Effective States and Inclusive Development

World Bank: Strengthening governance top-of-mind for opinion leaders

In a recent blog for the World Bank Jing Guo, a member of the group’s Public Opinion Research Group, outlines the ways in which strengthening governance has climbed the agenda of opinion leaders in developing countries. The World Bank’s 2016 poll of more than 35,000 opinio

EVENT: State-business relations in development seminar

ESID are linking up with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) for a one-day workshop at the National Council For Voluntary Organisations in London on 7 December 2016 to explore the role of state and business relations in creating development outcomes.

APSA2016: Building bridges between ESID and PoliSci

  Pablo Yanguas 19 August 2016     In two weeks I will be storming Philly’s city centre as part of the ESID contingent attending the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association. We are finally taking our framework and findings across the pond to have a

The challenge of public sector reform in Ghana

By Pablo Yanguas 5 April 2016 Will legal reform be enough? How can regular people be involved in debates about effectiveness? Is there an African philosophy of the public sector that can succeed where Western models have failed? Can civil society act as a catalyst for change when poli

Exciting research findings on how to make a difference to the lives of the urban poor in India

5 November 2015 By Professor Diana Mitlin, who leads the ESID project on urban poverty in India. This research project is a unique collaboration between an action-research NGO, the Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres, a former Indian Administrative Service officer, an I

Samuel Finer: A legacy of humanist political science

30 October 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. Serendipity is an often-neglected feature of academic life. Having moved to Manchester in order to join ESID in 2013, I could not have predicted that one of the very authors who had influenced my graduate musings on state building and civil-military r

Spotlight on an ESID Researcher: Kojo Asante

29th October 2015  What is your background and how did you come to be at ESID? I first came to the UK in 1998 to study law.  I qualified as a barrister, but after two years at a solicitor’s practice I realised law wasn’t for me. I did a Masters in African Studies in the US

1st Samuel Finer “Development of Government” conference

12 October 2015 By Pablo Yanguas. On 3 November,  ESID will co-host the first Samuel Finer “Development of Government” conference at the University of Manchester. This one-day event, running from 9am to 8:30pm, serves two purposes. First, we want to celebrate the work of t

The political economy of governance measurement

9 June 2015 By David Hulme, Debora Malito, Antonio Savoia and Gaby Umbach. Most scholars and policy-makers agree that the design of rules and regulations, the effectiveness of policies and the competence of public bodies play a crucial role in the functioning of states and economies.

Why such a commitment to public sector reform in Rwanda?

By Dr Benjamin Chemouni 17 February 2015 The case of public sector reforms in Rwanda is apparently exceptional. As mentioned already in the blog post presenting ESID’s Public Sector Reform project, Rwanda is an outlier in terms of state effectiveness compared to the other case studies