Effective States and Inclusive Development

Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP

Working paper 73 Download pdf Tom Lavers Ethiopia’s Productive Safety Net Programme (PSNP) is among the largest social protection programmes in Africa and has been promoted as a model for the continent. This paper analyses the political drivers of the programme, arguing that elite com

Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of community-based health insurance in Ethiopia

Working paper 71 Download pdf Tom Lavers Ethiopia has been piloting and scaling up a community-based health insurance scheme for the informal sector since 2011, alongside preparations for the launch of a social health insurance scheme for the formal sector. This paper examines the pol

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati

Dr Tom Lavers

Role Tom is a Lecturer in Politics and Development at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and lead researcher for the ESID project, ‘The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa’. Research Tom’s research interests concern the changing nature of

The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa

Objectives This research analyses the political economy of social protection policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to explaining variation in national experiences. Cases Five countries have been selected for in-depth analysis, comprising three countr

Richard Joseph argues against development without democracy in Africa (CDD Ghana)

7 April 2014. Last month our partners at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development hosted political scientist Richard Joseph (Northwestern University) for a talk in which he questioned the “revisionist” argument that high levels of economic growth require sacrificing som

The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence-based review

Working paper 6 Download pdf Claire Mcloughlin and Richard Batley Abstract This paper examines the evidence on the forms of politics likely to promote inclusive social provisioning and enable, as opposed to constrain, improvements in service outcomes. It focuses on eight relatively su