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Cluster

Business, Markets and the State

The debate on the role of business, markets and states in development has a long history, marked by divergent and often strongly held perspectives, but also relatively rapid shifts in understanding about what is feasible and desirable. Only two decades ago debates were framed in terms of the state versus the market. Today, questions relates more to the appropriate roles of each. There is general recognition that business, including through its interactions with the state, has a major impact on human development and the natural environment, contributing both to failures and to new market-focused solutions, initiatives and partnerships.

Our research generates new evidence and addresses pressing knowledge gaps in this field. We employ diverse theoretical perspectives which include political economy, value chain analysis and market systems approaches, for example, alongside a fine-grained understanding of the ways in which states and businesses engage and influence one another. Our work focuses on six thematic areas that are crucial for economic systems to deliver inclusive development. These are: Work, Enterprise Development, Trade, Finance, Alternative Economies and Food & Nutrition.

To understand our unique mix of expertise and how we work with others toward inclusive economies and sustainable development, see our Business, Markets and the State Position Paper Series.

Our Business, Markets and the State cluster also manages the IDS Business and Development Centre.

 

 

Key contacts

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Anabel Marín

Research Fellow, Cluster Leader

A.Marin@ids.ac.uk

+44 1273 915882

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Amaka Ebekwumonye

Postgraduate Researcher

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Amrita Saha

Research Fellow

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Carlos Fortin

Research Associate

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Dirk Willenbockel

Research Fellow

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Ebata Ayako

Research Fellow

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Edward Jackson

Honorary Associate

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

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Evert-jan Quak

Research Officer

Projects

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Urbanisation in Africa and China

As African countries experience rapid urbanisation, there is a need to ensure that this process is well managed, and underpinned by strong public policy and social governance, to support economic development and social welfare. China has much to share from its experience of rapid...

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Foresight for new collaborative platforms to support LMIC science systems

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it has become clear that we require systemic change across societies, and that as a consequence we need transformational pathways of development. This in turn requires knowledge that is transformative, both in terms of its focus, and how it...

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Handbook of Financialization

  Financialization has become the go-to term for scholarship that studies the vastly expanded role of finance in contemporary politics, economy and society. The concept itself has equally expanded and evolved from a niche research theme in critical scholarship to one that informs an...

Recent work