Working Papers

Contributions to the International Development Working Paper series have been made by members of staff of the Development Studies Institute, research students and MSc Dissertation Prize winners.

Selected working papers

View some of our most popular working papers:

  • WP71(PDF) Basel II and Development Countries: Understanding the Implications Robert Bailey (2005)
  • WP70(PDF) The World Bank & Rule of Law Reforms Gordon Barron (2005)
  • WP68(PDF) Innovative Approaches to Municipal Infrastructure Financing: A case study on Tamil Nadu, India Pritha Venkatachalam (2005)
  • WP48 (PDF) The Good Governance Agenda: Who Wins and Who Loses. Some Empirical Evidence for 2001 Julie Aubut (2004)
  • WP43 (PDF) The Anti-Politics Machine Revisited: The Accommodation of Power and the Depoliticization of Development and Relief in Rural India Joseph Tordella   (2003)
  • WP36(PDF) "We live in a State of Siege": Violence, Crime, and Gangs in Post-Conflict Urban Nicaragua Dr Dennis Rodgers (2002)
  • WP33(PDF) Globalization, Poverty and Income Distribution: Does the Liberal Argument Hold? Professor Robert Hunter Wade (2002)
  • WP27(PDF) Globalisation and Social Exclusion in Cities: Framing the Debate with Lessons from Africa and Asia Dr Jo Beall (2002)
  • WP20 (PDF) A New Apartheid? Urban spatiality, (fear of) crime, and segregation in Cape Town, South Africa Charlotte Spinks (2001)

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  • WP167 (PDF)  Treaty Shopping in International Investment Arbitration: how often has it occurred and how has it been perceived by tribunals Eunjung Lee


  • WP159 (PDF) Reframing African Political Economy: Clientelism, Rents and Accumulation as Drivers of Capitalist Transformation Hazel Gray and Lindsay Whitfield
  • WP158 (PDF) Refining Oil - A Way Out of the Resource Curse? Simon Baur
  • WP157 (PDF) The Rise of ‘Murky Protectionism’: Changing Patterns of Trade-Related Industrial Policies in Developing Countries: A case study of Indonesia Nicholas Intscher 
  • WP156 (PDF) Why Settle for Less? An Analysis of Settlement in WTO Disputes Jillian Feirson
  • WP155 (PDF) Corporate Social Responsibility in Mining: The effects of external pressures and corporate leadership Leah Henderson
  • WP151 (PDF) Estimating incumbency advantages in African politics: Regression discontinuity evidence from Zambian parliamentary and local government elections Bobbie Macdonald


  • WP150 (PDF) Negotiating Protection under overlapping Free Trade Agreements Antonio Postigo
  • WP149 (PDF) Creation and Shifting of Rents within Bilateral Free Trade Agreement Blocs Antonio Postigo
  • WP148 (PDF) Explaining Utilization of Free Trade Agreements by Sectoral Interests and Binding of Unilateral Concessions Antonio Postigo
  • WP147 (PDF) Formulation of East Asian Free Trade Agreements: Top-down, bottom-up and across Borders Antonio Postigo
  • WP146 (PDF) The Political Economy of Slums: Theory and Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa Sean Fox
  • WP145 (PDF) Is History Repeating Itself? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Representation of Women in Climate Change Campaigns Catherine Flanagan 
  • WP144 (PDF) Disentangling the fall of a 'Dominant-Hegemonic Party Rule'. The case of Paraguay and its transition to a competitive electoral democracy Dominica Zavala Zubizarreta
  • WP143 (PDF) Enabling Productive Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries: Critical issues in policy design Noor Iqbal
  • WP142 (PDF) Beyond 'fear of death': Strategies of coping with violence and insecurity - A case study of villages in Afghanistan Angela Jorns
  • WP141 (PDF) What accounts for opposition party strength? Exploring party-society linkages in Zambia and Ghana Anna Katharina Wolkenhauer
  • WP140 (PDF) Between Fear and Compassion: How Refugee Concerns Shape Responses to Humanitarian Emergencies - The case of Germany and Kosovo Sebastian Sahla
  • WP139 (PDF) Worlds Apart? Health-seeking behaviour and strategic healthcare planning in Sierra Leone Thea Tomison
  • WP138 (PDF) War by Other Means? An Analysis of the Contested Terrain of Transitional Justice Under the 'Victor's Peace' in Sri Lanka Richard Gowing
  • WP137 (PDF) Social Welfare Policy - a Panacea for Peace? A Political Economy Analysis of the Role of Social Welfare Policy in Nepal's Conflict and Peace-building Process Annie Julia Raavad
  • WP136 (PDF) Women and the Soft Sell: The Importance of Gender in Health Product Purchasing Decisions Adam Alagiah
  • WP135 (PDF) Human vs. State Security: How can Security Sector Reforms contribute to State-Building? The case of the Afghan Police Reform Florian Weigand
  • WP134 (PDF) Evaluating the Impact of Decentralisation on Educational Outcomes: The Peruvian Case Siegrid Holler-Neyra
  • WP133 (PDF) Democracy and Public Good Provision: A Study of Spending Patterns in Health and Rural Development in Selected Indian States Sreelakshmi Ramachandran
  • WP132 (PDF) Intellectual Property Rights and Technology Transfer to Developing Countries: a Reassessment of the Current Debate Marco Valenza
  • WP131 (PDF) Traditional or Transformational Development? A critical assessment of the potential contribution of resilience to water services in post-conflict Sub-Saharan Africa Christopher Martin


  • WP130 (PDF) Social Welfare, Health and Pharmaceutical Industry: preliminary notes for a comparative analysis between England, Brazil and Argentina Ignacio Godinho Delgado
  • WP128 (PDF) The demographic dividend in India: Gift or curse? A State level analysis on differeing age structure and its implications for India's economic growth prospects Vasundhra Thakur
  • WP127 (PDF) When Passion Dries Out, Reason Takes Control: A Temporal Study of Rebels' Motivation in Fighting Civil Wars Thomas Tranekaer
  • WP126 (PDF) Micro-credit - More Lifebuoy than Ladder? Understanding the role of micro-credit in coping with risk in the context of the Andhra pradesh Crisis Anita Kumar
  • WP124 (PDF) Welfare Policies in Latin America: the transformation of workers into poor people Anna Popova
  • WP123 (PDF) How Wide a Net? Targeting Volume and Composition in Capital Inflow Controls Lucas Issacharoff


  • WP122 (PDF) Explaining African Ethnic Diversity Elliott Green


  • WP121 (PDF) Crossing the "Great Divide": Does it produce positive state-society synergy? Manoj Srivastava
  • WP120 (PDF) Could the poor demand and control their own schools? Manoj Srivastava
  • WP119 (PDF) Do the poor effectively utilise a "Rights-Based Programme" with the support of multi-layered decentralisation? Manoj Srivastava
  • WP118 (PDF) Transferring resources and Powers to the village Panchayats: Does it improve governance and development outcomes? Manoj Srivastava
  • WP117 (PDF) Shadow Education: Quantitative and Qualitative analysis of the impact of the educational reform (implementation of centralized standardised testing) Nataliya Borodchuk
  • WP115 (PDF) Can School Decentralization Improve Learning? Autonomy, participation and student achievement in rural Pakistan Anila Channa
  • WP114 (PDF) Good Estimation or Good Luck? Growth Accelerations revisited Guo Xu
  • WP113 (PDF) Furthering Financial Literacy: Experimental evidence from a financial literacy program for Microfinance Clients in Bhopal, India Anna Custers
  • WP112 (PDF) Consumption, Development and the Private Sector: A critical analysis of base of the pyramid (BoP) ventures David Jackman
  • WP111 (PDF) The Political Demography of Conflict in Modern Africa Elliott Green
  • WP106 (PDF) Reading Tea Leaves: The Impacy of Mainstreaming Fair Trade Lindsey Bornhofft Moore
  • WP104 (PDF) Institutions Collide: A Study of "Caste-Based" Collective Criminality and Female Infanticide in India, 1789-1871 Maria Brun
  • WP102 (PDF) Democratic Pragmatism or Green Radicalism? A critical review of the relationship between Free, Prior and Informed Consent and Policymaking for Mining Abbi Buxton
  • WP100 (PDF) Market-Led Agrarian Reform: A Beneficiary perspective of Cédula da Terra Veronika Penciakova


  • WP99 (PDF) The future of Development Management: Examining possibilities and potential Nilima Gulrajani
  • WP98 (PDF) No Business like Slum Business? The Political Economy of the Continued Existence of Slums: A case study of Nairobi Florence Dafe
  • WP97 (PDF) Power and Choice in International Trade: How power imbalances constrain the South's choices on free trade agreements, with a case study of Uruguay Lily Ryan-Collins
  • WP96 (PDF) Health Worker Motivation and the Role of Performance Based Finance Systems Africa: A Qualitative Study on Health Worker Motivation and the Rwandan Performance Based finance initiative in District Hospitals Friederike Paul
  • WP95 (PDF) Crisis in the Countryside: Farmer Suicides and The Political Economy of Agrarian Distress in India Bala Posani
  • WP94 (PDF) From Rebels to Politicians. Explaining Rebel-to Party Transformations after Civil War: The case of Nepal  Dominik Klapdor
  • WP92 (PDF) Guarding the State or Protecting the Economy? The Economic factors of Pakistan's Military coups  Amina Ibrahim
  • WP91 (PDF) Man is the remedy of man: Constructions of Masculinity and Health-Related Behaviours among Young men in Dakar, Senegal  Sarah Helen Mathewson


  • WP90 (PDF) Resolving the Theoretical Ambiguities of Social Exclusion with reference to Polarisation and Conflict Andrew Martin Fischer
  • WP89 (PDF) Political Institutions, size of government and redistribution: an empirical investigation Martina Tonizzo
  • WP88 (PDF) Managing Conspiracy Theories in Public Health: Ensuring that Voice does not lead to Exit Clara Rubincam
  • WP87 (PDF) Explaining Pareto-Inefficient International Cooperation Using Argentina's Bilateral Investment Treaties Laura Collinson
  • WP86 (PDF) Will 'devolution' improve the accountability and responsiveness of social service delivery in Balochistan, Pakistan? A Political economy perspective Mark Rolls
  • WP85 (PDF) Opening the Gates to the Formal and Legal City: Formal access to land and housing by the urban poor - some lessons from Johannesburg and Dar es Salaam Brenda Murphy
  • WP84 (PDF) Assessing the Prospects for Market-mediated land Reform: Evidence from South Africa Benjamin Magahy


  • WP83 (PDF) Understanding the breakdown in North East India: Explorations in state-society relations M. Sajjad Hassan
  • WP82 (PDF) A Tale of Two Upazilas: Local Governance and Social Development in Bangladesh Jean-Paul Faguet, Zulfiqar Ali
  • WP81 (PDF) The Institutional Political Economy of State-led Economic Reform: Early Urban Land Development and the Construction of Oriental Plaza in Beijing, China Michael Hoevel
  • WP80 (PDF) State of the Displaced: The Role of Returning Displaced Persons in Post-Conflict State Reconstruction Dominik Helling
  • WP79 (PDF) An Empowerment Approach to Female Migration: A Case Study of China's Manufacturing Industry Tseun Kweun Yu
  • WP78 (PDF) From Politicization of Grievances to Political Violence: An Analysis of the Maoist Movement in Nepal Yurendra Basnett
  • WP77 (PDF) Unveiling the Invisible Hand: Explaining Pharmacies' Participation in Public-Private Partnerships for Public Health in Vietnam Jordan W. Swanson


  • WP76 (PDF) Policy coherence in international responses to state failure: the role of the United Kingdom in Sierra Leone Jonathan Pickering
  • WP75 (PDF) Subsistence Capacity: The commodification of labour re-examined through the case of Tibet Andrew Fischer
  • WP74 (PDF) The Real Option Approach to Privatise a Utility Where Information is Scarce: And management contract as a limit case Joel Ruet


  • WP72 (PDF) Middle Class Activism and Poor People's Politics: An exploration of Civil Society in Chennai John Harriss
  • WP71 (PDF) Basel II and Development Countries: Understanding the Implications Robert Bailey
  • WP70 (PDF) The World Bank & Rule of Law Reforms Gordon Barron
  • WP68 (PDF) Innovative Approaches to Municipal Infrastructure Financing: A case study on Tamil Nadu, India Pritha Venkatachalam
  • WP67 (PDF) Comparing Naughty BITS: Assessing the Developmental Impact of Variation in Bilateral Investment Treaties Peter Chowla
  • WP66 (PDF) Poverty Alleviation or Political Networking? A combined Qul-Quant Analysis of the Implementation of Safety Nets in post-crisis Argentina Paula Giovagnoli
  • WP65 (PDF) Corruption in World Bank Financed Projects: Why Bribery is a Tolerated Anathema Nathaniel Hobbs
  • WP64 (PDF) Industrial Policy, Trade-Agreements and Decisions in Time: Two reasons why developing countries willingly limit their options And one imaginative  way of stopping it Arvinn Gadgil
  • WP62 (PDF) China and the Search for Better-than-MFN Access to the US: The Global Politics of Regional Integration in the Americas Ken Shadlen
  • WP61 (PDF) The Fiction of Development: Knowledge, Authority and Representation David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers, Michael Woolcock
  • WP60 (PDF) Decentralising Bolivia: Local Government in the Jungle Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP59 (PDF) Social Funds and Decentralization: Optimal Institutional Design Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP58 (PDF) Ethnicity and the Politics of Land Tenure Reform in Central Uganda  Elliott D Green
  • WP57  (PDF) What is an Ethnic Group? Political Economy, Constructivism and the Common Language Approach to Ethnicity  Elliott D Green
  • WP55 (PDF) Democratisation by Technocratic Design: The Case of Social Funds in the Philippines Charmaine Ramos
  • WP54 (PDF) Government and external risk mitigation: Why was Singapore less affected by the Asian financial crisis than its Southeast Asian neighbours? Maria Delfina Alcaide Garrido
  • WP52 (PDF) Beyond 2015: Assessing the Economic Sustainability of the Millennium Development Goal to Halve Poverty Yaniv Stopnitzky


  • WP50 (PDF) Disembedding the City: Crime, Insecurity, and Spatial Organisation in Managua, Nicaragua Dennis Rodgers
  • WP49 (PDF) Human Rights and Development: The World bank's Need for a Consistent Approach Canan Gundez
  • WP48 (PDF) The Good Governance Agenda: Who Wins and Who Loses. Some Empirical Evidence for 2001 Julie Aubut
  • WP47 (PDF) Technology, Justice and Imagination: Intellectual property rule-making for the digital economy Dieter Zinnbauer


  • WP46 (PDF) Soil and Struggle: Civil Conflict and State Formation in El Salvador and Costa Rica Ben Oppenheim
  • WP45 (PDF) India: The Bitter Fruits of Grandiose Ambition Professor John Harriss
  • WP44 (PDF) Is there a development case for United Nations-business partnerships? Dr Francesca Beausang
  • WP43 (PDF) The Anti-Politics Machine Revisited: The Accommodation of Power and the Depoliticization of Development and Relief in Rural India Joseph Tordella     
  • WP42 (PDF) Patents and Pills, Power and Procedure: The North-South Politics of Public Health in the WTO Kenneth Shadlen
  • WP41 (PDF) From 'Antipolitics' to Anti-politics': What Became of East European 'Civil Society'? Tessa Brannan
  • WP40 (PDF) The Political Economy of Intellectual Property Protection: The Case of Software Kenneth Shadlen, Andrew Schrank, Marcus Kurtz


  • WP39 (PDF) A Model of Central vs Decentralized Government: Self-Interest and Mis-Allocation in Bolivia Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP38 (PDF) The Determinants of Central vs Local Government Investment: Institutions and Politics Matter Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP37 (PDF) Trauma and Conflict Edward Balke
  • WP36 (PDF) "We live in a State of Siege": Violence, Crime, and Gangs in Post-Conflict Urban Nicaragua Dr Dennis Rodgers
  • WP35 (PDF) On Trust, and Trust in Indian Business: Ethnographic Explorations Professor John Harriss
  • WP34 (PDF) Institutions, Politics and Culture: A Case or 'Old' Institutionalism in the Study of Historical Change Professor John Harriss
  • WP33 (PDF) Globalization, Poverty and Income Distribution: Does the Liberal Argument Hold? Professor Robert Hunter Wade
  • WP32 (PDF) Consolidation Democracy: Political Society and NGOs in Thailand Elinor Wakefield
  • WP31 (PDF) Rights, Representation and the Poor: Comparisons across Latin America and India Peter P Houtzager, Ruth Berins Colliers, John Harriss, Adrian G Lavalle
  • WP30 (PDF) Rural Livelihoods, Institutions and Vulnerability in South Africa Dr Elizabeth Francis
  • WP29 (PDF) Telecommunications for All: Does Liberalization Help? Shani Ospina
  • WP28 (PDF) Discourses of disasters, discourses of relief and DFID's humanitarian aid policy Alexandra Galperin
  • WP27 (PDF) Globalisation and Social Exclusion in Cities: Framing the Debate with Lessons from Africa and Asia Dr Jo Beall
  • WP26 (PDF) Wars and Votes: Power, conflict and Institutions Martin Hermann
  • WP25 (PDF) Gestalt Shift: from "Miracle" to "Cronyism" in the Asian Crisis Professor Robert Wade
  • WP24 (PDF) Out of the box: Rethinking the governance of International Financial Markets Professor Robert Wade
  • WP23 (PDF) The case for cross-disciplinary approaches in International Development Professor John Harriss
  • WP22 (PDF) The American Empire and its Limits Professor Robert Wade


  • WP21 (PDF) The Livelihood Conflicts Approach on Trial in Rwanda: Towards a Political Critique Justin Macdermott
  • WP20 (PDF) A New Apartheid? Urban spatiality, (fear of) crime, and segregation in Cape Town, South Africa Charlotte Spinks
  • WP19 (PDF) The hare and Tortoise: Does Slow and Steady Financial liberalization Win the Race? A Tunisian Case Study Philippe Hall
  • WP18 (PDF) Corruption: Deconstructing the World bank Discourse Tara Polzer
  • WP17 (PDF) The Great Tradition Globalizes: reflections on two studies of  'the industrial leaders' of Madras Professor John Harriss
  • WP16 (PDF) Social Capital Construction and the Consolidation of Civil Society in Rural Areas Professor John Harriss
  • WP15 (PDF) Populism, Tamil Style. Is it really a success? Professsor John Harriss
  • WP14 (PDF) A Muddled Democracy - "People Power" Philippine Style Dr James Putzel
  • WP13 (PDF) A New-Old Approach To Industrial-cum-Immigration Policy Professor Robert Wade
  • WP12 (PDF) From Neo-Classical Economics to New Institutional Economics and beyond - Prospects for an interdisciplinary research programme? Dieter Zinnbauer
  • WP11 (PDF) Coping with environmental change: the experience of Somali refugee women in a West London housing estate Mildred R Atubo and Simon P J Batterbury
  • WP10 (PDF) Is Globalization making world income distribution more equal? Robert Hunter Wade


  • WP09 (PDF) Radio Broadcasting and Rural Development in Africa: Media messages and women food producers in Malawi Rita Crowley Turner  
  • WP08 (PDF) Dropping the Debt for the New Millennium: Is it such a good idea? Tim Allen and Diana Weinhold  
  • WP07 (PDF) Humanitarianism and Developmental Assistance: Programming and funding issues for slow onset emergencies Haleem Lone  
  • WP06 (PDF) Regional distribution Dynamics of GDPs across Indian States, 1965-1988 Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay  
  • WP05 (PDF) Children in Extreme Situations: proceedings from the 1998 Alistair Berkley Memorial Lecture. Edited by Lisa Carlson, Megan Mackeson-Sandbach and Tim Allen  
  • WP04 (PDF) Land Reforms in Asia: Lessons from the past for the 21st century Dr James Putzel  
  • WP03 (PDF) Governing The Market: A decade later Professor Robert Wade  
  • WP02 (PDF) Development Theory, Universal Values and Competing Paradigms: Capitalist trajectories and social conflict Dr E A Brett  
  • WP01 (PDF) How Much Difference Does Politics Make? regime differences across Indian states and rural poverty reduction John Harriss