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Bringing in the Future: Strategies for Farsightedness and Sustainability in Developing Countries


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Humans are plagued by shortsighted thinking, preferring to put off work on complex, deep-seated, or difficult problems in favor of quick-fix solutions to immediate needs. When short-term thinking is applied to economic development, especially in fragile nations, the results—corruption, waste, and faulty planning—are often disastrous. In Bringing in the Future, William Ascher draws on the latest research from psychology, economics, institutional design, and legal theory to suggest strategies to overcome powerful obstacles to long-term planning in developing countries.

Drawing on cases from Africa, Asia, and Latin America, Ascher applies strategies such as the creation and scheduling of tangible and intangible rewards, cognitive exercises to increase the understanding of longer-term consequences, self-restraint mechanisms to protect long-term commitments and enhance credibility, and restructuring policy-making processes to permit greater influence of long-term considerations. Featuring theoretically informed research findings and sound policy examples, this volume will assist policy makers, activists, and scholars seeking to understand how the vagaries of human behavior affect international development.

About the Author

William Ascher is the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College. The latest of his numerous books are Guide to Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy and Revitalizing Political Psychology.



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I                       The Challenges and Hopes for Farsighted Action

1          The Challenge of Farsightedness

2          The Root Causes of Shortsightedness and Their Manifestations in Developing Countries

3          Gaining Traction to Overcome Obstacles to Farsightedness


II                      Structuring Rewards and Risks

4          Creating and Rescheduling Tangible Benefits and Costs

5          Creating and Rescheduling Social and Psychological Rewards

6          Realigning Performance Evaluation

7          Self-Restraint Instruments


III                    Improving Analytic Frameworks

8          Analytic Exercises

9          Deepening Problem Definitions


IV                    Framing the Appeals

10        Design Dimensions of Communicating Farsighted Appeals

11        The Triple Appeal Principle

12        Managing Heuristics


V                     Changing the Policy Process

13        Empowering and Insulating the Farsighted Leader

14        Structuring Decision-Making Processes

15        Conclusions





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Ascher, William
University of Chicago Press
Natural Resources
Public Policy - Economic Policy
Developing countries Economic conditions.
Sustainable Development
Development - Sustainable Development
Development - Economic Development
Business-Manufacturing and Product Development
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