Effective States and Inclusive Development

The deals make the difference – watch Matthew Tyce on his Deals and Development book chapter

16 November 2017 While most developing countries have experienced boom and bust growth, why have Thailand and Malaysia experienced sustained growth? And why has this declined since the Asian financial crisis? Matthew Tyce outlines his findings from a chapter co-authored with Kunal Sen

Watch Kunal Sen on his new book Deals and Development. What’s the big idea?

16 November 2017 Rapid economic growth in developing countries is usually put down to good economic institutions. But many developing countries with rapid economic growth actually have weak institutions. New book Deals and Development has a different approach. Kunal explains the book&

Watch co-editor of Deals and Development, Eric Werker, on the book’s powerful policy implications

15 November 2017 Eric Werker is Associate Professor at Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Canada. He is also one of the editors of path-breaking new book, Deals and Development, alongside Kunal Sen and Lant Pritchett. Watch him highlight the powerful policy implicat

LISTEN: Author of Why Nations Fail James Robinson tells us what he thinks of our findings

7 October 2016 In part two of our podcasts on ESID’s story so far, James Robinson gives his opinion on our findings and how they relate to his work with Daron Acemoglu. Hear what he has to say:

WATCH: Seminal author James Robinson at DSA on why we need to focus more on the micro

James Robinson, author of Why Nations Fail, argues that politics of development research needs to move from the macro to the micro, focusing on the subnational level and how this links to the national:

Two cheers for the (draft) 2017 Governance and the Law World Development Report

Brian Levy 21 September 2016 This post first appeared on Brian’s blog Working with the Grain. The 2017 WDR (temporarily made available last week in draft form as an ‘almost-final’ public preview) is a landmark document for the development community. Historically, the point of de

Pep Guardiola’s lessons for the politics of development

By Dr Tim Kelsall 19 August 2016 Last weekend the 2016-17 English Premier League kicked off, with one of the most exciting developments being the arrival of supercoach Pep Guardiola in the English game. As a lifelong Manchester City fan, I’ve taken a keen interest in Pep’s footballing

Politics matters, so what? Time for bigger bets (and more learning) on adaptive programming

  29 July 2016 Alan Hudson, Executive Director, Global Integrity   The World Bank will produce their World Development Report at the end of this year. Here, politics of development expert, Alan Hudson makes a compelling case for the inclusion of a stronger focus on adaptive

How can we build tax capacity in developing countries?

  Jim Brumby, World Bank 26 July 2016 New ESID research asks how political institutions affect tax capacity in developing economies. In this complimentary World Bank Blog first published here, Jim Brumby highlights the view that successful tax reform in developing countries depen

LISTEN: Podcast of Sam Hickey at Australia National University – Presenting our findings

25 July 2016 Our Research Director Professor Sam Hickey delivered this seminar to The Development Policy Centre at Australia National University on ESID’s research. Which forms of politics matter most, how can these be conceptualised and what kinds of policy implications flow fr