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Andres Mejia Acosta


quito_photo-smallAndrés Mejía Acosta is a Senior Lecturer in Political Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s College International Development Institute. A political scientist by training (University of Notre Dame, 2004), his work explores the political economy of producing effective, accountable and inclusive policy making in low and middle income countries. His doctoral work "Informal Coalitions and Policymaking in Latin America" (New York: Routledge, 2009) looked at how presidents relied on the workings of informal institutions to push for economic reforms through a multiparty legislature.  Subsequent research projects have looked at the workings and impact of different formal and informal political institutions on the policy process and policy outcomes.  One area of research has focused on the political and fiscal management of natural resource revenues, with particular attention to Andean countries.  More recently, he has developed a political economy framework to Analyzing Nutrition Governance, exploring the motivations of governments to invest, coordinate and implement strategies to reduce children’s under nutrition in low and middle income countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Niger, Pakistan, Peru and Zambia.

Research findings have been published in peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books and policy briefings in English, Spanish and French. Andrés has worked as a policy and country expert for The Carter Center, Eurasia Group, Freedom House, the United Nations, the Inter American Development Bank, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and the British Department for International Development.

Before joining King’s, Andrés was a Governance Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, where he managed a large research consortium around the Governance of Service Delivery.  He also co-convened the Master´s programme on Development Studies

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