Institutions and Accountability

Institutions and accountability have a major bearing on the effectiveness of global economic governance and on the sustainable development of developing countries. Regulation by public and private organizations can be hijacked by special interests or small groups of powerful firms, at the global, regional, and national levels.

GEG’s work in this area focuses on three issues:

  1. Examining ‘regulatory’ capture; exploring how and why such hijacking or "regulatory capture" happens, and how it can be averted
  2. Explaining why there is such variation in the outcomes of anti-corruption initiatives in developing countries, and the role of international actors in such initiatives
  3. Ways to improve the accountability and legitimacy of global and regional actors, including the private sector

Recent publications

Deere Birkbeck, C. 2014. Inside View – Strengthening WIPO’s Governance for the Next 50 Years: A Time for Action, Intellectual Property Watch, 26 September 2014.

Deere Birkbeck, C. 2014. WIPO’s Assistance To Developing Countries: Taking Forward The Unfinished Reform Agenda,  Inside View - Intellectual Property Watch, 13 November 2014

The Politics of Islam in the Sahel
Making Trade Work for Development
GLF Maria A Gwynn invited to Itaipú Binational Dam working group
GLF Fellow Zheng Chen Delivered a Lecture at LSE
Half union jack, half EU flag
Director Emily Jones awarded ESRC Impact Acceleration Award
GEG Scholar Wei Huang at T20 in Mumbai
Africa's Fallen Liberators
Dr Biniam Bedasso, GLF 2016-18
Managing Ethiopia's political crisis
Dr Biniam Bedasso, GLF 2016-18
College Major Choice and Neighborhood Effects in a Historically Segregated Society: Evidence from South Africa
Dr Biniam Bedasso, GLF 2016-18
Journal articles
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GEG WP 2017/133 Labour Provisions in the US and EU FTAs: A Two-Level Games Perspective
Dr Nghia Trong Pham, GLF 2015-17
Working papers
GEG WP 2017/132 Investment Disputes, Sovereignty Costs, and the Strategies of States
Dr Maria Gwynn, GLF 2016-18
Working papers
Will TPP's Death Kill Labor Rights Reform in Vietnam?
Dr Nghia Trong Pham, GLF 2015-17
#AidToo: politics, power and safeguarding in international aid
Trump and World Order: Will a New US Foreign Policy Change Global Governance?
Brexit: Legal Challenges and Opportunities
Is China Really Reshaping Global Order?
Applied Political Settlements Theory in Africa
The Prospects for Afghanistan: State Capacity and Aid Effectiveness