Researching the politics of development



Dr Pritish Behuria

Pritish Behuria, ESID researcher


Dr Pritish Behuria is a Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy at The University of Manchester’s Global Development Institute. Previously, he was an LSE Fellow at the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Development Studies and Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London. Pritish is a researcher with ESID on our political economy determinants of economic growth programme, focusing primarily on Rwanda.


Pritish’s research focuses on the politics of late development in the 21st century. So far, the bulk of his fieldwork has centred on examining elite politics, state-business relations and productive sector policies in Rwanda. He is currently developing a similar study in Ethiopia. Pritish has also begun researching the capacity of technology acquisition among local firms in India’s renewable energy sector (in particular, the solar energy sector). He also works on examining the politics of public sector reforms in developing countries.

ESID publications

Behuria, P. (2020). ‘The political economy of central bank effectiveness: The case of National Bank of Rwanda‘. ESID Working Paper No. 151. Manchester.
Behuria, P. (2019). ‘African development and the marginalisation of domestic capitalists‘. ESID Working Paper No. 115. Manchester.
Behuria, P. (2018). ‘The politics of upgrading in global value chains: The case of Rwanda’s coffee sector‘. ESID Working Paper No. 108. Manchester.
Behuria, P. and Goodfellow, T. (2016). ‘The political settlement and ‘deals environment’ in Rwanda: Unpacking two decades of economic growth‘. ESID Working Paper No. 57. Manchester.

Other publications

Behuria, P. (2019). ‘Twenty‐first century industrial policy in a small developing country: The challenges of reviving manufacturing in Rwanda‘, Development and Change, 0-30.
Behuria, P. and Goodfellow, T. (2018). ‘Leapfrogging manufacturing? Rwanda’s attempt to build a services-led “developmental state”‘, European Journal of Development Research, 1-23.
Behuria, P. (2016). ‘Centralising rents and dispersing power while pursuing development: Exploring the strategic uses of military firms in Rwanda‘. Review of African Political Economy, 43(150): 630-647.
Behuria, P. (2016). ‘The political settlement and public sector reforms in developing countries’. Background Paper for the Annual Conference of the United Nations Development Programme Global Centre for Public Sector Excellence.
Behuria, P. (2015). ‘Between party capitalism and market reforms – Understanding sector differences in Rwanda‘. Journal of Modern African Studies 53(3): 415-450.
Behuria, P. (2014). The Political Economy of Rwanda and its Relevance for Legal Assistance on Economic Reform: Law and Development Partnership Report.
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