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Political Economy Studies: Are they Actionable? Some Lessons from Zambia

Political Economy Studies: Are they Actionable? Some Lessons from Zambia In recent years, the number of studies looking at the in place. This paper focuses on some conclusions effect of politics on economic outcomes has flourished. emerging from the political economy diagnostics For developing economies, these studies are useful to carried out in Zambia in various sectors in recent years. better understand why long overdue reforms are not Based on interviews of World Bank task managers, the implemented. The studies analyze the overall context paper attempts to assess the relevance of these studies within which reforms are being implemented and the for the implementation of projects and the policy underlying incentive framework. However, it seems dialogue and draws lessons on how they have influenced difficult to make such studies actionable, especially in the implementation of the World Bank’s support to sectors where donors have a heavy presence that can programs in various sectors in Zambia as well as the main sometimes distort incentives in addition to the reluctance challenges for this type of exercise. from some governments to amend the existing systems This paper is a product of the Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit, Africa Region. It is part of a larger effort by the World Bank http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Policy Research Working Papers Unpaywall

Political Economy Studies: Are they Actionable? Some Lessons from Zambia

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In recent years, the number of studies looking at the in place. This paper focuses on some conclusions effect of politics on economic outcomes has flourished. emerging from the political economy diagnostics For developing economies, these studies are useful to carried out in Zambia in various sectors in recent years. better understand why long overdue reforms are not Based on interviews of World Bank task managers, the implemented. The studies analyze the overall context paper attempts to assess the relevance of these studies within which reforms are being implemented and the for the implementation of projects and the policy underlying incentive framework. However, it seems dialogue and draws lessons on how they have influenced difficult to make such studies actionable, especially in the implementation of the World Bank’s support to sectors where donors have a heavy presence that can programs in various sectors in Zambia as well as the main sometimes distort incentives in addition to the reluctance challenges for this type of exercise. from some governments to amend the existing systems This paper is a product of the Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit, Africa Region. It is part of a larger effort by the World Bank

Published: May 1, 2011

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