Effective States and Inclusive Development

‘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

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

Professor Sabyasachi Kar

Role Sabyasachi Kar is a Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, University of Delhi, India, and Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Manchester. Research Sabyasachi’s general research interests are Macroeconomics, Growth Economics and Development Economics. His

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

Sundar Burra

Role Sundar is an advisor for the Society for Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC). Research He is working on ESID’s urban poverty project, focussing on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) project in India. Other roles Sundar is a former IAS office

Dr Indrajit Roy

Role Indrajit Roy is an ESRC Future Research Leader at the Department for International Development at the University of Oxford. He is working on ESID’s project on the Political Economy of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). Research Indrajit̵

Professor Diana Mitlin

Role Diana Mitlin is Professor of Global Urbanism and Managing Director at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester. Diana coordinates ESID’s capacity-strengthening activities and is leading the urban poverty project in India. Research Diana’s main

‘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