Can Public Discussion Enhance Program Ownership?

30 Pages Posted: 13 Dec 2004

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Allan Drazen

University of Maryland - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Peter Isard

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

We use the concepts of deliberative democracy from political science and cheap talk from economics to develop a better understanding of how public discussion can contribute to building and demonstrating ownership of IMF programs and hence to program success. We argue that ownership is more complex than many discussions of it would suggest, since it must include not only the willingness to carry out a program, but also the technical capacity and especially the political ability to do so. Public discussion can serve a number of purposes, each of which can be better understood by moving to a more formal treatment. We illustrate our points by means of simple examples. We also consider some of the drawbacks of public discussion, especially as applied to IMF programs.

Suggested Citation

Drazen, Allan and Isard, Peter, Can Public Discussion Enhance Program Ownership? (November 2004). NBER Working Paper No. w10927. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=622871

Allan Drazen (Contact Author)

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Peter Isard

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department ( email )

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