Effective States and Inclusive Development

Conference 2019

International flagship conference  From Politics to Power? Rethinking the Politics of Development


We are delighted to announce that the programme is now available for this major international conference convened by the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), at the Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.


From Politics to Power? Rethinking the Politics of Development

9 – 11 September 2019 
Manchester, UK

The DFID funded ESID research centre has been developing expertise in the politics of development for the past 9 years. This major conference will bring together leading experts to showcase ESID’s findings and set out future research agendas in the field.

World leading keynote speakers are:

Anne Marie Goetz (New York), Merilee Grindle (Harvard), Lant Pritchett (Harvard), James Robinson (Chicago),  Prerna Singh (Brown), E. Gyimah-Boadi (Afrobarometer, Ghana), Chigomezgo Mtegha-Gelders (DFID, London), David Booth, (ODI)

Highlights include:

  • The first UK launch of Acemoglu and Robinson’s new book ‘The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies and the Fate of Liberty.’
  • A public lecture by Harriett Baldwin, former Minister of State for International Development (DFID) and Minister of State for Africa (FCO)
  • World leading scholars on the politics of development, including Mushtaq Khan and Lindsay Whitfield
  • Papers and keynotes from leading experts including Oxfam’s Duncan Green, Harvard’s Lant Pritchett and Uganda’s Ministry of Finance’s Margaret Kakande.



  • Rethinking the politics of development
  • Rethinking the politics of development states
  • Rethinking state capacity
  • The politics of growth
  • The politics of industrialisation and state business relations
  • The politics of social provisioning
  • Governing citites
  • The politics of women’s empowerment
  • Governing natural resources
  • Taxation and the social contract
  • From thinking to working politically


Book by 9th August to guarantee your place. Promotional rates are available for development practitioners and PhDs.


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