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Governance, Democracy and Poverty Reduction: Lessons drawn from household surveys in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America

Javier Herrera (), Mireille Razafindrakoto () and François Roubaud
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Mireille Razafindrakoto: DIAL, Paris

No 136, Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers from Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: Public statistics face quite a challenge when it comes to measuring new dimensions of development (institutions, governance, and social and political participation). To take up this challenge, modules on Governance, Democracy and Multiple Dimensions of Poverty have been appended to household surveys by National Statistics Institutes in twelve African and Latin-American developing countries. This paper presents the issues addressed and the methodological lessons learnt along with a selection of findings to illustrate this innovative approach and demonstrate its analytic potential. We investigate, for instance, the population’s support for democratic principles, the respect for civil and political rights and the trust in the political class; the “need for the State”, particularly of the poorest; the extent of petty corruption; the reliability of expert surveys on governance; the perception of decentralisation policies at local level; the level and vitality of social and political participation, etc. The conclusive appraisal made opens up prospects for the national statistical information systems in the developing countries. The measurement and tracking of this new set of objective and subjective public policy monitoring indicators would benefit from being made systematic.

Keywords: Africa; Latin America; Democracy; Monitoring Mechanism; Household Surveys (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D73 H11 I31 I32 I38 O54 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2006-01-06
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-dev, nep-ltv, nep-pbe, nep-pol and nep-soc
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