Effective States and Inclusive Development

The potential and limits of performance management: Improving basic education in the Western Cape

Working paper 62 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Brian Levy The focus of this paper is on the management and governance of education at provincial level – specifically on efforts to introduce performance management into education by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), and th

When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

Working paper 60 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo Abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dyn

How do political institutions affect fiscal capacity? Explaining taxation in developing economies

Working paper 59 Download pdf Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract A central aspect of institutional development in less developed economies is building tax systems capable of raising revenues from broad tax bases, i.e., fiscal capacity. While it is recognised in th

The political economy of primary education reform in Cambodia

Working paper 58 Download pdf Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha and Tieng Tek Muy Abstract This paper examines the quality of primary education provision in Cambodia using a ‘political settlements’ framework developed at the University of Manchester. The framework characterise

The political settlement and ‘deals environment’ in Rwanda: Unpacking two decades of economic growth

Working paper 57 Download pdf Pritish Behuria and Tom Goodfellow Abstract This paper explores the political economy of growth in Rwanda during two decades of economic expansion under the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). It builds on recent work emphasising the importance of party-owned

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

Working paper 56 Download pdf Pablo Yanguas Abstract Political settlements analysis has highlighted the role of powerful political and economic actors in shaping institutional outcomes across countries. Its focus on national elites, however, risks biasing this type of theorising towar

How politics shapes the quality of education in Ghana

Briefing No. 17 Allocation of resources in Ghana’s  education sector plays a political as well as a developmental role. Education is seen by Ghana’s ruling elites as critical to their legitimacy and to their ideas of promoting national development, with increasing incentiv

Politics and health service delivery: Insights from Ghana

Briefing No. 16 Ghana has a mixed record in terms of health outcomes. Research presented in this briefing suggests that these outcomes reflect the character of politics in Ghana, as well as the interaction of politics with the governance arrangements for the health sector. Improved pe

The politics of governing natural resources in Ghana: Towards inclusive development?

Briefing No. 15 In Ghana, the manner in which political power is contested tends to increase the incentives of ruling elites to politicise public institutions and distribute resources according to political criteria. This briefing sets out the ways in which power and politics in Ghana

Ghana’s political settlement and constraints to structural transformation

Briefing No. 14 This briefing analyses the ways in which Ghana’s current political settlement and the structure of its domestic economy shape the relationship between the state and the business sector. This analysis is used to explain why Ghana’s sustained growth has occurred wi