University of Bath

Building State Capability as THE 21st Century Development Issue

This talk will examine an alternative approach to building state capability and review the initial lessons emerging from those who are putting it into practice.

6 Dec 20184.15pm
to
6 Dec 20185.45pm
Free
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Building state capacity in the 21st century

In an interconnected world with ever-expanding development goals, building state capability for policy implementation is an increasingly vital issue for all countries.

Yet prevailing 'capacity building' strategies are too often part of the problem. Applied researchers, for their part, mostly explore the 'policy implications' of their work rather than discern whether a given administrative apparatus can actually do whatever is being asked of it.

Drawing on his book 'Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis Action' (with Matt Andrews and Lant Pritchett; Oxford University Press 2017), Michael's talk will move beyond mere critique. It will outline an alternative approach to building state capability, and review the initial lessons emerging from teams who are beginning to put it into practice, within the World Bank and beyond.