The international community invests enormous resources in
sees modest results.
"It is the underlying theory
that is at fault,"
writes in a commentary in the current issue of
. The usual process of "institutional engineering" to promote
and democratization "becomes captured by elites, who co-opt interventions to achieve their own political objectives." Barma urges "A more clear-eyed and experimental approach to
," that recognizes elite priorities and finds new ways of broadening political space.
Read the commentary