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WEBINAR – Power, Populations and Development: How the ESID Political Settlements Database Explains Development Trends


12 November 2020

Recent ESID work has refined the idea of a political settlement and strengthened its social scientific footing. A pioneering survey has been conducted of political settlements across 42 countries in the Global South from Independence to the present day. The resulting database will be a global public good that will allow researchers to test the relationship between various aspects of the sociology and geometry of power and development outcomes. This webinar will reveal the database’s potential uses and some early findings.

A leading global expert on the politics of development, Tim Kelsall is Research Director at ESID, Political Settlements Research Director for the African Cities Research Consortium and Senior Research Fellow at The Overseas Development Institute.

Read a blog on what political settlement type is likely to mean for the Covid-19 response.

Watch the first webinar in the series with Prof Sam Hickey on Context, Capacity and Coalitions.