APPP research tapped into the diversity of Africa’s experience with different forms and varieties of governance across countries, sectors and time periods, questioning the blanket use of terms like ‘rent-seeking’ and ‘neopatrimonialism’. Using a comparative approach, it investigated the possible meaning and feasibility of ‘working with the grain’ of African societies, rather than using institutional templates of doubtful relevance. In this policy brief, our findings are brought together with a central argument about their implications for current thinking and practice to improve governance and support development in Africa.
Booth, D. APPP Policy Brief 9. Development as a collective action problem. Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP), London, UK (2012) 4 pp.