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Will This Wiki Find Plagiarism In Saif Gaddafi’s PhD Thesis?

by | 4th, March 2011

DID Saif-al -Islam, Colonel Gaddafi’s son last seen talking of civil war in Libya at no risk to himself, plagiarise his Ph.D in economics from the LSE?

If he did cheat then Saif’s current job as dad’s next in line must be in jeopardy. Saif may need to prove his intellect in some other way, say, by working out how many big sticks it takes to secure your billions, investing in his wardobe or juggling.

As a result of the school’s links with Libya, Sir Howard Davies has resigned as the director of the London School of Economics. He says:

“I have concluded that it would be right for me to step down even though I know that this will cause difficulty for the institution I have come to love. The short point is that I am responsible for the school’s reputation, and that has suffered.”

Noble stuff:

The LSE’s reputation has taken a battering over links with the Libyan regime, which include a donation of £1.5m from a charitable foundation run by Saif, who studied at the LSE. The donation was used to set up a north Africa research programme. This was suspended last week.

And inquiry will now look at the “academic authenticity” of Saif’s doctoral thesis;, and a £2.2m contract to train Libyan civil servants and professionals – £1.5m of this money has been received.

Any scholar and sons and daughter of despots looking to get on can download the thesis here.

Here’s an example posted in a Wiki on the web:

The IMF cannot be blamed directly for all of the problems with the way PRSPs have been developed in particular countries; however, the fact that creating and implementing a PRSP has become a key mechanism for securing IMF finance means that these failures in the PRSP process take on an importance far beyond the problems with citizen participation in policy-making in those countries that are not subject to conditionality, e.g., the UK. The use of conditionality to enforce PRSPs makes the normal democratic process-whereby policies, once put in a plan by government, are subsequently scrutinised, changed and sometimes reversed-difficult, if not impossible, and is therefore fundamentally anti-democratic.

Compare and contrast to Page 22 of the World Development Movement’s report “Denying democracy: How the IMF and World Bank take power from people”:

While the IFIs cannot be blamed directly for all of the problems with the way PRSPs have been developed in particular countries, the fact that creating and implementing a PRSP has become a key mechanism for securing IFI finance means that these failures in the PRSP process take on an importance way beyond the problems with citizen participation in policy-making in countries not subject to conditionality (eg, the UK). The use of conditionality to enforce PRSPs makes the normal democratic process – whereby policies, once put in a plan by government, are subsequently scrutinised, changed and sometimes reversed – difficult if not impossible and is therefore fundamentally anti-democratic.

No idea if she cheated or not. We’re just amazed that his doctorate wasn’t honorary…

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