Governance

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    From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

From Poverty to Power: 5 trends that explain why civil society space is under assault around the world

Originally posted on From Poverty to Poverty, by Duncan Green. In the 1980s and 90s, civil society, and civil society organizations (CSOs) came to be seen as key players in development; aid donors and INGOs like Oxfam increasingly sought them out as partners. So the current global crackdown on ‘civil society space’ is particularly worrying – a major pillar of […]

  • Flag on the Wall, Israel. Photo Credit: Jack Zallum, via Flickr [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiban/7771323676/] License: CC BY-NC 2.0
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    Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

This personal reflection on the economic occupation of the West Bank was originally written by Robert Wade in December 2013. An abridged version later appeared as ‘Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale’ in the London Review of Books. Israel is one of the great success stories of economic development. If it can be classed as “non-western”, it joins a very […]

  • Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International (Photo Credit: Oxfam)
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    Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

The Department is delighted to announce that it will host three public lectures by African nationals as part of its autumn events programme. More details are available below. Is Africa Rising? On October 12, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda. She will discuss the true nature of […]

July 28th, 2015|Events, Featured|0 Comments|

Momentous times for democracy in Europe – Mary Kaldor

Below is Mary Kaldor’s speech at the 2015 IBEI graduation ceremony on 22 June 2015, as published this week in openDemocracy. We are living through momentous times when both ideas – democracy and Europe – are at stake. I want to argue that the future of Europe and the future of democracy are inextricably linked and that this matters not […]

ID Professors speak out on Greek exit

James Putzel and Robert Wade have both voiced opinion in the Financial Times about the Greek exit (or Grexit) from the Euro, accusing the troika (EC-ECB-IMF) of forcing out far-left factions by stealth in favour of compliant governments. Tuesday 16th June Sir, Everyone knows Greece will never be able to pay its debts, so a debt writedown ought to be […]

Subterranean Politics in Europe after the Greek Elections

Watch Professor Mary Kaldor discuss activism, Europe and the aftermath of the Greek elections with Ludovica Rogers and Hara Kouki. The conversation was organised by LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit in collaboration with Euro Crisis in the Press and with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Europe (OSIFE).

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    Joseph Hanlon: Elections losers often cry fraud. Can we use data to check?

Joseph Hanlon: Elections losers often cry fraud. Can we use data to check?

Our new open-access website contains detailed results of all Mozambique elections since 1999 – right down to local level in most cases. This promises to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in issues of fraud and democracy, explains visiting Senior Fellow, Joseph Hanlon. In the 1941 film Citizen Kane, newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane is standing for governor. Between […]

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 […]

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    Student Experience: Sebastian Sahla, MSc Development Management 2011/12

Student Experience: Sebastian Sahla, MSc Development Management 2011/12

During my Masters I spent one day a week as an intern with Global Witness – an NGO which campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption around the world. The internship was my first opportunity to apply some of the theoretical knowledge I was acquiring during my degree in a professional context. Particularly the focus on the links between natural […]

A Special Issue of World Development, 2014

Decentralization and Governance Can decentralization improve a country’s quality of governance? If decentralization achieves anything, it should be to alter the type and quality of relations amongst countries’ different levels of government. That is, it should change governance, with possible effects on the efficiency of public services and the responsiveness of the state to its citizens. But change for the […]