Political settlements and the politics of inclusion

Understanding political settlements and the politics of inclusion is at the heart of DLP’s research. By political settlements we mean ‘the formal and informal agreements between contending groups over the organisation of power in society and the rules of political engagement'.

Through a political settlements lens we can see where and how legitimate institutions that promote development are forged (or reforged). It shows us the importance of domestic political and social processes, and how these shape – and are shaped by – elites and leaderships. Political settlements are central to understanding how formal and informal rules operate in a society, at both the state and sub-state levels. Exploring these processes illuminates the internal and external relationships involved – among actors including politicians, government officials, civil society, the military, the private sector, and donors.

Political settlements and the politics of inclusion

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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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New article - To Boldly Know: Knowledge, Peacekeeping and Remote Data Gathering in Conflict-Affected States

Thursday 12th October 2017

In this article in the Journal of International Peacekeeping, DLP researcher Suda Perera critically evaluates crowdsourcing's uses and abuses, and warns against an over-reliance on remotely gathered conflict data.

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Why political settlements matter

Thursday 5th October 2017

Join us on 5 Oct 2017 at ODI (10-11:30am) to discuss the research featured in a special issue of The Journal of International Development co-edited by Alina Rocha Menocal (DLP and ODI) and Jan Pospisil (Political Settlements Research Programme at the University of Edinburgh).

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