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Prof.dr. (wil) W. Hout

Social Studies
Erasmus University Rotterdam


Wil Hout (1961) is professor of Governance and International Political Economy at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research interests relate to international political economy, development policies and issues of ('good') governance. He has further done research on the state oil company of Suriname and on the implementation of good governance programmes in Uganda. Wil Hout is the author of Capitalism and the Third World (Edward Elgar, 1993), The Politics of Aid Selectivity (Routledge, 2007) and (co-)editor of six volumes and special issues, most recently of EU Strategies on Governance Reform: Between Development and State-building (Routledge, 2012). Together with Caroline Hughes, Jane Hutchison and Richard Robison, he published a monograph on the political economy of development assistance, entitled Political Economy and Aid Industry in Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He has published articles in, among others, the European Journal of International Relations, Development and Change, the Journal of Development Studies, Third World Quarterly, Critical Asian Studies, Development Policy Review, the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, the Journal of African Economies and Acta Politica. Recent journal articles and chapters include: ‘The Permanent Crisis of Development Aid’, in B. Jessop and K. Knio (eds) The Pedagogy of Economic Crises: Crisis Dynamics, Construals, and Lessons, Abingdon: Routledge, 2018; ‘Gender and Policing Norms: Evidence from Survey Experiments among Police Officers in Uganda’, Journal of African Economies 26(4), 2017: 492-525 (with N. Wagner, M. Rieger and A. Bedi); ‘Classical Approaches to Development: Modernisation and Dependency’, in J.B. Grugel and D. Hammett (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of International Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp. 21-39. Before joining ISS, Wil Hout held positions as (senior) lecturer and associate professor at the departments of political science of Erasmus University Rotterdam and the Universities of Leiden and Nijmegen, and was a visiting fellow at Murdoch University (Australia), the University of Sheffield (UK), Johns Hopkins University (USA), the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore) and Central University of Iowa (USA). In 2009, he was a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Innovative Universities European Union Centre (Australia). From 2013 until 2017, he served as one of the two editors of the European Political Science Review, the flagship journal of the European Consortium for Political Research, published by Cambridge University Press.

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