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Building State Capability: Evidence, Analysis, Action

Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, and Michael Woolcock


Governments play a major role in the development process, and constantly introduce reforms and policies to achieve developmental objectives. Many of these interventions have limited impact, however; schools get built but kids don’t learn, IT systems are introduced but not used, plans are written but not implemented. These achievement deficiencies reveal gaps in capabilities, and weaknesses in the process of building state capability. This book addresses these weaknesses and gaps. It starts by providing evidence of the capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, showing that m ... More

Keywords: development, capability, reform, government, poverty, services, policy, PDIA, politics, foreign aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Andrews, author
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Lant Pritchett, author
Professor of the Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School

Michael Woolcock, author
Lead Social Development Specialist, Development Research Group, World Bank