The key challenge for achieving sustained development in developing countries relates to quality of domestic governance, which in turn is strongly affected by external interventions. Domestic governance includes politics, policy formulation, institution building and policy implementation. It is important for both international and domestic agents to understand how the interplay between external interventions and domestic governance affects social and economic outcomes.
This volume presents a series of studies analysing the links between external interventions and domestic governance in the areas of economic, social and security policy. Key questions that are addressed here include:
- How do external interventions in economic, social and security areas affect domestic governance in developing countries?
- Is aid more effective in decentralised systems of government?
- What are the interactions between external interventions and domestic governance?
- How can external agents advance domestic governance?
Due to its strong focus on external interventions and domestic governance, this book will be of interest to scholars of development studies across the social sciences, in addition to the fields of economics, political science, sociology and geography.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Governance Challenge 1. Introduction Arne Bigsten 2. Impacts of External Interventions on Domestic Governance Arne Bigsten Part II: Economic Policy 3. Democratization in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters Pelle Ahlerup 4. Political Decentralization and the Effectiveness of Aid Thushyanthan Baskaran, Arne Bigsten and Zohal Hessami 5. When Is Aid Volatility Bad? And How Bad Is It? Sven Tengstam Part III: Social Policy 6. Abstinence, Abstinence, and More Abstinence: HIV/AIDS in Malawi Dick Durevall and Annika Lindskog 7. Indigenous Politics and the Quest for Solidarity Cristina Rojas and Gustavo Morales Part IV: Environmental Policy 8. Payments for Environmental Services: Understanding the determinants of impact and behavioural responses to policy intervention Anna Nordén, Martin Persson, and Francisco Alpizar Part V: Security Policy 9. ‘Building Peace from the Outside’: The role of the EU in the Democratic Republic of Congo Meike Froitzheim and Fredrik Söderbaum 10. Willing Reformers? An analysis of defence reform initiatives in the DRC Maria Eriksson Baaz and Maria Stern 11. The African Union and the Politics of Protection: Mediating ownership and sovereignty Jan Bachmann and Linnea Gelot Part VI: Conclusion 12. Concluding Remarks Arne Bigsten
Arne Bigsten is Professor of Development Economics at the University of Gothenburg, and Director of the Gothenburg Centre of Globalization and Development, Sweden. His research has addressed poverty and income distribution, trade and globalisation, industrial development, foreign aid and institutional reform. He has been involved in major projects on the impact of the coffee boom in the 1970s in Kenya and Tanzania, enterprise development in Africa, and the poverty of Ethiopian households.