Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Govern Like UsU.S. Expectations of Poor Countries$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

M. A. Thomas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171205

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171205.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 28 July 2021

Governance as It Is

Governance as It Is

(p.158) 7. Governance as It Is
Govern Like Us

M. A. Thomas

Columbia University Press

This chapter provides examples of the difficulties of well-intentioned Westerners (and some poor country elites) in grappling with the more limited possibilities of poor governments. Despite increasing awareness of how poor countries operate versus those of the rich, little consideration has been taken to account for the unrealistic expectations placed upon poor governments in policymaking. The issue is further compounded by the fact that insights on how poor governments operate tend to circulate only within a community of specialists; that even these specialists' efforts to put their findings to use hold little weight within the larger political sphere; and that there exists a moral conviction overall that the strategies employed by poor governments out of sheer necessity are considered inherently evil and must simply be cured of in some fashion. The latter is especially problematic, as these countries have no other choice.

Keywords:   unrealistic expectations, policymaking, poor governments, moral conviction, limited possibilities, poor governments

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .