Effective States and Inclusive Development

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: external ideas, politics and inclusive development in Honduras

Working paper 52 Download pdf Sarah Hunt Abstract The rise of the new Left has had an important impact on the politics of poverty reduction in Central America, upsetting the status quo for elites in the case of Honduras. After Hurricane Mitch in 1998, international pressure on elites

Governance and inequality: Benchmarking and interpreting South Africa’s evolving political settlement

Working paper 51 Download pdf Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard Abstract Has South Africa’s political settlement provided a constructive platform for successfully addressing the country’s deep-seated economic challenges in an inclusive way? Or is it increasingly consolidating

Political commitment in India’s social policy implementation: Shaping the performance of MGNREGA

Working paper 50 Download pdf Deepta Chopra Abstract This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of the concept of commitment and the role it plays in shaping India’s social policy implementation. Taking the case of the landmark policy, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Empl

Class politics and social protection: the implementation of India’s MGNREGA

Working Paper 46 Download pdf Indrajit Roy Abstract In this paper, I direct attention to the role of class politics in shaping the outcomes of social protection interventions. I highlight the ways in which class politics is constituted by the interaction of class relations and the bal

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

Working Paper 49 Download pdf Giles Mohan and Kojo Pumpuni Asante Abstract Ghana’s recent status as an oil producer focuses attention on the relationship between domestic politics and transnational actors. While the political settlements literature is useful for focusing on how elite

Making political analysis useful: Adjusting and scaling

Briefing No. 12 This briefing encourages aid organisations interested in political analysis to start small and be pragmatic, devoting political-economy expertise to finding the most relevant and rigorous questions, then making them accessible to development practitioners for use in th

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