Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2016

Abstract

Development actors are regularly aware of the shortcomings of governance interventions before, during, and after development assistance is introduced, yet those programmes continue and are even revisited. Why? This paper uses the Pakistani experience with power sector reforms to illustrate how the donor-led reform agenda had readily apparent shortcomings. A new wave of development thinking responds to such failures by drawing on complexity theory and moving toward more local, iterative and experimental approaches. However, by highlighting how the awareness of problems with reforms isn't sufficient to avoid them, this paper points to a higher order of obstacles which remain unaddressed.

Keywords

Utilities, electricity supply, Pakistan, government policy

Discipline

Asian Studies | Public Policy | Sociology

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Journal of Development Studies

Volume

52

Issue

7

First Page

950

Last Page

964

ISSN

0022-0388

Identifier

10.1080/00220388.2016.1146704

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2016.1146704

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