27 December 2016
Much recent research has highlighted the similarities between current administrations in Ethiopia and Rwanda, and the East Asian developmental states that secured such rapid socioeconomic progress over the past 50 years. For the most part, this research has focused on state-business relationships and the authoritarian patterns of governance. New ESID research by Benjamin Chemouni and myself, however, examines the politics of social protection in these countries and finds that social protection policy in Ethiopia and Rwanda is driven by the developmental vision of these governments. Like the original East Asian developmental states, social protection is distinctly ‘productivist’ in seeking to combine protection for vulnerable groups with productive investments in the economy.
Dr Cathy Wilcock recently graduated from GDI with a PhD focused on diaspora activism and peace-building, specific to Sudanese communities in the UK and the roles they play in peace-building processes in Sudan. Here she outlines her fears for global development and migration practice and policy under a Trump presidency in the US.
GDI PhD candidate Bala Yusuf discusses the perception of Donald Trump as an anti-establishment leader, and compares the Nigerian experience of democracy with that of the US. Bala’s research addresses the politics of development in Nigeria, with specific reference to elite commitment and elite capture in the implementation of a conditional grant scheme between 2010 and 2015.
Dr Robbie Watt secured his PhD, which critiques the moral economy of carbon markets and carbon offsetting, the day before Donald Trump was announced US President-elect. Here Robbie breaks down why a Trump win is bad news for those who, unlike the new POTUS, believe that climate change is an urgent issue.
ESID’s Kunal Sen and Sabyasachi Kar have just published a new title, The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes. Described as an unconventional reading of India’s growth experience since independence, it deals in particular with the political economy and institutional factors that have been neglected in scholarship to date, and presents analytical structure for understanding different categories of state-business relations and their implications for growth.
Read their working papers ‘Democracy versus dictatorship? The political determinants of growth episodes‘ and ‘The Political Economy of Economic Growth in India, 1993-2013‘.