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The Idea of Good Governance and the Politics of the Global South

An Analysis of its Effects, 1st Edition

By Haroon A. Khan


208 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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One of the major objectives of good governance is human development. Many worry that without good governance, many developing countries may become failed states.

Using one of the worst industrial disasters in Bangladesh to date, Haroon A. Khan helps further our understanding of the importance of bureaucratic capacity for achieving good governance and offers a new paradigm for a merit system to improve governance. In doing so, he introduces the reader to the concept of good governance and its importance by investigating its relationship with failed states, globalization, bureaucratic effectiveness, and human development.

The Idea of Good Governance and the Politics of the Global South will be useful for the students interested in political science, public administration and international relations.


"Haroon Khan provides a comprehensive and thoroughly researched account of the conceptual framework and implications of good governance in developing societies. This is an useful reference book for students of global politics and development studies."—Subho Basu, McGill University, Canada

"Haroon Khan convincingly demonstrates how issues of good and bad governance are essential for social and economic development in the Global South. In particular, he shows how lack of good governance may undermine stable social relationships and inhibit economic investments and economic growth in poor countries. I will definitely recommend this book for my students of politics and public administration in developing countries."—Steinar Askvik, University of Bergen, Norway

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Good Governance: Definitions and Clarifications on WGI Indicators 3. The Fragile States and the Lack of Good Governance: A Causal Explanation 4. Globalization and its Effects: A case study on the Garment Factory Tragedy in 5. Bureaucratic Capacity and Good Governance 6. Human Development and Good Governance 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Haroon A. Khan is Professor of Political Science at Henderson State University. He also serves as the Director of Public Administration program.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Governance and Public Policy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / General