Effective States and Inclusive Development

Alternative routes to the institutionalisation of social transfers in sub-Saharan Africa: Political survival strategies and transnational policy coalitions

Working paper 138 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey The new phase of social protection expansion in the Global South remains poorly understood. Current interpretations use problematic evidence and analysis to emphasise the influence of elections and donor pressure on the spread o

Control the capital: Cities and political dominance

Working paper 135 Download pdf Tom Goodfellow David Jackman As optimism about the ‘third wave’ of democratisation has waned in the face of continued and renewed authoritarianism across the world, analyses of authoritarian dominance remain focused primarily on the national scale. We ar

Who should get what, how and why? DFID and the transnational politics of social cash transfers

Working paper 131 Download pdf Sam Hickey Jeremy Seekings The proliferation of social cash transfers (SCTs) across much of Africa has resulted from interactions between international organisations – including both UN and related organisations, the donor agencies of governments in the

The politics of central banking in Kenya: Balancing political and developmental interests

Working paper 130 Download pdf Matthew Tyce This paper analyses the performance of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) in delivering on its mandate since the organisation gained formal independence in the early-1990s. It utilises a political settlements approach, tracking how the distribu

The politics of state capacity and development in Africa: Reframing and researching ‘pockets of effectiveness’

Working Paper 117 Download pdf Sam Hickey The role of bureaucratic ‘pockets of effectiveness’ (PoEs) in driving development is generating renewed interest within development studies and, to an extent, development policy. Existing research on PoEs emphasises that politics plays a leadi

Pockets of effectiveness: The contributions of critical political economy and state theory

Working paper 118 Download pdf Giles Mohan The pockets of effectiveness (PoEs) debates and political settlements literature are rooted in particular forms of political economy analysis. At one level, this is a positive contribution to the mainstream development policy literature, and

African development and the marginalisation of domestic capitalists

Working paper 115 Download pdf Pritish Behuria The revival of industrial policy discussions has operated in parallel to reports of increasing domestic wealth accumulation across the African continent. Regional and continent-wide industrialisation has begun to be rhetorically linked to

Social protection in an electorally competitive environment (2): The politics of health insurance in Tanzania

Working paper 110 Download pdf Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen and Thabit Jacob This paper analyses the introduction and expansion of health insurance schemes in Tanzania. Health insurances were introduced around year 2000 as part of a more general health reform process aimed at improving ac

The politics of local content legislation in Ghana

Working paper 104 Download pdf Ishmael Ayanoore The resurgence in local content reforms in most oil-rich Africa countries is broadly understood within the elite-political projects of creating opportunities for domestic capitalists to accumulate rents. New insights from an extended pol

The politics of scaling up social protection in Kenya

Working paper 87 Download pdf Fredrick Wanyama and Anna McCord This paper discusses the role of Kenya’s political settlement in the adoption and promotion of social protection, which has expanded significantly since 2003.  Analysis focuses on the interplay between the domestic politic