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Submitted by Stuti on
Interesting point, Shanta. That getting people to think about solutions to poverty may be important not because it can lead to new or better solutions (that nobody, not even the highly-educated, and highly-paid, experts thought of), but because it may address the political constraint of why good solutions or policies are not being adopted. (Worse, actually, why bad policies are systematically adopted, even when policymakers know it’s bad, and know what would be better). If social media enables people to reach a better agreement over what are the broad public goods that scarce public resources could deliver, they may be better able to demand these public goods, and condition political rewards and punishments on its basis. As opposed to on the basis of vote-buying, which enables ill-intentioned politicians to get away with rent-seeking, and well-intentioned ones to lose/or never win office even when, or especially when, they try to do things differently.