Dr Mark Langan
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
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MA 1st Class Joint Honours History and Politics, University of Glasgow (Scottish undergraduate MA) - awarded 2004
MA Development Studies (with Research Training), University of Manchester - awarded 2006
PhD International Political Economy, University of Manchester - awarded 2010
External Examiner for MA International Relations, Oxford Brookes (ongoing)
External Examiner for MA International Relations: Global Security and Development, Plymouth University (ongoing)
External Examiner for BA Politics, Nottingham Trent University (September 2017 onwards)
My research examines the 'pro-poor' impact of trade and development ties between countries of the Global North and Global South.
In particular, I am interested in European (including UK) trade and aid linkages with states in sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa).
As part of this agenda, I regularly utilise a 'moral economy' framework in the study of donor contributions to poverty reduction in the post-Washington Consensus. This includes
- Examination of donor initiatives vis-à-vis Aid for Trade
- Private sector development
- Ethical trade
- Decent Work
- Budget support arrangements
The moral economy framework enables critical engagement with donor 'development' discourse in terms of policy legitimacy and ideational power. Moreover, the moral economy lens facilitates examination of the material impact of aid and trade policies for ostensible beneficiaries in developing countries.
I am also very interested in critical debates concerning statehood, sovereignty and imperialism/liberation nationalism in the context of North-South relations (for instance, in terms of Kwame Nkrumah and the concept of 'neo-colonialism').
I was recently awarded a British Academy small grant to examine the food security implications of the EU's Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with West African countries. This will focus upon business stakeholder experiences in the tomato and poultry sectors in Ghana. The project commenced in January 2017 and will be completed by the end of March 2018. This complements my recent field engagement with cocoa agro-processing stakeholders in Ghana and Nigeria to examine the impact of EU Aid for Trade policies.
I am currently researching the intellectual legacy of Kwame Nkrumah in terms of his writings on 'neo-colonialism' and pan-Africanism. This relates to my forthcoming monograph with Palgrave entitled "Neo-colonialism and the poverty of 'development' in Africa".
I am also now exploring the impact of BREXIT upon Anglophone African countries' trade, which is disproportionately dependent upon export of primary commodities to the British market. This includes broader examination of the impact of BREXIT upon EU-ACP relations in terms of overarching aid and development goals.
I recently presented a report on private sector development (PSD) in developing countries to a workshop held in the European Parliament, organised by the Vice-Chair of the EP Development Committee. My findings have been cited by Members of the Development Committee in their finalisation of an official Committee report on PSD.
I have recently completed a monograph on neo-colonialism for Palgrave and edited a special issue on EU-Africa ties (Third World Thematics)
I am keen to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in:
- The political economy of trade and development
- Private sector development and Aid for Trade agendas
- Decent work and ethical trade initiatives
- Moral political economy
- Theories of African statehood (for instance, in terms of governance states)
POL1032 Introduction to International Politics
POL8043 Globalization, Poverty and Development
- Langan M. Neo-Colonialism and the Poverty of 'Development' in Africa. New York, NY, USA: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
- Langan M, Price S. The EU and 'Pro-Poor Contributions' to Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Consensus. Third World Thematics 2017, 1(4), 431-436.
- Langan M, Price S. Oil and cocoa in the political economy of Ghana-EU relations: whither sustainable development?. Third World Thematics 2017, 1(4), 563-580.
- Langan M. Virtuous Power Turkey in Sub-Saharan Africa: The "Neo-Ottoman" Challenge to the European Union. Third World Quarterly 2017, 38(6), 1399-1414.
- Langan M. The Moral Economy of Turkish Contributions to Poverty Reduction: Humanitarianism, Nationalism and Islamism in Justice and Development Party (AKP) Elite Discourse . In: Ikiz, A; Unal, O, ed. The Political Economy of Muslim Countries. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. In Press.
- Langan M. Nationalism. In: Wetherly, P, ed. Political Ideologies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017.
- Langan M. The Moral Economy of EU Association with Africa. London, UK: Routledge, 2016.
- Langan M. Brexit and Trade Ties Between Europe and Commonwealth States in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opportunities for Pro-Poor Growth or a Further Entrenchment of North-South Inequalities?. The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 2016, 105(5), 477-487.
- Langan M. Budget Support and Africa-European Union Relations: Free Market Reform and Neo-Colonialism?. European Journal of International Relations 2015, 21(11), 101-121.
- Langan M, Price S. Extraversion and the West African EPA Development Programme: Realising the Development Dimension of ACP-EU Trade?. Journal of Modern African Studies 2015, 53(3), 263-287.
- Langan M. The Moral Economy of EU Relations with North African States: DCFTAs under the European Neighbourhood Policy. Third World Quarterly 2015, 36(10), 1827-1844.
- Langan M. A Moral Economy Approach to Africa-EU Ties: The Case of the European Investment Bank. Review of International Studies 2014, 40(3), 465-485.
- Langan M. Decent Work and Indecent Trade Agendas: The European Union and ACP Countries. Contemporary Politics 2014, 20(1), 23-35.
- Langan M, Scott J. The Aid for Trade Charade. Cooperation and Conflict 2014, 49(2), 143-161.
- Langan M. Governing Trade. In: Harman, S; Williams, D, ed. Governing the World?. London: Routledge, 2013.
- Langan M. Normative Power Europe and the Moral Economy of Africa-EU Ties: A Conceptual Reorientation of Normative Power. New Political Economy 2012, 17(3), 243-270.
- Langan M. Uganda's Flower Farms and Private Sector Development. Development and Change 2011, 42(5), 1207-1240.
- Langan M. Embracing a Human Political Economy: A Critique of 'Abstraction' Within Studies of the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. In: Olsen, W, ed. Realist Methodology. London: SAGE, 2010.
- Langan M. ACP-EU Normative Concessions from Stabex to Private Sector Development: Why the European Union's Moralised Pursuit of a 'Deep' Trade Agenda is Nothing 'New' in ACP-EU Relations. Perspectives on European Politics and Society 2009, 10(3), 416-444.
- Langan M. Embracing A Human Political Economy: A Critique of 'Abstraction' Within Studies of the ACP-EU Cotonou Partnership Agreement. Methodological Innovations Online (open access journal) 2008, 3(1), 38-55.