George Bernard Shaw once said that reasonable people adapt
themselves to the world but unreasonable people adapt the world to
themselves. In a sense, this book explores how these so-called
`unreasonable people' may interact to re-fashion the world around
them in fragile economic development. Drawing on empirical research
in the volatile and traditional context of Afghanistan, the study
investigates the challenge of poor women's participation in
business and diverse outcomes for local development. Institutional
Innovation and Change in Value Chain Development takes a unique
look at nuanced institutional phenomena through the lens of social
institutions, with a subtle appreciation of the interaction of
structure and agency. Drawing on in-depth qualitative research in
Afghanistan, the case studies specifically investigate the
transformation of the women's norm of purdah, and the subsequent
development of new market institutions in three women's
enterprises. Shedding new light on the opaque process of
institutional change, the research shows that external actors (such
as NGOs) can both initiate and guide institutional development in
fragile environments. Yet there may be limitations to their
endeavours, with strong resistance from local power holders.
Meanwhile, dominant entrepreneurs are shown to play a major role in
fostering institutional development pathways. This influences the
scope of inclusion and exclusion in enterprise and value chains,
and broader streams of socio-economic development.
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Holly A. Ritchie
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