Leadership and Politics: A Perspective from the Growth Commission

Posted: 15 Jul 2009

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David Brady

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Michael Spence

Stanford University

Date Written: Summer 2009


The paper attempts via case studies to illustrate the nature and importance of political structures and transitions in the course of rapid growth and development. The cases are drawn principally from Asia, where the pattern has often been a dominant single - party structure evolving into a full multi - party democratic structure. This results from the interaction of the politics and changes that result from the growth process itself, such as the emergence of politically active middle and entrepreneurial classes. The role of political leadership in managing, sequencing, and pacing these transitions is discussed. We do not yet have a general model for which these cases would be instances. The hope is that an in - depth understanding of the case dynamics will be a useful input to the development and testing of more general theories.

Keywords: growth, leadership, political transitions, development, institutions, dominant single party, Q1, D9, P2

Suggested Citation

Brady, David W. and Spence, Michael, Leadership and Politics: A Perspective from the Growth Commission (Summer 2009). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 205-218, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1433989 or http://dx.doi.org/grp017

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