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John Rapley      

Journalist, Political Economist at the University of Cambridge & Founder of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute

John Rapley is a political economist at the University of Cambridge. During his career, and has worked at universities in Britain, the US, Canada, France, South Africa and the Caribbean. He is also the founder of the Caribbean’s first independent think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute.

With a long history as a public scholar, Rapley has published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, from the Jamaica Gleaner to Esquire.

Rapley's scholarship focuses on issues relating to globalization and governance. Most recently, he has paid particular attention to policy coalitions and informal governance – or what he has called the new medievalism. He also maintains a long-standing interest in both the theory and practice of development, and his Understanding Development remains in widespread use around the world as a textbook in development studies.

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