Assessing Good Governance Practices and Development Nexus: An Application of Structural Invariance Analysis


The paper aims to assess good governance and development nexus based on the Theory of Maqāsid al Sharī’ah (TMS). The central hypothesis is that good governance; with a specific focus on human rights and social justice has a significant relationship with human development including factors like education, health, and income all emerging from the essentials of Sharī’ah. The paper employed a survey questionnaire to collect data from 384 respondents comprising Muslims in South-western Nigeria. The stratified random sampling technique was used. The findings showed that TMS is effective in predicting the direction of relationship between good governance and human development. The findings further showed that the model is invariant across gender groups. This paper highlights the applicability of the constructs of the TMS model into human development research. It also recommends strategic policy direction for policymakers. Keywords: Deprivation, gender invariance, well-being, Maqāsid al Sharī’ah



Deprivation, gender invariance, well-being, Maqāsid al Sharī’ah