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THE EFFECTS OF POLITICS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES/PROJECTS: INSIGHTS FROM A DEVELOPING ECONOMY

Akwei, CA and Damoah, IS THE EFFECTS OF POLITICS ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT PROGRAMMES/PROJECTS: INSIGHTS FROM A DEVELOPING ECONOMY. Politics and Policy. ISSN 1555-5623 (Accepted)

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Abstract

Over the years, Ghanaian governments have invested huge sums of money in programmes and projects for socio-economic development to improve their citizens’ well-being; however, the implementation of most of these programmes and projects have failed which has led to the abandonment. There is a lack of research addressing this issue and the specific causal mechanism through which politics and culture shape these failed implementations and abandonments. Partisan politics, which demonstrates strong favouritism towards one’s political party, adherence to party policies and reluctance to compromise with political opponents, provides an appropriate framework to clarify the role of politics in programmes and projects ineffective implementation and abandonment debates. Drawing on the political theory and partisan politics literature, this study explores the role partisan politics plays in the implementation of failure and abandonment of government programmes and projects in Ghana. Our analysis reveals three causal factors: political culture, political corruption, and poor planning and implementation, which are shaped by partisan politics in the Ghanaian context. This impact negatively on the unity and socio-economic development of the country.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1605 Policy and Administration, 1606 Political Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: Doctoral Management Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 15:08
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2020 15:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13385

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