Venue for DSA2016 conference: the University of Oxford's Examination Schools

Call for papers for DSA conference panel on political settlements

Papers on the theme of political settlements and pathways out of fragility are invited for a panel at this year’s Development Studies Association Conference, convened by DLP's Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal and Jan Pospisil of the University of Edinburgh.

The theme of the conference, hosted on 12–14 September 2016 by the University of Oxford's Department of International Development, is Politics in Development.

Political settlements are an important concept in donor thinking, especially in relation to fragile settings. The DSA conference panel title is Political settlements and prospects for institutional transformation: re-thinking state- and peace-building in situations of fragility.

The convenors are seeking contributions that address issues such as how political settlements might aid understanding of state formation, power relations, the evolution of state-society relations, patterns of inclusion and exclusion, and potential for political, social and economic transformation. How can a political settlements approach help donors find effective ways to encourage and support progressive change?

While the recently agreed Sustainable Development Goals set ambitious targets, they say little about how they might be reached. Fostering more inclusive, peaceful and resilient states and societies remains the critical development challenge of our time.

The deadline for submissions is 25 April 2016: please use  the ‘propose paper’ link below the panel abstract and read the call page for full instructions before submitting a proposal.

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