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Building Democratic Institutions: Governance Reform in Developing Countries

G. Shabbir Cheema
Building Democratic Institutions: Governance Reform in Developing Countries
ISBN: 978-1-56549-198-4
ISBN: 978-1-56549-197-7
2005/274 pages/LC: 2004022706
A Kumarian Press Book
"Cheema lays out a compelling argument about how the basic ingredients of democracy provide a basis for better governance in developing countries."—Merilee S. Grindle, Harvard University

"A sharp analysis of what it takes to create a stable democracy in an era of traumatic globalization."—Robert Isaak, Pace University

"A comprehensive analysis of the challenges of establishing and strengthening democracy in developing countries. Cheema draws on numerous practical examples and proceeds through a wealth of material in a balanced, clear fashion."-Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

"Richly illustrated with case studies of reforms around the world, this book makes a persuasive case that well-designed political institutions enhance freedom and welfare."—Adam Przeworski, New York University


Bridging the gap between theory and practice, Shabbir Cheema draws on a wealth of case studies from around the world to clarify the links among governance, democracy, and human development and to identify the conditions that make democracy work.


G. Shabbir Cheema is senior fellow at the East West Center and director of the center's Asia Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative.


  • Democracy, Governance, and Development.
  • Elections and Democracy.
  • Integrity in Governance: Combating Corruption.
  • Strengthening Parliamentary Process.
  • Promoting Human Rights Through Inclusive Democracy.
  • Democracy at the Grass Roots Through Decentralization.
  • Globalization and Public Sector Management Capacity.
  • Judicial Reform: Improving Access to Justice.
  • Governance in Crisis Situations.
  • Sustaining Democracy: Contextual Factors.