State Building and Economic Reforms

State Building and Economic Reforms

Irakli Matkava

Project Leader, Senior Advisor. Tony Blair Associates (Business Areas: Government Consulting) First Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister, Head of Department. Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia (Business Areas: Government), 2009 – 2013

Сourse Description & Goals:

‘Reforms’ are the staple of everyday talk. They are proposed, discussed, praised, protested and… very rarely delivered. Meantime, exactly that – an ability to get things done, defines the difference between a good government and a poor one. All governments are busy; very few have something to show for all that effort. In a nutshell, a reform is a change.

A reform in a domain of public policy is a change that has to have a positive tangible impact on the citizens of that given polity. As simple as it may sound, delivering such a change is a serious challenge, for many an insurmountable one. Understanding this challenge (the reasons behind these failures, the ways of avoiding them) is fundamental to having the key characteristic of a good government – getting things done. By this token, in this course we focus on ‘how’, rather then ‘what’.
We will look at a number of real life cases of reform success and failure as well as the tools and methods applied in an attempt to drive change forward. A special tool that builds a systematic view of the reform delivery process will be used as an element integrating various aspects of the course (in class) and hands-on guide to actual delivery (in real world).


Course  is interactive. It requires open mind and willingness to learn from and work with the fellow students. Critical thinking and analytical skills will also come handy as the course deals with complicated and complex issues of running a country well.

Course Structure:

Course  duration is one week and it is composed of five interactive sessions. Each session is three hours long with one fifteen minutes break in-between.

Course Language:

Russian (some course materials will be provided in English)


Lecture 1: Reforms: establishing basics
Lecture 2: Why reforms fail: politics and leaders
Lecture 3: Why reforms fail: reform design
Lecture 4: Why reforms fail: process
Lecture 5: Integrative case-study

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