Critically Evaluate The Link Between Good Governance And Peace

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Critically evaluate the connection between good governance and peace.

I) Introduction

The question of what constitutes a “good government” has been a subject written about since the earliest known time. In fact, in the western tradition, Plato wrote extensively on the question, most notably in The Republic (Blackburn and Vance, 2007). He (in the voice of Socrates) asked if the purpose of government was to help one 's friends and hurt one 's enemies, for example. Aristotle, Plato 's student picked up the subject in his treatise on Politics. Many centuries later, John Locke addressed the question of abuse of power by writing on the importance of checks and balances to prevent or at least constrain the abuse of power (Powell, 1996).

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Finally, the third section

A final section discusses how the weaknesses of the good governance concept pose problems for one of the most central claims in the policy literature, that good governance promotes economic development.

II) Definitions and Historical Link Between Good Governance and Peace

The term “good governance” is perceived, in general as a normative principle of administrative law, which obliges the State to perform its functions in a manner that promotes the values of efficiency, non-corruptibility, and responsiveness to civil society (Rosenau, 1997). It is therefore a principle that is largely associated with statecraft. While the government is not obliged to substantively deliver any public goods, it must ensure that the processes for the identification and delivery of such goods are concrete in terms of being responsive to public demands, and respect for the principles of fairness, justice, and equality, as well as the implementation of policies that are effective and efficient, in order to promote “the deeper human requisites of the citizenry” (Henry, 2010, p. 3).The principles of good governance have also been espoused in the context of the internal operations of private sector organizations (Rae and Wong, 2004, p. 135; see also, Paris, R., 2004, p.
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