Effective States and Inclusive Development

The reality of doing business in India

2 November 2017 Sabyasachi Kar is author of the insightful book The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes with Kunal Sen. On the release of the World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, Sabyasachi outlines how the framework developed in their book provides a game-changi

Why have we seen so few developmental states?

  Kunal Sen 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 s

Deals and Development

7 August 2017 Professor Sabyasachi Kar is a key contributer to ESID’s work on the politics of economic growth. He has just contributed a chapter to the landmark forthcoming book, Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes, which James Robinson says “a

LISTEN: Sally Cawood discusses domestic violence in Bangladesh

GDI Phd candidate Sally Cawood talks about some of her observations during field work in Bangladesh. Read ESID research on the politics of the Domestic Violence Act in Bangladesh

The politics of mining and the resource curse in Ghana

  Abdul Gafaru Abdulai 12 June 2017     Why are some mineral-dependent countries able to translate natural resource wealth into sustainable and inclusive development outcomes, while others often succumb to the resource curse or Dutch Disease? Most analysts argue that th

WATCH: What needs to happen about illegal mining in Ghana?

8 June 2017 Known as ‘galamsey’, illegal small-scale mining has really captured the attention of the media and the public in Ghana recently. It’s an urgent issue. The practice is poisoning the water and Ghana may need to import water in as little as three years time

The ideational turn in development politics

2 May 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas As we near completion of Phase 1 research (and gear up for 2.5 years of Phase 2), those of us involved in ESID’s theoretical synthesis feel pretty confident about the basic elements of our framework. Going beyond the somewhat simplistic readings of in

South Africa’s crisis: Calling things by their true name

  20 April 2017 Brian Levy warns that the magnitude of what is at stake in the current crisis in South Africa is at risk of being underplayed    The promiscuous use of the accusation of ‘corruption’ to cover all sins risks obscuring the nature of South Africa’s current crisi

Repealing resource transparency – a shameful descent into collusion with criminality

By Brian Levy 29 March 2017 ESID will soon be publishing a synthesis of new research on the politics of the extractive industry in Africa and Latin America. Here, our researcher, Brian Levy, writes about the recent ‘unconscionable’ US vote to repeal transparency for oil an

WATCH: Alice Evans on the return of the Global Gag Rule

It’s International Women’s Day on Wednesday (March 8), and we’ll be bringing you comment from some of our gender researchers in the lead-up. First, Alice Evans expands on her recent blog, looking at the return of the Global Gag Rule and the global politics of abortio