July 1, 2013Doug Hadden
Doug Hadden, VP Product
I attended a webinar from the Inter-American Development Bank last week. Francis Fukuyama described ideas on how governments reform over time. He suggested that there are many paths to reform – democracy is not necessarily a precursor to improving government effectiveness. He discussed the impact of middle class on pushing for reform with reference to Turkey, Brazil and the Arab Spring. I find his views of bureaucratic autonomy interesting. Fukuyama suggests that a high degree of autonomy reduces oversight – hence reduces accountability. Higher capacity public services are able to improve effectiveness through discretion. In these cases, discretion leads to improved decision-making rather than increased corruption.
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