Abstract

This article discusses the Strategic Governance and Corruption Analysis (SGACA) introduced in 2007 by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a tool for political-economy analysis of governance structures in aid-receiving countries. It suggests an explanation of the paradox that SGACA was generally seen as a strong analytical instrument, yet was discarded within one 4-year policy cycle. Drawing on the literature on policy innovations, it argues that there are three main causes of this demise: first, the collective-action problems involved in getting innovations implemented in the apparatus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; second, the fact that the policy window opened for SGACA by the mid-2000s did not stay open throughout the implementation process; and third, the bureaucratic politics played out in the environment in which SGACA had been developed.

Aid policy, Governance, Policy entrepreneurship, Policy innovation, Political-economy approach
dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12075, hdl.handle.net/1765/68879
Development Policy Review
International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS)

Hout, W, & Schakel, L. (2014). SGACA: The Rise and Paradoxical Demise of a Political-Economy Instrument. Development Policy Review, 32(5), 611–630. doi:10.1111/dpr.12075