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Challenging the wisdom of ‘more globalisation’

Professor Robert Wade responds to the recent article for the Financial Times by the chief economic adviser to the Government of India, Arvind Subramanian’s, in which he claims the golden age of globalisation is now behind us…  

 

26 April 2018 

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Arvind Subramanian is correct that today’s workers in developing countries face a tougher market for converging in living conditions with counterparts in developed countries than did those […]

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    Politics and the cross-continental swim, Asia to Europe, at Istanbul: dangerous currents in both

Politics and the cross-continental swim, Asia to Europe, at Istanbul: dangerous currents in both

Professor Robert Wade travelled to Istanbul in late July 2017 to take part in the annual cross-continental 6.5 km swim “race” along the Bosphorus. Here he describes his experience as a participant in the race, as well as his time in a country that is going through great political change. 

I am hardly a long-distance swimmer, but I have been […]

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The Future of Developmental States

Dr Geoffrey Swenson, LSE Fellow in the Department of International Development, writes on the 2016 Development Dialogue featuring Professor Robert Wade and Professor Thandika Mkandawire.

This year’s Development Dialogue addressed an important issue in international development: ‘The Future of Developmental States’. As originally conceived, the ‘developmental state’ described state-led macroeconomic planning in certain Asian states following World War II. Developmental […]

Empire spawned a new economic paradigm

Yesterday (03/04/17), Professor Robert Wade had a letter published in the Financial Times in which he responds to a letter from Professor Nicholas Boyle entitled: ‘British’ need help to come to terms with their past.

Sir,  Professor Nicholas Boyle (Letters,  March 30) describes some of the neglected effects on Britain of acquiring and running a global empire for over 200 years. We should […]

Reflections on Cumberland Lodge, January 2017

On Friday 27th January a group of fourty MSc Development Studies students hopped on a bus to Cumberland Lodge in Windsor. The weekend long trip served as an opportunity for the students to escape London and attend a number of seminars and group activities in the beautiful setting of a 17th Century, Grade II listed country house. Mira Cole-Wijaya and Lavneeta […]

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    Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer – Professor Robert Wade

Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer – Professor Robert Wade

Last Friday (03/06/16) Professor Robert Wade had a letter published in the Financial Times in which he responds to an article from the 31 May “A misplaced mea culpa for neoliberalism”

“Any evidence of IMF rethink is cause for cheer”,  letter, Financial Times,  3 June 2016
From Prof. Robert H. Wade

Sir,    Your editorial criticising the International Monetary Fund for publishing an article […]

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    Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

Neoliberalism and Industrial Policy in Georgia – Professor Robert Wade

In April Professor Robert Wade visited Tbilisi in Georgia. While there he attended a conference on Industrial Development Strategy. In this post he explains how this has impacted Georgia in the last 25 years since the break up of the Soviet Union.

I visited Georgia for the first time in late April, at the invitation of Tato Khundadze at the […]

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    Africa’s Turn to Industrialize? Shifting Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy and African Development

Africa’s Turn to Industrialize? Shifting Global Value Chains, Industrial Policy and African Development

On 3 May the department of International Development held a one day conference on Industrialisation in Africa. LSE Fellow Pritish Behuria reviews the day’s events.
After decades on the sidelines, industrial policy is now fashionable again. In the 1970s and 1980s, neoclassical economists including Anne Krueger launched an attack on the state, which forced the marginalization of discussions of industrial policy. In […]

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    At the Intersection of Digital Economy and Industrial Policy in Africa

At the Intersection of Digital Economy and Industrial Policy in Africa

To coincide with the upcoming day-long workshop on Industrialization in Africa on 3 May 2016,  Laura Mann, from LSE’s International Development department offers her visions of what a more strategic approach to digital innovation might look like in African economies.
With the publication of UNECA’s excellent new report on Transformative Industrial Policy for Africa and with the release of some new […]

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    ‘Scale-ups’ are the true engines of growth – Professor Robert Wade

‘Scale-ups’ are the true engines of growth – Professor Robert Wade

An interesting read from last Tuesday’s Financial Times (12 April). Professor of Political Economy and Development Robert Wade replies to Philip Stephens’ article on free trade entitled “US politics is closing the door on free trade” where he argues “Without America, momentum will be lost. The danger will be of a slide into outright protectionism”. 

‘Scale-ups’ are the true engines […]