Robert Wade – Visiting Professor 2012



New Zealander, educated Washington DC, New Zealand, Sussex University. Worked at Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, 1972-95, World Bank, 1984-88, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School 1989/90, MIT Sloan School 1992, Brown University 1996-2000. Fellow of Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 1992/93, Russell Sage Foundation 1997/98, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin 2000/01. Fieldwork in Pitcairn Is., Italy, India, Korea, Taiwan. Research on World Bank 1995-continuing. Author of Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982), Village Republics: The Economic Conditions of Collective Action in India (1988, 1994), Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia’s Industrialization (1990, 2003). Latter won American Political Science Association’s award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1992.

Research interests and area of supervision

  1. Globalization and trends in world poverty and income/wealth distribution
  2. Functioning of multilateral economic organizations (eg World Bank, IMF, WTO)
  3. The US Empire and the developing countries.
  4. Industrial and technology policies, especially in developing countries.

Selected recent publications

  • “Reflections: Robert Wade on the global financial crisis”, Development and Change, November, 2009.
  • “From global imbalances to global reorganizations”, Cambridge J. Economics, 33, 4, 2009, 539-562, lead essay.
  • “The global slump: deeper causes and harder lessons”, Challenge, September-October 2009.
  • “Does trade liberalization contribute to economic prosperity?”,
    in Peter Haas and John Hird (eds.), Controversies in Globalization, Congressional Quarterly Press (Sage), 2010 [already in print].
  • “Accountability gone wrong: The World Bank, NGOs, and the US government in a fight over China”, New Political Economy, 14, 1, March, 2009, 25-48.
  • “Beware what you wish for: lessons for international political economy from the transformation of economics”, Rev. International Political Economy, 16, 1, Feb 2009, 106-121.
  • “The post-Asia-crisis system of global financial regulation and why developing countries should be worried about it”, in Richard Carney (ed), Lessons from the Asian Financial Crisis, Routledge, 2009, 222-246.
  • “Is the globalization consensus dead?”, for 40th anniversary issue of Antipodes (geography journal), forthcoming.
  • “Industrial policy for low income countries”, African Development Review, forthcoming.
  • “The invisible hand of the American empire”, in Joel Rosenthal and Christian Barry (eds.), Ethics and International Affairs, 3rd ed., Georgetown University Press, 2009. (Republication)
    “Steering out of crisis”, Economic and Political Weekly, 44, 13, 2009, 39-46, special issue on the global economic crisis.
    “Iceland as Icarus: from miracle to crash, and on”, Challenge, May 2009, 5-33.
  • “The market as means rather than master: the crisis of development and the future role of the state”, lead essay in Shahrukh Khan and Jens Christiansen (eds.), Market as Means rather than Master: Towards New Developmentalism, under publisher’s review.