Effective States and Inclusive Development

David Hulme: Why the UK must keep military activity away from international aid

A day is a long time in politics and the first full day of election campaigning was dominated by suggestions that the Conservatives would row back on the commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid. But, barely 24 hours later, Theresa May scotched these rumours, perhaps encouraged by a pas

LISTEN: Stephen Kosack on state responses to mass political movements

Professor Stephen Kosack (Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington) joined us on 10 May 2017 to share a new framework based on the first systematic survey of mass movements of at least 1,000 citizens over a sustained period. The research focuses on mass m

Spotlight on an ESID expert – Naomi Hossain

    11 May 2017 ESID and IDS researcher Naomi Hossain on her passion for development research, linking climate change and development and moving house for the eigth time in 12 years…   1. What made you want to work in development research? I was brought up in Bang

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group’s Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the ways in which strengthening governance has climbed the agenda of opinion leaders in developing countries. The World Bank’s 2016 poll of more than 35,000 opinio

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

ESID turns 5!

26 April 2017 ESID has turned 5 and we’re entering Phase 2 of our research. To mark our 5-year anniversary, we’re sharing some of our work and findings from Phase 1. ESID has developed a multi-levelled, adapted political settlement framework that includes historical, trans

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