I heard econ rock star Thomas Piketty speak for the first time last week – hugely enjoyable. The occasion was the annual conference of the LSE’s new International Inequalities Institute, with Piketty headlining. He was brilliant: original and funny, riffing off traditional France v Britain tensions, and reeling off memorable one liners: ‘meritocracy is a myth invented by winners’; […]
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 […]
Whether they study on one of our MSc programmes or undertake a PhD, after graduation our students disperse across the world to undertake a seemingly endless range of occupations, and apply what they’ve learnt in their time with us. Many go on to work for governments or NGOs, others for international aid agencies or as advisers in the private sector. […]
Professor of International Development Jude Howell talks about her recent research into governance in China in this post written for the LSE International Development blog, based on her article on the same subject published in Journal of Social Policy in January.
In 2016 the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will have been in power for almost 70 years. While the former Soviet […]
After graduating from the MSc Development Studies programme in December International Development alumna Bharthi Keshwara has gone on to a role as Economist at the Centre for Policy Studies. In this article she provides us with an overview of the work she’s been doing on Brexit and Britain’s relationship with emerging economies.
The share of UK exports destined for the EU […]
For three decades now many of the world’s most insightful observers have predicted imminent demise to China’s system. But these same three decades have also seen China confound expectations. China’s economy turned in double-digit growth rates. China lifted 600mn people out of poverty. While 35 years ago China’s per capita income was only US$300 (just 2 per cent that […]
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 […]
In the second of our three-part series, academics from the Department of International Development consider the consequences for China’s economic growth and productivity following the formal repeal of the one-child policy. Maintaining rapid growth requires people – Shamel Azmeh The change in China’s “one child policy” is highly interesting from the perspective of China’s economic transformation and its position in […]
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 […]
The Magna Carta exhibit in Beijing was suddenly moved from Renmin University to the British Ambassador’s residence, where few will get to see it. On yesterday’s BBC Newshour, Dr Mayling Birney spoke with James Coomarasamy about why Chinese leaders and Renmin University are so wary of the Magna Carta. JC: The Magna Carta is on a world tour this year […]