Effective States and Inclusive Development

Mapping the elites of development: a cross-national dataset of policy-makers’ educational and professional backgrounds

Objective This project aims to generate valid and reliable data on the educational and professional background of key political and policy-making elites in developing countries. Cases The project will look at a selection of top ministers and senior civil servants in a cross-section of

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

Mass movements and government commitment to inclusive development

Objectives The primary aim of this project is to develop a database of mass movements and their characteristics. There are two specific analytical aims: to examine the role of mass movements in inclusive policymaking; and to identify internal characteristics of mass movements that are

Developing the guts of a GUT (Grand Unified Theory): Elite commitment and inclusive growth

Working paper 16 Download pdf Lant Pritchett and Eric Werker Abstract Two key unanswered questions in theories of growth are (a) why some countries successfully initiate episodes of rapid growth while others suffer extended stagnation and (b) why some countries are able to sustain gro

The political economy of implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 15 Download pdf Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract This paper focuses on four selected questions. (1) How does local political competition and the characteristics of the elected officials matter for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

China in Africa: Impacts and prospects for accountable development

Working paper 12 Download pdf Giles Mohan Abstract China is the major ‘new’ player in Africa and impacts on development and politics in numerous ways. The paper sets out an analytical framework which identifies the channels through which China engages with African development and the

Delivering effective social assistance: does politics matter?

Working paper 9 Download pdf Armando Barrientos and Sony Pellissery Abstract The paper examines the significance of politics in the rise of social assistance programmes in developing countries in the last decade. It finds this is a two-way process. Politics is crucial to the adoption,