Professor of Political Economy at the Department of International Development, LSE
Robert Wade is a New Zealand born Professor of Political Economy at the Department of International Development, London School of Economics. He has worked at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), World Bank, Princeton Woodrow Wilson School, MIT Sloan School and Brown University. He has undertaken fieldwork in a range of countries including: Italy, Korea, Taiwan and even Pitcairn Island. His main interests have been in how to improve the development prospects of developing countries in today’s globalised world; and especially in the international system of rules, regimes and organisations which bear upon their development prospects. Hence he has been focusing on East Asian development, looked at through the lens of the theory developed in Governing the Market. He has authored books including Irrigation and Politics in South Korea (1982) and Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asia’s Industrialisation (1990, 2003). Latter won the American Political Science Association’s award of Best Book in Political Economy, 1992. He was awarded the Leontief Prize in Economics in 2008.