Effective States and Inclusive Development

Methods in governance research: a review of research approaches

Working paper 17 Download pdf Lawrence Sáez Abstract The extant literature relating to the relationship between governance and inclusive growth does not appear to have reached convergence towards a preferred methodological approach. This paper attempts to review the strengths and shor

Developing the guts of a GUT (Grand Unified Theory): Elite commitment and inclusive growth

Working paper 16 Download pdf Lant Pritchett and Eric Werker Abstract Two key unanswered questions in theories of growth are (a) why some countries successfully initiate episodes of rapid growth while others suffer extended stagnation and (b) why some countries are able to sustain gro

The political economy of implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 15 Download pdf Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract This paper focuses on four selected questions. (1) How does local political competition and the characteristics of the elected officials matter for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

Co-producing ineffective states: social knowledge, social policy and social citizenship in Africa and in development

Working paper 14 Download pdf Maia Green Abstract This paper explores the links between social knowledge, social policy and state forms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its central argument is that the capacities of states to establish inclusive welfare regimes (Gough et al 2004) for citizens a

Gendered politics of securing inclusive development

Working paper 13 Download pdf Sohela Nazneen and Simeen Mahmud Abstract Political settlement (PS) frameworks are gender blind. In this paper, we interrogate the nature of gendered political settlements through analyzing selected country cases studies of the gendered nature of politica

China in Africa: Impacts and prospects for accountable development

Working paper 12 Download pdf Giles Mohan Abstract China is the major ‘new’ player in Africa and impacts on development and politics in numerous ways. The paper sets out an analytical framework which identifies the channels through which China engages with African development and the

The politics of what works for the poor in public expenditure and taxation: a review

Working paper 11 Download pdf Paul Mosley Abstract The paper examines the questions of which fiscal (public expenditure and taxation) options work in terms of poverty reduction, and how they can be made implementable in practice. The point of departure is that although the poor, actin

Measurement and evolution of state capacity: exploring a lesser known aspect of governance

Working paper 10 Download pdf Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract This paper offers an overview of the strengths and limitations in current empirical research on the measurement of state capacity. The paper also surveys the fast emerging literature on the determinants and effects of

Delivering effective social assistance: does politics matter?

Working paper 9 Download pdf Armando Barrientos and Sony Pellissery Abstract The paper examines the significance of politics in the rise of social assistance programmes in developing countries in the last decade. It finds this is a two-way process. Politics is crucial to the adoption,

The politics of rule of law systems in developmental states: ‘political settlements’ as a basis for promoting effective justice institutions for marginalized groups

Working paper 8 Download pdf Deval Desai and Michael Woolcock Abstract The rule of law (ROL), although an “essentially contested concept”, can be understood pragmatically as a system that informs people of what to expect from others through durable and enforceable rules applying equal