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Call for papers: DSA 2016 panel: Service delivery and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations: What, who, why and how

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Call for papers: DSA 2016 panel: Service delivery and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations: What, who, why and how

SLRC is pleased to announce that we will be convening a panel, titled Service delivery and state-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations: What, who, why and how? at this year’s Development Studies Association (DSA) Conference (12 to 14 September) and would like to invite paper proposals.


Service delivery programmes in fragile and conflict-affected situations are heavily influenced by a widely shared received wisdom: that there’s a simple transactional relationship between people’s receipt of basic services and their acceptance of the legitimacy of the state. From this received wisdom follow a number of programming implications, most notably that NGOs, donors and other non-state providers of services are crowding out the state and undermining efforts towards state-building. 


This panel will explore the relationship between service delivery and state-building and help improve our understanding of what services (for example health, education, security or water) are most likely to lead to state legitimacy in different contexts, whether who delivers services makes a difference to state-building, why service delivery for state-building is such a popular approach for both national governments and international agencies, and whether how services are delivered can make a difference to state-building outcomes.


Papers are invited that draw on empirical and / or theoretical work and that provide either specific sectoral or geographical case studies or comparative analysis between countries or sectors.


The 2016 DSA conference has as its title Politics in Development and will be held at the Examination Schools, University of Oxford. It will be hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID), and keynote speakers so far confirmed include Professor Tania Li (University of Toronto) and Professor James A Robinson (University of Chicago).


To submit: please follow this direct link to the panel page, and click on Propose paper.
http://www.nomadit.co.uk/dsa/dsa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4656


Paper proposals must consist of:

  • a paper title
  • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
  • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
  • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words

Please note: The call for papers is now open and the deadline for submissions is 23.59 BST, Monday 25 April 2016.


Panel convenors:

Mr Richard Mallett, Researcher, SLRC

Dr Rachel Slater, Research Director, 

Photo credit: Johanna Wallin (ODID)

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