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Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Professor Jean-Paul Faguet

Professor of the Political Economy of Development Programme Co-Director, Development Management Department of International Development  

External Positions:                                

  • Suntory & Toyota International Centres for Economics & Related Disciplines (STICERD)
  • Government Department Faculty Affiliate
  • Initiative for Policy Dialogue (Columbia University)
  • Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA)
Decentralization and Popular Democracy

Visit Professor Faguet's website Governance From Below to find out about his books Is Decentralization Good for Development: Perspectives from Academics and Policymakers (Oxford), Decentralisation and Popular Democracy: Governance from below in Bolivia (Michigan), and his new project on historical institutions, inequality, and divergent development outcomes, as well as other work.

 

Biography

Professor Faguet works at the frontier between economics and politics, using quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the institutions and organizational forms that underpin rapid development. Specific fields include political economy, comparative politics, institutional economics, and development economics.

Professor Faguet’s current work examines historical institutions, inequality and long-term, divergent development outcomes in Colombia.  He is also interested in decentralization, federalism and local governance, the interactions between civil society and public sector effectiveness, and spatial patterns of politics and violence at the subnational level, especially in Latin America and South Asia. Longer-term interests include the application of institutional theory to development statics and dynamics, the death of foreign aid and the rise of "development clubs", the theory of 'social enterprise', and how to blend qualitative and quantitative methodologies for social science research.

Professor Faguet is the current Chair of the Decentralization Task Force, part of Joseph Stiglitz's Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. Before coming to the LSE he worked for the World Bank in La Paz, Bolivia on health, education, early childhood development and the environment. He trained in both political science and economics at Princeton, Harvard and the LSE, where his dissertation won the William Robson Memorial Prize.  His book Decentralization and Popular Democracy was awarded the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for best political science book of 2012.

Research interests and areas of supervision

  • Closed-to-open-access transitions
  • Empirical studies of ‘instrumental incoherence’ in institutional reform (not decentralization)
  • The social and organizational underpinnings of the Eastern European 'colour revolutions'
  • The political, economic and social determinants of civil violence
  • Is there 'social' enterprise?
  • Is there 'structural power'?
  • Endogenous institutional change

Public Panels and Conversations

Selected recent publications

Books and Special Journal Issues

  1. Faguet, J.P. and C. Pöschl (eds.). 2015. Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers.  Edited volume written with leading lights in the field, including Nobel laureates Roger Myerson and Joseph Stiglitz, ex-President Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and ex-Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  2. Faguet, J.P. (ed.). 2014. “Decentralization and Governance.”  Special Issue of World Development I guest edited. 53: 1-112.
  3. Khan, Q., J.P. Faguet, C. Gaukler and W. Mekasha. 2014. Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent: Lessons from Ethiopia. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
  4. Faguet, J.P.2012. Decentralization and Popular Democracy: Governance from Below in Bolivia. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
    • Awarded the Political Studies Association’s W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for best book published in 2012.
  5. Zuazo, M., J.P. Faguet, and G. Bonifaz (eds.). 2012. Descentralización y democratización en Bolivia: La historia del Estado débil, la sociedad rebelde y el anhelo de democracia.  La Paz: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Journal Articles

  1. Channa, A. and J.P. Faguet. 2016. “Decentralization of Health and Education in Developing Countries: A Quality-Adjusted Review of the Empirical Literature.” World Bank Research Observer. doi: 10.1093/wbro/lkw001
  2. Faguet, J.P. Forthcoming. “Transformation from Below in Bangladesh: Decentralization, Local Governance, and Systemic Change.” Modern Asian Studies.
  3. Channa, A. and J.P. Faguet. Forthcoming 2016. “Decentralization of Health and Education in Developing Countries: A Quality-Adjusted Review of the Empirical Literature.” World Bank Research Observer.
  4. Faguet, J.P., A. Fox and C. Pöschl. 2015. “Decentralizing for a Deeper, More Supple Democracy.” Journal of Democracy, 26 (4): 60-74.
  5. Faguet, J.P. 2014. “Decentralization and Governance.”  Lead paper of a special issue on Decentralization and Governance. World Development, 53: 2-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.01.002
  6. Faguet, J.P. 2014. “Can Sub-National Autonomy Strengthen Democracy in Bolivia?” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 44(1): 51-81; doi: 10.1093/publius/pjt020.
  7. Faguet, J.P. and F. Sánchez. 2014. “Decentralization and Access to Social Services in Colombia.” Public Choice, 160(1-2): 227-249. Winner of the Corporación Andina de Fomento International Research Paper Prize. DOI 10.1007/s11127-013-0077-7.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  1. Faguet, J.P. and C. Pöschl. 2015. “Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers.”  Chapter 1 in J.P. Faguet and C. Pöschl (eds.). Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers. Oxford: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4634.0965
  2. Sánchez de Lozada, G. and J.P. Faguet. 2015. “Why I decentralized Bolivia.” Chapter 2 in J.P. Faguet and C. Pöschl (eds.). Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Faguet, J.P., A. Fox and C. Pöschl. 2015. “Does Decentralization Strengthen or Weaken the State? Authority and social learning in a supple state.”  Chapter 6 in J.P. Faguet and C. Pöschl (eds.). Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Zuazo, M., J.P. Faguet, and G. Bonifaz. 2012. “Introducción General.” Chapter 1 in Zuazo, M., J.P. Faguet, and G. Bonifaz (eds.). 2012. Descentralización y democratización en Bolivia: La historia del Estado débil, la sociedad rebelde y el anhelo de democracia. La Paz: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

Work In Progress

  1. Khan, Q., J.P. Faguet, and A. Ambel. “Blending Top-Down Federalism with Bottom-Up Engagement to Reduce Inequality in Ethiopia.” World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7511.
  2. Faguet, J.P. 2015. “Transformation from Below in Bolivia and Bangladesh: Decentralization, Local Governance, and Systemic Change.” LSE ID Working Paper no. 15-169.
  3. Faguet, J.P., F. Sánchez and J. Villaveces. “The Paradox of Land Reform, Inequality and Local Development in Colombia.”
  4. Shami, M. and J.P. Faguet. “Instrumental Incoherence in Institutional Reform: Decentralization as a Structural Solution to Political Exigency.” LSE ID Working Paper no. 15-170.
  5. Channa, A. and J.P. Faguet. “Decentralization of Health and Education in Developing Countries: A Quality-Adjusted Review of the Empirical Literature.”  LSE/STICERD Working Paper No. EOPP 38.
  6. Faguet, J.P. “The Local Roots of Political Collapse: When Bolivia's Parts Swallowed the Whole.”
  7. Faguet, J.P. 2013. “Federalism and Industrial Policy: Competing Away Government Failure?” Conference paper, Making Growth Happen: Implementing Policies for Competitive Industries, World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  8. Khan, Q., J.P. Faguet, C. Gaukler, and W. Mekasha. “Decentralization’s effects on education, health and agriculture outcomes, and on distribution: Evidence from Ethiopia.” Conference paper for the first Annual Bank Conference on Africa, Paris, June 2014.

Other

  1. Faguet, J.P. 2016. “Comentario.” Chapter 4 in I. Finot. Democratizar el Estado: Una propuesta de democratización para Bolivia. La Paz: Plural Editores.
  2. Faguet, J.P. 2016. “Low Decision Space Means No Decentralization in Fiji.” Comment on ‘Decentralisation of Health Services in Fiji: A Decision Space Analysis’ by Jalal Mohammed, Nicola North, and Toni Ashton. International Journal of Health Policy and Management (IJHPM).

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