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DLP: Background Paper 01: The case for leadership and the primacy of politics in building effective states, institutions and governance for sustainable growth and social development

Authors: Leftwich, A. & Hogg, S. (for DLP - Developmental Leadership Program)
Publication date: 2007

This paper makes the case that effective leadership and the collective action of a relatively small number of leaders and elites, across the public and private sectors, are essential for building effective states, ensuring stability and promoting economic growth.

This paper begins to build a case for leadership which will be developed further as the research and analytical programme unfolds. The first section of this paper sets out the central argument. It then goes on to sketch briefly the forms and functions of leadership, the role of elites in state building, how coalitions of elites forging agreed institutional arrangements can promote economic growth, the centrality of politics in these processes and the implications of this work for aid effectiveness.