November 1, 2004
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
Policy makers and government leaders in most parts of the world today face the dual challenge of rising demands for more efficient and more accountable government while citizen trust in their capacity to do so equitably and transparently is falling. In fact, Good Government and Democratic Governance are not mutually exclusive. They are, instead, interdependent and occur in a broader cultural and institutional environment. Drawing on regional and global surveys of citizen attitudes toward government, and especially the declining faith in democracy in many countries, the paper focuses on two of the means for addressing these challenges: the imperative to innovate to strengthen government, and the need to engage the broader society and its institutions.


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