News from the Department

Re-Thinking Development Over the Long Run

Professor Faguet explains why political economy research on Latin America is on the verge of a major breakthrough, based on deep collaborations between historians, political scientists, economists and scientists further afield, exploring the drivers of divergent development patterns over not decades, but centuries and even millennia.

Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why did some countries, like the UK and […]

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 […]

War and inequality

In this week’s The Economist (April 1st), a letter published  by Professor in Practice, Duncan Green, questions Walter Scheidel’s recent article (Apocalypse then: The lessons of violence and inequality through the ages) for the magazine that questions whether only catastrophe can truly reduce inequality.

Walter Scheidel is overly pessimistic in arguing that only catastrophic events really reduce inequality (“Apocalypse then”, March 4th). Using the […]

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    Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there?

Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there?

In her latest publication, Kathy Hochstetler, examines environmental policies and outcomes during three successive presidential administrations in Brazil, and questions whether the Brazilian presidential system helps shape the country’s environmental policy.

Does the Brazilian presidential system shape environmental policy there? The comparative literature on environmental policy offers few reasons to think that it might. Most explanations of variations in the […]

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    Reflections on LSE Refugee’s Week’s Panel Discussion: The UK’s Response

Reflections on LSE Refugee’s Week’s Panel Discussion: The UK’s Response

Earlier this year, students from LSE SU STAR and the UN Societies came together to organize LSE Refugee Week 2017 which ran from the 6th to the 9th of February. With funding from the LSE Annual Fund, the aim of the week was to ‘explore the ‘untold stories’ of Refugees and provide an innovative perspective, one that goes beyond […]

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    A prize winning essay: Why it matters to understand the informal economy

A prize winning essay: Why it matters to understand the informal economy

Max Gallien, PhD candidate in The Department of International Development, is the joint runner-up of this year’s Economic and Social Research Council writing competition. Max’s eloquently written piece makes a strong case for examining the informal economy through a fresh pair of eyes.

As I talk to him, Ahmed pulls his chair into his store to escape the hot Tunisian […]

Beyond Austerity and Stimulus with Professor Robert Ashford

Professor Robert Ashford, Distinguished Professor of Law at Syracuse University, tells us about his upcoming public talk in May at The London School of Economics, a new approach to making employment and growth more sustainable by broadening capital ownership, using the earnings of capital.

Thursday 4 May 2017, 6-7.30pm
Venue: 32L.G.03              Chair: Professor Robert Wade

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Palestine’s Horizon: Toward a Just Peace

Time: Monday 20 March, 12.30-2pm
Venue: NAB 1.04, The London School of Economics
Speaker: Professor Richard Falk
Discussants: Chris Doyle
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur for Palestine (2008-2014), has dedicated much of his life to the study of the Israel/Palestine conflict. His book Palestine’s Horizon explores the intricacies and interconnections of the history and politics of Israel/Palestine. After enduring years of […]

On a Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South

On Tuesday 28 February 2017, The Department of International Development hosted a book launch for Diego Sánchez-Ancochea’s new book, The Quest for Universal Social Policy in the South. The event was chaired by Ken Shadlen and the discussants on the night were Tasha Fairfield and Anthony Hall.

Last week, Diego Sánchez-Ancochea, Director of the Latin American Centre at Oxford University, […]

Being Bold for Change on International Women’s Day 2017

Today is International Women’s Day 2017, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, a call on the masses and the individuals to help forge a better working world that is more gender inclusive. To encourage people to think […]