|If Africa is to have a well-functioning
public sector there needs to be a paradigm shift in how to analyze and build state
capacity. This is the core message in a new book from the World Bank, Building
State Capacity in Africa: New Approaches, Emerging Lessons. Specifically, African
governments and their partners should move from a narrow focus on organizational,
technocratic, and public management approaches, to a broader perspective that
incorporates both the political dynamics and the institutional rules of the game
within which public organizations operate.
BUILDING STATE CAPACITY
IN AFRICA presents and analyzes recent experiences with supply-side efforts
to build administrative capacity (administrative reform, pay policies, budget
formulation), and demand-side efforts to strengthen government accountability
to citizens (role and impact of national parliaments, dedicated anticorruption
agencies, political dynamics of decentralization, education decentralization).