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Working PaperHow clientelism undermines state capacity: Evidence from Mexican municipalities
Does clientelism perpetuate the weak state capacity that characterizes many young democracies? Prior work explains that clientelist parties skew public spending to private goods and under-supply public goods...Clientelism State capacity Bureaucratic capacity
BlogAfghanistan 2021: A quickly made long tragedy
The tragedy for the Afghan people of the Taliban re-taking control of the country in August 2021 is the denouement of a process 20 years in the making...Problem Driven Iterative Adaption State capacity
Working PaperClientelism and governance
Unlike much of the growing literature on political clientelism, this short paper contains mainly the author’s general reflections on the broad issues of governance (or mis-governance including corruption), democracy, and state capacity that cli...vote-buying Clientelism Politics
BlogWhy countries best placed to handle the pandemic appear to have fared the worst
During the first year of the pandemic, it was wealthier countries, with their comparatively stronger health systems, civil services, legal systems and other public services, that suffered the highest rates of COVID-19...COVID-19 Pandemic State
Working PaperCOVID-19 and the state
We expect effective state institutions to matter in a country’s ability to respond to crises...COVID-19 Pandemic State
AboutSub-national institutional performance across Ghana’s districts and regions – variation and causes Ghana Institutional performance State capacity
BlogWhy should I care about economic growth?
Director of UNU-WIDER, Professor Kunal Sen is a world leading expert in development economics and led on ESID ’s research into economic growth...Governance State capacity Structural transformation
BlogHeadline data suggests low-income states are coping better with the pandemic than high-income states. But is this true?
States with fragile state health systems have been commended for effective responses to the COVID-19 pandemic...COVID-19 Capable states State capacity
Working PaperThe education sector in Mozambique: From access to epistemic quality in primary education
From the early days of national independence in 1975, the central aim of the educational policy in Mozambique has been to ensure that all school-age children have access to school and can remain there until they have completed their basic education...State capacity Dependence Education
Working PaperIs there a fiscal resource curse?: Resource rents, fiscal capacity, and political institutions in developing economies
States’ fiscal capacity plays a pivotal role in developing economies, but it is less clear what its determinants are or what explains cross-country differences. We focus on the impact of natural resources...State capacity Fiscal capacity Resource curse
ProjectThe state and statebuilding in the Global South – international and local interactions
Theme: Transforming statesBuilding State Capabilities State capacity Aid effectiveness
ProjectHow do effective states emerge?
Theme: Transforming statesBuilding State Capabilities State capacity Inclusive growth
Journal ArticleWhat determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
Part of Journal Special Issue Public economics and development actionState capacity Administrative capacity Public finance management
Working PaperEscaping the periphery: The East Asian ‘mystery’ solved
Few non-western countries have reached the general prosperity of Western Europe and North America in the past two centuries...State capacity Growth
Working PaperWhat determines administrative capacity in developing countries?
While it is recognized that effective state institutions are pivotal for economic development, it is not well understood what their origins are and what explains their cross-country differences...State capacity Administrative capacity Public finance management