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Govern Like Us: U.S. Expectations of Poor Countries

M. A. Thomas


In the poorest countries, such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Mali, the United States has struggled to work with governments whose corruption and lack of capacity are increasingly seen to be the cause of instability and poverty. The development and security communities call for “good governance” to improve the rule of law, democratic accountability, and the delivery of public goods and services. The United States and other rich liberal democracies insist that this is the only legitimate model of governance. Yet poor governments cannot govern according to these ideals and instead are compelled to r ... More

Keywords: Afghanistan, Haiti, Mali, corruption, instability, poverty, good governance, rule of law, democratic accountability, patronage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171205
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

M. A. Thomas, author