Claire Mcloughlin

Claire Mcloughlin

Claire is a senior researcher with DLP, based at the University of Birmingham's International Development Department. She has more than a decade of experience working on policy-oriented development research. 

Claire has published extensively on the politics of basic services and their effects on state-building, and her current research focuses on access to basic services and state (de-)legitimation in conflict-affected situations. 

Claire is also a senior researcher with GSDRC, where she conducts research for leading bilateral agencies on governance, social development, conflict and humanitarian issues. She has written three topic guides for DFID, including on Political economy analysis. 


Politics - the problem and solution to poor services?

13th March 2014

One of the most influential and enduring World Development Reports ever produced – Making Services Work for Poor People – is a decade old this year.

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Service delivery and state legitimacy: for better or for worse?

24th November 2015

People’s reactions to the question ‘does better service delivery improve a state’s legitimacy?’ are typically fast, instinctive and often surprisingly emotive. To use Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow model, ‘System 1’ thinking kicks in. Of course services support state legitimacy, encouraging citizens to accept the state’s right to rule over them. Can we imagine a legitimate state that doesn’t meet its citizens’ basic human needs?

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