Making Politics Work for Development: (Policy Research Reports)

Harnessing Transparency and Citizen Engagement

517-8FW5oVL._SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author World Bank
Isbn 9781464807718
File size 4MB
Year 2016
Pages 278
Language English
File format PDF
Category Business

Book Description:

The World Bank has long drawn a line in the sand: no politics. But what if politics is key to economic development? The body of careful research documenting the pernicious effects of corruption, repression, coercion, exclusion, and fear on economic development has now become enormous. This bold new report is a first step to erase the Bank s line in the sand and understand not only the roles of citizen engagement, transparency, civil rights, free speech, and inclusive politics, but also how the Bank can harness them. Bravo! --Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; coauthor of Why Nations Fail

This valuable report deals with some of the central challenges faced in making government work better. It pulls together a range of evidence and provides an authoritative overview of what we have learned. --Timothy Besley, Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, London School of Economics

This brilliant report offers a clear-headed and insightful analysis of the problem of politics which impedes governments from playing an appropriate role in the delivery of social services such as health and education. It does so by bringing together the vanguard of economics research on the functioning of political markets, and showing how this research both explains perverse behaviors and describes a path to improve outcomes using the current forces of citizen participation in politics. Non-political technocrats interested in improving the delivery of social services would do well to heed the lessons in this report so that any steps that they take do not lead them down political blind alleys or precipitous cliffs. --Nachiket Mor, India Country Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Board Member, Reserve Bank of India



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