Panel on primacy of politics in development at PSA 2014
DLP will host a panel on 'The Primacy of Politics in Development' at the Political Studies Association conference on 15 April 2014 in Manchester, UK.
Chaired by DLP's Director of Research, Dr Heather Marquette, the panel will cover the role of class and attitudes, corruption and civil society, power and policy reforms, and conflict and legitimacy. It will include presentations by:
- Niheer Dasandi (DLP Research Fellow): Recent debates suggest that the emerging middle classes will be key for poverty reduction efforts in middle income countries, but not much is known about their political views. How do the Indian middle classes perceive poverty and the poor? This paper identifies four key narratives, such as the notion of individual effort and the role of fate.
- Stephen Bates (University of Birmingham) and David Hudson (DLP's Deputy Director of Research): Where is power in Political Economy Analysis? This paper reviews PEA tools, finding that power is either ignored or reduced to a simplistic notion of something that is held by powerful actors. The authors offer a multi-dimensional framework for analysing power.
- Caryn Peiffer (DLP Research Fellow) and Linda Alvarez: Most anti-corruption campaigns rely on reporting by an empowered civil society. But who will report and why (not)?
- Suda Perera (DLP Research Fellow): Can political, rather than military, solutions be found to reduce the belligerency of armed groups in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo? This paper examines the groups' political goals and the marginalised interests they represent.
- Rubens Duarte (University of Birmingham): This paper examines Brazilian and British cooperation for international development in Mozambique
We hope you can join us at the conference, and we look forward to the discussion.