Governance, Institutions, and Political Economy

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Executive Summary: Why Some States are So Much More Effective at Implementing Policy Than Others

In this executive summary, Best, Szakonyi and Hjort write about a 2017 article in which they utilized state procurement as an outcome variable to evaluate bureaucratic efficacy in Russia, much in the way that diagnostics of effectiveness in firms measured by indicators such as sales, costs and profits would suggest where a firm can be improving.

Blog Interview: “How to Reform a Government Investment Agency”

In an interview originally published in LSE’s Annual Review 2015-2016, John Sutton of LSE talks about the insights he learned from on-the-ground work with Ethiopia’s government regarding establishing effective government agencies.

Podcast: Peace, Security, and the United Nations General Assembly

In this podcast from Brookings Cafeteria, Fred Dews interviews Brookings Foreign Policy Director Bruce Jones regarding how the state of security has changed over the past years and what the United Nations (UN) should be doing about it.

Book: The Elusive Quest for Growth

In this 2002 book assigned as reading for a CDE course on growth and development, William Easterly picks apart many of the common arguments of “what causes growth?” He brings insightful, hard economics arguments and a careful reading of the research to a perspective that clearly has plenty on-the-ground nous, making for a quick and enjoyable read.

Audio: Tackling the Challenges of Global Development

Tim Phillips of VoxDev hosts Rodger Voorhies of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a talk on how Voorhies sees the role of the foundation in the world.

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