WIPES : Political Settlements Theory

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020 - 15:00

The next Wiser Political Economy Seminar will discuss political settlements theory, on Zoom.

Crispian Olver will host the discussion.

For the details of this on-line event, please register here.

We will read the following four texts:

  • Gray and Whitfield, 2014, Reframing African Political Economy, written by two disciplines of the emerging political settlements school, which critiques the theoretical frameworks of Weberian neopatrimonialism and new institutional economics, and positions political settlements theory in relation to them | URL = http://www.lse.ac.uk/internationalDevelopment/pdf/WP/WP159.pdf
  • The 2004 paper by Khan on ‘State Failure in Developing Countries and Institutional Reform Strategies’ which compares ‘service delivery’ and ‘social transformation’ models of the state, and elucidates the main political settlements approach, which makes an interesting comparison with the Evans work on embedded autonomy. URL = https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/3683/1/State_Failure.pdf
  • Khan, 2017, Political Settlements and the Analysis of Institutions, which demonstrates an interesting shift in emphasis in Khan’s later work towards the interplay between informal and formal institutions. | URL = https://academic.oup.com/afraf/article/117/469/636/4690667
  • Goodfellow, 2018, Seeing Political Settlements through the City is an excellent application of political settlements in the urban context and examines the spatial impacts of different clientelist regimes. | URL https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/dech.12361