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Politics, governance and management

Politics, governance and management

Building more effective and inclusive institutions that can deliver development constitutes one of the most significant challenges faced by governments and communities in the Global South.

Our research on governance and management investigates the processes through which development institutions become both more effective and inclusive, across a range of key actors and organisations, including governmental and non-governmental institutions from the global through to the local.

In particular, this research theme addresses the following questions:

  • Capacity: how do governments, organisations and the individuals within them develop the capabilities required to promote a more socially just world?
  • Inclusion: how can institutions become more inclusive of and accountable to citizens and how can new technologies help this?
  • Relationships/networks: How do power relations between different groups determine the ways in which institutions emerge and function in practice and how can productive and socially just relationships be enabled and built?

Identifying innovative forms of, and approaches to, governance and management constitutes an important and cross-cutting focus of our research.

Latest publications

Asadullah, M. N., & Savoia, A. (2017). Poverty Reduction During 1990-2013: Did Millennium Development Goals Adoption and State Capacity Matter? World Development.

Bawole, J. N., Hossain, F., Ghalib, A. K., Rees, C., & Mamman, A. (2017). Development Management: Theory and Practice. (Routledge Studies in Development Economics). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Bawole, J., Hossain, F., Ghalib, A. K., Rees, C. J., & Mamman, A. (2017). Development management: a conceptual and theoretical overview. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. K. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 3-22). Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Bawole, J. N., Ibrahim, M., Hossain, F., & Mensah, J. K. (2017). Development management in the developing world: past pathways and future trajectories. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. K. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 23-35). Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Bawole, J. N., & Hossain, F. (2017). Navigating through the maze of development actor pluralism: actor interfaces and development management in Africa. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. K. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. M. (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 131-146). Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Bawole, J. N., Hossain, F., Ghalib, A. K., Rees, C. J., & Mamman, A. (2017). Development management and practice: concluding remarks and lessons learnt. In Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 248-251). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Behuria, P., Buur, L., & Gray, H. (2017). Studying Political Settlements in Africa. African Affairs, 116(464), 508. DOI: 10.1093/afraf/adx019

Behuria, P. (2017). Learning from Role Models in Rwanda: Incoherent Emulation in the Construction of a Neoliberal Developmental State. New Political Economy, 1.

Behuria, P. (2017). The Political Economy of Import Substitution in the 21st Century: The Challenge of Recapturing the domestic market in Rwanda. (pp. 1-37). London: London School of Economics.

Behuria, P. (2017). Book Review: Williams, Michelle, editor. 2014: The End of the Developmental State?. Progress in Development Studies 17 3 (pp. 257-259).

Behuria, P., & Goodfellow, T. (2017). The Disorder of 'Miracle Growth' in Rwanda: Understanding the Limitations of Transitions to Open Ordered Development. In L. Pritchett, K. Sen, & E. Werker (Eds.), Deals and Development: The Political Dynamics of Growth Episodes (pp. 217-249). Oxford University Press.

Buckley, K. (2017). Space, social relations and contestation: Transformative peacebuilding and World Social Forum climate spaces. Antipode. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12361

Buckley, K. (2017). Civil Society. In M. Juergensmeyer, S. Sassen, & M. Steger (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Global Studies Oxford University Press.

Buckley, K. (2017). Civil society and twenty-first century transformations. Paper presented at Wars of Position: Marxism and Civil Society, .

Bukht, R., & Heeks, R. (2017). Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. (pp. 1-24). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 68). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Colenbrander, S., Dodman, D., & Mitlin, D. (2017). Using climate finance to advance climate justice: the politics and practice of channelling resources to the local level. Climate Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14693062.2017.1388212

Dubey, A., Olsen, W., & Sen, K. (2017). The Decline in the Labour Force Participation of Rural Women in India: Taking a Long-Run View. The Indian Journal of Labour Economics.

Ekuma, K. (2017). Relational public management: Complexity and public sector governance in a developing context. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Management Leadership and Governance ICMLG 2017 (pp. 137 - 154). Reading, UK: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.

Fiew, W., & Mitlin, D. (2017). What the experiences of South Africa’s mass housing programme teach us about the contribution of civil society to policy and programme reform. Environment and Urbanization. DOI: 10.1177/0956247817735768

Frederiksen, T. (2017). Corporate social responsibility and political settlements in the mining sector in Ghana, Zambia and Peru. (ESID Working Papers).

Gillespie, T. (2017). Collective self-help, financial inclusion and the commons: searching for solutions to Accra’s housing crisis. Housing Policy Debate, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2017.1324892

Gillespie, T., Hardy, K., & Watt, P. (2017). Austerity Urbanism and Olympic Counter-legacies: Gendering, Defending and Expanding the Urban Commons in East London. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Gwamba, G., Renken, J., Nampijja, D., Mayende, G., & Muyinda, P. B. (2017). Contextualisation of eLearning Systems in Higher Education Institutions. In Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Interactive Mobile Communication, Technologies and Learning (IMCL2017) (pp. 327-338). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing). Springer International Publishing AG.

Heeks, R., & Renken, J. (2017). Data justice for development: what would it mean? Information Development, 1-13. [1]. DOI: 10.1177%2F0266666916678282

Heeks, R., & Seo-Zindy, R. (2017). Researching the emergence of 3D printing, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and FabLabs in the global South: A Scoping Review and Research Agenda on Digital Innovation and Fabrication Networks. Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, 80(5), 1-24.

Heeks, R. (2017). A Structural Model and Manifesto for Data Justice for International Development. (pp. 1-16). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 69). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Heeks, R. (2017). Digital Economy and Digital Labour Terminology: Making Sense of the “Gig Economy”, “Online Labour”, “Crowd Work”, “Microwork”, “Platform Labour”, Etc. (pp. 1-15). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 70). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.
Horner, R., & Hulme, D. (2017). Converging divergence? Unpacking the new geography of 21st century global development.

Horner, R., & Hulme, D. (2017). From international to global development: new geographies of 21st century development. Development and Change. DOI: 10.1111/dech.12379

Ismail, S. A., Heeks, R., Nicholson, B., & Aman, A. (2017). Analyzing conflict and its management within ICT4D partnerships: an institutional logics perspective. Information Technology for Development, 1-23. DOI: 10.1080/02681102.2017.1320962

Jacoby, T. (2017). Culturalism and the Rise of the Islamic State: Faith, Sectarianism and Violence. Third World Quarterly, 38(7). DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1282818

Kumasey, A., Hossain, F., & Bawole, J. N. (2017). Ethics, Values and Development Management. In J. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. Ghalib, C. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and Practice (pp. 36). Routledge.

Lavers, T. (2017). Land Registration and Gender Equality in Ethiopia: How State–Society Relations Influence the Enforcement of Institutional Change. Journal of Agrarian Change, 17(1), 188-207. [17(1)]. DOI: 10.1111/joac.12138

Lavers, T. (2017). Responding To Land-Based Conflict In Ethiopia: The Land Rights Of Ethnic Minorities Under Federalism. African Affairs.

Lavers, T. (2017). Social protection in an aspiring ‘developmental state’: The political drivers of Ethiopia’s PSNP. Development and Change.

Lavers, T. (2017). Understanding elite commitment to social protection: Rwanda’s Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme. Development and Change.

Lawrence Ado-Kofie, & David Hulme (2017). What Works for Africa's Poorest?: Poverty Reduction Programmes for Extremely Poor People. Rugby : Practical Action. DOI: 10.3362/9781780448435

Mamman, A., Zakaria, H., & Agbebi, M. (2017). Training Entrepreneurs and Policy Makers for Poverty Reduction in Africa: Spirituality in Business Perspective. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. K. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management in developing and transitional countries: theory and practice ( Routledge studies in development economics; No. 128). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Mamman, A., Kamoche, K., & Zakaria, H. (2017). Human Capital Development in Africa: Africapitalism Perspective. In Africapitalism for Africa’s Development: : Rethinking the Role of Business in Africa Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Müller, T. R., & Bashar, Z. (2017). 'UNAMID is just like clouds in the summer, they never rain': Local perceptions of conflict and the effectiveness of UN peacekeeping missions. International Peacekeeping, 24(5), 756-779. DOI: 10.1080/13533312.2017.1383564

Müller, T. R. (2017). Book Review: The Struggling State: Nationalism, Mass Militarization, and the Education of Eritrea. Anthropological Quarterly, 90(1), 317-322.

Müller, T. R. (2017). Assertive foreign policy in a ‘bad neighbourhood’: Eritrean foreign policy making. 1-14. Paper presented at International Conference on Eritrean Studies, Asmara, Eritrea.

Müller, T. R. (2017). Post-liberation Politics and Political Space in Eritrea: Interrogating Aspirations among Educated Youth. Journal of Development Studies, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2017.1311409

Müller, T. R. (2017). Realizing rights within the Israeli Asylum Regime: a case study among Eritrean refugees in Tel Aviv. African Geographical Review. DOI: 10.1080/19376812.2017.1354309

Müller, T. R. (2017). Until next time in Asmara: A City of Aspiration, Despair and Ambition. In P. Volgger, & S. Graf (Eds.), Architecture in Asmara: Colonial Origin and Postcolonial Experiences (pp. 432-439). DOM Publishers.

Quinones, G., Heeks, R., & Nicholson, B. (2017). Digital Start-ups in the Global South: Embeddedness, Digitality, and Peripherality in Latin America. In United Kingdom Academy for Information Systems

Quinones, G., Heeks, R., & Nicholson, B. (2017). Digital Start-Ups in the Global South: Embeddedness, Digitality and Peripherality in Latin America. (pp. 1-17). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 67). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Renken, J., & Heeks, R. (2017). A Conceptual Framework of ICT4D Champion Origins. In IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (Vol. 504, pp. 842-847). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-59111-7_71

Sanyare, F. N., Hossain, F., & Rees, C. J. (2017). Managing local development in Africa: empirical evidence from Northern Ghana. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 147-162). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Sathornkich, N., Rohitarachoon, P., Eldridge, D., & Hossain, F. (2017). Building effective provincial administration in Thailand: the role of performance management. In J. N. Bawole, F. Hossain, A. K. Ghalib, C. J. Rees, & A. Mamman (Eds.), Development Management: Theory and practice (pp. 84-97). Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge.

Sen, K. (2017). What Explains the Job Creating Potential of Industrialisation in the Developing World? The Journal of Development Studies.


Sengupta, R., Heeks, R., Chattapadhyay, S., & Foster, C. (2017). Exploring Big Data for Development: An Electricity Sector Case Study from India. (pp. 1-30). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 66). Manchester: Global Development Institute, The University of Manchester.

Yanguas Gil, P. (2017). The role and responsibility of foreign aid in recipient political settlements. Journal of International Development, 29(2), 211-228. DOI: 10.1002/jid.3269


Previous events

29 June 2017 - Professor Merilee Grindle of Harvard University delivered a masterclass to staff and PhD students on the new governance agenda within international development.

10 May 2017 - Dr Stephen Kosack of Washington State University delivered a masterclass on the role of mass movements in shaping political institutions and public policy.


Theme Convenors

Academic members

 PhD Researcher Members

  • Osama Abufarraj
  • Franklin Adorsu-Djentuh
  • Shafa Alasgarova
  • Asma Alnuaimi
  • Saif Alsinani
  • Hana Alsultan
  • Edward Ampratwum
  • Ishmael Ayanoore
  • Zhen Chen
  • Yuan Fang
  • Angelica Fernandez Garzon
  • Natalia Garcia Cervantes
  • Eyob Gebremariam
  • Felipe Gonzalez Zapata
  • Yuttachai Inpa
  • Ning Kang
  • Anthony Kumasey
  • Young-sun Lee
  • Christopher Lyon
  • Irene Nafisatu Okhade
  • Alfonso Rivera-Illingworth
  • Katia Schlipfenbacher
  • Saut Simbolon
  • Jiawen Xia
  • Asieh Yousefnejad Shomali