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Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes

Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, and Eric Werker


When are developing countries able to initiate periods of rapid growth and why have so few of these countries been able to sustain growth over decades? Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes seeks to answer these questions and many more through a novel conceptual framework built from a political economy of business–government relations. Economic growth for most developing countries is not a linear process. Growth instead proceeds in booms and busts, yet most frameworks for thinking about economic growth are built on the faulty assumption that a country’s economic perf ... More

Keywords: economic growth, political settlements, deals environment, rent space, structural transformation, policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198801641
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198801641.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lant Pritchett, editor
Professor of the Practice of International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, US

Kunal Sen, editor
Professor of Development Economics, Global Development Institute University of Manchester, UK

Eric Werker, editor
Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business, Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Canada

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1 Deals and Development

Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, and Eric Werker

3 Powerbrokers and Patronage

Jonathan Said and Khwima Singini

4 Navigating the Deals World

Mirza Hassan and Selim Raihan

5 Not Minding the Gap

Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng

6 Political Settlements and Structural Change

Robert Darko Osei, Charles Ackah, George Domfe, and Michael Danquah

7 Dominance and Deals in Africa

Badru Bukenya and Sam Hickey

8 The Disorder of ‘Miracle Growth’ in Rwanda

Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow

9 The Stroll, the Trot, and the Sprint of the Elephant

Kunal Sen, Sabyasachi Kar, and Jagadish Prasad Sahu

11 Searching for a ‘Recipe’ for Episodic Development

Lant Pritchett, Kunal Sen, and Eric Werker

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