Economics, Democracy, and the New World Order

Some of us wake up every morning to find ourselves living in a society where economic opportunity is unfairly distributed, where a narrow social elite is given everything while others endure harsh deprivation. If we live in such a society, every morning our soul yearns for a system better than that we’re in. We might live in a society where discrimination […]

Event: Haggard and Kaufman, “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule”

Political scientists Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman will present their research on “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule” this Monday, Sept. 29, from 15:00-17:00 in the Graham Wallace room. Stephan Haggard (UCSD) and Robert Kaufman (Rutgers): “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule”

September 26th, 2014|Events|0 Comments|

Iraq Falling Apart

Professor Jean Paul Faguet Professor of the Political Economy of Development Programme Director, Development Management The speed and violence with which armed insurgents have overrun Iraqi towns and military posts, massacring civilians and spreading fear through the region, has shocked the world. For some years now we in the West have hoped for the best, and preferred not to look […]

Can Subnational Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?

Faguet, J.P. 2013. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. doi: 10.1093/publius/pjt020 Bolivia is well known internationally for two things: President Evo Morales, the first indigenous president in its 188 year history, and its place at the base of the cocaine trade.  But in policy circles it is also well known for something less controversial but possibly more important – a radical, […]

February 18th, 2014|Publications|0 Comments|

Decentralizing the Bolivian Way

Jean-Paul Faguet
Reader in the Political Economy of Development, LSE

The following text is taken from the jobs and development blog at jobs The full article and video interview with Dr Faguet can be seen here.

Over the past 40 years, decentralization – that is, central governments devolving authority and resources to democratically elected sub-national governments – has been taking hold, to […]

Jean-Paul Faguet Wins the Political Science Association’s W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize

Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia has been awarded the W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize for the best book published in political science in 2012.  It was the unanimous choice of a distinguished jury, who said of the book:

“This book is an outstanding and exemplary piece of research that teaches us how properly devolving power and money […]

Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia

By Jean-Paul Faguet Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia (University of Michigan Press, 2012) Decentralization is everywhere around us and yet we cannot say what, if anything, it achieves.  Proponents argue that it will deepen democracy, improve public services, and make government more accountable.  These intuitions have prompted a massive policy response across the globe, with an […]

July 31st, 2013|Publications|0 Comments|

ID graduates reunite in Myanmar

Dr Tim Forsyth Reader in Environment and Development, LSE Where do ID graduates work after the LSE? Tom Berliner and Bart Roberston have chosen Myanmar. After years of political and economic isolation, Myanmar—previously called Burma—is opening to international investment. Before Myanmar, they took very different paths. Tom, a Londoner, took a first degree in History. He knew he wanted to work […]