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Working Paper
Is multi-party coalition government better for the protection of socially backward classes in India?

The paper investigates whether multi-party coalition government is better for the protection of socially backward classes, i.e. Scheduled Castes, in India...

Caste Equality and inequality Local government
Working Paper
Taxation, social protection, and governance decentralization

Governments do not have perfect information regarding constituent priorities and needs. This lack of knowledge opens the door for groups to lobby in order to affect the government’s taxation levels...

Institutional economics Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working Paper
An inquiry into the political economy of the global clean energy transition policies and Nigeria’s federal and state governments’ fiscal policies

In order to implement clean energy transition programmes, the national and sub-national governments in Nigeria will incur some cost. In the same way, failure to implement the policies will come with some costs...

Fiscal policy Nonrenewable natural resources Renewable energy sources
Working Paper
Implementing EU renewable energy policy at the subnational level: Navigating between conflicting interests

The European Union (EU) has set targets for gradually reducing greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. One of the instruments involved is the 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, which specifies a 20 per cent renewable energy target for the EU by 2020...

Forests and forestry Renewable energy sources State governments
Working Paper
Governing clean energy transitions in China and India: A comparative political economy analysis

China and India will have to radically transform their electric power systems in order to decouple economic growth from unsustainable resource consumption...

Economic growth Environmental policy Political science
Working Paper
The state, the market, and development

The state has played a major role in the most important developmental successes...

Economic development Equality and inequality Industrial policy
Working Paper
State Capability and Prospects for Close Co-ordination: Considerations for Industrial Policy in Africa

Recent research highlights the considerable potential of industrial policy to support structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa...

Industrial policy State governments
Journal Article
Vertical Decentralisation and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?

Part of Journal Special Issue Urban Governance and Service Delivery in sub-Saharan Africa

Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working Paper
A Review of External Assistance and Aid Effectiveness for Maternal and Child Health: Challenges and Opportunities

This paper primarily focuses on how global funding has supported interventions that have proven to be successful in reducing maternal, newborn, and child mortality around the world...

Children Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development projects
Research Brief
Decentralization in South Africa: The Role of Politics

In the WIDER Working Paper ‘Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?’ Robert Cameron looks at the ways in which politics affects decentralization and service delivery in South Africa...

Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Working Paper
Vertical Decentralization and Urban Service Delivery in South Africa: Does Politics Matter?

This study examines the role of politics on decentralization and service delivery in South Africa, with a specific focus on Johannesburg and Cape Town...

Fiscal policy Intergovernmental fiscal relations State governments
Blog
What Can Experiments Tell Us About How to Improve Governance?

Rachel M. Gisselquist and Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Over the past decade, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have become a staple of research in development economics...

Cost effectiveness Experimental design Field experiments
Blog
What Does Good Governance Mean?

Rachel M. Gisselquist Almost all major development institutions today say that promoting good governance is an important part of their agendas...

Methodology (Qualitative research) Methodology (Quantitative research) Institutional economics
Book Chapter
The Role of Federalism in Developing the US During Nineteenth-Century Globalization

From the book: Institutional Change and Economic Development

Economic development History (Economics) Globalization
Working Paper
The Role of Federalism in Developing the US during Nineteenth-century Globalization

During its development into a continental empire, the US, like other countries relied on the investment of capital and labour from abroad; unlike other countries, the US had a peculiar political institution, federalism, which channeled these resource...

Economic development History (Economics) Globalization
Working Paper
The Burden of Government Debt in the Indian States: Implications for the MDG Poverty Target

In this paper we explore what impact, if any, government debts have on achieving the Millennium Development Goals for the Indian states...

Debts, Public Economic development Fiscal policy
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