IC4HD Public Lecture

17 Feb 2014

Which Kind of State Can Deliver Which Kind of Development?

Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Photo: Zubeni Lotha/UNDP India

IC4HD, a joint initiative of the Government of India and UNDP, organized its first public lecture on 17 February 2014 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

The lecture titled ‘Which kind of state can deliver which kind of development?’  was delivered by Prof. Boaventura de Sousa Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal. The lecture was chaired by Prof. Chetan Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and the discussants included Prof. Shail Mayaram, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and Prof. Gopal Guru, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Abstract 
It is high time for a thorough rethinking of the idea, or myth, of development, which entails a profound reform of the state under the aegis of three guiding ideas: to democratize, to decolonize, and to decommodify. Is the battle over common-sense neoliberalism a central part of our political life? How new is the new developmental state? The intrinsic contradiction among the three principles of modern regulation – the state, the market, and the community – can produce non-democratic solutions: corruption, neo-patrimonialism, authoritarianism. Or are there democratic solutions questioning the capacity of the state in an age of vulnerability (crises of finance, food, environment, energy)? Which kind of state could carry out the agendas that they call for? 

About the Professor 
Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and has written and published widely on the issues of globalisation, sociology of law and the state, epistemology, social movements, and the World Social Forum. He has been awarded several prizes, most recently the Science and Technology Prize of Mexico, 2010, and the Kalven Jr. Prize of the Law and Society Association, 2011. Among his many books in English are Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide (Paradigm Publishers, Forthcoming 2014), The Rise of the Global Left: The World Social Forum and Beyond (Zed Books 2006) and Law and Globalization from Below: Towards a Cosmopolitan Legality (co-editor; Cambridge University Press 2005).