Effective States and Inclusive Development

Do economic institutions matter for growth episodes?

Working paper 92 Download pdf Sabyasachi Kar, Selim Raihan and Kunal Sen An increasingly large literature on the empirics of economic growth has viewed it as an ‘episodic phenomenon’. In this paper, we re-evaluate the relationship between growth and economic institutions using an epis

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group’s Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the ways in which strengthening governance has climbed the agenda of opinion leaders in developing countries. The World Bank’s 2016 poll of more than 35,000 opinio

Mining, political settlements and inclusive development in Peru

Working paper 79 Download pdf Cynthia Sanborn, Tania Ramírez and Verónica Hurtado This paper examines how economic and political factors have influenced mineral extraction, governance and development in Peru since the late 19th century. It argues that the legacies of the past have wei

Competitive clientelism and the politics of core public sector reform in Ghana

Working paper 82 Download pdf Daniel Appiah and Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Although Ghana has implemented several donor-sponsored public sector reforms (PSRs) in an attempt to improve core areas of state functionality, the impact of such reforms remains generally disappointing. In this pape

Democracy versus dictatorship? The political determinants of growth episodes

Working paper 70 Download pdf Kunal Sen, Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan In contrast to previous literature, which looks at the effect of democracy on long-run growth or short-run volatility of growth, we examine the effect of political institutions on medium-term grow

EVENT: State-business relations in development seminar

ESID are linking up with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for a one-day workshop at the National Council For Voluntary Organisations in London on 7 December 2016 to explore the role of state and business relations in creating development outcomes.

LISTEN: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The audio of last week’s annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture is now available online. Listen below to what was a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic develo

WATCH: Nic van de Walle at Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture

The annual Adrian Leftwich Memorial Lecture took place yesterday, with a great lecture by Cornell University professor and leading expert on democratic development, Nic van de Walle. Nic spoke on social coalitions and democratic development in sub-Saharan Africa, with particular refer

The politics and governance of basic education: A tale of two South African provinces

Working paper 67 Download pdf Brian Levy, Robert Cameron, Ursula Hoadley and Vinothan Naidoo This paper synthesises the findings of research on the politics and governance in South Africa, undertaken at multiple levels, and using multiple methods. The research explored two core questi

LISTEN: Subhasish Dey asks ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding?’

ESID researcher Subhasish Dey recently delivered the below presentation, ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India’ at the DSA. The presentation is based on working paper 63, which he co-wrote with ESID Research Director