Effective States and Inclusive Development

Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state

7 August 2014. ESID‘s latest working paper investigates how ideas and beliefs held by India‘s elites – political, bureaucratic, business – have shaped the country’s political settlement and thereby state performance. The paper is authored by Pratap Bhanu

Ideas, interests and the politics of development change in India: capitalism, inclusion and the state

Working Paper 36 Download pdf Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Michael Walton Abstract This paper offers an interpretation of India’s recent political economy in relation to the longer-term history since independence. It argues that an understanding of both ideas and interests is required for t

‘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,

There are no ‘blank-slate policymakers’: Mapping the elites of development

23 June 2014. By Pablo Yanguas and Antonio Savoia. Political and policy-making elites are at the centre of the challenges of inclusive development: their commitment constrains the menu of potentially inclusive policies, whilst their capacity determines the chances that these will ever

Determinants of state capacity in developing economies

Objective This project aims to improve the current understanding of the structural conditions that underlie state capacity. It has a twofold objective: (i) assessing the importance of political economy explanations vis-à-vis geography and history, focusing on the role of political sys

Dr Antonio Savoia

Role Antonio is a lecturer in Development Economics at the University of Manchester and a researcher with ESID. Research His research interests are state capacity, governance and inequality. Within ESID his focus is on measuring state capacity and on governance as a global development

Stanford workshop: Measuring State Quality

2 April 2014. By Kunal Sen. On 2-4 March 2014 the Stanford Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) Governance Project organised a workshop on “Measuring State Quality: In China and Beyond”. The workshop was led by Francis Fukuyama and attracted a high

Governance as a Global Development Goal?

25 March 2014. There is increasing recognition that governance matters, to the point of considering it a desirable global development goal in its own right. In the latest ESID working paper – Governance as a Global Development Goal? – David Hulme, Antonio Savoia and Kunal

Briefing: State capacity in the post-2015 agenda

12 March 2014. ESID’s latest briefing paper argues that state capacity indicators should be an integral component of the post-2015 development agenda. Authored by Kunal Sen, Matthias vom Hau and Pablo Yanguas, the paper builds on a workshop held at Johns Hopkins School of Advanc

The Politics of Core Public Sector Reform: Leadership, Social Accountability and Policy Adaptation

Objective This project analyses whether ‘new’ approaches to public sector reform (PSR) centred on leadership, social accountability or policy adaptation are more likely to bypass some of the recurrent shortcomings of conventional ‘Weberian approaches’, which ar