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    Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria

Taxing Times: Taxation, divided societies and the informal economy in Northern Nigeria

Dr Kate Meagher summaries her recent article published in The Journal of Development Studies 54(1) for which she has been awarded the journal’s Dudley Seers Memorial Prize for the best article of 2018.

The article challenges the popular contention that taxing the informal economy is an effective means of enhancing political voice among informal actors and rebuilding the social contract between […]

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    Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Professor Ken Shadlen summaries a recent paper he, Elize Fonseca (FGV-Sao Paulo) and Francisco Bastos (FIOCRUZ) co-authored for the Journal of Latin American Studies, which looks at the role of public health professionals as agents of reform within the Ministry of Health in Brazil. 

Integrating the goals of improving health systems with initiatives to foster science and technological (S&T) development […]

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    Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

Smuggling and maintaining peace along North Africa’s borderlands

PhD candidate, Max Gallien, writes for The Washington Post about the role smuggling has played in maintaining the fragile peace along North Africa’s borderlands.

Last week, Moroccan police confiscated over 12 tons of cannabis in the border town of Nador. Last year, the seizure of over 700 kg of cocaine in Algeria triggered high-profile arrests and public outrage. As dramatic stories of drug trafficking […]

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    Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Naila Kabeer on why Randomised Controlled Trials need to include Human Agency

Professor Naila Kabeer summarises a recent article in which she reviews two sets of studies from West Bengal and Sindh, and finds that inattention to the question of human agency is one of the key limitations of Randomised Controlled Trials. 

You can list to Professor Kabeer’s interview with Duncan Green about the article here. 

There’s a buzz abroad in the development community […]

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    A new paper from IMF researchers puts industrial policy back in the limelight

A new paper from IMF researchers puts industrial policy back in the limelight

Development Studies alumnus and journalist, Scott Carpenter, summarises and shares his analysis of a new working paper from the IMF which suggests we need a closer look at the industrial policy of the “Asian Miracles”. 

For years, development economists have largely dismissed the most successful development stories of the last century — Korea, Taiwan, a handful of others — as outliers. These countries […]

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    Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Looking beyond Padman: A need to empower girls during menstruation and puberty

Ernestina Coast, Joe Strong and Samantha Lattof explain how weak evidence is prolonging the economic burden, shame, and gendered experience of menstruation in low- and middle-income countries by using India as an example.

“America has Superman, Batman, Spiderman… but India has Padman.”  So goes Pad Man, Bollywood’s internationally acclaimed (Netflix available) movie based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, an activist who fought to make sanitary […]

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    Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

In his recent short essay for the New England Journal of Medicine, Professor Ken Shadlen and co-authors examine three aspects of Brazili’s pioneering approach to the treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). 

Brazil has been a pioneer in AIDS treatment, expanding access to key drugs and care. It has served as a model for other developing countries, showing that prevention and […]

February 14th, 2019|Featured, Publications|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

Book Review: Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within by Shuja Nawaz

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Florian Weigand, finds over 600 pages on the history of the Pakistani army in the second edition of Shuja Nawaz’s book, Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within, which provides an important description of the backdrop of contemporary dynamics in the country.
Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within. Shuja Nawaz Oxford Pakistan Paperbacks. 2017

In the second edition […]

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    In Bolivia’s Footsteps: structural change and political disintegration in the West. Part 5/5: Evo vs Trump

In Bolivia’s Footsteps: structural change and political disintegration in the West. Part 5/5: Evo vs Trump

In the final blog post of this five-part series, Professor Jean-Paul Faguet applies the analysis of structural change to the contrasting cases of Evo vs Trump.   

Click here to hear Duncan Green’s interview with Jean Paul Faguet on what Bolivia tells us about rapid collapses of Political Party systems.
PART 5: Evo vs Trump
Lastly, what do the sweeping changes that have transformed Bolivia teach us […]

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    In Bolivia’s Footsteps: structural change and political disintegration in the West. Part 4/5: Four more lessons for the West

In Bolivia’s Footsteps: structural change and political disintegration in the West. Part 4/5: Four more lessons for the West

In the fourth blog post of this five-part series, Professor Jean-Paul Faguet uses Bolivia’s experience to derive four more lessons for the West.   

Click here to hear Duncan Green’s interview with Jean Paul Faguet on what Bolivia tells us about rapid collapses of Political Party systems.
PART 4: Four more lessons for the West
Fifth, any new politics of identity is bound to be far more […]