This article was originally published in DPR 25 (5), September 2007, pp. 533–74, © The Author 2007.
Good Enough Governance Revisited
Version of Record online: 3 DEC 2010
© The Author 2011. Development Policy Review © 2011 Overseas Development Institute.
Development Policy Review
Special Issue: Aid, Institutions and Governance: What Have We Learned?
Volume 29, Issue Supplement s1, pages s199–s221, January 2011
How to Cite
Grindle, M. S. (2011), Good Enough Governance Revisited. Development Policy Review, 29: s199–s221. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2011.00526.x
- Issue online: 3 DEC 2010
- Version of Record online: 3 DEC 2010
- first submitted August 2006final revision accepted May 2007
- institutional assessment;
- reform process;
- room for manoeuvre
The concept of good enough governance provides a platform for questioning the long menu of institutional changes and capacity-building initiatives currently deemed important (or essential) for development. Nevertheless, it falls short of being a tool to explore what, specifically, needs to be done in any real world context. Thus, as argued by the author in 2004, given the limited resources of money, time, knowledge, and human and organisational capacities, practitioners are correct in searching for the best ways to move towards better governance in a particular country context. This article suggests that the feasibility of particular interventions can be assessed by analysing the context for change and the implications of the content of the intervention being considered.