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The Samaritan's DilemmaThe Political Economy of Development Aid$
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Clark C. Gibson, Krister Andersson, Elinor Ostrom, and Sujai Shivakumar

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278855

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199278857.001.0001

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Better Development Through Better Policy?

Better Development Through Better Policy?

Development Aid's Challenges at the Collective-Choice Level

(p.49) 3 Better Development Through Better Policy?
The Samaritan's Dilemma

Clark C. Gibson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the obstacles and possibilities for development at the collective-choice level, and discusses the difficulties most likely to thwart efforts to solve collective-action situations in recipient countries, including how the reality of weak, bad, or missing institutions hampers development efforts. It unpacks the challenges arising at the collective-choice level by emphasizing the problems of information and motivation. Questions are posed about development aid in an effort to improve its design and outcome.

Keywords:   collective choice, public goods, rent-seeking, corruption, asymmetric information, impossibility theorem

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