Month: March 2012

Is this the UN's most powerful critique to date of finance-driven globalization?

Ten years ago, Supachai Panitchpakdi was in charge of the World Trade Organization as it led a global push for the liberalization of trade, investment and just about everything else in the early days of the Doha Round. The talks ran aground (they still aren’t concluded) amid a big pushback from many developing countries (backed by…

By admin March 7, 2012 4

Theories of (climate) change and a nice song about complex causal chains……

Spent a happy half day with the climate change team at IDS last week, at the invitation of the team leader Matthew Lockwood, who besides being a climate change star (see his Political Climate blog), wrote The State They’re In, a brilliant book on the politics of African development. We were exploring the theories of change…

By admin March 6, 2012 7

Dodgy elections; new blogs; big oil backlash; India's healthcare reforms; banning traditional midwives; paying for biodiversity; land rights graphics: links I liked

Elections are everywhere. Alan Beattie reckons the next World Bank president will be American, he’s just not sure which American. Jeff Sachs is though – he just nominated himself; How to write about African elections – a (satirical) crib sheet for journalists; the Economist’s guide to how to rig them, which they reckon is happening…

By admin March 5, 2012 1

How will political and economic shocks drive social change? Please help me write a paper…..

Something almost unprecedented has occurred – I’ve finished an article early. Oxfam Peru is a redoubt of intellectuals and every year publishes an annual collection of essays on the state of Peru and development in general. This year they’ve asked me to focus on shocks and change, so I’ve donned my false beard and cardigan…

By admin March 1, 2012 6