Title Making Politics Work For Development
Subtitle Harnessing Transparency and Citizen Engagement
Author World Bank Group
ISBN 9781464807718
List price USD 35.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 280
Book size 191 X 235 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher The World Bank
Published in India by The World Bank
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“The World Bank has long drawn a line In the sand: no politics. But what if politics is key to economic development? The body of careful research documenting the pernicious effects of corruption, repression, coercion, exclusion, and fear on economic development has now become enormous. This bold new report is a first step to erase the Bank’s line in the sand and understand not only the roles of citizen engagement, transparency, civil rights, free speech, and inclusive politics, but also how the Bank can harness them. Bravo!”

- DARON ACEMOGLU, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology;  coauthor of Why Nations Fail


“This valuable report deals with some of the central challenges faced in making government work better. It pulls together a range of evidence and provides an authoritative overview of what we have learned.”

- TIMOTHY BESLEY, Professor of Economics and Political Science and W. Arthur Lewis Professor of Development Economics, London School of Economics


“This brilliant report offers a clear-headed and insightful analysis of the problem of politics which impedes governments from playing an appropriate role in the delivery of social services such as health and education. It does so by bringing together the vanguard of economics research on the functioning of political markets, and showing how this research both explains perverse behaviors and describes a path to improve outcomes using the current forces of citizen participation in politics. Non-political technocrats interested in improving the delivery of social services would do well to heed the lessons in this report so that any steps that they take do not lead them down political blind alleys or precipitous cliffs.”

- NACHIKET MOR, India Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Board Member, Reserve Bank of India


“The wealth of nations depends ultimately on the quality of their governments, and economic development in poor countries is regularly limited by political constraints. This book offers the best current summary of research on how these critical constraints can be relaxed, by policies and reforms that improve the transparency and accountability of government. It should be read by students and policy makers and anyone who is concerned about improving global economic development.”

- ROGER MYERSON, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; 2007 Nobel Laureate in Economics


“This book not only provides an authoritative statement of what we know about how to align political incentives with the interests of society, but it does so with an eye to making change happen even in the face of political opposition. The World Bank will never be the same again.”

- JAMES ROBINSON, University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy University of Chicago: coauthor of Why Nations Fail



Synthesizing the best available research, Making Politics Work for Development offers innovative ideas for making political markets function better so that governments have the political will to adopt technically sound policies and the legitimacy to implement those policies through effective public sector institutions.

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Overview • Harnessing citizen engagement and transparency to address government failures • Main messages • Implications for policy • Structure of the report • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 1. Governance • Overview • Trends in corruption • Ideological beliefs and distributive conflict among citizens • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 2. Political Engagement  • Overview • Political engagement through elections • Political engagement by civil society • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 3. Transparency • Overview • Government disclosure policies • Civil society and the private sector as sources of information • Media markets and technological forces • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 4. Learning from the Logic of the Theoretical Literature • Overview: Government failures as principal-agent problems • Political engagement is the fundamental role that citizens play in the principal-agent problems of government • Transparency can strengthen political engagement to improve incentives of and select better-quality leaders • Political engagement and transparency shape beliefs and behavioral norms • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 5. Evidence on the Impact of Political Engagement • Overview • Impact of political engagement on the incentives of leaders • Impact of political engagement through the selection of different types of leaders • Political engagement and behavioral norms • Capacity building is not enough: Healthy political engagement is needed to change incentives and norms • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 6. Evidence on the Impact of Transparency • Overview • Political engagement responds to transparency • Transparency’s impact on governance outcomes occurs through political engagement • Transparency initiatives targeted only at improving local service delivery are not enough • Transparency and behavioral norms in the public sector • Notes • Bibliography

Chapter 7. Implications for Policy Actors • Overview • Policies to strengthen transparency • Policies to strengthen citizen engagement • Who will take up these recommendations? • Notes • Bibliography


Target Audience:

It should be read by students and policy makers and anyone who is concerned about improving global economic development.

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