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Book ChapterGunnar Myrdal and Asian Drama in Context
From the book: Asian TransformationsStates and elites Elites Gunnar Myrdal
Working PaperUnofficial sovereign wealth funds and duration in power in Africa
This paper argues that in weak states, leaders whose hold on power is secured by the public fortune have turned to the use of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), especially unofficial SWFs, to cement their hold on power...Autonomy Natural resources political survival
Working PaperGunnar Myrdal and Asian Drama in context
This paper attempts to understand Asian Drama in the context of the development debates of its time, and in terms of the sensibilities that Gunnar Myrdal—the brilliant economic theorist and philosopher of knowledge, and Swedish politician&mdash...States and elites Elites Gunnar Myrdal
Working PaperHow do voters respond to information on self-serving elite behaviour?: Evidence from a randomized survey experiment in Tanzania
Does self-serving elite behaviour make citizens more politically active? This paper presents the results of a randomized field experiment where voters in Tanzania were given information about elite use of tax havens...Elites Citizens Voter turnout
BlogEconomic Elites, Crises, and Austerity in 21st Century Capitalism
24 September 2014 Andrés Solimano The era of neoliberal capitalism starting by the late 1970s and early 1980s promotes free trade, capital mobility, fragmented migration, privatization, deregulation and marketization...Capitalism Democracy Economic policy