Power, Patronage, and the Local State in Ghana

Grinnell College Associate Professor of Political Science Barry Driscoll, Ohio University Press, July 2023

What makes governments, especially in the developing world, responsive to the few rather than the many? Driscoll explores why electoral competition may lead to worse public services, and why efficient government may be an outcome of patronage politics. Power is a detailed account of local state power dynamics. Driscoll’s research and teaching explores the political economy of development and the state in Africa, focusing on decentralization, local governance, taxation, state capacity, and political parties.