Edward S. Mason Senior Lecturer in International Development
This paper synthesizes the approach I take to looking at governance in nations states. The
approach emphasizes ends as the starting point for any view of governance. (Asking
about what governments do rather than how they do them). I also emphasize means; but
in thinking about what it takes to produce ends, not as stand-alone factors. I provide some
detail on the specific ends and means I look at in nation states and promote the idea of
using governance dashboards and narratives to look at governance (not hold-all
indicators). I also discuss how my approach might be useful in the current discussions
about including a governance indicator in the post 2015 development goals. I expect that
some will disagree and even disapprove with the approach I discuss, but I hope that the
approach nonetheless offers a useful contribution to current discussions.
Andrews, Matthew. "An Ends-Means Approach to Looking At Governance." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-022, April 2014.