2011 Conference

2011 IPEC Conference: Globalization and the Politics of Poverty and Inequality

The University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Yale University’s Leitner Program in International & Comparative Political Economy, and the Indian Institute of Management—Bangalore are sponsoring a research conference on globalization and the politics of poverty and inequality January 5- 6, 2011 at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.

The workshop will bring together political scientists and international economists engaged in research on how the politics of poverty and/or inequality mediate the impacts of globalization, as well as how engagement with the world economy is influencing patterns of poverty and inequality in the developing world. A particular emphasis of the workshop will be research on rapidly growing societies such as India.

India provides an excellent setting for such a workshop. In August 1991, India launched a dramatic trade liberalization. Since then, economists have applauded its tremendous progress and anticipate India’s emergence as an economic superpower by the year 2025. At the same time, trade and financial reforms are having far-reaching implications for those living in both rural and urban areas. As a result, the political salience of issues linked to economic inequality and poverty is rising.  Discontent (or content) with the consequences of existing economic reforms may, in turn, affect current policies governing globalization. Findings from this conference will explore political dynamics and policy implications that may be relevant for all developing countries pursuing international market expansion.

Papers that focus on India are encouraged, but not required. In particular, we invite paper contributions that address the following questions:

•    Have new sources of trade and investment affected the gap between rich and poor? What are the causal links?  What is the role of government? Domestic institutions? What are the political consequences?
•    How does globalization impact the politics of poverty (e.g., health, immunization, welfare institutions, education, etc)?
•    Under what economic and political conditions does globalization help reduce poverty?
•    How do inequality and/or poverty affect the policies that regulate integration with world economy? What types of inequality or manifestations of poverty are influential in the policymaking process? What types of economic integration are most affected by inequality and/or poverty? Trade? Foreign investment? Financial regulation?
•    How do the dynamics of inequality, poverty, and globalization influence the stability of political regimes, particularly the consolidation of democracy? How do these factors affect patterns of democratic politics such as the patronage politics and ethnic voting?

Conference Sponsors:

The Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
The Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, Yale University

Conference Host & Sponsor:

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

Other Contributors: 

United States India Education Foundation
University Center for International Studies
Global Studies Department and Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
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