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Public governance and green growth: Contextualizing the concepts of governance, economic growth, and environmental sustainability to the GCC countries
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Professor Paul Joyce
Liverpool Business School
20 December 2012

This paper will look at the challenges of public governance for GCC countries seeking economic growth and environmental sustainability. This will entail looking at popular concepts of public governance and their usefulness for the practice of governance in GCC countries. This in turn will require a consideration of the specific nature of government priorities and government strategic capacities as well as the public context and the private sector context.
The paper will explore how public governance is involved in supporting economic growth through the private sector. In part this involves exploring how governance provides support for markets. In part, it involves exploring (especially since the crisis of 2007-9) the role of an effective regulatory framework for the private sector (covering, for example, capital, tax provisions, corporate governance, and competition policy). The public governance of a country through support for the market and through regulation could be seen as important for striking the right balance in economic risk taking between the pursuit of private interest and the pursuit of the public interest. Of course, some degree of risk taking is unavoidable if there is to be the amount of entrepreneurship and innovation required by a dynamic economy, and arguably there are negative repercussions for the economic performance of a country if risk taking is excessive or inadequate.
Economic growth remains a high priority in many countries but government measures may also be seeking to encourage climate-friendly and environmentally sustainable economic development. So, the challenge for public governance is to achieve a win-win for economic growth and environmental sustainability, which in turn may be seen as implying the development of new strategic capacities by government. One of the current questions about strategic capacities must be whether or not strategic capacities in government need to vary depending on the content of government priorities and thus may be different between a country where, say, public services reform is the top priority and countries where, say, economic growth, investment and job creation are the top priorities.
This paper will not only attempt to characterise the nature of the strategic capacities needed for ‘green’ growth, it will also investigate the implications for government in terms of how the strategic co-ordinating and strategic regulating roles are developed and organised. While there are varied experiences in different GCC countries, the paper will seek to generalise to all GCC countries where possible. Ideally, the paper will address the causes of effectiveness in public governance.
The aim of the paper is to use evidence from reform programme developments in GCC countries to provide a basis for not only understanding the key public governance challenges the GCC faces in ensuring that economic growth takes place in an environmentally sustainable fashion but also for developing concepts of public governance that are grounded in the context of the GCC countries. To the extent that it succeeds in these ways the paper will provide indications to GCC government policy makers of appropriate policies and practices for economic growth and environmental sustainability.