Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political economy of governance measurement

9 June 2015 By David Hulme, Debora Malito, Antonio Savoia and Gaby Umbach. Most scholars and policy-makers agree that the design of rules and regulations, the effectiveness of policies and the competence of public bodies play a crucial role in the functioning of states and economies.

The Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance: Mapping Transnational Approaches and Their Production

Objective Given the immediate relevance for both the academic and the policy debate of the Post-2015 and Post-2030 development agendas, the project takes the state of governance and state capacity measurement as its starting point. A collaboration with the European University Institut

Researching the political economy determinants of economic growth: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 10 Research Framing Paper No. 4 Understanding significant differences in growth trajectories and living standards across countries is a critical endeavour for development research. Massive changes in economic growth are common in developing countries, with most having exp

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 service provision: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 8 Research Framing Paper No. 2 Although politics is now widely seen as critical in shaping the quality of service provision in developing countries, this recognition has yet to be integrated within the conceptual frameworks that shape research and action in the field. A n

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

Stanford workshop: Measuring State Quality

2 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. On 2-4 March 2014 the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Governance Project organised a workshop on “Measuring State Quality: In China and Beyond”. The workshop was led by Francis Fukuyama and attracted a high

Designing ESID’s research on Public Sector Reform

31 March 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. With “Effective States” as the first half of our name (and the entirety of our url!), ESID’s conceptual approach to the politics of development places a major emphasis on the ability of the public sector to deliver quality services. M

Governance as a global development goal? Setting, measuring and monitoring the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Working paper 32 Download pdf David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract The increasing realisation that governance quality is a fundamental element of long-run development has led to its consideration as a desirable development goal in its own right. To contribute to such a p

The politics of state-business relations: Proposed research approach

Objectives The goal of the project is to understand the nature and consequences of business-state interactions, through exploration of the politics of these relations, and documentation of the variety of mechanisms in which it plays out. This will be used to assess the welfare consequ