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Working Papers

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The Working Paper series is made up of contributions from academic staff in International Development (formerly DESTIN), PhD students, and visiting fellows. 

To be included within the series, please send manuscripts to Keith McDonald in the International Development Office (, along with an abstract of 150-200 words and up to six keywords. The ID Working Paper editorial team will endeavor to process your submission within three weeks.

(MSc prizewinning dissertations, which were previously published as part of the Working Paper series, now have a dedicated page.)

You can view, print, or download the full text of the papers below in PDF format using Adobe Reader, which is freely available to download.


  • WP172 (PDF) Captured Countryside? Stability and Change in Sub-national Support for African Incumbent Parties
    Prof. Catherine Boone and Dr Michael Wahman
  • WP171 (PDF) Building Security, Justice and Public Authority in Weak States: contested transitions, unstable social orders and institutional hybridity
    Prof. E.A. Brett
  • WP170 (PDF) Instrumental Incoherence in Institutional Reform: Decentralization and a Structural Solution to Political Exigency
    Prof. Jean-Paul Faguet and Dr Mahvish Shami
  • WP169 (PDF) Transformation from Below in Bolivia and Bangladesh: Decentralization, Local Governance, and Systemic Change
    Prof. Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP168 (PDF) The Democratic Contribution of Participatory Budgeting
    Prof. Yves Cabannes (UCL) and Dr Barbara Lipietz (UCL)


  • WP159 (PDF) Reframing African Political Economy: Clientelism, Rents and Accumulation as Drivers of Capitalist Transformation
    Dr Hazel Gray and Dr Lindsay Whitfield


  • 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  


  • WP130 (PDF) Social Welfare, Health and Pharmaceutical Industry: preliminary notes for a comparative analysis between England, Brazil, and Argentina.
    Ignacio Godinho Delgado


  • WP122 (PDF) Explaining African Ethnic Diversity
    Dr 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
  • WP111 (PDF) The Political Demography of Conflict in Modern Africa
    Dr Elliott Green


  • WP99 (PDF) The future of Development Management: Examining possibilities and potential
    Nilima Gulrajani


  • WP90 (PDF) Resolving the Theoretical Ambiguities of Social Exclusion with reference to Polarisation and Conflict
    Andrew Fischer


  • WP82 (PDF) A Tale of Two Upazilas: Local Governance and Social Development in Bangladesh
    Jean-Paul Faguet, Zulfiqar Ali


  • WP83 (PDF) Understanding the breakdown in North East India: Explorations in state-society relations.
    M. Sajjad Hassan
  • 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
    Prof John Harriss
  • WP62 (PDF) China and the Search for Better-than-MFN Access to the US: The Global Politics of Regional Integration in the Americas
    Dr 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
    Dr Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP59 (PDF) Social Funds and Decentralization: Optimal Institutional Design
    Dr Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP58 (PDF) Ethnicity and the Politics of Land Tenure Reform in Central Uganda 
    Dr Elliott D Green
  • WP57  (PDF) What is an Ethnic Group? Political Economy, Constructivism and the Common Language Approach to Ethnicity 
    Dr Elliott D Green


  • WP50 (PDF) Disembedding the City: Crime, Insecurity, and Spatial Organisation in Managua, Nicaragua
    Dennis Rodgers
  • WP47 (PDF) Technology, Justice and Imagination: Intellectual property rule-making for the digital economy
    Dieter Zinnbauer


  • 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
  • WP42 (PDF) Patents and Pills, Power and Procedure: The North-South Politics of Public Health in the WTO
    Dr Kenneth Shadlen 
  • 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
    Dr Jean-Paul Faguet
  • WP38 (PDF) The Determinants of Central vs Local Government Investment: Institutions and Politics Matter
    Dr Jean-Paul Faguet
  • 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 Wade
  • 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
  • WP27 (PDF) Globalisation and Social Exclusion in Cities: Framing the Debate with Lessons from Africa and Asia
    Dr Jo Beall 
  • 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


  • 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? Professor Robert 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
    Professor John Harriss