Working with the Grain: Integrating Governance and Growth in Development Strategies

Paperback | September 30, 2014

byBrian Levy

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This book builds on cutting-edge scholarship and the author's quarter century of hands-on experience at the World Bank to lay out an innovative with-the-grain approach to integrating governance and growth - as a constructive, hopeful way of engaging the challenging governance ambiguities ofour early 21st century world. A "with the grain" perspective directs attention away from a "good governance" pre-occupation with off-the-shelf blueprints and optimal policies, and towards the challenges of initiating and sustaining forward development momentum. This altered angle of vision has powerful implications for how weunderstand and address the challenges of governance reform and development policymaking - both across countries and over time.The book distinguishes among four broad groups of countries - according to whether their policies are dominant or competitive, and whether their institutions are personalized or impersonal. It also distinguishes among alternative options for governance reform - "top down" options which aim tostrengthen formal institutions, and options which aim to support the emergence of "islands of effectiveness". And it explores the "goodness of fit" between alternative reform options and divergent country contexts - including how narrowly-focused initiatives can achieve results even in a broader seaof institutional dysfunction.The book examines how, over time, virtuous circles can link inclusive growth, positive expectations and ongoing institutional improvement. Taking the decade-or-so time horizon of practitioners, the aim is to nudge things along - seeking gains that initially may seem quite modest but can, sometimes,give rise to a cascading sequence of change for the better. Sometimes the binding constraint to forward movement can be institutional, making governance reform the priority; at other times, the priority can better be on inclusive growth. Over the longer-run, stability depends also on a broad-basedcommitment among citizens to the institutional order, as one which offers the hope of a better life for all.

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This book builds on cutting-edge scholarship and the author's quarter century of hands-on experience at the World Bank to lay out an innovative with-the-grain approach to integrating governance and growth - as a constructive, hopeful way of engaging the challenging governance ambiguities ofour early 21st century world. A "with the grai...

Brian Levy has a sustained track record of both thought leadership and hands-on experience. At the World Bank (where he worked for over two decades), he led the program to scale up support for public sector reform in Africa, and subsequently co-led the effort to mainstream governance and anti-corruption into the organization's operati...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199363811

ISBN - 13:9780199363810

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AcknowledgementsPreludePart I: Concepts - a Dynamic Typology1. The Search for a Useful Development Paradigm2. Constructing a Typology3. The Edge of ChaosPart II: Countries - the Typology in Action4. The Dominant Trajectory in Action5. Personalized Competition in Action6. Virtuous Circles in Action7. Patterns of Governance and GrowthPart III: Addressing Governance Constraints8. Function versus Form in Public Sector Reform9. Transparency and Participation - Getting the Fit Right10. Multi-Stakeholder Governance and the Private SectorPart IV: Development Strategies - The Governance Dimension11. Governance and Development - Deconstructing the Discourse12. Navigating the Development Knife-EdgeBibliogaphyIndex