Development

The Asian Tigers from Independence to Industrialisation

The Asian Tigers from Independence to Industrialisation

Do the lessons learned from the rapid economic growth of the Tigers from the 1960s through the 1990s have a practical application in contemporary development?

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

Does the Latin American Left Offer a Post-Neoliberal Alternative?

The role of the state as the facilitator of capitalist interests has limited the Bolivian government in its ability to initiate a break from neoliberal economics.

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

Are High Levels of Violent Crime Inevitable After a Civil War?

The emergence of violent crime after war should be considered as the product of a multiplicity of sources associated with conflict and with larger structural dynamics.

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

The Effects of the Mexican Drug Trade over the Past Sixty Years

Drug trade has manufactured a deterioration of the federal state, but alarmist discourse conflates heterogeneous local effects with political issues at the national level

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

Does Free Trade Undermine International Rules Protecting the Environment?

The WTO undermines international environmental rules. Yet, the WTO’s decisions comply with the mandates for which it operates which do not cover environmental protection.

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

Neoliberal Globalisation and the “Arab Spring”; One Facet of a Global Movement?

The movements of 2011 were motivated by multiple grievances, but the common underlying factors were socioeconomic grievances and a rejection of the neoliberal program.

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Food Insecurity and Unrest in the Arab Spring

Rapidly rising international food prices caused the urban middle class to experience acute food insecurity, which is linked to the unrest resulting in the Arab Spring.

In What Ways Can Neo-liberalism Be Classified as Utopian Politics?

In What Ways Can Neo-liberalism Be Classified as Utopian Politics?

Neo-liberalism in the self-proclaimed guise of an eutopia allows violence against other utopias, thus validating the very concerns espoused by classical liberal scholars.

‘Alternative Development’ as a Policy to Combat Illegal Drug Production

‘Alternative Development’ as a Policy to Combat Illegal Drug Production

Alternative development programmes, and supply-side policies in general, have been ineffective in combating illegal drug production at the national and regional level.

State Failure Characterised by the Westphalian Model of Sovereignty

State Failure Characterised by the Westphalian Model of Sovereignty

The nature of sovereignty exposes the definition of state failure and, as such, the challenge to the Westphalian model that failed states represent.

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

International Security and “Failed States”: A Cause for Concern?

Failed states signal that the Westphalian model lacks empirical support and is a simple political construction that deserves greater theoretical scrutiny.

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Nigeria’s “Resource Curse”: Oil as Impediment to True Federalism

Whilst Nigeria’s history of colonialism can partly explain the difficulties of achieving a functioning federalism, its ‘resource course’ is also a significant hindrance.