Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Dr E. Kojo Pumpuni Asante

Role Kojo recently obtained a PhD from the Global Development Institute at the University of Manchester, and is a researcher with ESID. He is also a Senior Research Officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana). Research Kojo’s research focus is the politics

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