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Opening Markets

Is economic liberalisation a force for development?

Is economic liberalisation a force for development?

Session blurb

The session will evaluate the impact that economic liberalisation can have on development and seek to understand both the opportunities and challenges involved in market-led development initiatives including trade policy. How effective have these programs been in the past and what can be done to improve them in the future? How can we ensure good governance on the part of national governments to help drive more profound and equitable impact in developing societies? How can we the public and private sectors collaborate and ensure accountability? Beyond the economic impacts, this panel will also consider the broader political and social ramifications of liberalisation.


Nikita Sud

Nikita Sud is an associate Professor of Development Studies, Oxford Department of InternationalDevelopment; Fellow of Wolfson College. Research focusses on the politics of development,and the neo-liberal transformation of postcolonial states and governance with recent workfocussing on the Indian state.

Alan Harding

Alan Harding is an independent development economist and evaluation expert working for governments andinternational development agencies in Africa, Middle East, Asia/ Pacific and the Balkans.Former Economic Advisor and Senior Economic Advisor at the Department for InternationalDevelopment (DfID).

Akshay Mangla

Akshay Mangla is an associate Professor in International Business, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford;Research Fellow of Green Templeton College. Expertise in the comparative political economyof developing countries, with a regional specialisation in South Asia.

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