Thomas Callaghy

Professor Emeritus
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Dr. Callaghy's work deals with evolving patterns of international economic governance focusing on international financial institutions and NGOs, cross-regional and comparative analysis of the politics of debt and economic reform in the developing world, and on the historical development of states, bureaucracies, and capitalism. He has been a recipient of funding from the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Institute for the Study of World Politics. In 1997-98 he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Dr. Callaghy is currently working on a book about the Paris Club, the informal group of creditor countries that restructures developing country debt. He has held teaching positions at Berkeley, U.C., Santa Cruz, Penn State, and Columbia, and has been at Penn since 1988. 

Research Interests: 
  • International Political Economy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political and Historical Sociology
  • African Politics
Selected Publications: 

"The Paris Club, Debt, and Poverty Reduction: Evolving Patterns of Governance," in Global Governance, Poverty, and Inequality, eds.Jennifer Clapp and Rorden Wilkinson (New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 162-184.

January 2009 Working Paper: “Anatomy of a 2005 Debt Deal: Nigeria and the Paris Club” - Short version (.pdf), Long version (.pdf)

“Is Debt Relief Smart Aid?” in Richard Joseph and Alexandra Gillies, eds.,Smart Aid for African Development (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009), pp. 87-101.

“Africa and the World Political Economy: Still Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place?” in Africa in World Politics: Reforming Political Order, 4th edition, eds. John W. Harbeson and Donald Rothchild (Boulder: Westview Press, 2009), pp. 39-71. 

“The Paris Club and International Economic Governance: Double Crisis and Debt” in Vinod K.Aggarwal and Brigitte Granville, eds., Sovereign Debt: Origins, Crisis and Restructuring (London: Royal Institute of International Studies, 2003), pp. 201-28.
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“Innovation in the Sovereign Debt Regime: From the Paris Club to Enhanced HIPC and Beyond,” World Bank Background Paper, April 2002; to be published as a World Bank Working Paper
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Authority and Intervention in Africa. (Cambridge University Press, 2001). [co-edited with Ronald Kassimir and Robert Latham]
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Rightsizing the State. (Oxford University Press, 2001). [co-edited with Brendan O'Leary and Ian Lustick]
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Hemmed in: Responses to Africa's Economic Decline. (New York: Columbia Univiversity Press, 1993). [co-edited with John Ravenhill]
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The State-Society Struggle: Zaire in Comparative Perspective. (Columbia University Press, 1984).

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