How Change Happens (Book)

December 1, 2014

Published by: Oxford University Press, USA.  December 2014. 192 pages
Author: Duncan Green




‘In this powerfully argued book, Duncan Green shows how we can make
major changes in our unequal and unjust world by concerted action,
taking full note of the economic and social mechanisms, including
established institutions, that sustain the existing order. If self-confidence
is important for the effective agency of deprived communities, so is a
reasoned understanding of the difficult barriers that must be faced and
overcome. This is a splendid treatise on how to change the actual world—
in reality, not just in our dreams.’
Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor,
and Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University



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‘In How Change Happens, Duncan Green points to a simple truth: that
positive social change requires power, and hence attention on the part of
reformers to politics and the institutions within which power is exercised.
It is an indispensable guide for activists and change-makers everywhere.’
Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at
the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI),
and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy,
Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University



‘It was George Orwell who wrote that “The best books… are those that
tell you what you know already.” Well in Duncan’s book How Change
I have found something better: A book that made me think
differently about something I have been doing for my entire life. He has
captured so much in these pages, drawing on global and national and
local change and examples from past and present. But what makes this
book so insightful is that at all times we are able to see the world through
Duncan’s watchful eyes: From his time as a backpacker in South America
to lobbying the WTO in Seattle and his many years with Oxfam, this is
someone who has always been watching and always been reflecting. It is
this gift that will most help Duncan’s readers—whether they be students
or those who think they have seen it all. There is always more to notice
about such a complex, changing world. And the more we can see, the
better we will be at making change happen.’
Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

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