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Submitted by Philipp on

Great post. I like the contrast between conventional politics and economist, but to me, this is the killer quote: "the World Bank tried to create a set of institutions in Chad".

If there is an emerging consensus that institutions can't be dropped into countries like, say, bednets, then how best to think about the role of external actors in institutional change? I like the idea of nudging, pushing marginal adjustments of the status quo. But that doesn't read very well in a project document...