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– Ten Cases, Two Competing Explanations, One Large Research Agenda
Matt Andrews - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Governments can play great roles in their countries, regions, and cities; facilitating or leading the resolution of festering problems and opening new pathways for progress. Examples are more numerous than one might imagine and raise an important question: ‘how do governments become great?...

Research Brief pdf
UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Afghanistan has received vast amounts of development aid, but results may not be sufficiently robust. There is a limited menu of acceptable options for institutional arrangements, leading to a high dependence on external resources, technical expertise, and ...

Research Brief pdf
UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Development practice continues to operate on the assumptions of an outdated theory of modernization. Developing countries often sustain legitimacy by imitating other successful modern institutions without actually developing the functionality of the institutions they...

Research Brief pdf
UNU -WIDER - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Current development practice focuses too much on the form institutions take, at the expense of worrying about function. A focus on strict rules that aim to curb corruption and inefficiency can diminish the amount of experimentation and adaptation that is possible. The...

Michael Woolcock - Evaluation, 2013 - New York, USA

Rising standards for accurately inferring the impact of development projects has not been matched by equivalently rigorous procedures for guiding decisions about whether and how similar results might be expected elsewhere. These ‘external validity’ concerns are especially pressing for...

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– a Building Without a Foundation?
Frauke de Weijer - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

This paper argues that attempts at state-building in Afghanistan have led to institutions that are not robust. The state institutions and organizations continue to be highly dependent on external resources and technical expertise, and lack of critical mass of people able and willing to maintain...

– Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, Matt Andrews - The Journal of Development Studies, 2013 - Abindon, Oxon, UK

In many nations today the state has little capability to carry out even basic functions like security, policing, regulation or core service delivery. Enhancing this capability, especially in fragile states, is a long-term task: countries like Haiti or Liberia will take many decades to reach even a...

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– Using Structured Experiential Learning (‘e’) to Crawl the Design Space
Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji, Jeffrey S. Hammer - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

There is an inherent tension between implementing organizations—which have specific objectives and narrow missions and mandates—and executive organizations—which provide resources to multiple implementing organizations. Ministries of finance/planning/budgeting allocate across...

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Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

Many reform initiatives in developing countries fail to achieve sustained improvements in performance because they are merely isomorphic mimicry—that is, governments and organizations pretend to reform by changing what policies or organizations look like rather than what they actually do. The...

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– Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, Matt Andrews - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

In many nations today the state has little capability to carry out even basic functions like security, policing, regulation or core service delivery. Enhancing this capability, especially in fragile states, is a long-term task. Countries like Haiti or Liberia will take many decades to reach...

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