Effective States and Inclusive Development

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

The politics of governing oil effectively: A comparative study of two new oil-rich states in Africa

Working paper 54 Download pdf Sam Hickey, Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai, Angelo Izama and Giles Mohan Abstract The challenges facing developing countries with new-found natural resource wealth are generally understood in terms of whether they have the institutions of ‘good governance’ required

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

Governance and inequality: Benchmarking and interpreting South Africa’s evolving political settlement

Working paper 51 Download pdf Brian Levy, Alan Hirsch and Ingrid Woolard Abstract Has South Africa’s political settlement provided a constructive platform for successfully addressing the country’s deep-seated economic challenges in an inclusive way? Or is it increasingly consolidating

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.

The Political Economy of Measuring State Capacity and Governance: Mapping Transnational Approaches and Their Production

Objective Given the immediate relevance for both the academic and the policy debate of the Post-2015 and Post-2030 development agendas, the project takes the state of governance and state capacity measurement as its starting point. A collaboration with the European University Institut

Prof Gayatri Menon

Role Gayatri Menon is an Assistant Professor at the School of Development, Azim Premji University (Bengaluru, India), and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Research Gayatri is a sociologist who works on the political economy of development, focussing on urba

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