Has the sun set on Japanese-style development?

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In 1960, a mere 15 years since Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of a war-torn Japan, newly inaugurated Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda announced a bold initiative to spur on further development in the Japanese economy, that despite post-war reforms and improvements, still lagged behind leading Western economies. This initiative was the Income Doubling Plan, and… Continue Reading ➤

Interview: Andrew Mitchell

Andrew Mitchell as Secretary of State for International Development in Tunisia, 2011. Photo: Department for International Development/Kate Joseph.

Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2010 to 2012, and has since continued to be a leading voice in international development. He is a member of the faculty of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Research Associate specialising in International Development… Continue Reading ➤

South Korea: debunking the ‘miracle’ economy

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South Korea’s economic development over the past 50 years offers lessons in the past, present and future, and casts light upon the injustice of economic development, and the pressing need for reform to the capitalist system in those states who have most decisively adopted it.   The Korean peninsula is a true twenty-first century paradox:… Continue Reading ➤

A New Dawn for an Old Party? Post-election Tanzania

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Despite a lack of change in the ruling party in Tanzania’s recent election, does the election of new blood in the top spot signify the possibility for far greater change than if the opposition had emerged victorious? Just two months into his tenure as President of Tanzania, John Magufuli has begun to implement some of the… Continue Reading ➤

What next for Nigeria?

The Marina on Lagos Island in Nigeria's capital: the developed façade of a society undergoing profound change

Radios across Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city with a staggering 21 million people, are alive with fiery political debate, catchy political jingles and celebrity endorsements. Election fever has hit the city, and the entire country; albeit over a longer period than first imagined. The election was actually due to take place under the auspices of… Continue Reading ➤

Who needs the rule of law, anyway?

The Pudong area of Shanghai, as seen from the Bund (Source: Flickr: mclcbooks)

China is not always known for its adherence to the rule of law.  The judiciary is controlled by the Communist Party, and criminal trials, which 98% of the time result in convictions, “often amount to mere sentencing announcements”, according to Freedom House.  The law that exists is flouted with impunity; provisions against torture do little… Continue Reading ➤