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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

Why state capacity matters for the post-2015 development agenda and how we should measure it

Briefing No. 4 As the international community debates the post-2015 development goals, there is an increasing realisation that governance is

Dr Pablo Yanguas

Role Pablo Yanguas is Research Fellow at the Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID) research centre, where he leads research

Professor Kunal Sen

Role Kunal Sen is Director Designate of UNU-WIDER, Professor of Development Economics and Policy at the Global Development Institute at

The impact of ethnicity on state capacity

Objective The aim of this project is to arrive at some general theoretical formulations about the influence of ethnicity on

Building state capacity for inclusive development: The politics of public sector reform

Working paper 25 Download pdf Badru Bukenya and Pablo Yanguas Abstract A capable state is essential for inclusive development, and

Are service-delivery NGOs building state capacity in the global South? Experiences from HIV/AIDS programmes in rural Uganda

Working paper 22 Download pdf Badru Bukenya Abstract Service-delivery NGOs are often attacked for abandoning the pursuit of ‘alternative development’

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

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

Measurement and evolution of state capacity: exploring a lesser known aspect of governance

Working paper 10 Download pdf Antonio Savoia and Kunal Sen Abstract This paper offers an overview of the strengths and

Developmental states: a review of the literature

Working paper 3 Download pdf Laura Routley Abstract This paper conducts a review of the literature concerning developmental states, in

The politics of aid revisited: a review of evidence on state capacity and elite commitment

Working paper 7 Download pdf Arjan de Haan, Ward Warmerdam Abstract Based on a systematic review of the impacts of

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