Effective States and Inclusive Development

Is there a fiscal resource curse? Resource rents, fiscal capacity and political institutions

Working paper 96 Download pdf Tania Masi, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen While several studies have focused on the effect of natural resources on economic development, less attention has been paid to their effects on other development outcomes. We contribute to this literature by studyi

Revisiting the developmental state – New SPERI paper

8 February 2018 Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) are pleased to announce a new SPERI paper edited by Matt Bishop and Tony Payne on ‘Revisiting the developmental state’. Originally published as a blog series late last year, the paper brings together a number of em

Vidushi Bahaguna Reports from The Development in the Face of Global Inequalities Conference, IBEI

    Vidushi Bahaguna 31 May 2017       The ‘Development in the Face of Global Inequalities’ conference held at the Institut Barcelona D’estudis Internacionals (IBEI) in Spain saw the coming together of scholars, practitioners and policymakers from across the w

The Politics of Inclusive Development – ESID book is now open access

10 January 2017 The Politics of Inclusive Development was recently described by Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development, emerita, Harvard Kennedy School, Merilee Grindle as “essential reading for anyone seeking to understand why politics matters”. We’r

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

Democracy versus dictatorship? The political determinants of growth episodes

Working paper 70 Download pdf Kunal Sen, Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan In contrast to previous literature, which looks at the effect of democracy on long-run growth or short-run volatility of growth, we examine the effect of political institutions on medium-term grow

WATCH: Yongmei Zhou on the 2017 World Development Report

Co-director of the 2017 World Development Report, Yongmei Zhou, talks about the relevance of ESID’s work to the report’s theme of power and politics. Read Brian Levy’s blog on The World Development Report.

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

Understanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme

Working paper 68 Download pdf Tom Lavers This paper examines the political economy of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) and argues that strong government commitment to the VUP has been shaped by the specific characteristics of the political settlement that was established

WATCH: New film on the Center for Democratic Development, our partner in Ghana

This new video featuring our Ghanaian researchers was made in Ghana and tells the story of the partnership between ESID and the Center for Democratic Development: