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- DescriptionNot very long ago, authoritarian forms of government were widely regarded as necessary for rapid ecomic growth and development, and Western dors supported dictatorial regimes in every continent. Today the political mantra is democracy, and the World Bank and Western dors require it almost as a condition of assistance. This thought-provoking book argues t simply that the West's good governance agenda came into being with the demise of the Soviet Union. Much more importantly, it shows how this agenda comprises only very superficial democratic institutional forms that are compatible with continued structural adjustment. African governments, in particular, remain in a cleft stick - supposedly responsible to their electorates at home, in fact beholden to external creditors and dors. The result is the creation of fragile democracies unable to respond to the demands of the poor - who are in the great majority - for socio-ecomic improvements, and where the requirements of external actors frequently overrule the wishes of domestic constituencies. Using the example of the good governance discourse, Rita Abrahamsen contributes powerfully to our understanding of development, t as some universally valid set of goals or procedures, but as a historically contingent form of kwledge intimately connected to prevailing structures and relations of power. Her book argues that a key effect of contemporary development discourse, despite all its proclamations in favour of democracy, is to help reproduce a world order that is essentially undemocratic.
- Author BiographyRita Abrahamsen is a lecturer in the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
- Author(s)Rita Abrahamsen
- PublisherZed Books Ltd
- Date of Publication01/12/2000
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintZed Books Ltd
- Content Notenotes, references, bibliography, index
- Weight205 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine138 mm
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