Effective States and Inclusive Development

From Phase 1 to Phase 2: Our progress so far

26 April 2017 Dr Pablo Yanguas Why do inequalities persist over time? How do elite interests shape developmental trajectories? When are the poor and vulnerable included in policymaking? At ESID we’re devoted to understanding the politics behind development puzzles. As we turn 5 

WATCH: The India launch of ‘The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes’

Watch experts on Indian growth gather in Delhi to launch “fresh and insightful” book, The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes, by Sabyasachi Kar and Kunal Sen. For more on the topic read Working Paper 44, ‘The political economy of economic growth in In

Brian Levy reviews Duncan Green’s ‘How Change Happens’

‘At times in the last few years,’ writes Duncan Green in his recent book, How Change Happens, ‘It has felt like something of a unified field theory of development is emerging.’ As Hegel reminded us, however, the owl of wisdom flies at dusk. As recently as early

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

Building effective states beyond competitive democracy in Ghana

 By Dr Daniel Appiah and Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 18 April 2017   It is widely accepted that the creation of impartial organisations is an important condition for spurring economic growth and development on a sustained basis. Democracy requires impartial enforcement of rules that

FINDINGS: How Uganda’s political settlement is impeding PSRs

The Ugandan state presents an interesting puzzle for advocates of public sector reforms (PSRs). Though it has been subjected to several waves of reforms over the last three decades, these have generally not translated into progressive changes in how the central government functions. I

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

EVENT: Experts gather for the release of path-breaking research findings and the launch of a seminal book on growth in India

20 March 2017 This Wednesday sees the India launch of a seminal book; The Political Economy of India’s Growth Episodes by Professor Kunal Sen, Research Director or ESID and Professor Sabyasachi Kar, ESID Researcher and Associate Professor at Delhi’s Institute of Economic G

What do we wish for women worldwide?

It’s International Women’s Day 2017 and we’re marking it with the wishes of 12 researchers from our global network of experts. Some common themes emerge, particularly the wish that women will have more political power and that they will be recognised and rewarded for

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