Publications

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    Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Evaluating the Remnants of the Washington Consensus – A Study on Water Privatization

Sylvia Cesar, MSc Development Management 2017-2018, summarises her recently published article titled ‘Privatization of Water: Evaluating its Performance in the Developing World’. 

The 1990s Washington Consensus and structural adjustment recommendations have been widely criticized in the International Development sphere for several reasons. The literature has indicated that the social and political context in which these neo-liberal economic policies were implemented […]

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    The impact of bank de-risking on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis

The impact of bank de-risking on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis

A recent publication from Dr Stuart Gordon, Alice Robinson and Harry Goulding from the LSE, reveals the impact of bank de-risking on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis. The publication was written in collaboration with Rawaad Mahyub, Executive Director of the Humanitarian Forum, for the Humanitarian Policy Group. 

The Syrian crisis is a complex environment for aid agencies wishing to […]

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    Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Why randomised controlled trials inevitably produce biased results

Marie Curie Research Fellow, Alexander Krauss, explains why despite social and medical sciences depending on randomised control trials, they face more biases than thought, impacting the reproducibility crisis. This blog post is based on the author’s article, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results”. 
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) are generally viewed as the foundational experimental method of the social and medical sciences. Economists […]

The Last Best Aid? Rethinking Paralegal Assistance

International paralegal aid is often cast as uniquely effective and able to work in almost any context. Dr Geoffrey Swenson’s post for Political Violence at a Glance shows that while paralegal assistance is a valuable tool, it’s far more constrained than currently understood. This article draws on research from the following paper: The promise and peril of paralegal aid.

In an era […]

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    Indian pharmaceutical patent prosecution: The changing role of Section 3(d)

Indian pharmaceutical patent prosecution: The changing role of Section 3(d)

Professor Kenneth Shadlen (LSE) and Dr Bhaven Sampat (Columbia University) have a new article on pharmaceutical patenting in India:

As elsewhere in the developing world, pharmaceutical patents are new in India, introduced because required by the World Trade Organization. India’s patent law includes a provision, Section 3(d), which tries to limit grant of “secondary” pharmaceutical patents, i.e. patents on new forms […]

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    Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Challenging humanitarianism beyond gender as women and women as victims #PressforProgress

Dorothea Hilhorst, Holly Porter and Rachel Gordon argue the lack of inclusivity in gender-targeted humanitarian aid has obscured other realities in which men and women assume different and more complex roles.

At the United Nations (UN) World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in May 2016, ‘achieving greater gender equality and greater inclusivity’ was identified as one of the five key areas of […]

Mapping the Critique of Humanitarian Principles

On the Thursday 15 February, Stuart Gordon, gave a keynote paper at a conference in the Hague on the impact of counter-terrorist financing legislation on the humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis.  The conference was organised by the World Bank, the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the Human Security Collective – a Dutch NGO based in the Hague.

The paper took an original […]

Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Dr Laura Mann presents the Connectivity at the Bottom of the Pyramid White Paper, co-written with Dr Kate Meagher. The White Paper follows on from a workshop held at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre in 2016, which brought together stakeholders to address the challenges of digital inclusion for workers at the bottom of the pyramid in Africa.

Last year, my colleague Kate Meagher and I organised a conference at the Rockefeller […]

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    Book Review: Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

Book Review: Coalitions and Compliance: The Political Economy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Latin America

In Coalitions and Compliance, Kenneth Shadlen, Professor of Development Studies and Head of Department in the Department of International Development, examines how international changes can reconfigure domestic politics. The book presents global changes in intellectual property, particularly regarding pharmaceutical patents, and the ensuing challenges for developing countries through a systematic comparative analysis of pharmaceutical patent politics in Latin America’s three largest countries […]

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    Sneak peak of Professor Faguet’s Popular Democracy, part 5 of 5

Sneak peak of Professor Faguet’s Popular Democracy, part 5 of 5

To celebrate the Spanish-language launch of Professor Jean-Paul Faguet’s book Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia, we will be publishing the first chapter of the book as part of a five part series over the coming month. You can read our post about the book launches in Bolivia here.

In case you’ve missed it, you can read part 1/5 […]