Wade, Robert

Professor Robert Wade  


Position held

Department of International Development

Professor of Political Economy and Development

Experience keywords:

economic growth; East Asian development; World Trade Organisation; international NGOs; international environmental politics; inequality; globalisation; World Bank; multilateral economic organisations; industrial and technology policy; International Monetary Fund

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I am interested in how to improve the development prospects of developing countries in today's globalized world; and especially in the international system of rules, regimes, and organizations which bear upon their development prospects. Hence interested in economic growth, income distribution, and poverty. The working of international capital markets and their propensity to crisis. International environmental politics. The possibilities of national industrial and technology policies. East Asian development, looked at through the lens of the theory developed in Governing the Market. The ideas and inner workings of the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO. The autonomy and accountability of international organizations in general.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

China; Asia; East Asia; South East Asia

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7351


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Wade, Robert Hunter (2014) Growth, inequality, and poverty: arguments, evidence, and economists In: Ravenhill , John, (ed.) Global political economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 305-343. ISBN 9780199666010

Wade, Robert H. (2014) Market versus state or market with state: how to impart directional thrust Development and Change. n/a-n/a. ISSN 0012-155X

Wade, Robert Hunter (2014) Current thinking about global trade policy Economic and Political Weekly, 49 (6). 18-21. ISSN 0012-9976

Sigurgeirsdottir, Silla and Wade, Robert H. (2014) From control by capital to control of capital: Iceland's boom and bust, and the IMF's unorthodox rescue package Review of International Political Economy, 21 (4). 1-31. ISSN 0969-2290


Wade, Robert Hunter (2013) Letter: islands' story The Economist, 406 (8821). ISSN 0013-0613

Wade, Robert Hunter (2013) China-Japan island dispute the other side of the story Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (10). 27-31. ISSN 0012-9976

Vestergaard, Jakob and Wade, Robert H. (2013) Protecting power: how Western states retain the dominant voice in the World Bank’s governance World Development, 46. 153-164. ISSN 0305-750X

Wade, Robert Hunter (2013) Capitalism and democracy at cross-purposes New Zealand Sociology, 28 (3). 208-236. ISSN 0112-921X


Wade, Robert H. and Sigurgeirsdottir, Silla (2012) The Iceland crisis In: Toporowski, Jan and Michell, Jo, (eds.) Handbook of Critical Issues in Finance. Edward Elgard Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, 151-164. ISBN 9781849803700

Wade, Robert Hunter (2012) The fight over the global development agenda: how the west tries to marginalise UNCTAD Intereconomics, 47 (5). 304-306. ISSN 0020-5346

Wade, Robert and Vestergaard, Jakob (2012) The G20 has served its purpose and should be replaced with a Global Economic Council on a firmer constitutional foundation British Politics and Policy at LSE (19 Sep 2012) Blog entry

Wade, Robert Hunter (2012) The politics behind World Bank statistics the case of China's income Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (25). 17-18. ISSN 0012-9976

Wade, Robert Hunter (2012) Massive public service reform for its dysfunctional state and a Euro exit and devaluation are the only way for Greece to break its current ‘doom loop’ LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (11 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Wade, Robert Hunter (2012) Return of industrial policy? International Review of Applied Economics, 26 (2). 223-239. ISSN 0269-2171


Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) Globalization, growth, poverty, inequality, resentment and imperialism In: Ravenhill, John, (ed.) Global Political Economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 373-409. ISBN 9780199570812

Wade, Robert (2011) Why Justin Lin’s door-opening argument matters for development economics Global Policy, 2 (1). 115-116. ISSN 1758-5880

Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) How can low-income countries accelerate their catch up with high-income countries? In: Noman, Akbar and Botchwey, Kwesi and Stein, Howard and Stiglitz, Joseph E., (eds.) Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies. Initiative for Policy Dialogue. Oxford University Press, New York, USA, 246-272. ISBN 9780199698578

Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) Income inequality: should we worry about global trends European Journal of Development Research, 23 (4). 513-520. ISSN 0957-8811

Wade, Robert Hunter and Sigurgeirsdottir, Silla (2011) Iceland's meltdown: the rise and fall of international banking in the North Atlantic Revista de Economia Politica, 31 (5). 684-697. ISSN 0101-3157

Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) Muddy waters: inside the World Bank as it struggled with the Narmada projects Economic and Political Weekly, 46 (40). 44-45. ISSN 0012-9976

Wade, Robert Hunter (2011) Emerging world order?: from multipolarity to multilateralism in the G20, the World Bank, and the IMF Politics and Society, 39 (3). 347-378. ISSN 0032-3292


Wade, Robert Hunter and Sigurgeirsdottir, Silla (2010) Lessons from Iceland New Left Review, 65. 5-29. ISSN 0028-6060

Wade, Robert Hunter (2010) Beware what you wish for: lessons for IPE from the transformation of economics In: Phillips, Nicola and Weaver, Catherine, (eds.) International Poltitical Economy: Debating the Past. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 92-104. ISBN 9780415780575

Wade, Robert Hunter (2010) Is the globalization consensus dead? In: Castree, Noel and Chatterton , Paul A. and Heynen, Nik and Larner, Wendy and Wright, Melissa W., (eds.) The Point Is to Change It: Geographies of Hope and Survival in an Age of Crisis. Wiley-Blackwell, 142-165. ISBN 9781405198349

Wade, Robert Hunter (2010) The market as means rather than master: the crisis of development and the future role of the state In: Khan, Shahrukh Rafi and Christiansen, Jens, (eds.) Towards New Developmentalism: Market as Means Rather Than Master. Routledge studies in development economics. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 21-46. ISBN 9780415779845

Wade, Robert Hunter (2010) The state of the World Bank Challenge, 53 (4). 43-67. ISSN 0577-5132

Wade, Robert Hunter (2010) After the crisis: industrial policy and the developmental state in low-income countries Global Policy, 1 (2). 150-161. ISSN 1758-5880


Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) The global slump Challenge, 52 (5). 5-24. ISSN 0577-5132

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Accountability gone wrong: the World Bank, non-governmental organisations and the US government in a fight over China New Political Economy, 14 (1). 25-48. ISSN 1356-3467

Izurieta, Alex and Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Robert Wade on the global financial crisis Development and Change, 40 (6). 1153-1190. ISSN 0012-155X

Dollar, David and Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Trade liberalization and economic growth: “does trade liberalization contribute to economic prosperity?” In: Haas, Peter M. and Hird, John A. and McBratney, Beth, (eds.) Controversies in Globalization: Contending Approaches to International Relations. Congressional Quarterly Press. ISBN 9780872895058

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Iceland as Icarus Challenge, 52 (3). 5-33. ISSN 0577-5132

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Beware what you wish for: lessons for international political economy from the transformation of economics Review of International Political Economy, 16 (1). 106-121. ISSN 0969-2290

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Steering out of crisis Economic and Political Weekly, 44 (13). 39-46. ISSN 0012-9976

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) From global imbalances to global reorganisations Cambridge Journal of Economics, 33 (4). 539-562. ISSN 0309-166X

Wade, Robert Hunter (2009) Rethinking industrial policy for low income countries African Development Review, 21 (2). 352-366. ISSN 1017-6772


Wade, Robert Hunter (2008) The Washington Consensus In: International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Macmillan, New York, USA. ISBN 9780028659657

Wade, Robert Hunter (2008) Globalization, growth, poverty and inequality In: Ravenhill, J, (ed.) Global Political Economy. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199292035

Wade, Robert Hunter (2008) The post-Asia-crisis system of global financial regulation and why developing countries should be worried about it In: Lessons From the Asian Financial Crisis . Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780415481908

Wade, Robert Hunter (2008) Financial regime change? New Left Review, 53. 5-21. ISSN 0028-6060

Wade, Robert Hunter (2008) The First-World debt crisis of 2007-2010 in global perspective Challenge, 51 (4). 23-54. ISSN 0577-5132


Wade, Robert Hunter (2004) The ringmaster of Doha New Left Review, 25 (Januar). 146-152. ISSN 0028-6060

Wade, Robert Hunter (2004) Is globalization reducing poverty and inequality? World Development, 32 (4). 567-589. ISSN 0305-750X

Wade, Robert Hunter (2004) On the causes of increasing world poverty and inequality, or why the Matthew effect prevails New Political Economy, 9 (2). 163-188. ISSN 1356-3467


Wade, Robert Hunter (2003) What strategies are viable for developing countries today? The World Trade Organization and the shrinking of 'development space' Review of International Political Economy, 10 (4). 621-644. ISSN 0969-2290

Wade, Robert Hunter (2003) The invisible hand of the American empire Ethics and International Affairs, 17 (2). 77-88. ISSN 0892-6794

Wade, Robert Hunter (2003) Governing the market: economic theory and the role of government in East Asian industrialization 2nd, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA. ISBN 9780691117294

Wade, Robert Hunter (2003) What strategies are viable for developing countries today? The World Trade Organization and the shrinking of ‘development space’ Crisis States Research Centre working papers series 1, 31. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Wade, Robert Hunter (2002) Bridging the digital divide: new route to development or new form of dependency? Global Governance, 8 (4). 443-466. ISSN 1075-2846

Wade, Robert Hunter (2002) US hegemony and the World Bank: the fight over people and ideas Review of International Political Economy, 9 (2). 215-243. ISSN 0969-2290


Wade, Robert Hunter (2001) The rising inequality of world income distribution Finance and Development, 38 (4). ISSN 0145-1707

Wade, Robert Hunter (2001) Winners and losers: the global distribution of income is becoming more unequal: that should be a matter of greater concern than it is The Economist, 359 (8219). 93-97. ISSN 0013-0613

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