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January 23, 2013

Why Good Bureaucracies Aren't Always Best?

PICS International Security & Development
Fellow Lecture

Yuen Yuen Ang
Professor of Political Science, U-M
Friday, February 1, 2013 | 2-4pm
Kalamazoo Room, Michigan League

The establishment of “good” bureaucracies is commonly seen as a prerequisite of economic development, particularly among state-directed economies. But are good bureaucracies, as conventionally defined, always the best option? How can poor countries acquire good bureaucracies if they lack resources to replicate institutions of the rich? I address these questions through China’s anomalous reform experience, where local developmental states seem to flourish without conventionally competent and non-corrupt Weberian agencies.

Free & Open to the Public/Reception to follow

Posted by zzhu at January 23, 2013 11:46 PM