The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre
New Research Centre On The Politics Of Effective States and Inclusive Development (ESID)
An important new research centre, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, has recently completed its inception year and is about to commence its substantive research program. The Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre (ESID) is based at the University of Manchester in the UK, with research partners in Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Malawi, Uganda and the US. Its web address is: www.effective-states.org.
Directed by Professor David Hulme, Professor Kunal Sen and Dr Sam Hickey, ESID has as its core focus three overarching questions which will frame its research projects.
- What forms and levels of state capacity are required to underpin inclusive development in different domains?
- What are the incentives and ideas that shape elite commitment to inclusive development and state effectiveness?
- Under what conditions, and with particular reference to power relations and ideas, do developmental types of state capacity and elite commitment emerge – and are sustained.
With its interest in ‘routes to social justice’, ESID will explore the conditions under which pro-poor forms of politics and inclusive development are pursued by political and other elites. In exploring these themes, ESID will focus on political settlements, the politics of growth, social provisioning and natural resource governance, the global dimensions of building effective states and the politics of social justice and exclusion.
ESID shares with DLP a commitment to understand better the politics of development. The DLP welcomes the formation of ESID, and in the interests of building a network of research and policy organizations working in cognate areas, we look forward to close cooperation in sharing ideas, findings and policy messages over the coming years.