Effective States and Inclusive Development

Report from the UNU-WIDER symposium on ‘The Political Economy of Social Protection in Developing Countries’ – Mexico City

     25 February 2016 Kate Pruce   The sculpture below in Mexico City is called ‘El Ángel de la Securidad Social’ (The Angel of Social Security) and was created by Jorge Marín in 2013 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro So

Spotlight on an ESID researcher: Indrajit Roy

17 February 2016 What is your educational background? My first degree was in history, from the University of Delhi. Then I did a Masters in Social Work, which as a subject in India is closer to Development Studies. I then worked with international NGOs in India for several years, espe

LISTEN: A podcast on our latest findings on social protection in Africa

15 Janaury 2016   Our social protection researchers Dr Tom Lavers, Professor Sam Hickey and Dr Anna McCord deliver a vital talk on their latest findings on social protection in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Zambia, and their implications for policy.

Why is domestic violence legislation falling short in Uganda?

25 November 2015  By Josephine Ahikire and Amon Mwiine In the current discourse on women and policymaking,  there seems to be waning optimism, especially around an apparent paradox:  on the one hand, women have made inroads into important political and policymaking spaces, whereas on

The political challenge of turning transnational social protection goals into effective national policy coalitions

30 September 2015 Earlier this month at the Development Studies Association meeting, ESID researchers working on our social protection project presented preliminary evidence from Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. With the diffusion of social protection policies across Africa driven la

Political commitment in India’s social policy implementation: Shaping the performance of MGNREGA

Working paper 50 Download pdf Deepta Chopra Abstract This paper contributes to the empirical understanding of the concept of commitment and the role it plays in shaping India’s social policy implementation. Taking the case of the landmark policy, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Empl

Dr Subhasish Dey

Role Subhasish is working with ESID as a Research Associate on the MGNREGA project in India. He completed his PhD at the Economics Department of the University of Manchester in January 2016. By training he is an empirical development economist. Research Subhasish’s primary resea

Class politics and social protection: the implementation of India’s MGNREGA

Working Paper 46 Download pdf Indrajit Roy Abstract In this paper, I direct attention to the role of class politics in shaping the outcomes of social protection interventions. I highlight the ways in which class politics is constituted by the interaction of class relations and the bal

Researching the political economy of social protection in Africa

30 March 2015 By Tom Lavers When and why do states take a direct interest in the welfare of their populations? What types of state introduce social policies and which ones are capable of delivering on these commitments? Research on the politics of social policy in Europe, the US, Lati

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