Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political determinants of miracle growth in Rwanda

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

Understanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme

Working paper 68 Download pdf Tom Lavers This paper examines the political economy of Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme (VUP) and argues that strong government commitment to the VUP has been shaped by the specific characteristics of the political settlement that was established

LISTEN: Subhasish Dey asks ‘Is partisan alignment electorally rewarding?’

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

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:

LISTEN: The story so far – a podcast on ESID’s findings

Leading ESID researchers Sam Hickey, Sohela Nazneen and Kunal Sen present ESID’s findings so far..

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:

Scalar politics and transnational governance innovations: A political settlements lens on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in the Andes

Working paper 66 Download pdf Anthony Bebbington, Elisa Arond and Juan Luis Dammert The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) originated in the international domain but can only operate if adopted at a national scale. How EITI unfolds in a particular country is thus a c

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

Three lessons from APSA on the politics of development

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

Has Chhattisgarh done better than Jharkhand in promoting inclusive development? A political settlements analysis of two newly created mineral rich Indian states

  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.