Workshop: Poor people’s politics

The International Development Department (IDD) hosts a workshop at the University of Birmingham on Wednesday 30 September 2015, The Political Economy of Poor People’s Politics in Southeast Asia.

While there is much debate about how to work more politically when crafting development policies to target poverty, the focus is largely on the responses of elites and developmental leaders. Rarely are poor people asked for their views about how their livelihoods and living spaces are affected by the interventions of donor or government reform programmes and campaigns.

Drawing on structural political economy, the workshop papers will examine how the views of those most affected by aid and reform are shaped by a number of factors: their limited opportunities to earn a living; their lack of substantive representation; and the difficulties that might be involved in confronting hostile or indifferent ‘local’ political actors.

The workshop will be opened by Caroline Hughes, Professor of Conflict Resolution and Peace at Bradford University, and Dr Jane Hutchison, Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at Murdoch University, who will present Poor People’s Politics: A Structural Political Economy Approach.

Other contributors are Dr Netra Eng, (Cambodia Development Resource Institute); Dr Ian Wilson (Murdoch University); Professor Will Hout (ISS); and Anggun Susilo (ISS). The workshop is sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through their Australian Development Research Awards (ADRA).

For further information please contact Dr Jonathan Fisher (j.fisher[at]bham.ac.uk).

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