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Institutions Taking Root : Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts.

Author: Naazneen H Barma; Elisabeth Huybens; Lorena Viñuela
Publisher: Washington : World Bank Publications, 2014
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Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and achieve success in delivering results earning legitimacy and forging resilience in otherwise challenging contexts. Drawing on mixed-method empirical research carried out on nine
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Additional Physical Format: Institutions taking root
Washington/D.C : International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2014
XXX, 380 S.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Naazneen H Barma; Elisabeth Huybens; Lorena Viñuela
ISBN: 9781464802706 146480270X
OCLC Number: 1043882640
Description: 1 online resource (337 pages)

Abstract:

Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial and long-term challenge for governments, which is compounded by the volatile conditions found in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and achieve success in delivering results earning legitimacy and forging resilience in otherwise challenging contexts. Drawing on mixed-method empirical research carried out on nine public agencies in Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Timor Leste, this volume identifies the shared causal mechanisms underpinning institutional success in fragile states by examining the inner workings of these institutions, along with the external operational environment and sociopolitical context in which they exist. Successful institutions share and deploy a common repertoire of internal and external operational strategies. In addition they connect this micro-institutional repertoire to the macro-sociopolitical context along three discernible pathways to institutional success. Institutional development is a heavily contextual, dynamic, and non-linear process but certain actionable lessons emerge for policy-makiers and development partners.

Front Cover -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- About the Contributors -- Abbreviations and Acronyms -- Overview Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts -- Literature Review: BuildingState Capacity in Challenging Contexts -- Research Design: Explaining Institutional Success -- Pathways to Institutional Success: Navigating the Evolving Sociopolitical Context -- Core Institutional Repertoire: Shared Underpinnings of Success -- Policy Implications -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- PART I THE GAMBIA -- Chapter 1. The Gambia: BalancingStructural Constraints and Hegemonic Politics -- Notes -- Chapter 2. The Gambia Case Study: Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs -- Institutional Success -- Sociopolitical and Historical Context -- External Operational Environment -- Internal Institutional Workings -- Challenges -- Conclusions -- PEFA Complete Indicator Set -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 3. The Gambia Case Study: Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education -- Institutional Success -- Solutions for Governance Challenges -- External Operational Environment -- Internal Institutional Workings -- Challenges -- Conclusion -- Annex 3A -- Notes -- References -- PART II LAO PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC -- Chapter 4. The Institution-Building Context in Lao PDR -- Traditional Fragmentation and the Socialist Revolution -- State Building and Multifaceted Reform -- Economic Objectives and Institutional Capacity -- Notes -- References -- Chapter 5. Lao PDR Case Study: Électricité du Laos -- Institutional Success -- Institutional Sociopolitical Context: Electricity as a Leading Edge of Modernization -- Results through Operational Autonomy -- Mandate Implementation through Partnerships -- Challenges -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References.

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