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Matt Andrews - Author

About the Author

Matt Andrews is the founder of textastrophe.com.

Featured books by Matt Andrews

Textastrophe

Textastrophe

Author: Matt Andrews Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Prank text messaging. You knew it was going to happen someday. It was inevitable, almost destined. From corkboards at your local supermarket to Craigslist, people confidently post their phone numbers everywhere in the hope it will lead to more business. Textastrophe explores the relationships one can have with these uninhibited strangers: frustrated, good-humoured, and everything in between, the conversations posted on the site are always hysterical.

Other books by Matt Andrews

Building State Capability

Building State Capability

Author: Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2017

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Governments play a major role in the development process, and constantly introduce reforms and policies to achieve developmental objectives. Many of these interventions have limited impact, however; schools get built but children don't learn, IT systems areintroduced but not used, plans are written but not implemented. These achievement deficiencies reveal gaps in capabilities, and weaknesses in the process of building state capability. This book addresses these weaknesses and gaps. It starts by providing evidence of the capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, showing that many governments lack basic capacities even after decades of reforms and capacity building efforts. The book then analyses this evidence, identifying capability traps that hold many governments back - particularly related to isomorphic mimicry (where governments copy best practice solutions from other countries that make them look morecapable even if they are not more capable) and premature load bearing (where governments adopt new mechanisms that they cannot actually make work, given weak extant capacities). The book then describes a process that governments can use to escape these capability traps. Called PDIA (problem driveniterative adaptation), this process empowers people working in governments to find and fit solutions to the problems they face. The discussion about this process is structured in a practical manner so that readers can actually apply tools and ideas to the capability challenges they face in their own contexts. These applications will help readers devise policies and reforms that have more impact than those of the past.

Building State Capability

Building State Capability

Author: Matt Andrews, Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock Format: eBook Release Date: 19/01/2017

This is an open access title available under the terms of a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence. It is free to read at Oxford Scholarship Online and offered as a free PDF download from OUP and selected open access locations. Governments play a major role in the development process, and constantly introduce reforms and policies to achieve developmental objectives. Many of these interventions have limited impact, however; schools get built but children don't learn, IT systems areintroduced but not used, plans are written but not implemented. These achievement deficiencies reveal gaps in capabilities, and weaknesses in the process of building state capability. This book addresses these weaknesses and gaps. It starts by providing evidence of the capability shortfalls that currently exist in many countries, showing that many governments lack basic capacities even after decades of reforms and capacity building efforts. The book then analyses this evidence, identifying capability traps that hold many governments back - particularly related to isomorphic mimicry (where governments copy best practice solutions from other countries that make them look morecapable even if they are not more capable) and premature load bearing (where governments adopt new mechanisms that they cannot actually make work, given weak extant capacities). The book then describes a process that governments can use to escape these capability traps. Called PDIA (problem driveniterative adaptation), this process empowers people working in governments to find and fit solutions to the problems they face. The discussion about this process is structured in a practical manner so that readers can actually apply tools and ideas to the capability challenges they face in their own contexts. These applications will help readers devise policies and reforms that have more impact than those of the past.

SMS des Grauens

SMS des Grauens

Author: Matt Andrews Format: eBook Release Date: 16/02/2015

Was passiert eigentlich, wenn man Kleinanzeigen wortlich nimmt? Wenn jemand ein Haustier in "e;treue Hande"e; abzugeben hat? Einer einen "e;Satz Reifen"e; verkaufen will oder sein "e;Liebhaberstuck"e; vermietet? Matt Andrews stellt sich dabei besonders gerne blod, ringt nichtsahnenden Schnappchenjagern die unglaublichsten Zugestandnisse ab und treibt seine Opfer in den Wahnsinn. Geben Sie also acht, wenn Sie das nachste Mal Ihre Nummer irgendwo in der Offentlichkeit verraten, Sie konnten in diesem Buch landen.

Textastrophe

Textastrophe

Author: Matt Andrews Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

Prank text messaging. You knew it was going to happen someday. It was inevitable, almost destined. From corkboards at your local supermarket to Craigslist, people confidently post their phone numbers everywhere in the hope it will lead to more business. Textastrophe explores the relationships one can have with these uninhibited strangers: frustrated, good-humoured, and everything in between, the conversations posted on the site are always hysterical.

All Downhill From Here: Scene Point Blank

All Downhill From Here: Scene Point Blank

Author: Matt Andrews, Loren Green Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/01/2014

The collected music writing of ten years covering punk, hardcore and metal. After ten years covering independent music, webzine Scene Point Blank commemorates its first decade by publishing this, its first collection of music writing. Made up of interviews with figures ranging from the legendary (Ian Mackaye, Henry Rollins) through to the new blood (Frank Turner, Polar Bear Club) and everyone in between, it also features a collection of the most memorable album reviews in the zine's history (including PJ Harvey, Jimmy Cliff, Public Enemy and Sufjan Stevens). A lot of music is made in a decade: Scene Point Blank highlights what you need to hear - now.

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development Changing Rules for Realistic Solutions

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development Changing Rules for Realistic Solutions

Author: Matt Andrews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Developing countries commonly adopt reforms to improve their governments yet they usually fail to produce more functional and effective governments. Andrews argues that reforms often fail to make governments better because they are introduced as signals to gain short-term support. These signals introduce unrealistic best practices that do not fit developing country contexts and are not considered relevant by implementing agents. The result is a set of new forms that do not function. However, there are realistic solutions emerging from institutional reforms in some developing countries. Lessons from these experiences suggest that reform limits, although challenging to adopt, can be overcome by focusing change on problem solving through an incremental process that involves multiple agents.

Development as Leadership-led Change A Report for the Global Leadership Initiative

Development as Leadership-led Change A Report for the Global Leadership Initiative

Author: Matt Andrews, Alison Wescott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2010

Development as Leadership-led Change presents the findings of the Global Leadership Initiative Research Study, which examines leadership in the change processes of fourteen capacity development interventions in eight developing countries. The paper explores what it takes to make change happen in the context of development, and in particular, the role leadership plays in bringing about change. The analysis and findings conclude that leadership manifests itself in different ways in different contexts, depending on readiness, factors that shape change, and leadership opportunities. However, the key characteristics of plurality, functionality, problem orientation, and change space creation are likely to be common to all successful leadership-led change events.