New papers on 'Political Settlements'
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.
We draw your attention to two recent papers, one by Dr Bill Cole and Tom Parks of the Asia Foundation (a partner organization of the DLP); and the other by Dr Edward Laws, a DLP Researcher.
The Asia Foundation paper – "Political Settlements: Implications for International Development Policy and Practice" - can be accessed here in PDF or on the Asia Foundation website at: http://asiafoundation.org
The DLP paper - "The ‘Revolutionary Settlement’ in 17thC England: Deploying a ‘Political Settlements’ Analysis", DLP Background Paper 09 - can be accessed here on the Publications section of the DLP website.
Both papers make very useful contributions to the on-going research.