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

Brian Levy


This book builds on cutting-edge scholarship and the author’s quarter-century of practical experience to lay out an innovative “with-the-grain” approach to governance reform and development policymaking. A with-the-grain perspective directs attention away from “best practice” off-the-shelf blueprints toward the challenges of finding a good fit, and initiating and sustaining forward development momentum. The book distinguishes among four broad groups of countries—according to whether their polities are dominant or competitive and whether their institutions are personalized or impersonal. It als ... More

Keywords: institutions, governance reform, good governance, inclusive growth, good fit, islands of effectiveness, political economy, development policy, virtuous circle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199363803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199363803.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Levy, author
School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washington, DC, and Adjunct Professor, School of Economics, University of Cape Town