Effective States and Inclusive Development

Researching the politics of natural resource extraction: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 9 Research Framing Paper No. 3 Significant natural resource finds in developing countries present opportunities for growth and human development, but also challenges.  The nature of the ruling coalition in a country when natural resources are discovered has implications f

Researching the politics of gender: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 7 Research Framing Paper No. 1 A significant gap exists between the political settlements literature and the mainstream feminist literature on women in politics. Until recently, feminist political analysis has not engaged effectively with the insights offered by the new l

The political economy determinants of economic growth in Malawi

Working Paper 40 Download pdf Jonathan Said and Khwima Singini Abstract Since independence Malawi has failed to translate initial periods of economic growth (growth acceleration regimes) into sustained long-term growth (growth maintenance). This paper assesses why this has been the ca

Post-conflict pacts and inclusive political settlements: institutional perspectives from Solomon Islands

Working Paper 39 Download pdf David Craig and Doug Porter Abstract Political settlements and pacts now feature prominently in donor narratives about transitions from conflict and institutional fragility to peace and prosperity. “Successful transitions” are said to occur when pacts bet

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

Women and constitutional reform: is a seat at the table enough?

12 June 2014. By Georgina Waylen. Georgina Waylen looks at the role women play in transitions to democracy and the end of conflict, describing the formal and informal ways in which women can and do engage in negotiations and political settlements. She points out these notable successe

Learning from the past: the South Korean case

3 June 2014 By Kate Pruce. Hosted by the Brooks World Poverty Institute, in collaboration with UNRISD and the Korean International Cooperation Agency, this event marked the launch of a new book: ‘Learning from South Korean Developmental Success: Effective Development Cooperation

Closing the gap between form and function: a new approach to institutional reform in Uganda

Briefing No. 2 Uganda is a public sector reform leader in Africa. Over the last three decades the country has introduced many laws, processes and structures that are ‘best in class’ in Africa (and beyond). However, many of the reforms have produced new institutional forms that functio