28 November 2017
This year’s Adrian Leftwich Lecture is by Prof William Ferguson on Collective action for greater equality. Join us on Wednesday 29th November, 5.00 – 6.30 pm, Roscoe Building, Theatre A.
16 November 2017
While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth? And why has this declined since the Asian financial crisis? Matthew Tyce outlines his findings from a chapter co-authored with Kunal Sen in Deals and Development.
16 November 2017
Rapid economic growth in developing countries is usually put down to good economic institutions. But many developing countries with rapid economic growth actually have weak institutions.
New book Deals and Development has a different approach. Kunal explains the book’s finding that it is actually the interaction that political elites have with economic actors – the deals – that make the difference. The answer is not in institutions but in politics:
15 November 2017
Eric Werker is Associate Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is also one of the editors of path-breaking new book, Deals and Development, alongside Kunal Sen and Lant Pritchett. Watch him highlight the powerful policy implications of the book.
9 November 2017
This path breaking book is edited by three globally renowned ESID experts on the politics of economic development, Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen and Eric Werker. The book advances a new conceptual framework for understanding how economic growth is ignited and maintained in a range of developing countries. It investigates how relationships – “deals” – between political and economic actors explain why it is rare to see growth episodes being sustained in the developing world, and why developing countries have seen such differential success, both in igniting economic growth and in transforming growth accelerations into growth sustenance.
Eleven chapters by ESID experts feature specific country examples across a wide spectrum of institutional and political contexts in Africa and Asia. Country cases range from Bangladesh to Cambodia, Malawi to India. The book is brilliantly useful in providing actionable levers to create reform and improve countries’ chances of bringing about transformative and sustainable economic growth.
Here’s what celebrated economists say:
“Pritchett, Sen, and Werker show intellectual courage in taking on one of the most inconvenient facts about economic growth and development – that most countries have unstable growth rates, shifting from boom to bust and back again. They challenge the prevailing institutionalist consensus, which they convincingly argue is unhelpful for confronting that instability of growth. Instead, they lay out a world of ‘deals’ among political and economic actors which can support a transition from bust to book, but can also unravel so that the boom is not sustained. These intrepid authors will change the way you see economic growth.“
“The Holy Grail of development is a flexible framework for understanding when the political circumstances are consistent with the economic activities we all know lead to growth. Explaining this flexible framework in detail, Deals and Development advances a powerful set of new concepts.”
“This book is built around two facts that are widely known but poorly appreciated: developing countries grow much faster than rich countries, but unfortunately developing countries also shrink much faster, and they shrink much more often. Slow growth is not the result of slow growing, but of more frequent and rapid shrinking. Pritchett, Sen and Werker tackle the source of this pattern with an intriguing conceptual framework and a series of detailed case studies. This is an important book, both for contributions and for identifying a weakness in how we think about economic development.”