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The role of power, capabilities and interests and the rule of law

Mushtaq Khan describes "how and when rules are enforced and why they are not and what we can do about it.

In this video Professor Khan talks about the role of power, capabilities, and interests in explaining how and when rules are enforced and why they are not, and what we can do about it.

A good way to start thinking about the problem is that rules are enforced not just by an enforcer coming up and saying you have to follow these rules. Rules are enforced when most of the time most people follow the rules in their own interest. Rule-following must be aligned with the interests and capabilities and power of the people following the rules. If you require rules to be enforced by an outside agent all the time, you will fail, and that is not how a rule of law happens.

Recommended Reading. We suggest reading pages 6-12 of Making anti-corruption real: using a ‘Power Capabilities and Interest Approach’ to stop wasting money and start making progress for a brief introduction to the Power, Capabilities and Interests (PCI) approach to anticorruption.

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