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Governance Reform in Africa

International and Domestic Pressures and Counter-Pressures, 1st Edition

By Jerome Bachelard


256 pages

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Poor governance is increasingly recognized as the greatest impediment to economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, some impressive governance reforms are underway in many countries. This includes cases such as Nigeria – formerly the most corrupt country in the world according to Transparency International. Yet other countries such as Chad are still in reform deadlock. To account for these differences, this book examines governance reform in Sub-Saharan Africa based on an analysis of international and domestic pressures and counter-pressures. It develops a four phase model explaining why governance reforms advance in some instances, whilst in others governance reforms stagnate or even relapse.

No study has sought to systematically examine the political forces, both international and domestic, behind the successful conduct of governance reform in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, coordination, collaboration and mutual support between international and domestic actors is critical to push individual governments onto the path of reform. This book shows that while international and domestic pro-reform pressures are important, an analysis of anti-reform pressures is also necessary to explain incomplete or failed reform.

The main theoretical arguments are structured around four hypotheses. The hypotheses are theoretically generated and tested over four case studies – Madagascar, Kenya, Nigeria and Chad. On this basis, the good governance socialization process is inductively developed in the concluding chapter. This model illustrates how governance practices can evolve positively and negatively in all countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, based on the nature and relative strength of international and domestic pressures and counter-pressures.


"This is a refreshing and bold book that treats governance as a dynamic process involving power rather than as a condition or state that can be assessed in reference to specific numerical indicators. It breaks new ground as it analyzes the interactive role of international and domestic factors in shaping governance reforms. Together with its practical policy conclusion this is a book that should be must read for scholars and policy practitioners alike" - Goran Hyden, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Florida, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Governance Reform in Africa: Engines and Obstacles 3. Madagascar (1997-2006): a Triumph of Democracy from the Streets 4. Kenya (1990-2007): from Moi’s ‘Goldenberg’ to Kibaki’s ‘Anglo Leasing’ Graft Scandals in the Shadow of Ethnicized Politics 5. Nigeria (1999-2007): the Anti-Corruption War and the Untouchables 6. Chad (1999-2008): the Failure of the World Bank’s Externally Monitored Governance of Petrodollars in a Fake Democracy 7. Conclusion: the Good Governance Socialization Process

About the Author

Dr Jerome Bachelard is Visiting Fellow at the Center on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding which is based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Development Studies

The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy