Dr. James Putzel
is Reader in Development Studies and, since October 2000, Director
of the Development Research Centre in the Development
Studies Institute at the London
School of Economics and Political Science.
He heads the Centres
research programme on Crisis
and Breakdown in the Developing World the Crisis States
Programme. From 1996 to 1999, Dr. Putzel was a member of the British
Academys Southeast Asia Committee and he was a Managing Editor
of the Journal of Development Studies from September 1999
until January 2001. Recently he joined the Advisory Board of the
Institute for Latin American Studies of the University of London.
Dr. Putzel was Director of the Development Studies Institute from
January 1999 until August 2001. Before that, he directed the Institutes
Dr. Putzel is most
well-known for his book, A Captive Land: the Politics of Agrarian
Reform in the Philippines (1992). In 1999, he won the Dudley
Seers annual prize for his article, The Business of Aid: Transparency
and Accountability in European Union Development Assistance"
(Journal of Development Studies, vol.34). His article, Accounting
for the Dark Side of Social Capital (Journal of International
Development, vol. 9) has had a significant impact on recent
development debates, as has his co-authored paper with Mick Moore,
Thinking Strategically About Politics and Poverty (IDS,
2000). Aside from agrarian reform, his recent research and publications
range from work on the politics of financial crisis, to work on
nationalism, comparative politics of development in Southeast and
East Asia, democratic transition, developmental states, and the
role of foreign aid and NGOs in development, with a particular focus
on problems of institutional change. His current research is focusing
on politics and governance in crisis states.
Dr. Putzel received
his BA in East Asian Studies and MA in Political Science from McGill
University. He received his D.Phil in Politics from the University
of Oxford. In the late 1980s he was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in
Political Science at the University of the Philippines and a Visiting
Research Associate at the School of Economics. He has extensive
experience in consultancy work for development oriented non-governmental,
government and multilateral development organisations.