Effective States and Inclusive Development

Gender and the political settlement

Objective This research project aims to investigate the relationship between women’s [political] inclusion and their ability to deliver gender-inclusive development, shaped by the character and dynamics of political settlement as well as ideas and discourses on women’s political entit

The political economy determinants of economic growth

Objective This project aims to contribute to the literature on the political determinants of growth in three ways: Attempting to understand the political drivers of within-country growth. Using the conceptual frameworks developed in ESID Working Paper 5 and ESID Working Paper 16 to ex

The politics of natural resources and inclusive development

Objective This project tracks the historical experience of countries with long-established histories of natural resource extraction in both Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Cases Four countries are included in the study, two in Africa and two in Latin America. Ghana, Zambia, Peru

Oil, governance and inclusive development in Ghana and Uganda

Objective This study examines the implications of the recent oil finds in Ghana and Uganda. Cases Ghana and Uganda have been selected as they present very strong grounds for comparison, both in terms of the political settlements and institutions involved, and also the level and nature

Professor David Hulme

Role David Hulme is CEO at ESID. He is also Professor of Development Studies at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. From 2000-2010 he was Director at the Chronic Poverty Research Centre. Research David’s personal research focus within ESID is on Political

Professor Sam Hickey

Role Sam Hickey is Professor of Politics and Development at the University of Manchester, and Joint Director of Research at the ESID research centre. He is also Research Director at the Global Development Institute, where ESID is based. Research Sam’s research interests include the li

Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and the production of commitment to development

Objective This research project systematically examines how International Development Agencies (IDAs) are using Political Economy Analysis (PEA) both as formal evaluations and more informally as ongoing practices of engagement and relationship building to inform IDA practices in parti

Education in competitive clientelist contexts: Bangladesh and Ghana

Objective This project explores the politics of securing higher levels of capacity and commitment to delivering improved quality schooling. Cases Bangladesh and Ghana represent forms of ‘competitive clientelism’ with otherwise different contextual settings, offering the opportunity to

Rethinking spatial inequalities in development: the primacy of politics and power relations

Working paper 29 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Abstract This paper offers a political explanation to the problem of spatial inequality in developing countries, paying particular attention to the implications of patronage politics and inter-elite power relations for the spatial dis

A dynamic mapping of the political settlement in Ghana

Working paper No. 28 Download pdf Franklin Oduro, Mohammed Awal and Maxwell Agyei Ashon Abstract Ghana displays a number of features of democratic institutionalisation and is considered a success story of democratic transformation in Africa. This paper examines the quality of Ghana’s