Effective States and Inclusive Development

Researching the politics of service provision: A new conceptual and methodological approach

Briefing No. 8 Research Framing Paper No. 2 Although politics is now widely seen as critical in shaping the quality of service provision in developing countries, this recognition has yet to be integrated within the conceptual frameworks that shape research and action in the field. A n

Ghana’s political settlement undermines prospects for economic transformation

13 August 2014. By Kojo Pumpuni Asante, Franklin Oduro & Awal Mohammed. On 1st August 2014, the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that it would approach the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance to help stabilise the economy. For watchers of Ghana, this decision is lo

‘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

Dr Vinothan Naidoo

Role Dr Vinothan Naidoo is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Cape Town (SA). Research Dr Naidoo’s research spans various topics related to South Africa’s public sector. This includes public sector reform, political-administrative re

What’s our way out of faith-based public sector interventions? A conversation with Nick Manning

2 July 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Rowena Harding. Nick Manning retired in December 2013 from the position of Head of the Governance and Public Sector Management group at the World Bank. During a visit to Manchester earlier this spring we managed to ask him a few questions about aid, d

There are no ‘blank-slate policymakers’: Mapping the elites of development

23 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Antonio Savoia. Political and policy-making elites are at the centre of the challenges of inclusive development: their commitment constrains the menu of potentially inclusive policies, whilst their capacity determines the chances that these will ever

Working Paper: Pro-poor urban politics

9 June 2014. ESID‘s latest Working Paper explores “what we have learnt about how to instigate and embed pro-poor government in towns and cities of the global South”, with a particular focus on how politics emerges in informal settlements. Politics, informality and cl

Dr Badru Bukenya

Role Badru Bukenya is a lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration. He is also a Research Associate at ESID, the University of Manchester. Research Badru’s research interests include civil society; the politics of

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

The political settlement and social provisioning in Cambodia

Objective In this project, political settlements and social provisioning in Cambodia are explored using the health service as the unit of analysis. Cases Cambodia is an interesting case for ESID’s work on political settlements, apparently occupying an intermediate position between oth