My research focuses on the politics of informal and illegal economies in development. I am particularly interested in the intersection that informal and illegal activities share with states, regulatory actors, and development interventions. My research argues that these produce dynamics that are often overlooked by established policies and methodologies, but that are often critical in understanding development outcomes as well as how economic and political power interact and reproduce each other.
Gallien, Max. Smugglers and States: Negotiating the Maghreb at its Margins. Columbia University Press. Forthcoming.
Anyidoho, Nana Akua, Max Gallien, Mike Rogan, and Vanessa van den Boogaard. 'Mobile Money Taxation and Informal Workers: Evidence from Ghana's E-Levy'. Development Policy Review. Published Online: 10 March 2023.
Winner of the APSA MENA Section Award for the Best Paper of the Year 2020
Gallien, Max. ‘Solitary Decision-Making and Fieldwork Safety’. In The Companion to Peace and Conflict Fieldwork, edited by Roger Mac Ginty, Roddy Brett, and Birte Vogel, 163–74. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2021.
Author accepted version: here
Selected Working Papers and Reports
Gallien, Max, Julia Mascagni, Mick Moore, Giovanni Occhiali, Wilson Prichard, Fabrizio Santoro, Celeste Scarpini, and Vanessa Van Den Boogaard. “Why Mass Tax Registration Campaigns Do Not Work.” Institute of Development Studies, July 2023.
Anyidoho, Nana Akua, Max Gallien, Mike Rogan, and Vanessa van den Boogaard. ‘Mobile Money Taxation and Informal Workers: Evidence from Ghana’s E-Levy’ ICTD Working Paper 146, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, September 2022.
Gallien, M. and van den Boogaard, V. (2021) Informal Workers and the State: The Politics of Connection and Disconnection During a Global Pandemic, IDS Working Paper 558, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/IDS.2021.066
Gallien, M. and van den Boogaard, V. (2021) 'Rethinking Formalisation: A Conceptual Critique and Research Agenda', ICTD Working Paper 127, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies, DOI: 10.19088/ICTD.2021.016
Gallien, M.; Moore, M. and van den Boogaard, V. (2021) Taxing the Informal Economy is not a Silver Bullet for Financing Development - or the COVID-19 Recovery, ICTD Summary Brief 24, Brighton: Institute of Development Studies
Herbert, Matt, and Max Gallien. ‘A Rising Tide: Trends in Production, Trafficking and Consumption of Drugs in North Africa’. Research Report. Geneva, Switzerland: Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, 2021.