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Institutional Perspective to Understanding the Governance of Urban Water in Ghana
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
(English)In: Water Policy, ISSN 1366-7017Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

This paper challenges the operational approach of the new policy paradigm of “good governance” thatdischarges the concept of governance from political substance and reduces it to the level of an efficientpublic service authority. The paper therefore develops an alternative analytical framework tounderstand and assess good governance based on institutional perspectives. Accordingly, governanceand good governance notions are re-defined. Using the case of urban water reform policies in Ghanathe validity of the analytical framework is tested. The analysis shows that the framework is useful andhas meaningful contribution to understand governance processes. The assessment of the reform policyreveals into different and entangled institutional constraints at multilevel and in different spheres thatcontinue to hinder the performance of the water utility. To design appropriate public policies toenhance water governance aspects of the water utility require addressing all of these constraints.

Keyword [en]
Ghana, good governance, institutions, public policy, and urban water reform
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-80570OAI: diva2:496490

QC 2012

Available from: 2013-03-18 Created: 2012-02-10 Last updated: 2013-03-18Bibliographically approved

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