Academics who study development are very fond of saying that institutions matter, or this or that policy change should happen.
Most of us, of course, don’t have a clue what an actual institution looks like, or how it is built, or even how a policy is actually changed.
My answer was: Jennifer Widner. Princeton political science. And last week I got a promotional email for her new idea bank, Innovations for Successful Societies:
Most people, if they know Jennifer’s work, know her biography of Francis Nyalali, an uncommonly interesting Supreme Court judge in Tanzania.
We are back to development as the Anti-Politics Machine (which is another favorite book of mine).
Monday, 19 September 2011
How to build an institution or change a policy
Blattman does it again.