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Governing the Oral Institution

Authors: 
Brett Hudson Matthews
Organizational Authors: 
MATHWOOD
Year Published: 
2009

 

The central hypothesis underpinning this paper is that much of the institutional fragility in poor villages results from a mismatch between oral and literate ways of managing collective information. Oral tools must be much more clearly understood -- and systematically applied -- if we are to really succeed in transferring the capacity to build institutions to rural villages.

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