HKS Affiliated Authors

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy


When Ideas Trump Interests: Preferences, World Views, and Policy Innovations. Dani Rodrik, Paper, November 2014. "Ideas are strangely absent from modern models of political economy. In most prevailing theories of policy choice, the dominant role is instead played by "vested interests"—elites, lobbies, and rent-seeking groups which get their way at the expense of the general public. Any model of political economy in which organized interests do not figure prominently is likely to remain vacuous and incomplete. But it does not follow from this that interests are the ultimate determinant of political outcomes. Here I will..." Link