Effective States and Inclusive Development

Local funds and political competition: Evidence from the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 42 Download pdf Bhanu Gupta and Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) in India is one of the largest public employment programmes in the developing world. It was introduced by the central government led by Indian National C

The politics of regional inequality in Ghana: State elites, donors and PRSPs

Working paper 41 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai and David Hulme Abstract Through an analysis of Ghana’s HIPC Fund, which was established as part of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP) process, this paper shows how aid-financed efforts to reduce regional inequality in Ghana

Back to “National Development”: Lant Pritchett’s quest for Millennium Development Ideals

21 July 2014. Last week ESID hosted Lant Pritchett‘s public lecture on “Promoting Millennium Development Ideals: The risks of defining development down”. You can read some live tweets of the talk under the hashtag #EffectiveStates, but we provide a more thorough summ

‘They don’t want to work’ versus ‘They don’t want to provide work’: Seeking explanations for the decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan

Working paper 31 Download pdf Deepta Chopra This paper presents a political economy explanation for the dramatic decline of MGNREGA in Rajasthan. Originally one of the highest performing states, Rajasthan has seen a sharp decline from around 2010 onwards in the uptake of MGNREGA. The

“The MDGs were a disaster”: Meet Lant Pritchett

10 July 2014. The ESID partnership includes many dedicated and accomplished researchers, but few are as outspoken and immune to conventional wisdom as Lant Pritchett. A Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, Lant is al

Thinking Aloud – News from SANEM

9 June 2014. by Selim Raihan. ESID partners, SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) have launched a new monthly newsletter, Thinking Aloud, edited by SANEM’s Executive Director, Selim Raihan. The first issue, out this month, focuses on the labour market in Bangladesh.

‘Transformational politics’ in India? Whatever happened to social justice?

15 May 2014. By Indrajit Roy. Political pundits have described the just-concluded elections in India as ‘transformational’. However, none of the issues highlighted by the national media, the intelligentsia and the ‘mainstream’ political parties – development, secularism, corrupt

Politics, informality and clientelism – exploring a pro-poor urban politics

Working paper 34 Download pdf Diana Mitlin Abstract This paper explores what we have learnt about how to instigate, negotiate or otherwise secure pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South. With competition for scarce resources, the processes of urban development, and

“It’s the economy, stupid”: How the poor economic performance of the UPA regime is a key issue in the Indian elections

8 May 2014. By Kunal Sen. (Originally posted on the Ballots & Bullets blog.) Along with corruption, a stagnant economy and high inflation dominate the concerns of voters in the current general election in India. Like voters elsewhere, Indian voters seem likely to vote the incumben

Guest post: How “poor” economics informs the political culture of Bangladesh

26 March 2014. By Binayak Sen. Bangladesh’s experience of the last two decades suggests that decent long-term economic development can take place under political regimes engaged in a mimicry of democracy. In other contexts, arguably, such a mismatch between economic and politica