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Escaping Capability Traps Through Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA)

  • Andrews, Matt
  • Pritchett, Lant
  • Woolcock, Michael

Many reform initiatives in developing countries fail to achieve sustained improvements in performance because they are merely isomorphic mimicry.that is, governments and organizations pretend to reform by changing what policies or organizations look like

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/64.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2012-64
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