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LCS-DV202: Poverty and Development (Updated)

The course is an interdisciplinary analysis of poverty and development, where the focus is on how and why some countries can achieve poverty reduction and development while others do not. The course pays particular attention to the political economy of development, investigating the way we conceive of poverty and development both philosophically and practically. In particular the course examines the political and economic incentives that can drive governments to focus on development and poverty reduction, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. We also focus on such topics as the relationship between poverty and inequality, health, democratization, urbanization, and demography.

Course Objectives:

This course aims to help you

  • Understand the concept of development and its different forms;
  • Critically analyze the differences between poverty reduction and development;
  • Examine the poverty-inequality-growth nexus; and
  • Critically evaluate the relationship between poverty and violence.

Full course outline

About the Instructors

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Dr Pritish Behuria is an LSE Fellow in the Department of International Development at the LSE. He holds degrees from Northwestern University (BSc) and the School of Oriental and African Studies (MSc, PhD). His current work is on the politics of industrial policy in East Africa, with a particular focus on Rwanda. His work has been published in journals including the Journal of Modern African Studies and the Review of African Political Economy.




Dr Elliott Green is Associate Professor of Development Studies at the LSE. He holds degrees from Princeton University (BA) and the LSE (MSc, PhD), and has been teaching in the Department of International Development at the LSE since he received his PhD in 2005. His current research focuses on the political demography of modern Africa with special attention to migration and urbanization and with empirical interest in Uganda, Tanzania and Botswana, among other countries. He sits on the editorial boards of such journals as the Journal of Development Studies and the Journal of Modern African Studies.