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. 

Reform coalitions


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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 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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