Effective States and Inclusive Development

Democracy and growth: How are they related?

By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether

WATCH: Yongmei Zhou on the 2017 World Development Report

Co-director of the 2017 World Development Report, Yongmei Zhou, talks about the relevance of ESID’s work to the report’s theme of power and politics. Read Brian Levy’s blog on The World Development Report.

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi

ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

NEW FINDINGS: Impartial institutions promote higher fiscal revenues

Dr Antonio Savoia, Dr Roberto Ricciuti and Professor Kunal Sen 18 November 2016 How do states learn to tax? The capability to raise revenues from taxes – called ‘fiscal capacity’ in recent research on the analysis of the state – is a crucial aspect for the functioning of every state a

The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

Dr Pritish Behuria and Dr Tom Goodfellow 11 November, 2016 To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost revolution‘ to bring

LISTEN: Subhasish Dey asks ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding?’

ESID researcher Subhasish Dey recently delivered the below presentation, ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India’ at the DSA. The presentation is based on working paper 63, which he co-wrote with ESID Research Director

WATCH: Kunal Sen on governance, politics and growth

ESID co-Research Director, Professor Kunal Sen, discusses the ways in which governance, politics and economic growth interact in this short clip. For more on the political dynamics of economic growth, read this.

Managing for performance in South African basic education

Prof Robert Cameron and Dr Vinothan Naidoo 12 October 2016 Bridging the gap between improving access to primary and secondary education and enhancing the quality of teaching and learning outcomes marks a new frontier on the world’s sustainable development agenda. This challenge is par

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily made available last week in draft form as an ‘almost-final’ public preview) is a landmark document for the development community. Historically, the point of de