Effective States and Inclusive Development

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

13 January 2015. Among those engaged in policy and planning of development, there is growing recognition that politics and institutions matter for inclusive development. However, the specific ways in which they shape possibilities, across different types and forms of development, and

Researching the political economy determinants of economic growth: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 10 Research Framing Paper No. 4 Understanding significant differences in growth trajectories and living standards across countries is a critical endeavour for development research. Massive changes in economic growth are common in developing countries, with most having exp

The politics of regional inequality in Ghana: State elites, donors and PRSPs

Working paper 41 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and David Hulme Abstract Through an analysis of Ghana’s HIPC Fund, which was established as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process, this paper shows how aid-financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana

The reality of the zero-aid budget in Malawi

24 September 2014 By Blessings Chinsinga. The new government of Malawi that was ushered into power following the 20 May  2014 elections started its tenure facing an ultimatum from donors: restore fiscal integrity or forget about the resumption of budgetary support that makes up as muc

Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands

Working Paper 39 Download pdf David Craig and Doug Porter Abstract Political settlements and pacts now feature prominently in donor narratives about transitions from conflict and institutional fragility to peace and prosperity. “Successful transitions” are said to occur when pacts bet

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

Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state

Working Paper 36 Download pdf Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Michael Walton Abstract This paper offers an interpretation of India’s recent political economy in relation to the longer-term history since independence. It argues that an understanding of both ideas and interests is required for t

Briefing Paper: Discriminatory politics and MGNREGA implementation in Rajasthan

21 July 2014. ESID’s latest Briefing Paper is entitled ‘Supply or demand? How politics influences the implementation of the MGNREGA in Rajasthan’. The sixth in a publication series aimed at policy-makers and policy researchers, this short brief summarises findings fr

‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘They don’t want to provide work’: Seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan

Working paper 31 Download pdf Deepta Chopra This paper presents a political economy explanation for the dramatic decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan. Originally one of the highest performing states, Rajasthan has seen a sharp decline from around 2010 onwards in the uptake of MGNREGA. The

There are no ‘blank-slate policymakers’: Mapping the elites of development

23 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Antonio Savoia. Political and policy-making elites are at the centre of the challenges of inclusive development: their commitment constrains the menu of potentially inclusive policies, whilst their capacity determines the chances that these will ever