What is state legitimacy?

What is state legitimacy?

Claire Mcloughlin's new brief unpacks a slippery concept.

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Authoritarian regimes, democracy and development

Authoritarian regimes, democracy and development

Tim Kelsall's new paper takes stock of the research evidence and the questions that emerge for policy advisors.

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When are citizens willing to act against corruption?

When are citizens willing to act against corruption?

A new study by Caryn Peiffer and Linda Alvarez analyses survey data from 71 countries.

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About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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New concept brief: state legitimacy

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

The origins and durability of a state's legitimacy affect the feasibility of development processes and the effectiveness of external aid interventions. In this three-page Brief, senior researcher Claire Mcloughlin unpacks a slippery, yet important, concept.

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Elites in fragile states: from predation to protection

Monday 1st December 2014

On 4 December, Research Fellow Suda Perera will present DLP findings at an expert meeting to help inform Dutch development policy on security and justice.

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