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LSE Campus
23 - 26 Feb 2021
18:30 - 20:00

Day 4: Governance

Governance and Development: Strengthening Democratic Institutions

Under the authoritarian rule of Singapore’s late leader, Lee Kuan Yew, the country became one of the world’s most prosperous nations. This raises the question: what is the purpose of government? Should democratic values be subordinate to economic growth? Is democracy promotion the pursuit of a universal ideal, or Western imperialism? The impact of political regime types on development is one of the most interesting debates in development studies. Advocates of development authoritarianism maintain that authoritarian regimes are better suited to foster economic development. On the other hand, proponents of ‘good governance’ argue that a liberal-democratic, non-corrupt government is a necessary prior condition of development. Join this fascinating discussion with speakers from renowned organisations, including the OSCE and the European Centre for Electoral Support.


  • Date: 26th February 2021
  • Time: 18:30 – 20:00 (GMT+0)


  • Jacopo Leone, Chief of Democratic Governance and Gender Unity at OSCE/ODIHR
    With 10 years of experience in promoting democratic standards, supporting democratic institutions and political reforms in the area of democratic governance, public integrity, and political participation of under-represented groups in more than 50 countries around the World, Mr Jacopo Leone provides assistance to political reform processes in the area of fundamental freedoms, public integrity, anti-corruption, and inclusive political participation. By supporting governments and parliaments with legislation drafting and implementation, as well as through capacity building of relevant democratic institutions in promoting strong democratic standards, he has acquired a vast familiarity with international conventions and jurisprudence, allowing for effective advocacy in advancing democratic governance standards.
  • Cvete Koneska, Head of Political and Security Risk Analysis at S-RM
    Cvete leads the Political Risk and Security Analysis team at S-RM. She has a decade of experience in the political risk and security analysis sector, having advised clients across sectors and geographies. She has designed bespoke threat monitoring solutions and methodologies, provided in-depth country and sector assessments and helped clients understand and adapt their operations to the threat context. Cvete is also a researcher on academic and policy projects investigating post-conflict security in the Balkans. She holds a DPhil degree in Politics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Politics and Security from University College London.
  • Blair Glencorse, Executive Director of the Accountability Lab
    Blair Glencorse is Executive Director of the Accountability Lab- which makes governance work for people around the world. Blair and his team have done everything from building large-scale socially conscious music campaigns in Nigeria; to monitoring and improving public services in Pakistan. Blair is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership; an expert on anti-corruption with the World Economic Forum; a member of the World Bank’s Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement; and is the Co-Chair of the C20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, advising the G20 on issues of anti-corruption on behalf of global civil society.
  • Richard John, Senior Election Security Expert at European Centre for Electoral Support
    Richard John has been delivering governance and democracy programming within fragile and conflict-affected states, since leaving the Royal Army Ordnance Corps in 1994.  In addition to his electoral work, he has engaged with; Counter Narcotics, Countering Violent Extremism and Gender Empowerment within two dozen countries.  His current assignment is to support the National Electoral Board of Ethiopia as they prepare for their 5 June General Election. Richard was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and the University of Cambridge – where he read a Master of Studies in International Relations.  He lives with his Partner, Rain, in West Suffolk and has a passion for motorcycles and cycling.

Academic Chair: TBC