20 March 2017
This Wednesday sees the India launch of a seminal book; The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes by Professor Kunal Sen, Research Director or ESID and Professor Sabyasachi Kar, ESID Researcher and Associate Professor at Delhi’s Institute of Economic Growth. Launched by the President of The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Naushad Forbes, this important book is described as ‘fresh and insightful’ by Harvard’s Lant Pritchett. It uncovers the types of deals between elites and economic actors that cause growth acceleration and what can be done to avoid growth decline.
In addition to the book launch, the event will feature the findings from the past five years of research on the conditions that result in economic growth in India. Prestigious speakers in attendance include journalists, Siddarth Varadarajan and M.K. Venu, and author and political commentator, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta.
Concluding with debate amongst thought leaders on the way forward for India’s development, this event has the potential to make a real difference to the thinking and policy making that shapes the future of India.
Watch Kunal Sen on the book and what he’s anticipating from the event:
For more on this research read the working paper on the political economy of growth episodes.
“My wish for women in Uganda is to push on and understand that some of the backlash in family, community, workplace and public politics is a sign of patriarchal norms under relative stress. Push on, validate and celebrate womanhood and femininity as opposed to feeling sorry. The young generation has the duty to push the gains made to the next transformatory level.”
2 March 2017
Our recent policy workshop with leading Bangladesh experts on growth, education, health and women’s empowerment has received lots of coverage in the Bangladesh media. Here are some photos of the event and links to articles in the English and Bangla press. Read more about the event and the research.
27 February 2017
I recently reviewed The Politics of Inclusive Development for The Journal of Development Studies. I thought it was a really compelling set of conceptual and empirical explorations, and I highly recommend it. This is a slightly amended version of the Journal review.
It’s become an increasingly common refrain in development aid circles that ‘politics matters’. As chronicled by Carothers and de Gramont (2013), the journey from a purely technocratic to a more political understanding of development, and of the role of foreign aid, has been a slow and incomplete one. Nevertheless, it is now becoming widely accepted that there are important political dimensions of development, and indeed that development is itself an inherently political process. Thus, the important question is no longer whether politics matters for development and poverty reduction, but rather how, and what the implications are for development actors of various kinds. Unfortunately, our broader understanding that politics plays an important role has outpaced research unpacking the nature of political dynamics that would support more inclusive patterns of development.