The SAGE Handbook of Comparative Politics presents in one volume an authoritative overview of the theoretical, methodological, and substantive elements of comparative political science. The 28 specially commissioned chapters, written by renowned comparative scholars, guide the reader through the central issues and debates, presenting a state-of-the-art guide to the past, present, and possible futures of the field.




A growing body of evidence points to governance failures as a root cause of slow and inequitable economic growth and as a defining characteristic of most poor countries. These findings justify placing governance high on any research agenda aimed at better understanding the political economy of economic development. Already, research into governance and development has had a notable impact: some dimensions of governance now sit at the center of academic and policy discussions of economic development. This chapter reviews the known effects of governance on development, the interrelationship among the different dimensions of governance, and the origins of ‘good’ governance. The review highlights where important questions remain to be answered, particularly with respect to the origins of good governance.

Although this chapter is a critical ...

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