Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Working Paper: Pro-poor urban politics

9 June 2014. ESID‘s latest Working Paper explores “what we have learnt about how to instigate and embed pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South”, with a particular focus on how politics emerges in informal settlements. Politics, informality and cl

‘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

What have academics to offer to the challenge of equity, justice and inclusion?

13 May 2014. By Diana Mitlin. After three-and-a-half days of sitting in central Cape Town, what have I learnt about a core underpinning assumption of ESID, i.e. that academics can contribute to inclusive development? It is relatively easy to understand what academics have to offer to

Guest post: How “poor” economics informs the political culture of Bangladesh

26 March 2014. By Binayak Sen. Bangladesh’s experience of the last two decades suggests that decent long-term economic development can take place under political regimes engaged in a mimicry of democracy. In other contexts, arguably, such a mismatch between economic and politica