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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News

New studies on leadership for transformational change in Africa

Thursday 31st May 2018

A new series of studies asks what factors support or hinder leadership for transformational change in Africa. They are published in collaboration with the UONGOZI Institute.

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New article on politically informed work for climate change mitigation in China and India

Monday 21st May 2018

In Development Policy Review, Tom Harrison and Genia Kostka draw on their DLP research project to explore 'Bureaucratic manoeuvres and the local politics of climate change mitigation in China and India'.

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