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Every day Governance Practice and Development in Africa. Prof. Graham Harrison Department of Politics University of Sheffield, UK g.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk. Aims of presentation. To explore the interactions between governance and development To explore governance as practice

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every day governance practice and development in africa

Every day Governance Practice and Development in Africa

Prof. Graham Harrison

Department of Politics

University of Sheffield, UK

g.harrison@sheffield.ac.uk

aims of presentation
Aims of presentation
  • To explore the interactions between governance and development
  • To explore governance as practice
  • To reflect on the prospects for developmental states in Africa
governance and development
Governance and Development
  • Defining development
  • Liberal models
  • Good governance = Development?
  • Developmental states
what is the problem
What is the Problem?
  • Mass poverty
  • Low productivity and unstable livelihoods
  • The state against development:
    • ‘Vampire’
    • ‘Weak’
    • Criminalised
    • Dependent
governance as social practice
Governance as social practice
  • A move away from Afropessimism
  • Complexity
  • Dynamism
  • Interactive
forms of governance practice i the governance realm
Forms of governance practice I: the ‘governance realm’
  • Donors, technologies of PRSP, external credit/loans
  • Nationalist politics
  • Patrimonial politics
forms of governance practice ii grassroots governance
Forms of governance practice II: ‘grassroots’ governance
  • Vernacular politics
  • Decentralised liberalism
  • Development politics
  • Extractive politics
  • Ethnic politics
  • Patrimonial politics
prospects
Prospects
  • State legitimacy and social provision
  • Enduring cultures of nationalism and self-determination
  • Demands for accountability
problems
Problems
  • Development and political order
  • Corruption and ‘cronyism’
  • International agencies and constrained ‘development space’
  • Global resource strategies
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Modest development
  • Insurgent unorthodoxies
  • New demands for accountability
  • National developmental blocs