Cole and Parks Political Settlements
Implications for International Development Policy and Practice, The Asia Foundation, Occasional Paper No. 2, July 2010
The concept of the ‘political settlement’ has been receiving attention from both analysts and policy-makers in recent years, as part of a growing recognition of the centrality of politics in shaping developmental outcomes. Though there is no clear consensus about its meaning and utility, efforts have been made to put some flesh on the bare bones of the concept.
It is clear from the work so far that leaders, elites and various formal and informal coalitions – in short, agents - are at the heart of the processes that lead to political settlements, and so the topic is of considerable relevance to the work of the DLP.
This excellent paper from the Asia Foundation explores the concept in more detail.