GDN 12th Annual Conference Plenary Speaker: Professor Helen Milner

Plenty of leading scholars will address the key issues relating to this year’s conference theme, Financing Development in a Post-Crisis World. Five plenaries top and tail each of the three day’s proceedings, with one of the most exciting taking a particularly topical theme of Development Aid: The Emerging New Landscape.

The international context of foreign aid has changed profoundly in the last few years due to multiple, interrelated global crises and challenges. Food insecurity, volatile energy and commodity prices, climate change, and above all, the global financial crisis, have recently left many fragile countries struggling to cope. This session asks the demanding question of what the next decade might hold for aid effectiveness; explores how ‘aid’ is defined; and promises to look at the macroeconomic impact of aid and the recent emergence of new donors from the South.

Professor Helen Milner of Princeton University and Director of Governance Centre, Woodrow Wilson School, will be one of the panelists.  A political scientist, Professor Milner has written at length on the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. Her degree in International Relations from Stanford University and Ph.D in Political Science from Harvard paved the way for an extensive career in Global Affairs. Since 2004 she has been the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Dr. Milner has conducted extensive research on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the digital divide and the global diffusion of the internet and the relationship between globalization and environmental policy. In her 2006 article “The Digital Divide: The Role of Political Institutions in Technology Diffusion” she examines data from 190 different countries over a decade (1999-2001) in order to prove that a country’s regime has an intrinsic effect on economic, technological, political and sociological factors. Milner found that democratic governments facilitate the spread of the internet relative to autocratic ones, concluding that the spread of democracy may help reduce the digital divide.

Professor Patrick Guillaumont, President of FERDI (Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement) and Ravi Kanbur, Professor of World Affairs and Economics at Cornell University, will also address the session as panelists.

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