Development Projects as Policy Experiments: An Adaptive Approach to Development Administration

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Psychology Press, 1993 - Business & Economics - 212 pages
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As international agencies' assistance strategies become more complex, their methods of planning and administration become less effective. Neither the rationalistic techniques of planning and management they adopted during the 1960s and 1970s to control development activities nor the structural adjustment models they used during the 1980s and 1990s to reform economic policies, encouraged the flexibility, experimentation and social learning that are crucial to implementing successfully complex and uncertain development activities. Urgent reorientation of development programmes and continuous testing and verification is required if development activity is to cope effectively with the uncertainty and complexity of the development process.

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Dennis A. Rondinelli (1943-2007), the former Director of the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America. He was Senior Research Scholar at the Duke Center for International Development, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina and the Glaxo Distinguished International Professor of Management Emeritus at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Rondinelli s research spans the United States, Asia, Central Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He authored or edited 18 books and published more than 250 articles in scholarly and professional journals and book chapters. He served as an advisor, consultant, or expert to the U.S. State Department s Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency, the International Labor Office, the United Nations Development Program, and to private corporations. In 2002 he was appointed to a four-year term as the member from the United States of the United Nations Expert Committee on Public Administration and he was reappointed in 2005 for a second four-year term. Dr. Rondinelli received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Rondinelli passed away in March, 2007.

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