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

LISTEN – Marion Ouma on power and the uptake of social protection in Kenya

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 upt

Matthias vom Hau responds to prestigious CPS award

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

LISTEN: Professor Lars Buur’s DSA paper on Social Protection in Mozambique

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 Econom

NEWS: Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai is awarded 2017 Gerti Hesseling Prize

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

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

Social protection in Ethiopia

6 July 2017 On a recent visit to Addis Abada in Ethiopia, Tom Lavers presented his latest research on social protection and Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme. This is his presentation.        Read the research on social protection in Ethiopia