Jennifer Brinkerhoff discussed her recent book, Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage. Externally-promoted institutional reform, even when nominally accepted by developing country governments, often fails to deliver lasting change. Diasporans – immigrants who still feel a connection to their country of origin – may offer an In-Between Advantage for institutional reform, which links problem understanding with potential solutions, and encompasses vision, impact, operational, and psycho-social advantages.
Jennifer Brinkerhoff is one of USC Price School’s distinguished Ph.D. alumni. She is well known in the field of comparative and development public administration and has recently been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Brinkerhoff is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Special Initiatives, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.