Reading Development

Random readings on society, politics and change – Jorge Carrillo

Planning for a world beyond COVID-19: Five pillars for post-neoliberal development

Our five priorities are not meant to be exhaustive, but aim to stimulate debate on the key levers needed to place communities, nations and indeed the globe on a different … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

De-Democratisation and the Rights of Street Vendors

For a large segment of the urban poor in Kampala, Uganda, street vending has long served as a key livelihood strategy in the absence of formal employment opportunities and a … Continue reading

Saturday, 9 January 2021 · Leave a comment

Is Singapore Truly Sustainable?: Greenwashing in the ‘City in a Garden — Urban Asia Blog

As ‘Asia’s Greenest City,’ Singapore has promoted itself as a leader in environmental sustainability, even exporting its expertise to other cities around the world. With lush greenery and advanced eco-friendly … Continue reading

Thursday, 10 December 2020 · Leave a comment

The corruption–growth relationship: does the political regime matter?

Corruption is widely believed to have an adverse effect on the economic performance of a country. However, many East-and-Southeast-Asian countries either achieved or currently are achieving impressively rapid economic growth … Continue reading

Friday, 4 December 2020 · Leave a comment

COVID-19: Capitalist and postcapitalist perspectives

This opinion piece discusses key weaknesses of advanced capitalism exposed in the origin and economic repercussions of Covid-19 and, conversely, aspects of grassroots organising and speculation pointing in a postcapitalist … Continue reading

Tuesday, 24 November 2020 · Leave a comment

Tickling urban formality in Sweden — {FAVEL issues}

Sweden is a formal place and accordingly its cities are planned thoroughly by experts. It now and then this top-down planning is tickled. Here are two of my favourite anecdotes … Continue reading

Sunday, 1 November 2020 · Leave a comment

The cost of being poor in a high-income country

Poverty within a developed country is typically considered within “relative” terms. This means that people experience poverty relative to those within their society. This acknowledges that a certain standard of … Continue reading

Sunday, 18 October 2020 · Leave a comment

Virtual Special Issues – Journal of Contemporary Asia

JCA’s 50th anniversary celebrations include a three-part virtual collection that comprises a selection of articles from the Journal over its history. These remain available until the end of 2020 and … Continue reading

Thursday, 24 September 2020 · Leave a comment

Political Geographies of Right Wing Populism

International Journal of Urban and Regional Research – Spotlight on Until recently, populist authoritarian movements have tended to conform to a familiar geographic split, in which their strongest supporters were … Continue reading

Wednesday, 26 August 2020 · Leave a comment