New on our blog: Why Has the Agadir Agreement Failed?

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02 Mar 2021

By Christos Kourtelis

Signed in Rabat, Morocco on February 25th 2004, the Agadir Agreement (AA) is a Free Trade Agreement between Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan with the aim of coordinating sectoral policies and approximating legislation to better foster intraregional trade. However, when re-evaluating the performance of the agreement, it becomes clear that it has neither succeeded in fostering regional integration, nor in overcoming the structural weaknesses of Arab-Mediterranean economies.

Distinghuished Guest Lecture: Colonialization, Neo-Liberalization and Patriarchy: Palestinian Women’s Search for an Alternative Approach to Economic and Social Empowerment, 21 April, 11.00 CET

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21 Apr 2021

With Eileen Kuttab

This lecture will briefly describe the Israeli colonial project of dispossession and de-development on occupied Palestine, followed by a discussion on the emerging Palestinian Authority (PA) and its impact on the economy through a gender lens.

Development choices have been governed by different objectives, namely stabilization of the peace process, control of the Israeli economy over the territories and the mainstreaming of neoliberal economics, resulting in multi-faceted socio-economic deteriorations.

Diálogo virtual EADI: Libertad, desarrollo humano y bienestar subjetivo: implicaciones para los estudios del desarrollo, 8 Marzo, 11.00 CET

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08 Mar 2021

Con Rafael Domínguez Martín

El objetivo de esta presentación es revisar críticamente el papel de la libertad como determinante del bienestar subjetivo a lo largo del proceso de desarrollo humano, entendido en el sentido sociológico de la teoría postmaterialista de la modernización y sus implicaciones para los estudios del desarrollo.

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New on our blog: COVID-19 and the Economic Stories of our Time

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23 Feb 2021

By Simon Mair

What is the economy? Speaking to the NGO Our Economy, one interviewee described the economy as “a giant blob or mass that feels like it has its own consciousness.” In popular and academic discussion of the economy it can seem like we’re talking about a child or pet that we have to nurture. The economy is often portrayed as self-aware entity, something separate from but dependent on us. What will happen to “the economy” because of the coronavirus? Have we “sacrificed” the economy to save lives?

Distinguished Guest Lecture: Agrarian Challenges in India, 18 February, 11.00 CET

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18 Feb 2021

With Madhura Swaminathan

This lecture traces the trajectory of growth of Indian agriculture over the last 5 decades. From the mid 1960s through the 1980s, rapid growth in production and productivity of food grain, rice and wheat, in particular, resulted in big gains in output and reduced dependence on imports to meet domestic consumption requirements. The trajectory has been more uneven in the 1990s and after. The lecture argues that there are huge problems that beset agrarian India, arising out of inequalities across crops, regions and classes.

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