Prof. Graham Harrison


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Graham is a Professor in the Department of Politics and Lead for the Governance and Advocacy research theme. Graham has been researching development in Africa for twenty years. He completed a PhD on the impact of multi-party democracy on local governance in northern Mozambique, making regular research visits to that country for the next five years, researching village politics, governance and corruption. Developing his interest in corruption, in 2000 he started a comparative study of the World Bank and ‘good governance’ in Tanzania and Uganda. This led him to coin the term ‘governance states’, perhaps the single thing he is best known for. He has subsequently developed an ongoing interest in the way Africa is represented within British public culture, mainly in regards to campaign organisations. He is currently especially interested in Rwanda, a country in which there is a strong development plan but very equivocal evaluations of its successes as well as failures. This has brought him back to an interest in agrarian transitions, and also statehood rather than ‘good governance’. He is currently writing a book on capitalism and development.

Some of his general reflections on development and other matters can be found here .