Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political settlement and oil in Uganda

Working paper 48 Download pdf Sam Hickey with Badru Bukenya, Angelo Izama and William Kizito Abstract The capacity and commitment of Uganda to govern its oil in developmental ways has generally been discussed through a ‘new institutionalist’ prism that focuses on the dangers of the ‘r

Investigating the political economy of social protection expansion in Africa: At the intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics

Working paper 47 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey Abstract The growing literature on social protection in Africa has tended to focus on conceptual debates, policy design issues and impact evaluations. To date, there has been relatively little systematic analysis of the ways in w

How commitment and class relations shape MGNREGA implementation in India

Briefing No. 11 Employment outcomes for MGNREGA vary significantly across states, despite similar implementation mechanisms. Research indicates that MGNREGA implementation relies on the supply of work provided, rather than the demand for it. ‘Political commitment’ to policy implementa

Beyond elite bargains: building democracy from below in Uganda

Working Paper 45 Download pdf Sophie King and Sam Hickey Abstract New theories of how democratic development is likely to emerge within developing countries obscure the effects of popular agency, and of ideas, offering an incomplete view of such historical processes and exaggerating t

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in Rajasthan: Rationed funds and their allocation across villages

Working paper 35 Download pdf Himanshu, Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay and M. R. Sharan Abstract The performance of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in Rajasthan has been a matter of debate, both for its stupendous performance in the initial years of the scheme, but also

The political economy of economic growth in India, 1993-2013

Download pdf Kunal Sen, Sabyasachi Kar and Jagadish Prasad Sahu Abstract We examine the political economy causes of India’s growth acceleration in the early 1990s, the periods of high growth in the 1990s and early 2000s, and the subsequent slowdown since 2011, drawing from the ESID co

The political economy of inclusive healthcare in Cambodia

Working paper 43 Download pdf Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng Over the past 15 years, Cambodia has made significant strides in expanding effective access to free healthcare for poor people, thanks largely to ‘Health Equity Funds’ (HEFs), a multi-stakeholder health-financing mechanism. HEF

Researching the political economy determinants of economic growth: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 10 Research Framing Paper No. 4 Understanding significant differences in growth trajectories and living standards across countries is a critical endeavour for development research. Massive changes in economic growth are common in developing countries, with most having exp

Local funds and political competition: Evidence from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 42 Download pdf Bhanu Gupta and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in India is one of the largest public employment programmes in the developing world. It was introduced by the central government led by Indian National C

Researching the politics of natural resource extraction: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 9 Research Framing Paper No. 3 Significant natural resource finds in developing countries present opportunities for growth and human development, but also challenges.  The nature of the ruling coalition in a country when natural resources are discovered has implications f