Effective States and Inclusive Development

Political settlements in post-conflict states: David Craig’s lessons from Cambodia and the Pacific

23 May 2014 By Kate Pruce. Current donor approaches to ‘successful transition’ in post-conflict states focus on institutional reforms, with the aim of creating an underlying settlement leading to strengthened security and democracy. However, this narrative simplicity disappears in any

Politics, informality and clientelism – exploring a pro-poor urban politics

Working paper 34 Download pdf Diana Mitlin Abstract This paper explores what we have learnt about how to instigate, negotiate or otherwise secure pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South. With competition for scarce resources, the processes of urban development, and

Malawi elections: more economic discussion needed

Malawi goes to the polls on 20 May. We spoke to ESID researcher and economist Jonathan Said to get a sense of the issues ahead of the election. Said has been working in Malawi as an economist for three years. Malawi has recently been rocked by what’s termed “cashgate” – the biggest fi

Cape Town Live Blog: Day One – What’s the deal with political settlements?

28 April 2014. By Pablo Yanguas. Getting academics to agree on something is like herding cats; but cats too can sometimes surprise you. Day 1 of the ESID Midterm Workshop in Cape Town has highlighted many of the differences that we have in how much we get out of our core analytical fr

Richard Joseph argues against development without democracy in Africa (CDD Ghana)

7 April 2014. Last month our partners at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development hosted political scientist Richard Joseph (Northwestern University) for a talk in which he questioned the “revisionist” argument that high levels of economic growth require sacrificing som

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

The political economy of agency-level governance and performance in South Africa: a preliminary round of comparative case studies

Objectives The goals of this project are two-fold: to explain why individual public agencies perform the way they do; and in light of that explanation, to suggest possible ways of improving agency performance in specific country contexts.   Cases Three South African infrastructur

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

The provision of basic education in South Africa: Institutional and political challenges

Objectives Describe the de facto patterns of the governance of the teaching resource (with specific attention to their differences from the de jure formal rules); Explain why these de facto patterns take the form they do (with a focus on the interactions between institutions and polit

The political economy of growth in Cambodia

Objective The political economy determinants of economic growth in Cambodia are studied using a political settlements approach, buttressed by conceptual innovations surrounding the study of growth phases, bureaucratic capacity, and the character of the climate for investment. Cases Ca