Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

Education in competitive clientelist contexts: Bangladesh and Ghana

Objective This project explores the politics of securing higher levels of capacity and commitment to delivering improved quality schooling. Cases Bangladesh and Ghana represent forms of ‘competitive clientelism’ with otherwise different contextual settings, offering the opportunity to

Are service-delivery NGOs building state capacity in the global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda

Working paper 22 Download pdf Badru Bukenya Abstract Service-delivery NGOs are often attacked for abandoning the pursuit of ‘alternative development’ in favour of ‘technocratic’ and ‘depoliticised’ forms of development. Yet some commentators argue that these organisations, through the

Institutions, incentives and service provision: Bringing politics back in

Working paper 18 Download pdf Brian Levy and Michael Walton Abstract This paper outlines a conceptual framework for analysing the politics of service provisioning. The approach uses as its point of departure the ‘accountability framework’ of relations between citizens, clients and ser

The politics of what works for the poor in public expenditure and taxation: a review

Working paper 11 Download pdf Paul Mosley Abstract The paper examines the questions of which fiscal (public expenditure and taxation) options work in terms of poverty reduction, and how they can be made implementable in practice. The point of departure is that although the poor, actin

The political dynamics of economic growth

Working paper 5 Download pdf Kunal Sen Abstract This paper is an assessment of what we know about the political determinants of economic growth. It begins by setting out the stylized facts of economic growth. The paper suggests that there is a need to shift away from much of the previ

The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence-based review

Working paper 6 Download pdf Claire Mcloughlin and Richard Batley Abstract This paper examines the evidence on the forms of politics likely to promote inclusive social provisioning and enable, as opposed to constrain, improvements in service outcomes. It focuses on eight relatively su