Many intrastate conflict drivers concern the relationship between the state and society, and thus are influenced by the quality of governance. Without better governance, the prospects for reducing conflict and state fragility are diminished. In response, peace building and reconstruction operations in conflict-affected states have included attention to governance improvement. These efforts to restore or create good governance, however, have adopted a standardized template. More appropriate for fragile states is an orientation toward good enough governance. But how to determine what is good enough? Conflict mitigating potential is a relevant criterion. Emerging experience with decentralization, citizen participation, and local service delivery are examples of this potential.
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Derick W. Brinkerhoff, Distinguished Fellow in International Public Management with RTI International
- Monday, 01 February 2010
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road