Effective States and Inclusive Development

Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state

7 August 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper investigates how ideas and beliefs held by India‘s elites – political, bureaucratic, business – have shaped the country’s political settlement and thereby state performance. The paper is authored by Pratap Bhanu

Upcoming event (India): Understanding success and failure of guaranteed employment schemes

Delhi, 3ie – International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, 21 July 2014. “Explaining success, understanding failure in the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act” A striking feature of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employme

‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘They don’t want to provide work’: Seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan’

16 July 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper explores the reasons behind the sharp decline in MGNREGA implementation in the Indian state of Rajasthan since 2010. This paper was produced as part of ESID’s research on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,

Regional integration in South Asia: New issue of SANEM Thinking Aloud

15 July 2014. The South Asia Network of Economic Modelling (SANEM) has just released the second issue of its monthly newsletter Thinking Aloud, edited by one of ESID’s partnership researchers, Selim Raihan, who is a key member of our growth project.

Putting the spring back into the Indian economy

17 June 2014. By Sabyasachi Kar. (This post first appeared on The Hindu on 10 June 2014). Reviving growth and checking inflation is the primary mandate that the Indian people have given to the government. It has to be understood, though, that there is no magic wand to achieve these go

Staff spotlight: Kunal Sen

5 June 2014. Kunal Sen is ESID’s Joint Research Director, along with Sam Hickey. Professor of Development Economics at the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester, Kunal is also Professorial Fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Research

‘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

“It’s the economy, stupid”: How the poor economic performance of the UPA regime is a key issue in the Indian elections

8 May 2014. By Kunal Sen. (Originally posted on the Ballots & Bullets blog.) Along with corruption, a stagnant economy and high inflation dominate the concerns of voters in the current general election in India. Like voters elsewhere, Indian voters seem likely to vote the incumben

Trillions gained and lost – The Wealth of Nations revisited

16 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. Why are there such significant and persistent differences in living standards across countries? This is one of the most important and challenging areas of development policy.  For individual countries in the developing world, extreme fluctuations in growth