Effective States and Inclusive Development

Designing ESID’s research on Public Sector Reform

31 March 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. With “Effective States” as the first half of our name (and the entirety of our url!), ESID’s conceptual approach to the politics of development places a major emphasis on the ability of the public sector to deliver quality services. M

Governance as a Global Development Goal?

25 March 2014. There is increasing recognition that governance matters, to the point of considering it a desirable global development goal in its own right. In the latest ESID working paper – Governance as a Global Development Goal? – David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal

Why state capacity matters for the post-2015 development agenda and how we should measure it

Briefing No. 4 As the international community debates the post-2015 development goals, there is an increasing realisation that governance is fundamental. Recent research shows that the capacity of the state to deliver on a wide range of development outcomes is vital for governance to

Professor Sam Hickey

Role Sam Hickey is Professor of Politics and Development at the University of Manchester, and Joint Director of Research at the ESID research centre. He is also Research Director at the Global Development Institute, where ESID is based. Research Sam’s research interests include the li

Institutions, incentives and service provision: Bringing politics back in

Working paper 18 Download pdf Brian Levy and Michael Walton Abstract This paper outlines a conceptual framework for analysing the politics of service provisioning. The approach uses as its point of departure the ‘accountability framework’ of relations between citizens, clients and ser

Developing the guts of a GUT (Grand Unified Theory): Elite commitment and inclusive growth

Working paper 16 Download pdf Lant Pritchett and Eric Werker Abstract Two key unanswered questions in theories of growth are (a) why some countries successfully initiate episodes of rapid growth while others suffer extended stagnation and (b) why some countries are able to sustain gro

Measurement and evolution of state capacity: exploring a lesser known aspect of governance

Working paper 10 Download pdf Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract This paper offers an overview of the strengths and limitations in current empirical research on the measurement of state capacity. The paper also surveys the fast emerging literature on the determinants and effects of

Thinking about the politics of inclusive development: Towards a relational approach

Working paper 1 Download pdf Sam Hickey Abstract Moving beyond the mantra that ‘politics matters’, a range of conceptual approaches have recently emerged within international development thinking that seek to capture the specific ways in which politics shapes development. This paper c

Annotated bibliography on developmental states, political settlements and citizen formation

Working paper 4 Download pdf Laura Routley Abstract ESID Research Associate Laura Routley has produced an annotated bibliography as part of ESID’s inception phase. This publication offers a starting point for investigating some of ESID research themes, drawing together what is k

State capacity and inclusive development: new challenges and directions

Working paper 2 Download pdf Matthias vom Hau Abstract This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development. Specifically, four particular lines of argument are presented. First, state capacity is bes