States, political systems and development
The group is made up of DPP members and other OU colleagues who work at the interface of politics and international development. We examine multiple ways of researching political ideas, policies and actions. Our work is both analytical and normative.
The theoretical underpinnings of the group are rooted (not exclusively) in the tradition of critical social and political thought. As Cox (1981:129) emphasizes, this tradition,
“… does not take institutions and social and power relations for granted but calls them into question by concerning itself with the origins and how and whether they might be in the process of changing”.
Within this broad and cross-cutting agenda we focus on:
Potential research projects
Within the context of development, we are interested in research at the intersection of political ideas, policies and actions of:
Current research projects
Prof Giles Mohan
Prof Theo Papaioannou
Dr Peter Robbins
Prof Helen Yanacopulos