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Bringing About Legal and Political Change for Good Governance: Critical Perspectives on Douglass North and New Institutional Economics

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Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (map)

Over the past four decades, an influential group of economists have pioneered a new school of thinking, known as New Institutional Economics, focused on the role of institutions in economic development. Of these thinkers, Douglass North has been the most important influence in guiding development agencies such as the World Bank to focus on legal and judicial reform rather than technical economic issues. Please join us for a critical reflection on North’s work with Julio Faundez.

The talk will reflect on questions, including:

  • How does sustained institutional change occur, and what role does law play in this process?
  • Why are formal laws often ineffective?
  • Do modern constitutions matter?
  • How do culture and ideology affect institutional development?
  • What is the relationship between legitimacy and efficiency?

Drawing on his experience in law and governance from Chile, the UK, and around the globe, Faundez will share his insights. Rachel Kleinfeld will moderate. Refreshments will be provided.

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