Politics, bureaucracy and business in developmental reform

How do relations among political, administrative, and business leaders shape developmental reforms? And what factors affect this interaction?

A country's development trajectory seems to depend partly – sometimes significantly – on the nature of the relations between the private sector, bureaucrats, and political elites. This research project aims to develop a framework for understanding how different types of relationships among the three groups of actors affect reform processes. It also examines what factors influence how the political, bureaucratic, and business spheres interact, and the implications of different types of relationships for external actors seeking to support developmental reform. 

The research will involve empirical studies of political, bureaucratic and business relations in different development contexts, including in Myanmar.

Researchers: Niheer Dasandi and Caryn Peiffer

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About DLP

The Developmental Leadership Program (DLP) is an international research initiative that explores how leadership, power and political processes drive or block successful development.

DLP focuses on the crucial role of home-grown leaderships and coalitions in forging legitimate political settlements and institutions that promote developmental outcomes, such as sustainable growth, political stability and inclusive social development.

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DLP shares research at FCO Africa Study Day

Monday 27th March 2017

DLP findings on the Democratic Republic of Congo were among the topics discussed with with UK diplomats and civil servants at the FCO's Africa Study Day, held at Sandhurst on 21 March. This year's Foreign and Commonwealth Office event was organised by University of Birmingham's International Development Department, home to DLP.

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