Benedicte Bull

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Phone +47 22858902
Mobile phone +47 40204438
Visiting address Sandakerveien 130 Bygg 2 0484 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1116 Blindern 0317 OSLO

Academic Interests

  • International political economy
  • Comparative political economy
  • Development theory
  • Geographical focus: Latin America

My research interests focus on the relationship between politics, economics and development, and how international conditions affect the possibilities of establishing good institutions that facilitate positive societal changes. My main focus geographically is Latin America, and in recent years I have focused particularly on Venezuela. I have especially looked at the relationship between politics and business elites through many projects. I now lead three projects: 1) one that looks at China's importance for international cooperation, democracy and the environment in Latin America and Africa, 2) one that researches the role of small businesses for development and reduction of violence in big violent cities in the South, and 3) one that looks at economic development in Venezuela, with particular focus on the importance of international sanctions for the relationship between private and public elites. I have previously led a project on the strategies of Central American economic groups in a globalized economy, and one on the importance of elite change for environmental policy in Latin America. Before that, I researched the importance of global private companies for UN organizations and the policies of multilateral banks. An important reason for my interest in the relationship between elites and institutions is the importance it has for both social and economic inequality. Through my work with elites and institutions in Latin America, I have also become more and more interested in the illegal economy, and how organizations that emerge in it, both challenge and cooperate with traditional elites.

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Tags: Latin America, Globalisation, Governance, Brazil, Global South
Published Aug. 15, 2011 2:52 PM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2021 10:57 AM