Effective States and Inclusive Development

Building effective states beyond competitive democracy in Ghana

 By Dr Daniel Appiah and Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai 18 April 2017   It is widely accepted that the creation of impartial organisations is an important condition for spurring economic growth and development on a sustained basis. Democracy requires impartial enforcement of rules that

Do Gram Panchayat leaders favour their own constituencies in MNREGA fund allocation?

By Dr Subhasish Dey and Prof Kunal Sen 3 January 2017* Political incentives are known to play a role in the allocation of public resources from upper- to lower-tier governments. This column seeks to examine whether ruling parties in local governments favour their own constituencies in

WATCH: Benjamin Chemouni on the state of things in Burundi

ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

LISTEN: Subhasish Dey asks ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding?’

ESID researcher Subhasish Dey recently delivered the below presentation, ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India’ at the DSA. The presentation is based on working paper 63, which he co-wrote with ESID Research Director

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

Putting the spring back into the Indian economy

17 June 2014. By Sabyasachi Kar. (This post first appeared on The Hindu on 10 June 2014). Reviving growth and checking inflation is the primary mandate that the Indian people have given to the government. It has to be understood, though, that there is no magic wand to achieve these go

‘Transformational politics’ in India? Whatever happened to social justice?

15 May 2014. By Indrajit Roy. Political pundits have described the just-concluded elections in India as ‘transformational’. However, none of the issues highlighted by the national media, the intelligentsia and the ‘mainstream’ political parties – development, secularism, corrupt

Malawi elections: more economic discussion needed

Malawi goes to the polls on 20 May. We spoke to ESID researcher and economist Jonathan Said to get a sense of the issues ahead of the election. Said has been working in Malawi as an economist for three years. Malawi has recently been rocked by what’s termed “cashgate” – the biggest fi

“It’s the economy, stupid”: How the poor economic performance of the UPA regime is a key issue in the Indian elections

8 May 2014. By Kunal Sen. (Originally posted on the Ballots & Bullets blog.) Along with corruption, a stagnant economy and high inflation dominate the concerns of voters in the current general election in India. Like voters elsewhere, Indian voters seem likely to vote the incumben