Lant Pritchett

Lant Pritchett on why we struggle to think in systems (and look for heroes and villains instead)

Duncan Green - January 22, 2014

This passage in Lant Pritchett’s new book, The Rebirth of Education, (reviewed here yesterday), had me gurgling with pleasure. It explains, in vintage Pritchett prose, why we all find it so hard to think in terms of systems, rather than agents (i.e. heroes and villains). He totally nails the origins of that glazed look I see in the eyes of my Oxfam colleagues when I …

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