It was noted in Chapter 1 that ‘good governance’ is sometimes taken to mean ‘good government’ plus ‘public policy’. We have seen that it is not easy to obtain agreement on what ‘good’ government entails. With public policy, however, a consensus has emerged among donors that economic liberalism is required, replacing state-led development by free markets, private ownership, and international competition. In other words, development is now seen to demand capitalism (Cammack, 2002). When such economic restructuring has severe consequences for the poor, the role of the state is to give capitalism a ‘human face’ by ‘empowering’ the poor in both markets and politics.
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