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UK Research and Innovations (2019)

Explaining economic growth and structural transformation in Kenya : a political settlements and deals approach

Economics Growth Kenya

Titre : Explaining economic growth and structural transformation in Kenya : a political settlements and deals approach

Pays/Région : Kenya

Durée : sept. 19 - sept. 20

Référence projet : ES/T008628/1
Catégorie : Fellowship

Résumé
There has been an increasing acceptance since the late-2000s that economic processes in developing countries are closely shaped by political dynamics. Initially, attempts by academics and policymakers to understand the role of politics in determining economic outcomes were confined to thinking about what institutions were required for growth. More recently, research has argued it is not institutions per se that determine such outcomes, but the underlying power relations that shape their performance. These claims are even starting to be recognised by major donors like DFID and the World Bank, the latter in its 2017 World Development report.

The aim of this fellowship is to further these debates on the politics of development. To do so, the researcher will draw on his PhD thesis, which contained an innovative framework for understanding the political drivers of economic development in developing countries, applied to the case of Kenya. Utilising a mixed methods approach combining quantitative analysis, archival research and 128 interviews with politicians, state officials and businesses, the researcher constructed a more convincing account of Kenya’s economic trajectory than that offered by the literature to date, as well as new accounts for the development of five key industries (horticulture, garments, banking, telecommunications, oil). The researcher will now make use of the resources and support offered by this fellowship to maximise the academic and non-academic impact of his research.

A central focus of activities will be at least three articles for submission to high impact journals. These will explore the political dynamics that have shaped Kenya’s horticulture, banking and oil industries, building on two papers the researcher has respectively already published and got under review in African Affairs and World Development, top ranking journals by impact factor, on Kenya’s garments and mobile money industries.

Lead Research Organisation : University of Manchester

Financement : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Budget  : £92 293

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