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Global Development Institute

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

Abdulai, A. G. and S. Hickey (2016). "The politics of development under competitive clientelism: Insights from Ghana's education sector." African Affairs 115(458): 44-72.

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

Dimova, R. and A. Savoia (2016). "Institutions: Evolution, Path Dependency, Anachronisms and Impact." Journal of Development Studies 52(2): 161-165.

Duncombe, R. (2016). "Mobile Phones for Agricultural and Rural Development: A Literature Review and Suggestions for Future Research." European Journal of Development Research 28(2): 213-235.

Gunawong, P. & Gao, P. (2017). Understanding e-government failure in the developing country context: a process-oriented study

Hulme, D. (2016). Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? Cambridge/New York, Polity Press.

Kar, S. and Sen, K. (2016). The Political Economy of India's Growth Episodes. Palgrave.

King, S. and S. Hickey (2016). "Building Democracy from Below: Lessons from Western Uganda." Journal of Development Studies: 1-16.

Lavers, T. and S. Hickey (2016). "Conceptualising the politics of social protection expansion in low income countries: The intersection of transnational ideas and domestic politics." International Journal of Social Welfare.

Lawson, D. Ado-Kofie, L. and Hulme, D. (2017). What Works for Africa's Poorest?: Poverty Reduction Programmes for Extremely Poor People.Practical Action.

Mamman, A. and H. B. Zakaria (2016). "Spirituality and Ubuntu as the foundation for building African institutions, organizations and leaders." Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion 13(3): 246-265.

McGranahan, G. and D. Mitlin (2016). "Learning from Sustained Success: How Community-Driven Initiatives to Improve Urban Sanitation Can Meet the Challenges." World Development 87: 307-317.

Savoia, A. and K. Sen (2016). "Do We See Convergence in Institutions? A Cross-Country Analysis." Journal of Development Studies 52(2): 166-185.

Roy, M. Cawood, S. Hordijk, M. Hulme, D. (2016). Urban Poverty and Climate Change: Life in the slums of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Routledge.

Roy, M. Hanlon, J. Hulme, D. (2016).  Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping Our Heads above Water, Anthem Press.

Sen, K. (2016). Out of the Shadows. OUP.

Zhang, Y. F. and P. Gao (2016). "Integrating environmental considerations into economic regulation of China's electricity sector." Utilities Policy 38: 62-71. 


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