Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Researching the politics of service provision: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 8 Research Framing Paper No. 2 Although politics is now widely seen as critical in shaping the quality of service provision in developing countries, this recognition has yet to be integrated within the conceptual frameworks that shape research and action in the field. A n

Researching the politics of gender: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 7 Research Framing Paper No. 1 A significant gap exists between the political settlements literature and the mainstream feminist literature on women in politics. Until recently, feminist political analysis has not engaged effectively with the insights offered by the new l

The politics of regional inequality in Ghana: State elites, donors and PRSPs

Working paper 41 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and David Hulme Abstract Through an analysis of Ghana’s HIPC Fund, which was established as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process, this paper shows how aid-financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana

The political economy determinants of economic growth in Malawi

Working Paper 40 Download pdf Jonathan Said and Khwima Singini Abstract Since independence Malawi has failed to translate initial periods of economic growth (growth acceleration regimes) into sustained long-term growth (growth maintenance). This paper assesses why this has been the ca

Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands

Working Paper 39 Download pdf David Craig and Doug Porter Abstract Political settlements and pacts now feature prominently in donor narratives about transitions from conflict and institutional fragility to peace and prosperity. “Successful transitions” are said to occur when pacts bet

The political settlement and economic growth in Cambodia

Working Paper 37 Download pdf Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng Abstract Since 1960 many countries have experienced growth accelerations, but few have maintained growth. An adequate theory of growth must explain both how some countries kick-start growth, and how some maintain it over decades

Rethinking the politics of development in Africa? How the ‘political settlement’ shapes resource allocation in Ghana

Working Paper 38 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey Abstract Debates over whether democratic or neopatrimonial forms of politics are driving the politics of development in Africa have increasingly given way to more nuanced readings which seek to capture the dynamic inter

The political settlement and economic growth in Cambodia

Working Paper 37 Download pdf Tim Kelsall and Seiha Heng Abstract Since 1960 many countries have experienced growth accelerations, but few have maintained growth. An adequate theory of growth must explain both how some countries kick-start growth, and how some maintain it over decades

Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state

Working Paper 36 Download pdf Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Michael Walton Abstract This paper offers an interpretation of India’s recent political economy in relation to the longer-term history since independence. It argues that an understanding of both ideas and interests is required for t