By Prof Kunal Sen 8 December 2016 Kunal and colleagues Lant Pritchett, Sabyasachi Kar and Selim Raihan have published a working paper on their new research: Democracy versus growth: the political determinants of growth episodes. Below, Kunal addresses their central question of whether
ESID researcher Benjamin Chemouni comments below on the current political climate in Burundi, which has been in a state of violent crisis following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s controversial decision to run for a third term in 2015. Since Nkurunziza’s subsequent re-election, ma
Dr Pritish Behuria and Dr Tom Goodfellow 11 November, 2016 To understand why growth is sustained in some developing countries and not in others, we need to understand the politics of those countries. That much we know. Or at least, there was an ‘almost revolution‘ to bring
ESID researcher Subhasish Dey recently delivered the below presentation, ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding? Evidence from village council elections in India’ at the DSA. The presentation is based on working paper 63, which he co-wrote with ESID Research Director
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:
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
By Pablo Yanguas 6 September 2016 On September 1st I was lucky to participate in a panel summarising ESID‘s core findings at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA). After a year working on synthesising key messages from all our projects, we decid
Vasudha Chhotray 9 September 2016 Leading academics and policy experts recently met at the Centre for Policy Research in India to discuss the findings of our latest research on new Indian states. Here, lead researcher Dr Vasudha Chhotray outlines the key findings.