Effective States and Inclusive Development

Upcoming event: Going beyond ‘politics matters’ – ESID’s approach and findings

    3 June 2016 On 6 July, our Research Director, Professor Sam Hickey will deliver a lecture at Australian National University on ESID’s approach and findings: “Going beyond ‘politics patters’ in international development”. Here’s an outl

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

10 May 2016 Pablo Yanguas’ recent ESID working paper acknowledges that foreign aid is a major transnational influence in many developing countries, and examines the ethical issues this raises for aid practitioners. The paper makes three contributions. First, it reshapes the concept of

ESID at the Development Studies Association Conference

    19th April 2016   The Global Development Institute are taking a lead role in convening seven panels at the annual Development Studies Association conference, including panels convened by ESID’s Pablo Yanguas, Kunal Sen and Sam Hickey. This exciting conference 

Political settlements approach to extractive industries in Eastern Africa

Marja Hinfelaar 15 April 2016   In February, I presented some of our ESID research findings on the politics of natural resources extraction to a UN Economic Commission for Africa meeting on ‘Institutions, decentralization and structural transformation in Eastern Africa’, held in

The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements

Working paper 56 Download pdf Pablo Yanguas Abstract Political settlements analysis has highlighted the role of powerful political and economic actors in shaping institutional outcomes across countries. Its focus on national elites, however, risks biasing this type of theorising towar

In it to win it? How powerful political elites manipulate education resources in Ghana

11 January 2016    ESID’s Abdul Gafaru Abdulai and Sam Hickey have just published their article on Ghana’s political settlement in The Journal of African Affairs. Here is a a summary of their findings:     Initial hopes that democratisation would improve prospect

Where are we up to? Ten minutes with Merilee Grindle

16 November 2015 By Anna Webster Last week, a fantastic mix of researchers from around the world came together in a remote location in Sussex, UK, to interrogate and debate ESID’s research to date. This included looking at how ESID’s research can make a difference to the politic

The politics of governing oil effectively: A comparative study of two new oil-rich states in Africa

Working paper 54 Download pdf Sam Hickey, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Angelo Izama and Giles Mohan Abstract The challenges facing developing countries with new-found natural resource wealth are generally understood in terms of whether they have the institutions of ‘good governance’ required

Political settlements, the deals environment and economic growth: The case of Ghana

Working paper 53 Download pdf Robert Darko Osei, Charles Ackah, George Domfe and Michael Danquah Abstract The paper explores the extent to which political settlements, and consequently the deals environment, have influenced the growth and development outcomes for Ghana. This is done u

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: Ideas and protest in the shifting Honduran political settlement

7 October 2015 By Sarah Hunt. One aspect of ESID’s novel approach to political settlements is to examine the role of ideas in shaping state capacity and elite commitment to inclusive development. Research I have just completed in Central America suggests that ideas have played a funda