Elliott Green

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    Remembering President Quett Masire – one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

Remembering President Quett Masire – one of the greatest post-colonial African leaders

Elliott Green examines the life and legacy of Botswana’s second President Quett Ketumile Joni Masire. Masire, a key figure in Botswana’s independence movement, represented the Botswana Democratic Party and was the longest serving president in the country’s history.

Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, President of Botswana from 1980 to 1998, died late on 22 June 2017 at the age of 91.  Masire is […]

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    Precolonial Political Centralization and Contemporary Development in Uganda

Precolonial Political Centralization and Contemporary Development in Uganda

In his latest article Dr Elliott Green looks at the role of “Precolonial Political Centralization and Contemporary Development in Uganda”. Below is a summary of the article, the full text can be found in the journal Economic Development and Cultural Change
The role of precolonial history on contemporary development has become an important field of study within development economics. In particular […]

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    Response to the Repeal of China’s One-Child Policy: Part 3 – Managing a Population

Response to the Repeal of China’s One-Child Policy: Part 3 – Managing a Population

In the last of our three-part series on China, the department considers the demographic implications behind the decision to repeal the one-child policy. Will families want to enlarge their families? Should the state maintain control over population growth? Find out below. Time for a change – Jude Howell After more than three decades of one-child policy, it was time for […]

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    Response to the Repeal of China’s One-Child Policy: Part 1 – How Revolutionary?

Response to the Repeal of China’s One-Child Policy: Part 1 – How Revolutionary?

Last week, it was announced that China’s one-child policy, first introduced in the late 1970s, was to be formally adjusted. In the first of a series of posts, academics from the Department of International Development examine the various reasons behind the decision and establish whether it really is a revolutionary move. For Growth, Not Rights – Jude Howell At last […]

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    Response to Angus Deaton’s award of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Response to Angus Deaton’s award of the Nobel Prize in Economics

Faculty members in the Department of International Development respond to the news that Angus Deaton of Princeton University has been named the 2015 winner of the Nobel prize in economics. Elliott Green For the past two years I have used Angus Deaton’s latest book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality (Princeton University Press, 2013) as the […]

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    Immigration offers scope for boosting democracy – Elliott Green

Immigration offers scope for boosting democracy – Elliott Green

Elliott Green’s recent letter to the Financial Times highlights two overlooked benefits from the positive experiences of immigration.

October 02

Sir, Martin Wolf largely focuses on the benefits of immigration to host countries and merely notes that the benefits to would-be migrants are positive but “count for less” when deciding on immigration policy (Comment, September 30).

Yet there is clear evidence that […]

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    Elliott Green: South Africa’s De Klerk Boulevard and the historical legacy of political reformers

Elliott Green: South Africa’s De Klerk Boulevard and the historical legacy of political reformers

A decision to rename a road in Cape Town after former South African President FW De Klerk has opened up a great deal of controversy over how history views those who reform political systems from within.

Perhaps the biggest talking point in South Africa last week was the decision to rename Table Bay Boulevard in Cape Town after former President […]

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    Elliott Green on ‘Urbanization and Ethnicity in Botswana’

Elliott Green on ‘Urbanization and Ethnicity in Botswana’

Elliott Green, Associate Professor of Development Studies at the London School of Economics, is giving a talk on ‘Urbanization and Ethnicity in Botswana’ at the Institute for African Development at Cornell University where he is a Visiting Fellow.

Date: 5th February 2015, 2:30-4:00pm

Abstract: Despite the large attention given to ethnic fractionalization within the field of political economy, the sources of modern […]

Elliott Green talks about land reform in South Africa

Dr Elliott Green speaks to This is Africa about South Africa’s struggles with land reform.
“When governments decide to redistribute land, you do not know when it is going to stop. You become unsure and when you start getting that uncertainty, you start seeing capital flight which is a major concern for South Africa”
Read the article in full here.

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    Assessing the Israel – apartheid South Africa comparison, Part 2

Assessing the Israel – apartheid South Africa comparison, Part 2

In my previous post I discussed the similarities between apartheid South Africa and contemporary Israel/Palestine; here I discuss the relevance of the comparison as regards ending apartheid and the Israel/Palestine conflict. The apartheid system came to an end in part due to a very strong international mass movement that persuaded individuals, governments and corporations to boycott, disinvest and sanction the […]