Development Studies Events
- The Struggle for Development
Dr Benjamin Selwyn
Mainstream development thinking – whether (neo) liberal, statist and some Marxist variants – is founded upon a fundamental paradox. It advocates the oppression and exploitation of the poor in the name of helping the poor.
- Managing Food: India's Experience with the Public Distribution System - Deepankar Basu
Deepankar Basu (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)
- The Political Economy of Agrarian Change: a Roundtable Discussion in Appreciation of Henry Bernstein
Terry Byres (SOAS), Bridget O’Laughlin, Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford), Gavin Capps (Witwatersrand), Henry Bernstein (SOAS)
- The Dialectics of the Chieftaincy: Rethinking Land and Authority in Africa’s Colonial Capitalisms
Gavin Capps (Witwatersrand)
- Anti-Value in Marx
Professor David Harvey
At the end of the very first section of Capital, after offering an initial definition of the labor theory of value, Marx observes that "nothing can be of value without being an object of utility.
- The Russian Crisis and Global Geopolitics: Dilemmas of Authoritarian Rule
Professor Anastasia Nesvetailova
Since 2000, Russia’s model of political economy has evolved around three main channels of global economic integration: 1) export of natural resources and a national system of redistribution of export revenues; 2) financialisation, which acts as a boost for domestic consumption/demand; and 3) offshore integration of Russian capital into global capital markets.
- Is Debt Write-off a Viable Solution to the Crisis of Financialisation?
Dr Johnna Montgomerie
This presentation makes the case for a comprehensive approach to debt restructuring, write-down and write-off as an effective solution to the economic malaise gripping financialised economies.
- Book Launch: Boltvinik & Mann (eds): Peasant Poverty and Persistence in the 21st Century (Zed)
Meghnad Desai (LSE), Discussant: Cristobal Kay (ISS)
- Agrarian Questions Then And Now
Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Professor Terry Byres, Professor Henry Bernstein, Professor Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Chaired by Dr Jens Lerche
The field of critical agrarian studies has undergone an exciting re-invigoration over the last four decades, addressing new and emerging questions arising from the onset of globalisation and its impacts on agriculture.
- Agrarian Change Now and Then: a Roundtable Discussion
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg (Wageningen), Barbara Harriss-White (Oxford), Terry Byres (SOAS), Henry Bernstein (SOAS). Chair: Jens Lerche (SOAS)