Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Breaking the rules, breaking the game: external ideas, politics and inclusive development in Honduras

Working paper 52 Download pdf Sarah Hunt Abstract The rise of the new Left has had an important impact on the politics of poverty reduction in Central America, upsetting the status quo for elites in the case of Honduras. After Hurricane Mitch in 1998, international pressure on elites

Transnational capital and the political settlement of Ghana’s oil economy

7 July 2015 By Kojo Asante and Giles Mohan. How has Ghana – one of Africa’s most celebrated democracies – managed its newfound wealth since it struck oil in 2007? This is a profoundly political question that goes to the heart of the resource-development nexus. Our project under the ES

Reinventing the gender-blind wheel?

26 May 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. A week ago I participated in the OECD-DAC’s INCAF workshop on PSG1. Too many acronyms? OK, let us go one by one. The OECD Development Assistance Committee is the aspirational brain of the aid community, fostering the agenda of aid effectiveness, con

Researcher spotlight: Blessings Chinsinga

14 May 2015 Role Professor Blessings Chinsinga is an ESID researcher in Malawi focusing on the country’s political settlement and its implications for inclusive growth and development. He fulfils two roles at the University of Malawi: since 1996 he has been Associate Professor at the

Dr Vasudha Chhotray

Role Vasudha Chhotray is a Senior Lecturer at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia, UK. She is Principal Investigator on the ESID project: ‘Have newly created Indian states promoted inclusive development? A comparison of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.&

Investigating the political economy of social protection expansion in Africa: At the intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics

Working paper 47 Download pdf Tom Lavers and Sam Hickey Abstract The growing literature on social protection in Africa has tended to focus on conceptual debates, policy design issues and impact evaluations. To date, there has been relatively little systematic analysis of the ways in w

Clues to a better governance agenda?

05 March 2015 By Sam Hickey David Booth’s recent blog on ‘Five myths about governance and development’ raised a number of significant challenges to what remains of the good governance agenda, and spoke directly to ESID’s own research agenda. My posting on David’s blog suggested that E

Understanding the politics of inequality

23 February 2015 By Sam Hickey, Sophie King and Sarah Hunt History has much to tell us about the politics of inequality, but the moral of the story depends upon the lens through which we choose to interpret its lessons. The recent DLP conference on this theme raised many of the questi

The Politics of Inclusive Development: Interrogating the Evidence

13 January 2015. Among those engaged in policy and planning of development, there is growing recognition that politics and institutions matter for inclusive development. However, the specific ways in which they shape possibilities, across different types and forms of development, and