Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Have newly created Indian states promoted inclusive development? A comparison of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh

Objectives This project aims to bridge a gap in the understanding of differing development performance of newly created states, through a political analysis of developmental trajectories in two such states in India. The research will use the political settlements approach to character

New Delhi Workshop: Politics Shapes MGNREGA Implementation in India

5 March 2014. On January 22nd the India International Centre of New Delhi hosted a workshop presenting the findings of an ESID-led research project on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), the world’s largest social welfare scheme. An audience of public

The political economy of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India

Objective This research is based on the working hypothesis that state capacity at the sub-national and local levels, and the nature of commitment of local and state elites to social welfare programmes for the poor, can explain in large part the variations that we observe in the implem

Professor Kunal Sen

Role Kunal Sen is Professor of Development Economics and Policy at the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and Joint Research Director of the ESID research centre. Research Kunal’s current research is on the political economy determinants of inclusive develop

Urban poverty in India

Title Understanding reasons to account for the specific nature and impacts of state interventions to reduce urban poverty in India, and the influence of civil society on such interventions, through a study of government programmes, including the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal

Success and failure in MGNREGA implementation in India

Briefing No. 1 The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) – offering up to 100 days work each year to rural Indians – is the largest social protection programme in the world, in terms of the number of households covered. There is a lively debate around whethe

The political economy of implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 15 Download pdf Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract This paper focuses on four selected questions. (1) How does local political competition and the characteristics of the elected officials matter for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

Delivering effective social assistance: does politics matter?

Working paper 9 Download pdf Armando Barrientos and Sony Pellissery Abstract The paper examines the significance of politics in the rise of social assistance programmes in developing countries in the last decade. It finds this is a two-way process. Politics is crucial to the adoption,