28/10/2014, 5.15pm - 7pm
Can corruption reduce conflict? Lessons from Indonesia: Elizabeth Pisani at SOAS
"Good governance" is the buzzword of the day: everyone just takes for granted that less corruption would translate into more economic growth as well as a healthier body politic. That in turn reduces the likelihood of conflict, according to the conventional wisdom. Elizabeth Pisani challenges those assumptions, using examples from Indonesia. In some cases, she argues, patronage and the economically inefficient distribution of public money serve as the glue that keeps an otherwise fractious country together. She traces the changing nature of corruption in Indonesia, and proposes ways in which it has promoted conflict but also helped restore peace in the country. She argues that a more nuanced and less ideological view of "corruption" is needed if countries are to fight graft without undermining peaceful co-existence.
SOAS, Brunei Gallery Room B102, University of London, Thornhaugh St, Russell Square, London, WC1H0XG
Constantine Literary Group present Philip Marsden
The award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, and The Levelling Sea, will talk about his latest book Rising Ground. an exploration of the mythology and topology of Cornwall.
Patrick Barkham at the Norwich Hostry Festival
Norfolk Authors in Profile event. An in-depth discussion with some of the county's leading authors including Patrick Barkham, author of Badgerlands.
The Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, 12 The Close, Norwich, NR1 4DH