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Ross Harvey

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  • Senior Researcher
  • South African Institute of International Affairs
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I have a deep interest in understanding the origins of political order and institutional formation. Why strong, inclusive institutions formed in some countries and not in others remains a key question. I have passing interests in wildlife governance and conservation, as well as interests in extractive industry governance. Resource-wealthy, weakly institutionalised countries tend to experience underdevelopment, which is a paradox well understood but difficult to overcome.

Recent publications

  • Risks and Fallacies Associated with Promoting a Legalised Trade in Ivory

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  • Natural resource rents and elite bargains in Africa: Exploring avenues for future research


Professional experience

Senior Researcher

South African Institute of International Affairs

June 2013 - Present


D.Phil Economics

University of Cape Town

October 2013 - Present


University of Cape Town

January 2008 - January 2010(2 years)

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