Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Developmental states: a review of the literature

Working paper 3 Download pdf Laura Routley Abstract This paper conducts a review of the literature concerning developmental states, in order to identify gaps and suggest research questions which could be fruitful for the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Consortium t

The political dynamics of economic growth

Working paper 5 Download pdf Kunal Sen Abstract This paper is an assessment of what we know about the political determinants of economic growth. It begins by setting out the stylized facts of economic growth. The paper suggests that there is a need to shift away from much of the previ

The politics of aid revisited: a review of evidence on state capacity and elite commitment

Working paper 7 Download pdf Arjan de Haan, Ward Warmerdam Abstract Based on a systematic review of the impacts of aid on both state capacity for, and elite commitment to, sustainable development,we conclude that a better understanding of the impact of aid has the potential to directl

The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence-based review

Working paper 6 Download pdf Claire Mcloughlin and Richard Batley Abstract This paper examines the evidence on the forms of politics likely to promote inclusive social provisioning and enable, as opposed to constrain, improvements in service outcomes. It focuses on eight relatively su

Thinking about the politics of inclusive development: Towards a relational approach

Working paper 1 Download pdf Sam Hickey Abstract Moving beyond the mantra that ‘politics matters’, a range of conceptual approaches have recently emerged within international development thinking that seek to capture the specific ways in which politics shapes development. This paper c

State capacity and inclusive development: new challenges and directions

Working paper 2 Download pdf Matthias vom Hau Abstract This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development. Specifically, four particular lines of argument are presented. First, state capacity is bes

Annotated bibliography on developmental states, political settlements and citizen formation

Working paper 4 Download pdf Laura Routley Abstract ESID Research Associate Laura Routley has produced an annotated bibliography as part of ESID’s inception phase. This publication offers a starting point for investigating some of ESID research themes, drawing together what is k