Title World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
Author World Bank Group
ISBN 9781464809507
List price USD 39.95
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 304
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher The World Bank
Published in India by The World Bank
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
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About the book


Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development.

Policy making and policy implementation do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they take place in complex political and social settings, in which individuals and groups with unequal power interact within changing rules as they pursue conflicting interests. The process of these interactions is what this Report calls governance, and the space in which these interactions take place, the policy arena. The capacity of actors to commit and their willingness to cooperate and coordinate to achieve socially desirable goals are what matter for effectiveness. However, who bargains, who is excluded, and what barriers block entry to the policy arena determine the selection and implementation of policies and, consequently, their impact on development outcomes. Exclusion, capture, and clientelism are manifestations of power asymmetries that lead to failures to achieve security, growth, and equity.

The distribution of power in society is partly determined by history. Yet, there is room for positive change. This Report reveals that governance can mitigate, even overcome, power asymmetries to bring about more effective policy interventions that achieve sustainable improvements in security, growth, and equity. This happens by shifting the incentives of those with power, reshaping their preferences in favor of good outcomes, and taking into account the interests of previously excluded participants. These changes can come about through bargains among elites and greater citizen engagement, as well as by international actors supporting rules that strengthen coalitions for reform.



Overview: World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
Improving governance to meet today’s development challenges • Drivers of effectiveness: Commitment, coordination, and cooperation • Levers for change: Contestability, incentives, preferences and beliefs • Drivers of change: Elite bargains, citizen engagement, and international influence • Rethinking governance for development • Navigating this Report • Notes • References

Part I: Rethinking governance for development: A conceptual framework
Chapter 1: Governance for development: The challenges: Understanding development policy: Proximate factors and underlying determinants • Development objectives . . . and constraints • Governance for the bottom half • Notes • References
Chapter 2: Enhancing governance for development: Why policies fail: Diverse pathways to success: Moving beyond institutional transplants • Drivers of effectiveness: Commitment, coordination, and cooperation • Policy effectiveness in the presence of power asymmetries • Levers for change: Incentives, preferences and beliefs, and contestability • A dynamic process: Drivers of change and the role of law • Notes • References
Spotlight 1: Corruption
Spotlight 2: The governance challenges of managing risks
Chapter 3: The role of law: Law and the policy arena • Ordering behavior: The command role of law • Ordering power: The constitutive role of law • Ordering contestation: The role of law in change • Getting to the rule of law • Notes • References
Spotlight 3: How do effective and equitable legal institutions emerge?

Part II: Governance for development
Chapter 4: Governance for security: Can governance solve the problem of violence in society? • Security, governance, and power are tightly interlinked • Governance can improve security in four ways • Conclusion • Notes • References
Spotlight 4: Wartime governance
Spotlight 5: Crime
Chapter 5: Governance for growth: How policy “capture” slows economic growth • How governance matters to growth: A microeconomic perspective • How policies are affected by undue influence from powerful groups • Policy design under risk of capture • How the design of public agencies mediates the influence of powerful groups • Finding the right approach • Notes • References
Spotlight 6: The middle-income trap
Spotlight 7: Public-private partnerships
Chapter 6: Governance for equity: Two key policy areas that matter for equity: Investing in public goods and expanding opportunities • Equity and institutional functions: The role of commitment and cooperation • How policies to promote equity can be affected by power asymmetries • Leveling the playing field and making governance more responsive to all • Improving policy effectiveness by taking into account asymmetries in bargaining power • Notes • References
Spotlight 8: Service delivery: Education and health

Part III: Drivers of change
Chapter 7: Elite bargaining and adaptation: Understanding elite bargains • Elite bargains and uneven state capacity • Broadening the policy arena to enhance elite power • When binding rules for accountability serve as political insurance • When elites adapt through rules-based mechanisms • Entry points for change through elite adaptation • Notes • References
Spotlight 9: Decentralization
Spotlight 10: Public service reform
Chapter 8: Citizens as agents of change: Bringing change through the ballot box • Bringing change through political organization: The role of political parties • Bringing change through social organization • The role of induced participation and public deliberation • Entry points for change: Understanding citizen agency as a collective action problem • Notes • References
Spotlight 11: From transparency to accountability through citizen engagement
Spotlight 12: The media
Chapter 9: Governance in an interconnected world: Transnationalism and the domestic policy arena • Transnational rules and regulations: Enhanced cooperation and focal points for change • Foreign aid and governance • Notes • References
Spotlight 13: Illicit financial flows

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