Development Centre Studies

Centre de Développement de l’OCDE

ISSN :
1990-0295 (en ligne)
ISSN :
1563-4302 (imprimé)
DOI :
10.1787/19900295
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This series of monographs from the OECD Development Centre covers development issues generally and in some cases issues in specific countries. It  includes Angus Maddison’s books containing long-term historical estimates of GDP for various areas of the world.

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Informal Institutions

Informal Institutions

How Social Norms Help or Hinder Development You do not have access to this content

Centre de Développement de l’OCDE

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Date de publication :
15 oct 2007
Pages :
174
ISBN :
9789264039070 (PDF) ; 9789264039063 (imprimé)
DOI :
10.1787/9789264039070-en

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Informal institutions — family and kinship structures, traditions, and social norms — not only matter for development, but they are often decisive factors in shaping policy outcomes in environments of weak states and poor governance structures. Based on concrete examples in the areas of gender equality, governance and private sector development, this book advocates a pragmatic way of dealing with informal institutions. Neither the "romantic preservationist" nor the "bulldozing moderniser" approach promises an adequate solution.  Incorporating informal institutions in development strategies — whether by taking advantage of them in their existing state, by seeking to optimise their impact or by providing incentives to change them — will be instrumental in improving development outcomes, including achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Table des matières

Foreword
Preface
Opening Remarks by the Secretary-General of the OECD
Introduction and Overview by Johannes Jütting, Denis Drechsler, Sebastian Bartsch, and Indra de Soysa
PART I. INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS; FRIEND OR FOE OF DEVELOPMENT?
Chapter 1. A Policy Perspective from South Africa by Susan van der Merwe
Chapter 2. Informal Institutions and Development: How They Matter and What Makes Them Change by Indra de Soysa and Johannes Jütting
In Focus: Defining (Informal) Institutions by Jante Parlevliet
PART II. INFORMAL INSTITUTIONS IN THREE KEY AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT: GENDER EQUALITY, GOVERNANCE, AND PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
Chapter 3. Informal Institutions and Gender Equality by Gita Sen
In Focus: The OECD Gender, Institutions and Development Data Base by Denis Drechsler
Discussion Report: Gender Equality by Laila Abdallah
Chapter 4. Governance and Accountability: How Do the Formal and Informal Interplay and Change? by Nils Boesen
In Focus: Governance Indicators and Informal Institutions by Charles Oman
Discussion Report: Governance, Accountability and Capacity Development by Nicolas Meisel
Chapter 5. Private Sector Development: How Business Interacts with Informal Institutions by Stephen Nicholas and Elizabeth Maitland
In Focus: Growth of the Tanzanian Firm Sector: The Role of Formal and Informal Institutions by Marion J. Eeckhout
Discussion Rerport: Private Sector Development by Felicity Proctor
PART III. WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED AND WHAT CAN WE DO?
Chapter 6. Policy Implications: A DAC Perspective on Donor Policy and Practice by Richard Manning and Eduard Westreicher
Chapter 7. Conclusions and Outlook by Johannes Jütting, Denis Drechsler, Sebastian Bartsch, and Indra de Soysa
Programme
List of Authors
List of Participants