Exploring the international political economy of development
DLP research fellow Dr Niheer Dasandi was among the speakers at the opening plenary roundtable of the New Directions in International Political Economy conference this week. The event formed part of Warwick University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. See a video of the discussion on the conference website.
Niheer's talk, ‘International Political Economy and International Development: From Mutual Neglect to Rediscovery?’, examined how and why IPE and development politics have evolved as largely distinct fields of study. He discussed changes in development research and policy, including the recent refocusing on the role of politics in development contexts, and how these shifts have opened space for an ‘international political economy of development’ as a coherent field of research. He also examined how IPE and international development can benefit from greater engagement with each other.
The conference was organised by the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation and supported by Edward Elgar, publisher of a series of handbooks on international political economy. Niheer and DLP deputy director Dr David Hudson will be editing the Handbook of the International Political Economy of Development, and have already co-authored a chapter for the Governance handbook in the series.