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Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff


Externally promoted institutional reform, even when nominally accepted by developing country governments, often fails to deliver lasting change. Diasporans—immigrants who still feel a connection to their country of origin—may offer an in-between advantage for institutional reform, which links problem understanding with potential solutions, and encompasses vision, impact, operational, and psychosocial advantages. Individuals with entrepreneurial characteristics can catalyze institutional reform. Diasporans may have particular advantages for entrepreneurship, as they live both psychologically an ... More

Keywords: institutions, institutional reform, entrepreneurs, diaspora, development assistance, change management

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190278229
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278229.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff, author
Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University