Governance as 'Kicking Away the Ladder'

Hanlon, Joseph (2012). Governance as 'Kicking Away the Ladder'. New Political Economy, 17(5) pp. 691–698.



The label 'poor governance' throws together real evils such as corruption and rent-seeking with a new group of alleged evils which are actually good for development, including a role for the state in the economy and support for domestic capital. Successful development policies of Europe in the late 19th century and the Asian Tigers and Brazil in the second half of the 20th century are now labelled as 'poor governance'. This is what Ha-Joon Chang described as 'kicking away the ladder' by which rich countries climbed to development, so that today's poor countries cannot follow.

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