Governance and the Law

CAIDP was invited to attend the Canadian Launch of the World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law. This event featured a presentation by Luis F. Lopez Calva, co-Director of the World Development Report 2017 followed by a panel discussion and a bilingual Q&A session. Find the full document here:


Why are carefully designed, sensible policies too often not adopted or implemented? When they are, why do they often fail to generate development outcomes such as security, growth, and equity? And why do some bad policies endure? This World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law addresses these fundamental questions, which are at the heart of development. Policy making and policy implementation do not occur in a vacuum. Rather, they take place in complex political and social settings, in which individuals and groups with unequal power interact within changing rules as they pursue conflicting interests. The process of these interactions is what this Report calls governance, and the space in which these interactions take place, the policy arena. The capacity of actors to commit and their willingness to cooperate and coordinate to achieve...


The history of growth should be all about recessions. Faster growth is not due to bigger booms, but to less shrinking. So why have these “growth reversals” decreased in length and depth? In another paper** Messrs Broadberry and Wallis find that conventional explanations—such as demographic change or a sectoral shift from volatile agriculture to the more stable services sector— do not fully explain the shift. More important is the rise of the rule of law, enabling disputes to be settled by impartial courts.