David Skarbek (Brown University) describes his ethnographic work on prison governance as a historical analogy to the emergence of states. Join us on this episode of the Governance Podcast led by John Meadowcroft (King’s College London) for a vibrant discussion on how governance emerges (or doesn’t) in different social landscapes, from prisons and gulags to clans and nation-states.
Sophia Ostler takes us into her fieldwork research on the governance of the Colombian drug trade, illuminating the role of extra-legal governance in supporting the trade, the importance of women in the coca-leaf economy, and the bountiful insights that qualitative research brings to economics.
Slums are home to 850 million people worldwide, making them prime territory for distributive politics. In this episode of the Governance Podcast, Tariq Thachil (Vanderbilt University) sits down with Irena Schneider (King’s College London) to discuss the counterintuitive ways in which governance emerges amidst poverty and informality in Indian cities.