CBDS Seminar 

Monday 11th December 2017 2.30-4.30 pm 

Venue: CBS Branch at Dalgas Have 15, 2nd floor, Room 2Ø.071-0.73 

‘Negotiating over Development in the SDG Era: 

States-Business Relations as if Power and Interests Mattered’ 

Center for Business and Development Studies (CBDS), Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC), CBS is delighted to announce a seminar with presentations by colleagues from Institute for Development Studies, IDS, Sussex, UK on ‘Negotiating over Development in the SDG Era: States-Business Relations as if Power and Interests Mattered’. 

The program is as follows: 

2.30 pm: Welcome, by Michael W. Hansen and Søren Jeppesen, CBDS 

2.40 pm: ‘Negotiating over Development in the SDG Era: States-Business Relations as if Power and Interests Mattered’, by Jodie Thorpe & Phil Mader, IDS 

3.15 pm: Break 

3.40 pm: Comments and discussion 

4.25 pm: Closing session, by Søren Jeppesen, CBDS 

Registration: Registration is free of charge, but needed due to limited seats and preparation of coffee and tea for the break. So kind email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 6th December 2017 at noon. CBDS, MSC, CBS (https://www.cbs.dk/en/research/departments-and-centres/department-of-management-society-and-communication/centre-business-and-development-studies-cbds

Paper abstract: 

Development in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is commonly portrayed as a “global partnership”: a collaborative project driven by the public and private sectors. Surprisingly little attention has been paid to how state-business relations in practice shape the pursuit of development goals (what outcomes; how best to pursue them). Our conception of state-business relations recognises both the reality of structural power and often conflictual interests as well as the potential for developmental forms of collaboration. Studying the negotiation processes of state-business relations (historical and contemporary) promises novel perspectives on the political economy of how particular objectives gain priority and why; who fails to get a seat at the table; and the implications for achievement of particular development outcomes aside from, or beyond, growth. One interesting area for examining shifting state-business relations beyond growth is financial inclusion, which plays a role in five SDGs. The history of financial inclusion efforts in India, from colonial cooperative credit through state-led rural credit and later microcredit to recent massive financial access initiatives, illustrates different ways in which the state and business have negotiated the means and goals of financial inclusion. Particularly since 2010, the Indian government has pursued financial access in “mission mode”, using both public and private resources, and raising questions about how power relations between it and different business factions shape financial inclusion efforts, how interests are aligned or conflictual, and who gets to shape the agenda and who doesn’t.