5th October 2017
The underlying political settlement within countries too often provides political elites with insufficient incentives to enact the institutional reforms needed for further growth and structural transformation
The original developmental states of East Asia had one unifying economic characteristic: they witnessed almost uninterrupted rapid economic growth for well over four decades. This is very different from what we have observed for other developing countries, where economic growth has been boom and bust, defined by a rapid growth acceleration followed by a deceleration that at times was quite prolonged. With the exception of China, no other country has observed rapid sustained growth in the past few decades.
Why have we seen so few examples of countries with developmental state properties when it comes to economic growth? Is it due to the lack of political and economic space for nation-states in low and middle income countries to chart their own independent path to industrialisation and structural transformation in the current liberal economic order, where the forces of globalisation are too strong to be kept at bay? Or are there other explanations for the lack of examples of successful developmental states in the Global South today? Continue Reading →
2nd October 2017
Last month, Marion Ouma of the University of South Africa presented her excellent paper to the DSA Conference. Drawing from the nexus of policy transfer and Foucauldian perspective on power, the paper investigates the extent to which power relations determined the uptake of social protection policy and programmes in Kenya.
29th September 2017
ESID expert and Associate Professor at the Barcelona Institut Estudis Internacionals Matthias vom Hau has been awarded the prestigious editorial best paper award from the Comparative Political Studies Journal. The award was for Ethnicity in Time: Politics, History and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Good Provision. The paper pushes for a new research agenda, challenging one of the most powerful theories in political economy – the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. The prize is given annually by the CPS editorial board for the best paper published within the journal in the previous year.
Matthias said “The news about the award caught Prerna Singh, my co-author, and I completely by surprise. ESID had a strong influence on the award of this prize. We received extremely insightful and stimulating feedback from the ESID research community when we presented initial versions of the piece at various workshops. ESID support was also crucial in enabling me to complete the article and the special issue it was part of.”
13th September 2017
We had a very interesting few days at the DSA Conference in Bradford last week and a highlight for ESID was Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey’s panel on Negotiating the Politics of Social Protection.
In this podcast, Lars Buur, Associate Professor of Political Economy at Roskilde University in Denmark, presents his research for ESID on The Political Economy of Social Protection in Mozambique
30th August 2017
We are delighted to announce that Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize for ‘the best contribution by a young African scholar’. This was in recognition of his paper co-authored with Sam Hickey published in the Journal of African Affairs last year. The paper is based on ESID research into the way in which patterns of resource allocation in Ghana’s education sector are shaped by incentives generated by Ghana’s education sector.
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute. He is the lead researcher for ESID’s comparative research on the politics of spatial inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. He is also leading a country study around the politics of Ghana’s mining industry as part of a wider comparative research project on natural resource governance in Ghana.
Dr Abdulai holds a First Class Bachelors degree in Political Science from the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (UK). His work has been published by several top-ranked international journals, including African Affairs; Development Policy Review; Development; European Journal of Development Research; Democratization; and Labour, Capital and Society. He has provided consultancy services for a number of international development organisations, including UNICEF, DFID, The World Bank, Cities Alliance and the Korean International Cooperation Agency. Speaking of his delight in receiving this award Abdul Gafaru said:
I would like to express my profound appreciation to the Committee that nominated my article for this year’s Gerti Hesseling Prize. The significance of this award lies in its role in encouraging young African-based academics like me in conducting high quality research in the area of African Studies. This award, which is the first of its kind in my academic life, would play a major role in boosting my academic career. I am extremely grateful to the leadership of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) based at the University of Manchester, where an earlier version of this article was published as a working paper. My four-year experience with ESID has played a major role in sharpening my analytical capacity and writing skills.
Read more on the original paper here