In my book I argue that many institutional reforms in development are limited. As discussed in the last few postings, for example, public financial management reforms typically produce:
- laws that are poorly implemented
- budgets that are made better than they are executed
- strong central rule makers (like Ministries of Finance) but weak rule implementers (like line ministries, districts, etc.)
The ideas relate to a set of work I have been doing with Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock. The following video reflects on this work, and an earlier paper we write called "Looking like a state: Successful strategies for persistent failure in development." Some of these ideas are captured in chapter 6 of my book, titled "What you see is not what you get" with institutional reforms.