Professor Robert Wade

Professor Robert Wade

Professor of Political Economy and Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Political Economy, Economic Growth, Globalisation, Inequality

About me

Please note that Professor Wade will be on sabbatical leave during Lent Term 2022.

New Zealander, educated Washington DC, New Zealand, Sussex University. Worked at Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, 1972-95, World Bank, 1984-88, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School 1989/90, MIT Sloan School 1992, Brown University 1996-2000. Fellow of Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1992/93, Russell Sage Foundation 1997/98, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin 2000/01. Fieldwork in Pitcairn Is., Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan, Iceland, and inside World Bank. Author of Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India (1988, 1994, 2007), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia's Industrialization (1990, 2004). Latter won American Political Science Association's award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1989-91. Awarded Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, 2008. Recent writing on the continuing relevance of the “developed/developing” country distinction, and on new thinking about “state ‘intervention’ in the economy”. 

Expertise Details

International Monetary Fund; World Bank; World Trade Organisation; Economic Growth; Globalisation; Inequality; International NGOs; International Environmental Politics

My research