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date: 25 February 2020

(p. ix) Preface

(p. ix) Preface

The preparation of this volume was deeply marked by the illness and passing away of my friend and colleague, Carol Lancaster, in October 2014. This book was Carol’s idea and would not exist without her efforts and inspiration. Carol was that rare combination of distinguished scholar and accomplished policy maker, who left her mark in these two distinct worlds. Her research on foreign aid remains authoritative, but she could also claim exceptional insights into the inner workings of official Washington. She was also funny and insightful on many topics unrelated to the politics of development, always generous in her views and wise in the ways of the world. I thank her for involving me in this project and I greatly appreciate the opportunity it gave me to work with her on issues both of us cared about deeply (and often disagreed about!). Many of us will miss her for a long time.

Capturing the complex interaction between economic development and politics in a single volume was always a presumptuous task, and many readers will no doubt identify sins of omission in our coverage of the topic. In our defense, and apart the from the usual practical vagaries of assembling such a collection with dozens of authors, we have sought to assemble three dozen essays that cover a large number of issues of contemporary theoretical and policy importance from different perspectives. The volume starts with discussions of the main theoretical currents that have shaped the political economy of development from its beginnings in the years after World War II to the present. Following this intellectual history of our topic, a second part consists of essays that focus on the main domestic factors that shape the politics of development, from such sociological dynamics as ethnicity or religion, to fiscal politics. A third part of the volume examines international political factors that shape economic development, with essays on topics such as sovereign debt, trade and the conditionality of the international donors. Part 4 of the volume includes essays focusing on institutional factors, before the volume concludes with five broad historical reviews of the distinctive regional experiences with development.

I wish to thank all of the people who contributed to the completion the volume. I thank Oxford University Press for its forbearance with the various inevitable delays and for shepherding the volume to completion. The many different contributors similarly deserve my gratitude, not only for their enormous patience and professionalism, but also for delivering exceptional work.

A number of other colleagues also deserve my warm thanks. Deborah Brautigam, Erin Hern, Lauren Honig, Adrian Leftwich, Peter Lewis, Katherine Marshall, Kevin Morisson, Danielle Resnick, and Ken Roberts all provided helpful advice on the project, or contributed useful comments on chapters. Clare Ogden was a huge help through out the process, playing a key organizational role early on, and then helping to keep the project on track when Carol fell ill. I am also grateful for the research assistance of Mayesha Alam and Nicholas Starvaggi.

Nicolas van de Walle (p. x)