After 2015: International Development Policy at a Crossroads by Andy Sumner, Meera Tiwari (auth.)

By Andy Sumner, Meera Tiwari (auth.)

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PRSPs) and its support to governments who are often undemocratic, inefficient and corrupt. The alternative is to support ‘searchers’ (rather than support planners). Searchers are innovative individuals who find novel solutions and ‘get things done’. Incentives and markets for searchers need to be enhanced. This might all look like a somewhat simple, entrepreneurs versus bureaucrats or markets versus states. For many, Easterly’s book Development Policy at a Crossroads 35 appears nihilistic and fails to recognise little of the evidence of progress.

E. small differences in the initial state of a system can lead to massive differences later; butterfly effects and bifurcations are two ways in which complex systems can change drastically over time. e. the dimensions of a system, and how they change over time. e. the order underlying the seemingly random behaviours exhibited by complex systems. iii. Agency is a function of: • Adaptive agents – who react to the system and to each other. • Self-organisation – a particular form of emergent property that can occur in systems of adaptive agents.

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