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Matt Andrews
Harvard Kennedy School
Matt is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, and commentator on governance in development
Interests: Matt's work focuses on various dimensions of the development puzzle, particularly questions about the role of government in such. What does a good government look like? How do good governments come about? Why have so many governments not improved even after decades of reform?
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In the last few weeks I have been trying to understand where elite players ply their trade. The simplest hypothesis is that they play in high paying leagues. On top of that, one assumes they go where they speak the same language. On top of that, they go where they... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Football Focus
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In past posts, I show the inequality in revenues across world football. Clubs and leagues and countries that have the best entertainers simply get more money than others. They use this money to buy more entertainers, and get even more money. This virtuous circle works well for a select group... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at Football Focus
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Our research on global football finance shows that a few leagues and clubs in leagues have much more revenue than others. They attract more broadcast and sponsorship revenue and are more attractive to more fans attending games (at high cost) and buying merchandise. Countries are falling behind where leagues and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2016 at Football Focus
It has been interesting to see how FIFA presidential candidates engage with African representatives ahead of this week's elections. There have been meetings in Africa to court voters, for instance, and different candidates announcing that they have Africa's support. As an African, I thought I'd chime in with my views... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Football Focus
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In our recent working paper, Peter Harrington and I argue that FIFA needs to be broken up...into three functions: political, commercial, and regulatory. At present these three functions are blurred in the organization, which creates unavoidable conflicts of interest, opportunities for corruption and patronage, and more. In our opinion it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2016 at Football Focus
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This blog will be providing evidence of many challenging financial realities in global football. It will also, in time, suggest ideas to address these challenges. It also provides an opportunity for readers to offer their ideas to build financial integrity in football. So, please offer these as we move along.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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One of this blog's goals is simply to shed light on economic realities in football. Last week it discussed the inequality between leagues and clubs. The major observation was that some leagues, clubs and players are receiving a huge amount from the football windfall, but most are not getting much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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On Friday I posted a picture showing the differences in average wages of English Premiership teams facing each other over the weekend. Here is the update, showing which teams actually won the match ups. The winners are in green, losers in red, and all drawing clubs are in orange. This... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Football Focus
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The prior post examined the global inequalities in football, reflected in the different financial positions of different leagues--and players in these leagues. The inequalities are glaring when one considers the vast wealth of top leagues like the English Premiership and poorer leagues like some in Eastern Europe or in Africa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football is often portrayed as purely lucrative in the news media. Studies and reports cover the wealth of Real Madrid or high salary of Neymar. But football goes way beyond these clubs and players. In reality, there are between 4,000 and 6,000 professional clubs across the globe, with over 113,000... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Football Focus
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I have two posts on this blog already. They are intentionally full of data. My goal is to provide as much reliable evidence as possible about football's finances. But the reliability of all the evidence is questionable, I am afraid. This is because of football's financial data deficiencies. I have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football may be considered the People’s Game, but it is also a Money Game. Money has entered the game relatively recently, however, and its entry and influence not been thoroughly well charted. This leaves a range of questions to be answered: Where is the money? How much is there? Who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Football Focus
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Football (soccer to those in the USA) is at something of a cross-roads. Building on a string of crises dating back to the early 2000s, the current 2015 FIFA crisis has bought the entire football sector into question, and its future into doubt. What will happen to FIFA? Will changes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Football Focus
This is the first post on the getrealreform blog site. It is a new site, where we will offer commentary on ideas, experiences, and challenges with making change happen in organizations, sectors and governments across the world. We welcome your thoughts on this topic and hope it is useful. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Getrealreform
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I have been interested to see that UEFA (the European Football Association) is taking a position against FIFA continuing with its leadership election, given the corruption crisis. In contrast, CAF (the African association) wants the election to go ahead. Tension between Europe and Africa is nothing new. And it is... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MattAndrews
"Football has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words it is war minus the shooting." George Orwell I have been working on a project about sports governance for the past... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MattAndrews
Development takes time. Especially when it involves institutional change, as is the case with government reform and other initiatives. We know that. But time is always under pressure in political contexts. And in modern bureaucracies where results agendas push for measurable outputs and outcomes 'as soon as possible'. We know... Continue reading
I don't often blog about policy in South Africa, but recent frustrating back-and-forth on core policy centered on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has been frustrating to watch--especially given recent unemployment statistics that show a bad situation getting worse (see http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/editorials/2015/05/28/editorial-jobs-should-be-an-obsession). So, here is my view on Black Economic Empowerment in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at MattAndrews
I often hear talk of moving from best practice to best fit in development. When I ask what people mean by this I seldom get the same answer. But the basic idea is that multiple solutions are considered instead of a one-best-way solution. I like the idea in concept and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at MattAndrews
A Doing Development Differently (DDD) event is underway in Manilla. When I read tweets about this an other events I am intrigued at two common, though highly contrasting views. One is that DDD (or PDIA, our DDD heuristic here at Harvard) is common sense. Nothing new and nothing really worth... Continue reading
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I wrote on the topic of political patience yesterday, noting that it was one of the most important ingredients needed when trying to do change through pdia. I described it as "the political ability to set a course and stick to the direction no matter what comes in the way".... Continue reading
I thought I'd follow my prior post with this one, capturing some of Dag Hammarskjöld's comments on patience in the political process (see http://www.dag-hammarskjold.com/interpreting-hammarskjold-s-political-wisdom/patience-in-politics-part-1/): If the elephant walks and walks in the right direction, we should not be impatient. It does not move too quickly, but we shall certainly arrive... Continue reading
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I have been quiet on my blog for the past few months. Quiet in most aspects of writing and corresponding, actually. It is because I have been actively engaged in trying out new ways of doing development differently, with direct and indirect PDIA experiments. I am learning a lot through... Continue reading
I've just returned from a two week stint in two countries trying to promote growth, better governance and development. People in the public and private sectors are struggling with many prescriptions given them by well-meaning economists, political scientists and other development specialists. These usually come in neatly developed plans and... Continue reading
I'm reminded so regularly that development is about change. If it's done well it is about change that sticks, and even more about countries becoming adaptive (able to change continuously at the right pace and in the right way). This requires learning and building a specific type of DNA in... Continue reading