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1 Introduction This essay will discuss whether or not Egypt complies with the good governance agenda In order to measure Egypts compliance or non-compliance the principles of good governance will be cited and explained and then reference will be given to Egypts situation with regard to these components Each point will be evaluated to assess and answer the question of whether Egypt is in compliance with that particular component of good governance or not and in conclusion the question of whether or not Egypt complies with the good governance agenda will be addressed and answered 2 Definition of Good Governance According to the World Bank 2006xx Good Governance can be defined as being epitomized by predictable open and enlightened policymaking that is transparent processes a bureaucracy imbued with a professional ethos an executive arm of government accountable for its actions and a strong civil society participating in public affairs and all behaving under the rule of law The United Nations Development Programme UNDP cites five principles of good governance each of which will be discussed and expanded 2005 Internet Source 21 Legitimacy and Voice 211 Form of Regime The basic element of good governance is democracy Democracy links government to the people and is government of by and for the people Heywood 200268 According to Heywood 200284 the most broadly accepted model of democracy is generally termed liberal democracy The central features of this model are that it is an indirect and representative form of democracy based on regular elections Competition between political parties as well as electoral choice forms part of the operation of this model and there is a clear distinction between state and civil society which allows for the existence of autonomous groups and private property 212 Human Rights There is an inseparable link between democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms Numerous international conventions and agreements enshrine there rights Moore and Robinson 2006146-147 note that there
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