Development management and policy implementation

Relevance beyond the global South

Authored by: Derick W. Brinkerhoff , Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff

Routledge Handbook of Public Policy

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  December  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415782456
eBook ISBN: 9780203097571
Adobe ISBN: 9781136223259


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As a subset of the discipline of public administration, development management (also referred to as development administration) has traditionally concentrated on the organizational and managerial problems confronting the countries of the global South. Development management has been long associated with international foreign assistance, and debates regarding what it is, how to do it, and what it achieves are frequently embedded within larger arguments about foreign policy, development assistance, and power imbalances between the global North and South. Reflecting this association, development management is often distinguished as concerning the implementation of donor-funded policies, programs, and projects intended to promote socio-economic development in low-income countries. Development management has been swept by the same tides that have shaped foreign assistance over the decades since the post-World War II era, and that have revisited notions of development and what is needed to make it happen (Brinkerhoff 2008).

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