Professor Auerswald (sorry for my teasing you in this post), you do seem to have a theory of social change in which promises about government intentions to someday change priorities are a major force. My experience of many years of observing such statements is that they are more like New Year’s resolutions that are repeated every year.It's true policy change is slow--and at the margin people's votes and lobbying are probably not worth much. But I think people undervalue the average return to lobbying. If I had to guess, signing a ONE petition is worth at an order of magnitude more to human welfare than doing a "development project."
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Political Economy of Development
Bill Easterly at his best: