Effective States and Inclusive Development

Understanding the politics of inequality

23 February 2015 By Sam Hickey, Sophie King and Sarah Hunt History has much to tell us about the politics of inequality, but the moral of the story depends upon the lens through which we choose to interpret its lessons. The recent DLP conference on this theme raised many of the questi

Professor William Muhumuza

Role William Muhumuza is an Associate Professor at the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda). Research With ESID, Professor Muhumuza is working on the Politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa research project, focusing on Uganda. His research

The politics of regional inequality in sub-Saharan Africa: Insights from Ghana and Uganda

Objectives This project aims to deepen our understanding of the structural underpinnings of spatial inequality from a comparative perspective. It adopts a political settlements approach to investigate the role of politics and power relations in shaping policy reforms and public invest

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

Regional inequality and spending on education in Ghana: A political settlements approach

15 September 2014 By Pablo Yanguas. ESID’s latest working paper investigates why some of Ghana’s regions have had greater access than others to public spending on education, and uses this case to illustrate how elite politics – and, in particular, regional coalitions

Dr Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai

Role Abdul-Gafaru is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration, University of Ghana Business School. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Within ESID he has produced a conceptual and methodological framework for comparative research into

Rethinking spatial inequalities in development: the primacy of politics and power relations

Working paper 29 Download pdf Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai Abstract This paper offers a political explanation to the problem of spatial inequality in developing countries, paying particular attention to the implications of patronage politics and inter-elite power relations for the spatial dis

A dynamic mapping of the political settlement in Ghana

Working paper No. 28 Download pdf Franklin Oduro, Mohammed Awal and Maxwell Agyei Ashon Abstract Ghana displays a number of features of democratic institutionalisation and is considered a success story of democratic transformation in Africa. This paper examines the quality of Ghana’s

Natural resource extraction and the possibilities of inclusive development: politics across space and time

Working paper 21 Download pdf Anthony Bebbington Abstract This paper addresses institutional and political relationships that govern the interactions between natural resource extraction, economy and society with a focus on the mining and hydrocarbon sectors. These relationships help d

State capacity and inclusive development: new challenges and directions

Working paper 2 Download pdf Matthias vom Hau Abstract This paper takes stock of recent advancements in the literature on state capacity and connects them to the study of inclusive development. Specifically, four particular lines of argument are presented. First, state capacity is bes