ESID: From Politics to Power? Rethinking the politics of development

9 – 11 September, Manchester

An international conference convened by Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre, Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Dates of Event

9th September 2019 – 11th September 2019

Last Booking Date for this Event

9th August 2019


Politics was finally brought into the mainstream of international development around a decade ago. However, whilst most development academics and agencies accept that politics plays a central role in shaping development in the Global South, the incorporation of politics within development theory and practice remains partial and subject to backsliding. This international conference will take stock of what work on the politics of development has achieved to date, identify further opportunities for drawing on the full range of scholarship on politics and development, and set out future research agendas for the field.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers to date include world leading experts Anne Marie Goetz (New York), Merilee Grindle (Harvard), Lant Pritchett (Harvard), James Robinson (Chicago),  Prerna Singh (Brown), E. Gyimah-Boadi (Afrobarometer, Ghana)

Speakers to be confirmed are: Pratap Mehta (Ashoka), Dan Slater (Michigan) 

This international conference will both showcase the findings of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID), which has been researching the politics of state capacity and elite commitment to development since 2011, and place its findings into conversation with the much broader range of research into the politics of development.


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Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester: Manchester