Monday, 19 September 2011

How to build an institution or change a policy

Blattman does it again.

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).

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