Looking Like a State

October 16, 2012
By Jenny Li Fowler

One size does not fit all when it comes to national development strategy.

In this video, Matt Andrews, associate professor of public policy, discusses his new Harvard Kennedy School Working Paper which examines the common mistakes developing countries make when overlooking the importance of process in meeting vital development goals.

“Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation” is co-authored by Lant Pritchett, professor of the practice of international development and Michael Woolcock, lecturer in public policy.


Matt Andrews

Matt Andrews, associate professor of public policy

"What you have is a lot of good ideas being tried over and over again that may well be the right solutions, but without the process through which they actually emerge within the context as something that functions properly given the local conditions."
-- Matt Andrews

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