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Research

The academic research in Building State Capability is at three levels: countries, sectors, and projects. Below is a list of our most recent research papers as well as presentations we have given on the topic and useful links to related research.

Papers | Books | Presentations | Other 

Research Papers

Can one retell a Mozambican reform story through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation?
Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 278, February 2014

The risks to education systems from design mismatch and global isomorphism
Lant Pritchett
CID Working Paper No. 277, February 2014

Using case studies to explore the external validity of 'complex' development interventions
Michael Woolcock
CID Working Paper No. 270, October 2013

Overcoming the limits of institutional reform in Uganda
Matt Andrews, Lawrence, Bategeka
CID Working Paper No. 269, October 2013

South Sudan's Capability Trap: Building a State with Disruptive Innovation
Greg Larson, Peter Biar Ajak, Lant Pritchett
CID Working Paper No. 268, October 2013

Explaining positive deviance in public sector reforms in development
Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 267, October 2013

A Capable State in Afghanistan
Frauke de Weijer
CID Research Fellow & Graduate Student Working Paper No. 59, May 2013

Going beyond heroic-leaders in development
Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 261, June 2013

How do Governments get Great?
Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 260, June 2013

Who Really Leads Development?
Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 258, April 2013

Rethinking Approaches to Managing Change in Fragile States
Frauke de Weijer
CID Research Fellow & Graduate Student Working Paper No. 58, September 2012

It’s All About MeE: Using Structured Experiential Learning (‘e’) to Crawl the Design Space
Lant Pritchett, Salimah Samji, Jeffrey Hammer
CID Working Paper No. 249, December 2012

Escaping Capability Traps through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)
Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock
CID Working Paper No. 240, June 2012

Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, Matt Andrews
CID Working Paper No. 239, June 2012

Books

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development
Matt Andrews, 2012
Cambridge University Press

Contesting Development: Participatory Projects and Local Conflict Dynamics in Indonesia
Michael Woolcock, et al, 2012
Yale University Press

Presentations

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development
Matt Andrews
Overseas Development Institute, May 2013

Folk and the Formula: Pathways to Capable States
Lant Pritchett
WIDER Annual Lecture, September 2012

State Capability for Policy Implementation: Background to a Research Agenda
UNU-WIDER Helsinki, December 2011

Crawling the Design Space using MeE
A Cutting Edge in Development Thinking
Harvard Executive Education, May 2012

The Future of PFM
2011 International Conference of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy

What Do Effective Public Financial Management Systems Look Like? From Convergent to Contingent Thinking in Development
Matt Andrews
The Transparency and Accountability Program at Brookings

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Related Research

The World Bank and public sector management: What next?
Lant Pritchett - International Review of Administrative Sciences, June 2013

The Regulatory State Goes South in the South
Lant Pritchett - Commentary for The Rise of the Regulatory State of the South

The hard road from reform to implementation
Matt Andrews - The Brenthurst Foundation, April 2013

Make way for the Hybrids
Matt Andrews - Foreign Policy, April 2013

We need to radically rethink who leads development
Matt Andrews - The Guardian, April 2013

PFM reform: Signal failure
Matt Andrews - Public Finance International, April 2013

Rethinking Governance Indicators
Matt Andrews - APSA Comparative Politics Newsletter, Winter 2013

Why development and institutional reform must be step-by-step
Matt Andrews, February 2013

Solutions when the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock
Centre for Global Development, Working paper No. 10, 2002

Capability Traps in Development: How Initiatives to Improve Administrative Systems Succeed at Failing
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, and Matt Andrews
NDU Press, Prism 3, No. 3, June 2012

Beyond the fear of discretion: Flexibility, performance, and accountability in the management of regulatory bureaucracies
Roberto Pires
Regulation and governance, volume 5, Issue 1, March 2011

Good Government Means Different Things in Different Countries
Matt Andrews
Governance Journal, January 2010

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter, Vijayendra Rao
World Bank, Policy Research Working Paper 5425, September 2010

Development as Leadership Led Change
Matt Andrews, Jesse McConnell, Alison Wescott
HKS Faculty Research Working Paper No. 10-009, March 2010

Is India a Flailing State?: Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization
Lant Pritchett
HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP09-013, May 2009

Interim Institutions and the Development Process: Opening Spaces for Reform in Cambodia and Indonesia
Daniel Adler, Caroline Sage, Michael Woolcock
Brooks World Poverty Institute, Working paper No. 86, March 2009

Creating Space for Effective Political Engagement in Development
Matt Andrews
HKS Faculty Research Working Paper No. 08-015, March 2008

The Good Governance Agenda: Beyond Indicators Without Theory
Matt Andrews
Oxford Development Studies, Volume 36, Issue 4, November 2008

Can Governance Indicators Make Sense? Towards a New Approach to Sector-Specific Measures of Governance
Matt Andrews, Roger Hay, Jerrett Myers
Oxford Development Studies, Volume 36, Issue 4, November 2008

Justice for the Poor Program
World Bank

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