed. Success depends on many factors including location, geography, climate, external competition, human resources, natural resources, timing, political and governmental institutions, government capacity, implementation, leadership, values--and maybe luck. This complexity means that while development experts can often identify  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Guess, George M.
Building Democracy and International Governance.
Milton : Routledge, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George M Guess
ISBN: 9781351273268 1351273264 9781351273251 1351273256 9781351273282 1351273280
OCLC Number: 1045595711
Description: 1 online resource (261 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of contents; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1 Introduction: The Need for Effective Government; Notes; 2 Challenges to Effective Government: Ethnic-Nationalism, Populist Nationalism and Weak State Institutions; Regional Ethno-Nationalism; African Cases; Botswana; South Africa (RSA); Nigeria; Ethiopia; Liberia; Other Colonized African Countries; Middle East and North African Cases; Asian Cases; Japan; Malaysia; Taiwan; Indonesia; Pakistan; China; Myanmar; Kyrgyzstan; India; Notes; 3 Wealthier State Populist Nationalism North American, European, and Eastern European CasesSpain and Catalonia; Scotland; United Kingdom; Hungary; The Former Yugoslav Federation; The EU Confederation; The US Articles of Confederation (1781-1789); Notes; 4 Macroeconomic Instability; Notes; 5 Inability of Both Wealthy and Poor Countries to Reduce Regional Inequalities; Notes; 6 Governing Structures; Notes; 7 Response to Governance Challenges: The Problem of Aid Design and Implementation; Introduction; Aid as Constraint and Opportunity; The US Overseas Assistance Program; The Rationale for Overseas Aid; Notes 8 Aid as Stimulus for Democracy and Governmental EffectivenessIntroduction; South Korea; Taiwan; Costa Rica; Thailand; Venezuela; Military Aid and Democracy; Realistic Expectations of DA; Notes; 9 Targeting Aid to Threats Against Governmental Effectiveness; Nativist Threats and Attempted Remedies; Targeting Aid to Regional Problems; Poor Country Ethno-Nationalism; Wealthier Country Populist Nationalism; Notes; 10 Specific Problems with Design and Implementation of Aid; Introduction; 1. Design; Decentralized Design Process; Corruption and Aid Context 2. Implementation, Reporting, and OversightGoal Displacement from Reporting/Supervision Requirements; Notes; 11 Summary and Conclusions; Notes; Appendix Managing Development Projects in High Risk Environments: The Case of Pakistan; Background: USAID in Pakistan; Introduction and Overview; Questions; Notes; References; Index

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Efforts by governments to promote sustained domestic economic development have been mixed. Success depends on many factors including location, geography, climate, external competition, human resources, natural resources, timing, political and governmental institutions, government capacity, implementation, leadership, values--and maybe luck. This complexity means that while development experts can often identify ingredients for success, few can prescribe the specific mix needed by a particular state to achieve sustained development over the long term. In Building Democracy and International Governance, author George M. Guess uses both case studies and careful data analysis to argue that federalist democracy may just be the most responsive, authoritative, and flexible system for nation building, and that there is value in confronting the challenges that lie in exporting federalist democracy abroad. Guess demonstrates the ways in which federation structures provide positive redundancy against failures, flexibility to change course and implement programs and policies, and state legitimacy and strength. Examining twelve wealthy and developing countries from five regions, representing democratic and authoritarian government structures, confederations, and federations, this book will be of interest to those teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Political Development, Democratization, Federalism, and Comparative Political Economy.

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