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Journal Article
Clientelistic politics and pro-poor targeting: Rules versus discretionary budgets

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

Clientelism Governance Targeting
Working Paper
Frontier governmentality

We examine whether frontier rule, which disallows frontier residents from recourse to formal institutions of conflict management and disproportionately empowers tribal elites, provides a more fragile basis for maintaining social order in the face of ...

Institutions Governance Conflict
Working Paper
Revisiting community-driven reconstruction in fragile states

Community-driven reconstruction (CDR) is an approach to post-war reconstruction that gives discretion to local community councils in establishing priorities and overseeing the implementation of reconstruction and development activities...

Reconstruction Collective action Corruption
Working Paper
‘Ten pound touts’: post-conflict trust and the legacy of counterinsurgency in Northern Ireland

This paper explores the legacies of wartime rebel governance and counterinsurgency tactics. Insurgents rely on civilian support for resources, information, and cover...

Trust Counterinsurgency Post-conflict
Working Paper
States of disorder: An ecosystems approach to state-building in conflict-affected countries

Why is the recent track record of state-building so poor?...

Statebuilding Peacebuilding Governance
Working Paper
Humanity over economy: biopolitical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana

This study posits that pandemics should be regarded as complex, open-ended phenomena that cannot be reduced to biology and epidemiology...

COVID-19 Biopolitics State effectiveness
Working Paper
A fiscal approach to the social contract in sub-Saharan African countries: Looking for opportunities to strengthen trust in government and tax compliance by analysing citizens' perception of governance

The COVID-19 pandemic showed that many developing countries could not respond effectively to crises due to their limited capacity to diversify their social protection responses...

Tax compliance Governance Sub-Saharan Africa
Working Paper
Rebel governance during COVID-19: Describing and explaining armed groups’ response to the pandemic in the Middle East

As COVID-19 spread worldwide, armed groups in control of territory were called to address the health emergency. However, our knowledge in this regard is limited...

Armed conflict COVID-19 Middle East and North Africa
The puzzle of peace - conference image Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino appointed as Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER Conflict Trust Governance
Journal Article
Local governance quality and law compliance: The case of Mozambican firms

In sub-Saharan Africa, many micro and small enterprises do not (or at least only partially) comply with official rules and regulations...

Governance Transparency Law
Working Paper
Rebel governance and political participation

Rebels, militias, and criminal groups all govern civilians. Governing strategies adopted by armed groups during civil war likely influence citizens’ post-conflict political participation, with consequences for democratic politics...

Armed conflict Governance Wartime governance
Working Paper
Governance and COVID-19 in Bolivia

On 10 March 2020, the Bolivian government identified two COVID-19 cases in Bolivians returning from Italy. The national government responded swiftly and sent the country into one of the world’s strictest lockdowns on 22 March 2020...

Bolivia COVID-19 Subnational
Journal Article
Clientelism and governance

Part of Journal Special Issue Clientelist Politics and Development

vote-buying Clientelism Politics
Panel discussion
UNU-WIDER at ISA 2022 Annual Convention

UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow Patricia Justino and Research Associate Rute Martins Caeiro join in a virtual panel discussion Trust and Governance in Unstable Democracies on 29 March 2022 14:00 - 15:30 (UTC-5) as part of the International Studies...

29 March 2022
Online, Nashville, United States
Past event
Journal Article
On the impact of inequality on growth, human development, and governance

Inequality is a major international development challenge. This is so from an ethical perspective and because greater inequality is perceived to be detrimental to key socioeconomic and political outcomes...

Inequality Growth Health
Working Paper
Local governance quality and law compliance: The case of Mozambican firms

Using panel data of manufacturing enterprises in Mozambique between 2012 and 2017, we investigate how changes in perceived quality of governance are related to firms’ law compliance...

Governance Transparency Law
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