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Is Democracy Possible in Fragile States?

DESTIN/STICERD panel discussion

Paul Collier, CBE is a Professor of Economics and Director for the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford. He also serves as co-director of the International Growth Centre. From 1998 – 2003 he was the director of the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He is the author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, published in 2007, Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places, published in March 2009, and his most recent book The Plundered Planet How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resources rich societies.

James Robinson is the David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard University where he has taught since 2004. His main research interests are in political economy, comparative economic development and economic history and he teaches in the Government, Economics and History Departments at Harvard. He is the co-author with Daron Acemoglu of the book Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 which was awarded the 2007 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award awarded by the American Political Science Association for “the best book published in the United States during the prior year on government, politics or international affairs.” He has just completed a new book with Daron Acemoglu entitled Why Nations Fail which will be published by Random House in 2011.


Professor Sir Paul Collier | talks
Professor James Robinson | talks


Date and Time:

15 June 2010 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Sheikh Zayed Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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