Author : PSRP Category : global-justice-academy, publications
Tags : Access order approach political economy Political Settlements Violence
Dr Hazel Gray, from the Centre of African Studies, the University of Edinburgh, recently published ‘Access Orders and the ‘New’ New Institutional Economics of Development’ in Development and Change. The article is available on Open Access.
Hazel’s article examines Douglass North’s latest work on Limited Access Orders, particularly how violence is treated within his framework. Hazel traces the intellectual development of the access order approach and contrasts it to the political settlements approach. She also evaluates the underlying economic model on which the theory is based, and argues that the conceptual device of the Open Access Order preserves key features of the neoclassical approach within North’s work. Hazel’s evaluation ultimately suggests that the access order approach serves to strip the progressive potential out of development by ignoring how controlling violence may affect human capabilities, rights and freedom.