What are Institutions?


There is now widespread consensus that institutions matter crucially for development, but what are 'institutions'? This briefing discusses institutions in general considering (1) how institutions are established, maintained and changed; and (2) how the many and varied social, economic and political institutions, both formal and informal, interact with each other - within and between societies, in complementary or conflicting ways, to promote or hinder pro-poor growth and development.


IPPG Briefing Paper No. 1, Manchester, UK, 2 pp.

What are Institutions?

Published 1 January 2006