Effective States and Inclusive Development

The politics of productivist social policies in Africa’s new ‘developmental states’

By Dr Tom Lavers 27 December 2016 Much recent research has highlighted the similarities between current administrations in Ethiopia and Rwanda, and the East Asian developmental states that secured such rapid socioeconomic progress over the past 50 years. For the most part, this resear

Democracy and growth: How are they related?

By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether

Events in Washington

30 November 2016 This week ESID are in Washington DC for a number of exciting events. Today starts with a seminar at the World Bank with co-author of the forthcoming World Development Report on Governance and the Law, Yongmei Zhou. Below are more details of this and the rest of the we

The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

Dr Pritish Behuria and Dr Tom Goodfellow 11 November, 2016 To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost revolution‘ to bring

The politics of promoting gender equity in Uganda

Briefing No. 19 The framework used in this study brings together a political settlement approach and recent feminist analysis of women’s political empowerment in Uganda. In order to explore how the general configuration of power establishes the key incentives and ideas that shape the

ESID receives major funding boost

7 October 2016 We are delighted to announce that DFID has awarded the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) an additional £3.1 million to extend our pioneering research until 2019. This brings the total award of funding for ESID to £9.3 million over nine ye

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily made available last week in draft form as an ‘almost-final’ public preview) is a landmark document for the development community. Historically, the point of de

Three lessons from APSA on the politics of development

By Pablo Yanguas 6 September 2016 On September 1st I was lucky to participate in a panel summarising ESID‘s core findings at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). After a year working on synthesising key messages from all our projects, we decid

ESID at DSA Conference, 2016

Next week, many of us from the Global Development Institute and ESID will be at the Development Studies Association Conference hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) at the University of Oxford. This is a really exciting event for ESID, as the theme this y

Pep Guardiola’s lessons for the politics of development

By Dr Tim Kelsall 19 August 2016 Last weekend the 2016-17 English Premier League kicked off, with one of the most exciting developments being the arrival of supercoach Pep Guardiola in the English game. As a lifelong Manchester City fan, I’ve taken a keen interest in Pep’s footballing