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20th Anniversary Conference Summary & Resources

In September, 2011 the LSE Department of International Development hosted a special conference to celebrate twenty years of world class research and teaching in the field of development studies. Over 200 scholars, practitioners and alumni converged to discuss the challenges generated by the political, economic and environmental crises that threaten the viability of the 'Post-Washington' agenda, which has dominated recent development policy and practice. On this page you will find a collection of resources that emerged from the plenary sessions and academic workshops, including podcasts research papers and presentations.

“Law and Disorder: Revolutionary Politics and the Dynamics of the Patronage Marketplace”

Alastair Berkley Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Alex de Waal

Podcast ABM lecture: MP3 file

Introduction: Development Studies at the LSE

In this introductory plenary, LSE professors Stuart Corbridge, Tim Dyson and Lord Meghnad Desai offered reflections on the history of development studies at the LSE.

Political Order, Uneven Development and Democratisation

Professor Peter Evans (UC Berkeley) and Professor Jennifer Widner (Princeton) discuss developmental states and escaping governance traps.

Podcast Introduction: MP3 file

Responding to Environmental Crisis

Dr. Alain Lipietz (Former Green MEP and Research Fellow, CEPREMAP Paris) and Dr. Simon Maxwell (ODI & Chair, Climate and Development Knowledge Network) discuss making environmental issues electable and the challenge of climate compatible development.

Podcast: MP3 file

Responding to the Economic Crisis

In this plenary Dr. Justin Lin (Chief Economist of the World Bank) outlined his recent work on “New Structural Economics”. His presentation was followed by comments and critiques from Professor Michael Lipton (Sussex University) and Professor Robert Wade (LSE).

Unfortunately, due to a technical error, the session was not recorded. However, below you will find a link to the paper Dr. Lin’s presentation was based on and a transcript of Professor Lipton’s response to it.


“New Structural Economics: A Framework for Rethinking Development” by Justin Yifu Lin [Link]

“Commentary on Justin Yifu Lin, 'A Framework for Rethinking Development'” [Link to Lipton – Comments on Lin’ PDF]

Crisis States and Democratic Possibilities

In this plenary Professor Neera Chandhoke (University of Delhi) discussed “Negotiating Contested Secessions” and Professor Francisco Gutierrez (IEPRI, Universidad Nacional de Colombia) presented his paper “Cunning or genuine weakness? The paramilitary and the Colombian State (1982-2002)”.

Unfortunately, due to a technical error, the session was not recorded. We hope to provide links to the papers these presentations were based on soon.


"Cities, Conflict and State Fragility" By Dr. Jo Beall (LSE), Dr. Dennis Rodgers (University of Manchester) and Tom Goodfellow (LSE) [Link]

“Labour Contractors, Global Production Networks and CSR: Becoming and Being a Labour Contractor in the South Indian Garment Industry” By Dr. Geert De Neve, University of Sussex [PDF]

"Taxation, Resource Mobilisation and State Performance" Dr. Jonathan Di John, SOAS [Link]

“The ‘Enterprising Self’ at the Bottom of the Pyramid: Avon Cosmetic’s Repurposing of South Africa’s ‘Informal’ Workers” By Catherine Dolan, University of Oxford [PDF]

"Double-edged Swords: Armies, elite bargaining and state-building" By Dr. Antonio Giustozzi [Link]

"Patterns of Resource Mobilisation and the Underlying Elite Bargain: drivers of state stability or state fragility" By Dr. Gabi Hesselbein [Link]

“Global economic recession: effects and implications for South Africa at a time of political challenges” By Vishnu Padayachee, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal [PDF]

“Managing Contested Democratic Transitions” By Francine Pickup, UNDP [PDF]