Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

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