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Politics of Development

About this Cambridge Elements series

This new series will provide important contributions on both established and new topics on the politics and political economy of developing countries. A particular priority is to give increased visibility to a dynamic and growing body of social science research that examines the political and social determinants of economic development, as well as the effects of different development models on political and social outcomes. 

The series will publish several different types of works, including 1) extended reference and review essays on the state of the art in enduring research traditions; 2) essays that set a new research agenda on emerging fields and point to future directions in empirics and theory; and 3) original empirically grounded and theoretically engaged research. Topics will cover a broad range of issues and areas including Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and post-communist countries (including the middle income countries of Eastern Europe, Russia, and China).

The series is open to all methodologies. Bringing together diverse research strands and critically engaging broad cross-regional policy and disciplinary debates, the series will be a valuable resource for scholars, students, and practitioners.

Areas of interest

Ideas and development; political regimes and regime change; developmental states and industrial policy; property rights and taxation; identity politics; historical roots of contemporary development and underdevelopment; corruption and governance; gender; resource wealth and development; political violence and development; local institutions and subnational development; politics and capital mobility; inequality; welfare regimes and social service delivery; informality; poverty and poverty alleviation policies; social capital; war and illicit trade networks; state-owned enterprises; crime and insecurity; representation and accountability.

This is a preliminary and evolving list, and we welcome inquiries on other topics related to the politics of development.

About the editor - Melani Cammett

Melani Cammett is Professor of Government at Harvard University. Prior to moving to Harvard in 2015, she taught at Brown University and was Director of the Watson Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Program. Her books include A Political Economy of the Middle East (with Ishac Diwan, 2015), Compassionate Communalism: Welfare and Sectarianism in Lebanon (2014), The Politics of Non-State Welfare (co-edited with Lauren Morris MacLean, 2014), and Globalization and Business Politics in North Africa (2007/2010). She has written on topics related to development, welfare, identity politics, clientelism, business-government relations, and post-conflict governance and has a variety of new and ongoing research projects on governance and social service delivery, with a predominant focus on public health. Her main empirical focus is on the Middle East and North Africa, and her work is situated in general theoretical and policy debates.

About the editor - Ben Ross Schneider

Ben Ross Schneider is Ford International Professor of Political Science at MIT and Director of the MIT-Brazil program.  Prior to moving to MIT in 2008, he taught at Princeton University and Northwestern University.  His books include Business Politics and the State in 20th Century Latin America (2004), Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America (2013), Designing Industrial Policy in Latin America:  Business-Government Relations and the New Developmentalism (2015), and New Order and Progress:  Democracy and Development in Brazil (2016).  He has also written on topics such as economic reform, democratization, education, labor markets, inequality, and business groups. 

Contact the editors

If you would like more information about this series, or are interested in writing an Element, email  and



Forthcoming Elements

Developmental States by Stephen Haggard

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