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Blog
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

Rachel M. Gisselquist Almost all major development institutions today say that promoting good governance is an important part of their agendas. The outcome document of the recent 2011 Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness further reflects these commitments. In a well-cited quote, former...

Blog
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2014 - Helsinki, Finland

21 February 2014 Rachel M. Gisselquist Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published a scathing critique of the role of academics in public debate. ‘Professors, We Need You!’ he moaned, noting that ‘some of the smartest thinkers on problems at...

Blog
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Rachel M. Gisselquist There is much to commend in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as we approach their target deadline of 2015. In addition to the major improvements achieved in poverty, health, and education, the establishment of a set of worldwide targets, and their incorporation by...

Blog
– Four implications for work in development
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

As a political scientist specializing in the comparative politics of development, including particular attention to issues of governance and democracy, I have followed this year’s World Development Report with special interest. I have not been alone. WDRs usually attract attention, but this...

Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2017 - Helsinki, Finland

While many WIDER Development Conferences emerge from ongoing projects, our latest conference in October — ‘Migration and mobility: New frontiers for research and policy’ — offered a different opportunity: to focus attention on an important cross-cutting topic in much of...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– 10 Questions
Rachel M. Gisselquist - Policy Studies, 2014 - Abindon, Oxon, UK

Recent years have seen a proliferation of composite indicators or indexes of governance and their use in research and policy-making. This article proposes a framework of 10 questions to guide both the development and evaluation of such indexes. In reviewing these 10 questions – only six of...

– Findings from Comparative Cases
Rachel M. Gisselquist - The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2014 - London, UK

Why and how some states transition successfully from fragile to more robust—and some do not—are both topical and age-old questions. This volume of The ANNALS addresses these questions with particular attention to the role of foreign aid, offering new traction on theory development on...

Journal Article
– What Do We Know? What Can Comparative Analysis Add?
Rachel M. Gisselquist - The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2014

Part of Journal Special Issue Aid and Institution-Building in Fragile States

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– Critical and Less Critical Questions
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland

Recent years have seen a proliferation of ‘composite indicators’ or ‘indexes’ of governance. Such measures can be useful tools for analysing governance, making public policy, building scientific knowledge, and even influencing ruling elites, but some are better tools than...

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Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2012 - Helsinki, Finland

Almost all major development institutions today say that promoting good governance is an important part of their agendas. Despite this consensus, ‘good governance’ is an extremely elusive objective: it means different things to different organizations and to different actors within...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– an Exploratory Analysis
Rachel M. Gisselquist - Nationalism and Ethnic Politics , 2013 - Abindon, Oxon, UK

This article explores how ethnic politics may operate differently in societies with “ranked” versus “unranked” ethnic systems, where ethnicity and class correlate closely versus very little. It focuses on two hypotheses suggested, but not tested, in Donald Horowitz's...

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– Considerations for Industrial Policy in Africa
Rachel M. Gisselquist - UNU-WIDER, 2015 - Helsinki, Finland

Recent research highlights the considerable potential of industrial policy to support structural transformation in sub-Saharan Africa. Given the importance of the state in industrial policy, this paper considers the implications for these discussions of recent work on state fragility. It argues...

– Considerations for Case Selection
Rachel M. Gisselquist - PS: Political Science & Politics, 2014 - New York, USA

Despite the widespread use of paired comparisons, we lack clear guidance about how to use this research strategy in practice, particularly in case selection. The literature tends to assume that cases are systematically selected from a known population, a major assumption for many topics of...

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
Rachel M. Gisselquist - International Peacekeeping, 2015 - London, United Kingdom

Development assistance to fragile states and conflict-affected areas can be a core component of peacebuilding, providing support for the restoration of government functions, delivery of basic services, the rule of law and economic revitalization. Despite a wealth of research, however, significant...

Journal Article This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– Learning from ‘Successful’ Interventions in Fragile Situations
Rachel M. Gisselquist - International Peacekeeping, 2015 - London, United Kingdom

Part of Journal Special Issue Development Assistance for Peacebuilding

This peer-reviewed research is available free of charge. UNU-WIDER believes that research is a global public good and supports Open Access.
– The Challenge of Chronic Weakness
Rachel M. Gisselquist - Third World Quarterly, 2015

This special issue has its origins in work conducted under the Governance and Fragility theme of UNU-WIDER’s ReCom - Research and Communication on Foreign Aid programme (2011–13), and particularly the work on ‘Aid and Institution-building in Fragile States: Findings from...

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