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The Resource Govern like us : U.S. expectations of poor countries, M.A. Thomas

Govern like us : U.S. expectations of poor countries, M.A. Thomas

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Govern like us : U.S. expectations of poor countries
Title
Govern like us
Title remainder
U.S. expectations of poor countries
Statement of responsibility
M.A. Thomas
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the poorest countries, such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Mali, the United States has struggled to work with governments whose corruption and lack of capacity are increasingly seen to be the cause of instability and poverty. The development and security communities call for "good governance" to improve the rule of law, democratic accountability, and the delivery of public goods and services. The United States and other rich liberal democracies insist that this is the only legitimate model of governance. Yet poor governments cannot afford to govern according to these ideals and instead are compelled to rely more heavily on older, cheaper strategies of holding power, such as patronage and repression. The unwillingness to admit that poor governments do and must govern differently has cost the United States and others inestimable blood and coin. Informed by years of fieldwork and drawing on practitioner work and academic scholarship in politics, economics, law, and history, this book explains the origins of poor governments in the formation of the modern state system and describes the way they govern. It argues that, surprisingly, the effort to stigmatize and criminalize the governance of the poor is both fruitless and destabilizing. The United States must pursue a more effective foreign policy to engage poor governments and acknowledge how they govern.--
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Thomas, Melissa Annette
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Public administration
  • Poverty
  • Political culture
  • Developing countries
  • Developing countries
  • Western countries
Label
Govern like us : U.S. expectations of poor countries, M.A. Thomas
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Blind spot -- The governance ideal -- Paper empires, paper countries -- Poor countries, poor governments -- Governing cheaply -- The rule of law -- Governance as it is -- A different conversation
Control code
FIEb17705812
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780231171205
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892794496
Label
Govern like us : U.S. expectations of poor countries, M.A. Thomas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Blind spot -- The governance ideal -- Paper empires, paper countries -- Poor countries, poor governments -- Governing cheaply -- The rule of law -- Governance as it is -- A different conversation
Control code
FIEb17705812
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780231171205
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)892794496

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