State Performance and Capacity in the Pacific

Publication | November 2010

The Pacific Approach of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) places good governance at the heart of the development agenda and identifies public sector management as an important driver of change. This study, prepared as a background for the Pacific Approach, reviews recent literature and analysis on the state's role in the development of Pacific developing member countries, and suggests priorities for future support by ADB and its development partners of improved state performance and capacity of these Pacific states.

Contents 

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Public Sector Performance in the Pacific
  • Country Performance
  • Defining and Measuring State Capacity
  • Institutional Capacity: The Competence of the State and Other Institutions
  • Technical Capacity: The Cognitive Capacities of the State
  • Administrative Capacity: The Arms and Legs of the State
  • Political Capacity: Developing the Political Economy of Incentives
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
  • References