The Political Economy of Sustainable Reforms: The How-To Sequence
Posted: 28 May 2011
Date Written: May 26, 2011
This paper presents a theory to explain the political economy effective and sustainable reform interventions. It presents a sequence made up of three stages linking stakeholders’ reform interventions to different types of institutions and policy systems. Sustainable reform interventions require: a) a pro-reform leader that builds a coalition rather than going alone; b) a pro-reform intervention that fits the policies’ territorial regime; c) a pro-reform intervention that it is anchored institutionally so as to provide sustainability to the reform. This sequence systematizes the how-to decisions and contextual processes by which sustainable, reversible, cosmetic, and sustainable emerge in a broad range of public policies. This tool provides actionable knowledge about political economy aspects of institutional change.
Keywords: Sustainability, Institutional Reform, Territorial Politics, How-To
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