Workshop on States, Development and Global Governance

March 12-13, 2010, UW Law School

This workshop is part of the Research Collaborative on Remaking the Developmental State.


  • Global Legal Studies Center
  • Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE)
  • Center for European Studies

About the workshop:

While we are seeing an intensification of state action in many spheres, this is happening in a very different context than what prevailed during the heyday of the classical developmental state.  Globalization and attendant domestic changes have redrawn the boundaries of state action across policy areas and sectors. The private sector plays many new roles, public-private partnerships have emerged and global standards affect the public and private sectors equally.  How can we understand these developments and the revival of interest in the state?  Are these interventions new or a re-assertion of old vested interests?  How has the nature of the state and state-society relationships changed by their transition through the neoliberal decades? How does the nature of the global-national interactions transform our understandings of the nature of the state?  Is there a counter-intuitive effect of globalization on state regulation so that the trends toward globalization could, under some circumstances, strengthen national states and public agencies?  How is social policy affected by the larger trends towards capital mobility? 

This workshop and the larger project attempt to seek answers to these questions by drawing on insights from India, Brazil, China, and South Africa. The emergence of new powers has attracted the attention of many actors and observers.  The self-organization of such global groups as BRICs (Brazil, India, China and Russia) and G20 into global forums, and the recognition by the erstwhile global powers (G-7) and international organizations such as the IMF that the center of gravity is shifting toward a multi-polar global order has renewed the urgency of studying these countries in global context. There are similarities among these emerging powers including a common commitment to an interventionist state and these similarities should help shape a common vision and design for the emerging global order. Yet they have followed different trajectories and have differing interests, and political structures, which may limit the degree of consensus among them.

Workshop Agenda and Presenter Biographies


Glauco Arbix

Robert Howse

Mark Copelovitch

Cynthia Roberts - please contact Professor Roberts if you would like a copy of her paper ( 

John Echeverri-Gent

Andrew Schrank


Prior registration is recommended to facilitate planning.  Please email Sumudu Atapattu with your institutional affiliation and contact details by March 8, 2010.

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