“Governance” Working Group

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New Initiative on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Environment, first virtual session on 27 February, 4pm UTC

Read more: New Initiative on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and the Environment, first virtual session on 27 February, 4pm UTC
27 Feb 2019

In preparation of the EADI General Conference “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice” in June 2020, our Working Group on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development is reaching out for topics, good ideas and new participants.

Re-thinking Development Research

Read more: Re-thinking Development Research
29 Aug 2018

Despite a broad consensus that global problems require global solutions, academia and research remain dominated by Western scholars and epistemologies. Western knowledge and its forms of production are considered as universally applicable and relevant while Southern knowledge(s) continue to be marginalized and/or silenced.

About the Working Group

Despite its rise in prominence over the past decade, the concept of governance remains rather nebulous, with both narrow or broad interpretations. A narrower definition (e.g., that of the World Bank) focuses on public administration management and institutional development, with measures concentrating on capacity building of executive institutions. A broad concept places greater emphasis on normative dimensions, that is the openness, accountability and transparency of government institutions, with a clear resonance with democratic principles and practices. Additionally, a broader approach entails not only encouraging reform within executive institutions, but also strengthening external mechanisms of executive accountability, including outside of state-related institutions, that is the arena of civil society.

The Working Group does not want to be restrictive in its interpretation of governance and it is this broad concept of governance that constitutes the subject area of the group, with attention given to both theoretical and policy issues. The Group also encourages a comparative dimension, investigating governance reforms in different regions of the world, focusing on both developing and transition countries.

Convenors

Gordon Crawford
Research Professor in Global Development
Coventry University
ac1221@coventry.ac.uk

Liisa Laakso
Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki
liisa.laakso@helsinki.fi

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