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Comparative Politics of Development

The Department’s Comparative Politics research theme comprises the work of Mayling  Birney|, Catherine Boone|, Tasha Fairfield|, Jean-Paul Faguet|, Elliott Green|, Ken Shadlen| and various doctoral students. Demographic work on this theme is conducted by Tim Dyson|.

Comparative political analysis uses the methods and insights of political science to understand the different institutional and policy contexts and practices that can enhance development outcomes in the global political economy.

Some recent research in this field includes analysis of state reform and policies concerning industrial, commercial and land-tenure policies in Senegal; the relationship of ethnicity and political reform in Uganda; decentralisation policies in Colombia and Bolivia; tax reform and development policies in Argentina and Brazil; and trade and industrial policy in Brazil and Mexico; and democratisation and state reform in China.