Effective States and Inclusive Development

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:

LISTEN: Author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson tells us what he thinks of our findings

7 October 2016 In part two of our podcasts on ESID’s story so far, James Robinson gives his opinion on our findings and how they relate to his work with Daron Acemoglu. Hear what he has to say:

Has Chhattisgarh done better than Jharkhand in promoting inclusive development? A political settlements analysis of two newly created mineral rich Indian states

Briefing No. 18 This briefing presents research on the two newly created Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which have both have pursued mining activities as part of a broader emphasis on modernisation based on mega industries and development. While mining is important for e

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?

  Jim Brumby, World Bank 26 July 2016 New ESID research asks how political institutions affect tax capacity in developing economies. In this complimentary World Bank Blog first published here, Jim Brumby highlights the view that successful tax reform in developing countries depen

How do political institutions affect fiscal capacity? Explaining taxation in developing economies

Working paper 59 Download pdf Roberto Ricciuti, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract A central aspect of institutional development in less developed economies is building tax systems capable of raising revenues from broad tax bases, i.e., fiscal capacity. While it is recognised in th

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.

Rockefeller Centre Live Vlog: Day 3 – Reflections from Prof. Brian Levy on how far we’ve come

Professor Brian Levy of John Hopkins University reflects on how far we’ve travelled towards investigating how politics matters for development: