Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Collier on "Reform"

"Reform in [failing states] has to come from within, and it takes courage. Vested interests can be relied upon to use their power, resources, and ingenuity to oppose change. Although the reformers have truth on their side, truth is just another special interest, and not a particularly powerful one. The villains willing to lie in order to defeat change have an advantage over those constrained by honesty. Reformers do not have it easy." 

-- "The Bottom Billion" by Paul Collier, p. 180

"Here, [our laws and international norms] are important opportunities. Our laws are going to be critical in reining in corruption. International charters can provide reformers both with an instrument with which to berate poor governance and with a goal around which to unite." 

-- "The Bottom Billion" by Paul Collier, p.182

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