Challenged intellectually by the achievements of Asian countries in the last fifty years my academic research has come to focus on understanding the policy choices (and therefore engaging critically with the dominant ideas in the field of public administration and policy) of these countries and the lessons that can be learnt for Africa.
My work therefore has focused on one level on foundational theoretical inquiry in the area of public policy formation: do African countries need a peculiar approach to policy formation derived from their cultural realities yet responsive to the ever changing global political economy? In this undertaking the thinking of scholars like Kwesi Wiredu, Kwame Gyekye, Paul Sabatier( who taught me at a doctoral seminar at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense), Ha-Joon Chang and Justin Lin Yifu have provided useful ideational ballast. Essentially then at the level of the theoretical and the empirical I take a critical stance in engaging with the dominant policy literature and scholarship. I have thus far raised some preliminary questions in this area(published on them) which I am currently deepening and building on.
My other area of research which builds on the above queries is in the area of theories of the policy process. I am interested in the nexus between public strategy and policy formation in developing countries. I have developed(still researching on this to fine tune and make more robust) a framework, the Strategy Approach, as emergent public policy formation theory and praxis for developing countries wishing to rapidly transform.
Science and Technology Policy
Comparative Public Policy
Urban Public Policy
Policy Process Theory