Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Briefing No. 18 This briefing presents research on the two newly created Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which have both have pursued mining activities as part of a broader emphasis on modernisation based on mega industries and development. While mining is important for e

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

The potential and limits of performance management: Improving basic education in the Western Cape

Working paper 62 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Brian Levy The focus of this paper is on the management and governance of education at provincial level – specifically on efforts to introduce performance management into education by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), and th

When a ‘ruling alliance’ and public sector governance meet: Managing for performance in South African basic education

Working paper 60 Download pdf Robert Cameron and Vinothan Naidoo Abstract This paper is one of a series of ESID studies that explore the extent to which the performance of schools can be explained as an outcome of the interactions between, on the one hand, the prevailing political dyn

Thinking and working with political settlements

5 July 2016 Tim Kelsall This post first appeared on Fragile States   This article aims to give some advice to development practitioners, especially those working in-country, on how to use Political Settlements Analysis (PSA) as a diagnostic tool for country programming. This advi

LISTEN – Beyond add women and stir: Can political settlement analysis take on a stronger gender focus?

29 June 2016 In this podcast, Naomi Hossain of IDS interprets a paper by Sohela Nazneen and Sam Hickey on a gendered approach to political settlement analysis: “There’s a lot to be said about elite masculinities. Why should we not look at political settlements as a particu

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Tim Kelsall

 24 June 2016 Tell us a bit about your background I grew up in Manchester, went to university in Oxford and London, and now work for the Overseas Development Institute in London. Before that I had jobs at Oxford and Newcastle universities, and I also worked as a freelance consultant.

The political economy of primary education reform in Cambodia

Working paper 58 Download pdf Tim Kelsall, Sothy Khieng, Chuong Chantha and Tieng Tek Muy Abstract This paper examines the quality of primary education provision in Cambodia using a ‘political settlements’ framework developed at the University of Manchester. The framework characterise

WATCH: Takeaways from Rockefeller Centre on what’s exciting about the political settlement framework

Badru Bukeyna & Abdul Gafaru Abdulai nearly get run over by a robot lawnmower…And talk about their takeaways from ESID’s Bellagio conference!

Rockefeller Centre Live Vlog: Day 3 – Reflections from Prof. Brian Levy on how far we’ve come

Professor Brian Levy of John Hopkins University reflects on how far we’ve travelled towards investigating how politics matters for development: