The paradigm shift in international development isn’t limited to theories alone. Development practicioners are looking for specific policy frameworks which, emphasize pragmatism and promote governments to be more experimental in their approaches. Rodrik highlights a new report entitled the Spence Commission On Growth and Development, designed to let developing countries develop in their own ways.
“The new policy mindset starts with relative agnosticism about what works. Its hypothesis is that there is a great deal of “slack” in poor countries, so simple changes can make a big difference…Rather than comprehensive reform, it emphasizes policy experimentation and relatively narrowly targeted initiatives in order to discover local solutions, and it calls for monitoring and evaluation in order to learn which experiments work.”