|• Ineffective policies can persist, while potentially effective policies are often not adopted. The 2017 WDR explores why some policies fail to achieve desired outcomes and what makes other policies work.
• The success of policies depends on governance. To be effective, policies must guarantee credible commitment, support coordination, and promote cooperation.
• Power asymmetries can undermine policy effectiveness. Unequal distributions of power can lead to exclusion, capture, and clientelism.
• Law is an important tool in the policy arena. It is not only about the rule of law but the role of law.
• Change is possible. Incentives, preferences and beliefs, and contestability are levers for change.
• Three guiding principles for rethinking governance for development are:
1) Think not only about the form of institutions, but also about their functions.
2) Think not only about capacity building, but also about power asymmetries.
3) Think not only about the rule of law, but also about the role of law.
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