Michael Woolcock

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Lead Social Development Specialist

1818 H. Street, N.W.

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http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/mwoolcock

Harvard University - Kennedy School of Government

Lecturer in Public Policy

Littauer-G-11G

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

http://ksgfaculty.harvard.edu/michael_woolcock

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

79 John F. Kennedy Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States

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Using Mixed Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Experiences from International Development

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5245
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Bamberger, Vijayendra Rao and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 1,699 (9,162)
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Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Science Education, Poverty Impact Evaluation, Statistical & Mathematical Sciences

Using Mixed Methods in Monitoring and Evaluation: Experiences from International Development

BWPI Working Paper No. 107
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 05 Feb 2010
Michael Woolcock, Michael Bamberger and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Mixed methods, program evaluation, impact assessment, context

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Solutions When the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 10
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 19 Mar 2008
Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 751 (32,006)
Citation 59

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economic development, service delivery, principal-agent

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Interim Institutions and the Development Process: Opening Spaces for Reform In Cambodia and Indonesia

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 86
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 19 Jun 2009 Last Revised: 05 Jul 2009
Daniel Adler, Caroline Sage and Michael Woolcock
BA, LLB, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 679 (36,709)
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Cambodia, Indonesia, development, interim institutions

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Capability Traps? The Mechanisms of Persistent Implementation Failure

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 234
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 01 May 2011
Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock and Matthew Andrews
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)
Downloads 531 (50,612)
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capability traps, implementation failure, economic growth, development, development techniques

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The Varieties of Resource Experience: How Natural Resource Export Structures Affect the Political Economy of Economic Growth

Middlebury College Discussion Paper No. 2003-08
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 24 Jun 2003
Jonathan Isham, Michael Woolcock, Lant Pritchett and Gwen Busby
Middlebury College - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Cornell University
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Economic Growth, Institutions, Natural Resource Endowment

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Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 94
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 28 Apr 2007
William Easterly, Jozef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, University of Maastricht and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Political institutions, social cohesion, poverty, economic policy

Social Cohesion, Institutions, and Growth

Economics & Politics, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 103-120, July 2006
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 21 Jun 2006
William Easterly, Jozef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, University of Maastricht and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Social Cohesion, Institutions and Growth

Economics and Politics, Forthcoming, NYU Development Research Institute Working Paper No. 17
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 06 Jul 2011
William Easterly, Josef Ritzen and Michael Woolcock
New York University - Department of Economics, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5425
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), University of Cambridge and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Cultural Policy, Economic Theory & Research, Population Policies, Cultural Heritage & Preservation, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 68
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 05 Jul 2011
Michael Woolcock, Vijayendra Rao and Simon Szreter
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of Cambridge
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History, Development policy, Institutions, Time, Contexts

How and Why Does History Matter for Development Policy?

Posted: 28 May 2009
Michael Woolcock, Simon Szreter and Vijayendra Rao
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG), University of Cambridge and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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History, Development policy, Institutions, Time, Contexts

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Culture, Politics, and Development

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6939
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Cultural Policy, Cultural Heritage & Preservation, ICT Policy and Strategies, Anthropology, Race in Society

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Local Conflict and Development Projects in Indonesia: Part of the Problem or Part of a Solution?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4212
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Patrick Barron, Rachael Diprose and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of Oxford and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Post Conflict Reintegration, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Education and Society, Rural Poverty Reduction, Population Policies

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Legal Pluralism and Equity: Some Reflections on Land Reform in Cambodia

Justice for the Poor, Vol. 2, No. 2, April 2008
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 16 May 2008 Last Revised: 10 Aug 2009
Daniel Adler, Douglas J. Porter and Michael Woolcock
BA, LLB, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Cambodia, law, land, legal pluralism

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Arrested Development: The Political Origins and Socio-Economic Foundations of Common Violence in Jamaica

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 46
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 10 Sep 2008
Imani Duncan-Waite and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Jamaica, violence, Kingston, cohesive, democratic, social division

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Governance in the Gullies: Democratic Responsiveness and Leadership in Delhi's Slums

World Development, February 2007, (Revised) , World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3694
Number of pages: 37 Posted: 13 Sep 2005 Last Revised: 01 Oct 2013
Saumitra Jha, Vijayendra Rao and Michael Woolcock
Stanford Graduate School of Business, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 264 (114,011)
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Justice Without the Rule of Law? The Challenge of Rights-Based Industrial Relations in Contemporary Cambodia

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 08 Aug 2009 Last Revised: 06 May 2015
Daniel Adler and Michael Woolcock
BA, LLB and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 240 (125,736)
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Cambodia, Law, Development, Labor

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Empowerment and Local Level Conflict Mediation in Indonesia: A Comparative Analysis of Concepts, Measures, and Project Efficacy

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3713
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 21 Sep 2005
Christopher Gibson and Michael Woolcock
Brown University and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 213 (141,280)
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Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

Center for Global Development Working Paper No. 299, HKS Working Paper No. RWP12-036
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 10 Jul 2012 Last Revised: 30 Aug 2012
Lant Pritchett, Matthew Andrews and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Rethinking Justice Reform in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States: The Capacity of Development Agencies and Lessons from Liberia and Afghanistan

WORLD BANK LEGAL REVIEW: INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND GLOBAL LEGAL GOVERNANCE, Vol. 3, Cisse, Bradlow, Kingsbury, eds., World Bank, 2011
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 25 Nov 2011 Last Revised: 04 May 2015
Deval Desai, Deborah Isser and Michael Woolcock
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law, World Bank - Law and Justice (LEGAL) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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fragility, conflict, justice, rule of law, World Development Report 2011, Afghanistan, Liberia

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Taking the Rules of the Game Seriously: Mainstreaming Justice in Development the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor Program

World Bank Justice & Development Working Paper No. 7/2009
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 17 Nov 2010
Caroline Sage, Nicholas Menzies and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 139 (205,313)
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Justice, Access to Justice, Legal Empowerment, Development, Law, Judicial Reform

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Surveying Justice: A Practical Guide to Household Surveys

World Bank Justice and Development Working Paper No. 11/2010
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 16 Nov 2010
Kristen Himelein, Nicholas Menzies and Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 112 (241,937)
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Access to Justice, Legal Empowerment, Surveys, Judicial Reform, Law and Development

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A Relational Approach to the Theory and Practices of Economic Development

Number of pages: 21 Posted: 29 Sep 2008
Michael Woolcock and Elizabeth Radin
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Columbia University - Mailman School of Public Health
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social relations, group identity, adaptive solutions, trust

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The Politics of Rule of Law Systems in Developmental States: ‘Political Settlements’ as a Basis for Promoting Effective Justice Institutions for Marginalized Groups

Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre Working Paper No. 08, July 2012
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 06 Sep 2012 Last Revised: 03 Apr 2015
Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock
University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 102 (258,316)
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Rule of law, access to justice, justice systems, elite politics, political settlement, institutional form, institutional function, policy frames, political organization, state-society relations

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Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action In'Fragile'Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5707
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Varun Gauri, Michael Woolcock and Deval Desai
World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law
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Corporate Law, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Cultural Policy, Labor Policies, Population Policies

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The Challenge of Building (Real) State Capability

HKS Working Paper No. 074
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 09 Dec 2015
Matthew Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
Downloads 97 (267,049)
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Capacity-Building, Capability, Nation-Building, Development, State Governance, Governance

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Toward an Economic Sociology of Chronic Poverty: Enhancing the Rigor and Relevance of Social Theory

Chronic Poverty Research Centre Working Paper No. 104
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 23 Jun 2010
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Social Capital, Trust, and Well-Being in the Evaluation of Wealth

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7707
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 19 Jul 2016
Kirk Hamilton, John F. Helliwell and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Social Cohesion

Social Capital, Trust and Well-Being in the Evaluation of Wealth

NBER Working Paper No. w22556
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 31 Aug 2016
Kirk Hamilton, John F. Helliwell and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, University of British Columbia (UBC) - Department of Economics and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Doing Problem Driven Work

HKS Working Paper No. 073
Number of pages: 47 Posted: 09 Dec 2015
Matthew Andrews, Lant Pritchett and Michael Woolcock
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Governance, Management, Capacity-Building, Change Management

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Engaging with Fragile and Conflict-Affected States

HKS Working Paper No. RWP14-038
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 09 Sep 2014
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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How (Not) to Fix Problems that Matter: Assessing and Responding to Malawi's History of Institutional Reform

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8289
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 27 Dec 2017
Katherine Bridges and Michael Woolcock
World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Public Sector Administrative and Civil Service Reform, Democratic Government, Technology Industry, Technology Innovation, Non Governmental Organizations, Economics and Institutions, Public Sector Administrative & Civil Service Reform, De Facto Governments, Public Sector Management and Reform

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Documenting Myanmar's Social Transformation: Insights from Six Rounds of Research on Livelihoods and Social Change in Rural Communities

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 8055
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 11 May 2017
World Bank, World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and World Bank
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Social Accountability, Social Development & Poverty, Regional Governance, Youth and Governance, Government Policies, National Governance, Local Government

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Integrating Qualitative Methods into Investment Climate Impact Evaluations

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7145
Number of pages: 38 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
Alejandra Mendoza Alcantara and Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Private Sector Economics, Private Sector Development Law, Marketing

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The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(Other) Source of Authoritative Knowledge?

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 176
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 22 Aug 2012
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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development knowledge, representation, film, cinema, narrative

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The Projection of Development: Cinematic Representation as An(Other) Source of Authoritative Knowledge?

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 6491
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 20 Apr 2016
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), University of Glasgow - School of Social and Political Studies and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Arts & Music, Population Policies, Development Economics & Aid Effectiveness, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Economic Theory & Research

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Enhancing the Quality of Public Service Delivery: Insights from Recent Research

World Bank Research and Policy Briefs No. 117146
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 17 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 29 Mar 2019
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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National Governance, Government Policies, Public Sector Administrative & Civil Service Reform, Educational Sciences, Educational Populations, Youth and Governance, Education for Development (superceded), Education For All, Governance Indicators, Inequality, Democratic Government, Economics and Finance of Public Institution Development, Public Sector Administrative and Civil Service Reform, De Facto Governments

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The Middle-Income Trap: Myth or Reality?

World Bank Research and Policy Briefs No. 104230
Number of pages: 4 Posted: 17 Sep 2018 Last Revised: 29 Mar 2019
Gregory Michael Larson, Norman Loayza and Michael Woolcock
World Bank, World Bank - Research Department and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Economic Theory & Research, Private Sector Economics, Industrial Economics, Educational Sciences, Private Sector Development Law, International Trade and Trade Rules, Economic Growth, Marketing

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Enhancing Public Health Outcomes in Developing Countries: From Good Policies and Best Practices to Better Implementation

HKS Working Paper No. RWP18-016
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 05 Jun 2018
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)
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Policy Implementation, State Capability, Public Health, Subnational Variation

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Experimental Justice Reform: Lessons from the World Bank and Beyond

Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 11, pp. 155-174, 2015
Posted: 11 Nov 2015
Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock
Harvard Law School and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Intersubjective Meaning and Collective Action in Developing Societies: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications

Journal of Development Studies, Forthcoming
Posted: 29 Nov 2012
Varun Gauri, Michael Woolcock and Deval Desai
World Bank, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and University of London, School of Oriental & African Studies - School of Law

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The Rise and Routinization of Social Capital, 1988-2008

Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 13, pp. 469-487, 2010
Posted: 14 Oct 2010
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Breaking Legal Inequality Traps: New Approaches to Building Justice Systems for the Poor in Developing Countries

Posted: 19 Jun 2009
Caroline Sage and Michael Woolcock
World Bank and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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justice sector reform, access to justice, institutional reform, policy reform

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Development, Project evaluation, Impact trajectory, Randomisation

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Global Poverty and Inequality: A Brief Retrospective and Prospective Analysis

Posted: 21 May 2009
Michael Woolcock
World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Global poverty, Inequality, Development policy, UK government

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The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge

Posted: 21 May 2009
David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock
affiliation not provided to SSRN, affiliation not provided to SSRN and World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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development knowledge, representation, narrative authority, fiction

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The Varieties of Resource Experience: Natural Resource Export Structures and the Political Economy of Economic Growth

The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 141-174, 2005
Posted: 29 Feb 2008
Jonathan Isham, Michael Woolcock and Gwen Busby
Middlebury College - Department of Economics, World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) and Cornell University

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tuberculosis, DOTS, direct observation, patient adherence, Pakistan