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Adrian Leftwich

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Earlier this month Adrian Leftwich, a leading thinker in the political economy of development policy, and a very nice guy, sadly passed away. This page pays tribute to him.

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Modi’s reforms no illusion

Modi’s reforms no illusion | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Structural reforms to governance proceed apace in India
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Daily Maverick - The Gupta house of cards and the man called Gedleyihlekisa

Daily Maverick - The Gupta house of cards and the man called Gedleyihlekisa | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
It took a statement from a rather cross Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday night to bring the whole Gupta house of cards tumbling down.
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Exclusive - Resource deals audit overshadows Liberia anti-graft push | Reuters

DAKAR (Reuters) - Almost all the $8 billion (5 billion pounds) worth of resource contracts signed by Liberia since 2009 have violated its laws, according to a draft audit report commissioned by the government,...
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In Search of the "African Middle Class"

In Search of the "African Middle Class" | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Guest Post by Jacques Enaudeau “Africa Rising” stories have become old news in English-speaking media, so much so that Africa is a Country called them a meme not long ago. But only a few have run i...
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Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential

Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Author: U Myint, Chief Economic Adviser to the President of Myanmar Myanmar’s economic potential has been vastly enhanced by the access to foreign
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Can Malaysia beat the middle-income trap? | East Asia Forum

Can Malaysia beat the middle-income trap? | East Asia Forum | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Author: Vikram Nehru, Carnegie Endowment Electioneering in Malaysia has been at a fever pitch for many months now as Prime Minister Najib Razak prepares to
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Who makes public policy in Malaysia?

Who makes public policy in Malaysia? | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
The future prosperity of Malaysia will not be determined by who governs Malaysia but by how it is governed, write Murray Hunter.
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The Political Economy of Kenya's Crisis

The Political Economy of Kenya's Crisis | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
(2008). The Political Economy of Kenya's Crisis. Journal of Eastern African Studies: Vol. 2, Election Fever: Kenya's Crisis, pp. 185-210. doi: 10.1080/17531050802058302
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Why we need to make customary laws work for women

Why we need to make customary laws work for women | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Mark Tran: Trying to fix informal justice systems can backfire, unless male domination of community power structures are addressed
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Avoiding political potholes on the road to development | A blog about Governance and Development for All

Avoiding political potholes on the road to development | A blog about Governance and Development for All | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
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Has Zimbabwe’s land reform actually been a success? A new book says yes.

Has Zimbabwe’s land reform actually been a success? A new book says yes. | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
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Why don’t people in power do the right thing – supply, demand or collective action problem? And what do we do about it?

Why don’t people in power do the right thing – supply, demand or collective action problem? And what do we do about it? | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
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Tanzania: Magufuli’s mining reforms are a masterclass in political manoeuvring - African Arguments

Tanzania: Magufuli’s mining reforms are a masterclass in political manoeuvring - African Arguments | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Whether his moves in the mining sector work or not, President Magufuli knows what he is doing. Ever since his election in 2015, Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has been a subject of public fascination. At first, his war on graft promised to cleanse the state of corruption, while his patriotic thrift inspired the hashtag #WhatWouldMagufuliDo? [#WhatWouldMagufuliDo sparks new bout of Tanzaphilia] But as this campaign of tumbua majipu (“lance the boils”) was becoming old news, Magufuli became associated with another d-word. To “development” was added “dictatorship”. Public rallies were banned, radio stations shut down, and newspapers publicly threatened. It became …
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World Bank rethinks stance on large-scale hydropower projects

World Bank rethinks stance on large-scale hydropower projects | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Despite their disruption, can dams help the organisation work towards ending poverty while keeping carbon emissions down?
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Correcting China’s macroeconomic imbalances

Correcting China’s macroeconomic imbalances | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Authors: Hiro Ito, PSU, and Ulrich Volz, SOAS and DIE The correction of microeconomic distortions in countries with persistent current account imbalances is
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Guest post: to find African development, look for good governance by the sea

Guest post: to find African development, look for good governance by the sea | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
By Craig Baker and Andy Ratcliffe The arguments over whether South Africa should still receive aid from Britain, following Justine Greening’s announcement that there would be no new DFID projects in South Africa, show how the global debate about...
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The Mtwara Rockefellers

The Mtwara Rockefellers | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
The Makonde, known for their refinement THOUSANDS of tonnes of drill pipes are neatly stacked in a yard at Mtwara port in southern Tanzania, waiting to be loaded...
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DFID - Research for Development > Institutions, Incentives and Service Provision: Bringing Politics Back In

Research for Development Institutions, Incentives and Service Provision: Bringing Politics Back In
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Ghana: Africa’s star economy loses a little sparkle

Ghana: Africa’s star economy loses a little sparkle | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
A stable democracy, rule of law, rapid economic growth and almost all the other tick-boxes, plus new oil discoveries, have won Ghana a lot of fans lately.
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World Bank Study Explores Options on Global Public Goods

World Bank Study Explores Options on Global Public Goods | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
This is a joint post with Michele de Nevers. The World Bank is conducting a far-reaching study of its role in the provision of global public goods. This is not the first and surely not the last.
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The Tyranny of Political Economy by Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate

The Tyranny of Political Economy by Dani Rodrik - Project Syndicate | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
An excessive focus on the role of vested interests can easily divert us from the critical contribution that policy analysis and political entrepreneurship can make.
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Why Do the Poor Complain So Little?

Why Do the Poor Complain So Little? | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
Do better-informed poor people demand better government? The evidence is mixed. New research shows widely different results across countries and across services.
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Africa’s Rise a Myth? Bring on Authoritarian Capitalism Instead... | Think Africa Press

Africa’s Rise a Myth? Bring on Authoritarian Capitalism Instead... | Think Africa Press | Political Economy and Development Policy | Scoop.it
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African Lions in the Making | The World Financial Review

By Nicolas Depetris Chauvin Growth without structural transformation has proved to be unsustainable. Africa needs to diversify their economies if they want
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