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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Two exciting job vacancies in the DLP team

Monday 12th November 2018

DLP is looking for a Program Manager and a Communications Manager to help lead a new three-year phase of research on leadership in global development.

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New article on how unfair service provision affects state legitimacy

Thursday 26th July 2018

Claire Mcloughlin's new open-access article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding draws on the case of higher education in Sri Lanka. It explores how unfair service provision can undermine state legitimacy in divided societies.

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