Reform coalitions

DLP research looks beyond the individual leader and ‘reform champions’ to examine leadership as a collective process, and the important role of coalitions in achieving developmental reform.

For example, DLP-commissioned research in the Philippines has found that even with strong presidential support for reforms, coalitions involving elements of government, the legislature, and civil society have played a crucial role in overcoming opposition and ensuring implementation. Our research explores how developmental (and collusive) coalitions are forged and maintained, and how leaders and coalitions work to achieve reform in different institutional settings. Understanding coalitions is particularly important given their potential to overcome collective action problems. These problems arise when the rational pursuit of narrow interests leads to collective irrationality. 

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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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Doing Development Differently workshop - Jakarta 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

Putting the concept of Thinking and Working Politically into practice was at the heart of a workshop on 15-16 March attended by more than 200 delegates from the field of international development. Delegates from the government, civil service and local organisations of the host country, Indonesia, were joined by academics, including DLP researchers, and staff from donor organisations and NGOs.

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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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