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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Opinion by Luke Arnold25th May 201625/05/2016

The road to transparency in resource-rich Myanmar

Myanmar's EITI process and its contribution to broader reform

Opinion by Taylor Brown1st April 201601/04/2016

Citizens + engagement: moving beyond slogans

Guest post for Governance for Development

Opinion by Alina Rocha Menocal20th March 201520/03/2015

Inequality – the politics behind the policies

Discussion starter for the #polinequality conference

Opinion by David Hudson11th February 201511/02/2015

Parliamentary strengthening: the IDC report

Having presented evidence to the UK's International Development Committee, what of the final report?

Opinion by Tam O'Neil, Alina Rocha Menocal9th February 201509/02/2015

Politicians and administrators: conflict, collusion or collaboration?

How do relations between political and administrative leaders affect reform?

Opinion by Niheer Dasandi23rd October 201423/10/2014

The politics of redistribution: we need you

Which are the key country cases? Help us shape new research.

Opinion by David Hudson, Niheer Dasandi16th October 201416/10/2014
Opinion by Susy Ndaruhutse11th September 201411/09/2014

Education, development, and the problem with consensus

Why rethink the international consensus on 'quality basic education for development'?

Opinion by Michele Schweisfurth7th April 201407/04/2014

Medellin - more than a miracle

From the most murderous city on earth to 'a new global standard for urban policy': the politics of change in the wake of crisis

Opinion by Cheryl Stonehouse4th March 201404/03/2014

What's in a name? Leadership as more than the 'big men' and 'big women' of history

Looking beyond 'The Leader' for a deeper understanding of how change happens

Opinion by Heather Lyne de Ver11th February 201411/02/2014

Somaliland's route to peace

What can we learn from Somaliland's approach to peacebuilding? 

Opinion by Sarah Phillips12th December 201312/12/2013

Developmental leaders, 'dirty hands', and the dark side of collaboration

The ambiguities of supporting 'developmental leadership'

Opinion by Niheer Dasandi11th December 201311/12/2013

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 findings on education and developmental leadership in the Philippines

Thursday 15th September 2016

New research from DLP and the University of Glasgow explores the role of higher education in the emergence of leaders who promote development in the Philippines. See the policy brief, podcast and paper.

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Political settlements in Africa

Thursday 7th July 2016

Political settlements in Africa, the politics of inclusion and the role of international actors were the focus of the most recent BISA Africa Working Group workshop, convened by DLP Research Fellow Suda Perera at the University of Birmingham.

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