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Governance Challenges Facing the Control of Counterfeit Products in Tanzania

Frank J. Mateng’e, Gelase Mutahaba, PhD


The issue of counterfeit products is a growing worldwide phenomenon that takes different forms, and is not limited to products imported from one country to another; it does also involve products produced within the country. This article focuses on the characteristics of the counterfeit dilemma in Tanzania, and why it is a problem; the measures taken by the government to address it, and how well those measures are succeeding. The article examines the limitations of those measures from a theoretical/ conceptual perspective (traditional Weberian approaches to securing compliance). It explores whether the adoption of the ‗Governance Regulatory Approach‘ to securing compliance could produce better results. It concludes by a short discourse on the potential of the governance approach as a regulatory framework in developing countries, including Tanzania.


governance, administrative governance, participatory governance, counterfeits, Tanzania

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