Effective States and Inclusive Development

The political economy of social protection expansion in Africa

Objectives This research analyses the political economy of social protection policy formulation and implementation in sub-Saharan Africa, with a view to explaining variation in national experiences. Cases Five countries have been selected for in-depth analysis, comprising three countr

Social Protection: The August 2014 issue of SANEM Thinking Aloud

4 August 2014. By Selim Raihan. ESID partner SANEM (South Asian Network on Economic Modeling) has just published the August, 2014 issue of its new monthly digest, Thinking Aloud, edited by SANEM’s Executive Director, Selim Raihan. This issue focuses on social protection.

Supply or demand? How politics influences the implementation of the MGNREGA in Rajasthan

Briefing No. 6 The recent performance of MGNREGA has been a matter of debate. Rajasthan, especially, performed impressively in the initial years of its National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), but experienced a sharp decline (even relative to other states) in outcomesfrom 2

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

16 July 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper explores the reasons behind the sharp decline in MGNREGA implementation in the Indian state of Rajasthan since 2010. This paper was produced as part of ESID’s research on the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,

‘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

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.

The political economy of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India

Objective This research is based on the working hypothesis that state capacity at the sub-national and local levels, and the nature of commitment of local and state elites to social welfare programmes for the poor, can explain in large part the variations that we observe in the implem

The political economy of implementing the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in India

Working paper 15 Download pdf Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Abstract This paper focuses on four selected questions. (1) How does local political competition and the characteristics of the elected officials matter for the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS)

Co-producing ineffective states: social knowledge, social policy and social citizenship in Africa and in development

Working paper 14 Download pdf Maia Green Abstract This paper explores the links between social knowledge, social policy and state forms in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its central argument is that the capacities of states to establish inclusive welfare regimes (Gough et al 2004) for citizens a

Delivering effective social assistance: does politics matter?

Working paper 9 Download pdf Armando Barrientos and Sony Pellissery Abstract The paper examines the significance of politics in the rise of social assistance programmes in developing countries in the last decade. It finds this is a two-way process. Politics is crucial to the adoption,