The most recent publications from the department are listed below. Details of older publications are available via the archive pages (left menu) or our staff profile pages.
"And Then He Switched off the Phone": Mobile Phones, Participation and Political Accountability in South Sudan's Western Equatoria State
Mareike Schomerus, Anouk Rigterink
Mareike Schomerus and Anouk Rigterink have investigated the impact of mobile phones in situations of political unrest or conflict. They propose a link between access to better communication structures and government accountability. Thus, mobile phones could play a positive role in building more accountable governments. They have written a précis of their research for the International Development blog.
The Politics, Practice and Paradox of "Ethnic Security" in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic has written on ‘The Politics, Practice and Paradox of ‘Ethnic Security’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina’. Her paper contests that international intervention in the state was intended to support conflict resolution but instead it has contributed to an ‘ethnification’ of security which remains at the forefront of political discourse and practice.
Human Development and Decent Work: Why some Concepts Succeed and Others Fail to Make an Impact
In this article, Kirsten Sehnbruch and others examine the impact of the International Labour Organization's concept of Decent Work on development thinking. They contend that the United Nation Development Programme's Human Development concept has been one of the most successful development concepts ever to have been launched, while the impact of decent work by comparison has been limited.
Subterranean Politics in Europe
Kaldor, Mary, and Sabine Selchow (eds),
Palgrave Macmillan (2015).
The demonstrations, occupations, and new political initiatives that emerged across Europe in 2011 and 2012 were a rare example of subterranean politics 'bubbling up' to the surface. Assumptions about how politics is carried out are changing, giving rise to serious challenges and obvious discomfort across established institutions.
Based on a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research project carried out across Europe, this volume investigates why this is occurring now, whether the current eruptions are different to previous periods of political upheaval, and what they tell us about the future of the European project.
Find out more about the volume here >>
Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America
Cambridge University Press (2015).
Tasha Fairfield's latest book, Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics, will be published by Cambridge University Press in February 2015. The book develops a theoretical framework that refines and integrates the classic concepts of business' instrumental (political) power and structural (investment) power to explain the scope and fate of tax initiatives targeting economic elites in Latin America after economic liberalization. Read more >>
An article co-authored with Michel Jorratt (Director of the Chilean tax agency) is also forthcoming in The Review of Income and Wealth journal. Their data has been cited by Thomas Piketty on a high-profile trip to Chile following the country's major tax reform last year. You can see more in this Spanish article from the Chilean newspaper, Diario Financiero.
Contested Politics of Educational Reform in India
Oxford University Press (2015).
Manisha Priyam, who completed her PhD at LSE in 2012, will publish her first monograph through Oxford University Press in 2015. Based on her doctoral thesis, which can be found here, the book is titled Contested Politics of Educational Reform in India: Aligning Opportunities with Interests. You can also see a précis of Manisha's research on 'India at LSE'. Read more >>
Shall we dance? Welfarist Incorporation and the Politics of State-Labour NGO Relations in China
The China Quarterly, 221 (2015).
State-labour NGO relations in China have been particularly fraught. In 2012 these took an interesting twist, as some local governments made overtures to labour NGOs to co-operate in providing services to migrant workers. This article argues that this shift is part of a broader strategy of 'welfarist incorporation' to redraw the social contract between state and labour. There are two key elements to this: first, a relaxation of the registration regulations for social organisations; second, governmental purchasing of services from social organisations. These overtures have both a state and market logic to maintain social control and stabilise relations of production. Read the full article here >>
Elinor Ostrom's Legacy: Governing the Commons and the Rational Choice Controversy
LSE International Development Blog (2014).
Elinor Ostrom had a profound impact on development studies through her work on public choice, institutionalism and the commons. In 2009, she became the first - and so far, only - woman to win a Nobel Prize for Economics (a prize shared with Oliver Williamson). The purpose of this article is to identify and discuss Elinor Ostrom's legacy in international development. Read the full article here >>
Improving Basic Services for the Bottom Forty Percent
Khan, Qaiser, Jean-Paul Faguet, Christopher Gaukler, and Wendmsyamregne Mekasha,
World Bank Group (2014).
This World Bank study examines why "Ethiopia’s model for delivering basic services appears to be succeeding and [confirms] that services improve when service providers are more accountable to citizens." Read the study on Issuu >>
Historical Origins of Uneven Service Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Role of Non-State Providers
The Journal of Development Studies, 50.12 (2014).
Variations in non-state service provision are a relatively understudied dimension of wellbeing inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. This study from Madagascar documents long-term associations between nineteenth-century missionary education and the availability of private schools today. The article exploits an original data set with unusually detailed information on missionary education and contemporary local private school supply. The results indicate high levels of persistence in non-state schooling at the geographic level. The long tradition of faith-based education appears to contribute to religious differences that overlap only imperfectly with more widely studied ethnic divides.
The Handbook of Global Security Policy
Kaldor, Mary, and Iavor Rangelov (eds),
Security policy has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. It can no longer be thought of in terms of securing one country against the military attack of another. Security is now a global concept that crosses traditional state boundaries and faces risks of many shapes and sizes. In her book, Mary Kaldor brings together 28 state-of-the-art essays covering the essential aspects of global security research and practice for the 21st century. Edited by two of the field’s leading scholars, this volume embraces a broad new definition of security, and examines the risks and challenges posed by new forms of violence and insecurity.
'Information Tools for Improving Accountability in Primary Health Care', by Sharin Madon, in Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?
Gigler, Björn-Sören, and Savita Bailur (eds),
World Bank Group (2014).
The rapid spread of new technologies is transforming the daily lives of millions of poor people around the world and has the potential to be a real game changer for development. The new World Bank report, 'Closing the Feedback Loop: Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?' presents a theoretical framework about the linkages between new technologies, participation, empowerment, and the improvement of poor people's human well-being based on Amartya Sen's capability approach.
The book provides rich case studies about the different factors that influence whether or not information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled citizen engagement programs can improve the delivery and quality of public services to poor communities, including Dr Shirin Madon's case study on the factors and process of using new technologies to enhance the delivery of primary health services to pregnant women in Karnataka, India. Read the report >>
The securitisation of NGOs post-9/11
Conflict, Security & Development, 14.2 (2014).
In this article, Jude Howell argues that the securitisation of an issue can involve not only negative, exclusionary and repressive extraordinary measures, but also more positive, inclusionary and productive strategies of engagement. It also argues that such bifurcated strategies of security can evoke a spectrum of responses that sets limits on the process of securitisation. It examines these two arguments through the lens of the securitisation of development NGOs post-9/11.
Asian firms and the restructuring of global value chains
International Business Review, 23.4 (2014).
Asian trans-national garment manufacturers are transforming the structure of global value chains in the apparel industry. In this paper for International Business Review, Shamel Azmeh argues that such transnational Asian firms can play a pivotal and strategic role in shaping the geography and organisational restructuring of the global value chain. Drawing on secondary sources and primary research, the report illustrates how such firms manage complex international production linkages and ensure the incorporation of Jordan into the global garment industry.
Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics
Cambridge University Press (2014).
In sub-Saharan Africa, property relationships around land and access to natural resources vary across localities, districts, and farming regions. These differences produce patterned variations in relationships between individuals, communities, and the state. In this book, Catherine Boone captures these patterns in an analysis of structure and variation in rural land tenure regimes and analyses how property institutions shape dynamics of great interest to scholars of politics.
Public concerns about transboundary haze: A comparison of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia
Global Environmental Change, 25 (2014).
Public concerns about environmental problems create narrative structures that influence policy by allocating roles of blame, responsibility, and appropriate behavior. In this paper, Tim Forsyth presents an analysis of public concerns about transboundary haze resulting from forest fires in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia for crises experienced in 1997, 2005 and 2013.
Political Trade Dependence and North–South Trade Agreements
Shadlen, Ken, and Mark S. Manger,
International Studies Quarterly, 58 (2014).
Why do developing countries negotiate North–South trade agreements when they already enjoy preferential market access to developed-country markets? Most developing countries benefit from the generalised system of preferences (GSP) and related schemes when they export to the United States, the EU, and other developed economies. And yet, many pursue fully reciprocal agreements that require major concessions to the developed partner. In this article, Ken Shadlen argues that this is due to the nature of the GSP as a unilateral concession that can be (and often is) taken away, and high dependence on unilateral, removable preferences generates “political trade dependence”.