Promoting Good Governance

Principles, Practices and Perspectives

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The concept of good governance is interlinked with institutionalised values such as democracy, observance of human rights, accountability, transparency and greater efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector. This publication focuses on key elements of good governance. It discusses the role of public management in promoting productivity and improving performance in the pursuit of efficiency, effectiveness, economic growth, sustainable development and social justice. The book looks at the public/private sector interface in the context of developing a meaningful and effective partnership in economic development.



Accountability and transparency in the public service

This chapter focuses on two critical dimensions of accountability: political administrative and financial accountability, with reference to the linkages to administrative efficiency and economic performance. It reviews the main methods of enforcing accountability and includes illustrations from both developed and developing countries. In highlighting recent trends in this area, attention is drawn to the impact of the on-going democratisation process in public accountability and some examples of good and bad practices are cited. Finally, the implications of increased attention to accountable governance for training are examined, with suggestions on specialised training programmes for politicians, judicial officials, accountants and auditors and journalists.


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