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Reform Capacity

Johannes Lindvall


Reform capacity—the ability of political decision-makers to adopt and implement policy changes that benefit society as a whole—can be achieved in two different ways. One method is to build institutions that concentrate power, enabling governments to ignore losers from reform. The other method, which governments rely more on in systems where power is shared, is to build institutions that enable governments to compensate losers from reform. The book discusses numerous empirical examples of how governments have built support for reforms by compensating losers. These examples are drawn from severa ... More

Keywords: institutions, reforms, compensation, power sharing, public policy, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198766865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198766865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johannes Lindvall, author
Professor of Political Science, Lund University

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