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The politics of trade protection: evidence from Mubarak’s Egypt

Selective trade liberalisation has been a pervasive feature of economic reforms supported by multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. As many developing countries have sought to liberalise their trade, they have done so in a highly selective fashion, eliminating trade protection in some sectors while maintaining it in others.

Such episodes of selective economic reform in Africa inspired political scientist Nicolas van der Walle to coin the term ‘partial reform syndrome’. Our research [1] provides one of the first empirical illustrations of this in the arena of trade policy.

By
Adeel Malik
Ferdinand Eibl
14 Jun, 2018

The politics of trade protection: evidence from Mubarak’s Egypt

Selective trade liberalisation has been a pervasive feature of economic reforms supported by multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. As many developing...

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Rocco Zizzamia
Simone Schotte
Murray Leibbrandt
08 Jun, 2018

Defining the middle class in the global South: a quantitative perspective from South Africa

What makes you middle class? Is it your income, occupation, or education? Your family background or maybe the house and neighbourhood you live in? It is probably all of these things. 

By
John Gledhill
17 May, 2018

The study of peace and conflict: in need of (intellectual) insurgency?

Peter Wallensteen, a leading scholar of peace and conflict, has suggested that ‘...

By
Lucie Qian Xia
04 May, 2018

Negotiating the unnegotiable: climate diplomacy and climate action

Philosopher William James once said ‘whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is...

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Myfanwy James
Tony Kiumbe
20 Apr, 2018

A Congolese space of aid: reflections from national staff

Myfanwy: I have recently returned from North Kivu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where I was conducting fieldwork with the aim of understanding how humanitarian organisations have...

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Marco J Haenssgen
17 Apr, 2018

Against the myth of ubiquity: reflections on five years of mobile phone diffusion research

If you follow tech news and research in the field of ‘information and communication technologies for development’ (ICT4D), you will sooner or later come across the idea that mobile phones are ubiquitous....

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Diego Sanchez-Ancochea
Séverine Deneulin
03 Apr, 2018

Trickle-down does not work in social policy either: the micro side of the macro success story of inequality reduction in Latin America

It is a widely accepted fact in academia and policy circles that Latin America has experienced important gains in human development outcomes over the last decade, mainly through the creation of new non-...

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Robin Cohen
26 Mar, 2018

Beating the Cambridge Analyticas: change the way we (s)elect our representatives

We are now all aware of how our electoral systems have been manipulated by harvesting our digital footprints and preferences. Targeted messages, images and false information are then deployed to support or...

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Marta Favara
23 Mar, 2018

No longer children: what do Young Lives children do when they grow up?

Jobs are at the centre of the eighth goal of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling for the promotion of ‘sustained, inclusive and...

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Emre Eren Korkmaz
20 Mar, 2018

How might Artificial Intelligence transform corporate sustainability policies?

Rapid technological development in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has triggered a growing debate about its ethical, political and legal implications for our daily lives. In this post, I suggest...

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