After the multifaceted failures of neoliberal policies since 1980, there is renewed interest in the local state playing a pro-active developmental role to secure sustainable and equitable local economic and social development – becoming what might be called a ‘local developmental state’ (LDS).
This talk explores the history and development of the LDS concept, unpack some of the most successful examples in Brazil, Chile, and China, and speculate on what it might reasonably achieve in the global South in the future.
Milford Bateman is a freelance consultant, a Visiting Professor of Economics at Juraj Dobrila University of Pula, Croatia, and an Adjunct Professor of Development Studies at St Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. He is the author of ‘Why doesn’t microfinance work? The destructive rise of local neoliberalism’ (Zed Books, 2010).