2016 Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture
The University of Manchester's annual lecture in memory of DLP’s founding Director of Research, Adrian Leftwich, will be held on Wednesday, 16 November. It is hosted by the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre and the Global Development Institute.
This year the memorial lecture will be given by Nicolas van de Walle, Professor of International Studies at Cornell University and a former non-resident fellow at the Centre for Global Development. He has published widely on democratisation issues, the politics of economic reform, and on the effectiveness of foreign aid with a special focus on Africa.
He will pose the question: Can democracy & growth coexist in sub-Saharan Africa? He will argue that though Barrington Moore’s landmark book, The Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, is 50 years old this year, its central thesis is still essential to an understanding of the role the middle class plays in democratisation.
He recasts Moore’s work in the context of today’s global economy, explaining why social class and coalitions are key to generating democracy and economic development.
Adrian died in 2013 after a short and typically courageous battle with cancer. The annual Memorial Lecture celebrates the legacy of his widely respected thinking on the politics of development. Places for the event, starting at 4.30pm in the Cordingley Lecture Theatre of UoM’s Humanities Bridgeford Street Building, can be reserved here. The event will conclude with a free drinks reception.