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DPE Tuesday Talk Series: Robert Klitgaard, “Culture and Development”

The Division of Politics and Economics invites the CGU community to attend this week’s Tuesday Lunch Talk featuring, Robert Klitgaard, University Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Lunch will be provided.

Robert Klitgaard

Robert Klitgaard served as president of Claremont Graduate University from 2005 to 2009. Klitgaard advises countries around the world on government reform and economic strategy. His consulting work and research have taken him to more than 35 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. His recent international partners range from environmental nonprofits to Supreme Audit Authorities; from the World Bank to the OECD; from the government of Sonora, Mexico, to the Institute of Directors in Thailand; from the International Anti-Corruption Academy in Austria to the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies in Bhutan. His ten books include Tropical Gangsters, one of The New York Times’ Books of the Century, and Choosing Elites, named in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books.

Talk Title: Culture and Development

Robert Klitgaard will discuss his forthcoming book, which begins with this question: If culture matters for development, and people have studied culture for a century or more, why don’t we have well-developed theories, practical guidelines, and close professional links between those who study culture and those who do (or resist) development? The presentation explores several reasons: paralyzing differences in intellectual cultures; the fear of misuse of cultural knowledge; and the sheer difficulty of scientifically studying interactions among culture, policy, and outcomes. This story invites us to reconsider the actual and possible roles of social sciences in practical work—and concludes with inspiring examples of taking culture into account in policy design and implementation.