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The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development

Changing Rules for Realistic Solutions

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development by Matt Andrews
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Developing countries commonly adopt reforms to improve their governments yet they usually fail to produce more functional and effective governments. Andrews argues that reforms often fail to make governments better because they are introduced as signals to gain short-term support. These signals introduce unrealistic best practices that do not fit developing country contexts and are not considered relevant by implementing agents. The result is a set of new forms that do not function. However, there are realistic solutions emerging from institutional reforms in some developing countries. Lessons from these experiences suggest that reform limits, although challenging to adopt, can be overcome by focusing change on problem solving through an incremental process that involves multiple agents.
Cambridge University Press; February 2013
200 pages; ISBN 9781139610346
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Title: The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development
Author: Matt Andrews
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