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Andrés Mejía Acosta - Research Fellow

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Thematic Expertise:
Governance; Democracy; Public Policy; State Capacity; Nutrition; Politics and Power.

Geographic Expertise:
Latin America and the Caribbean; Bolivia; Brazil; Ecuador; Ethiopia; Honduras; Jamaica; Macedonia; Peru; Tanzania; Zambia.

Dr Andrés Mejia Acosta no longer works at IDS.

Andrés is a political scientist whose current research looks at how the political management of natural resource revenues affects development goals. His work "Informal Coalitions and Policymaking in Latin America" (New York: Routledge, 2009) looks at how formal and informal political institutions produce policy reforms in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Publications include articles and book chapters on electoral systems, political parties, legislative politics, budget politics, the policymaking process, informal institutions, and democratic governance. Besides this he has been involved in a wider comparative study ‘Analysing Nutrition Governance’, funded by UKAid, which looks at nutrition rates and government nutrition programmes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, and Zambia. He has done consulting work for Club de Madrid, The Carter Center, Eurasia Group, Freedom House, United Nations Development Programme, the Inter American Development Bank and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.

Andrés has been Co-Convenor of the Research Programme on Revenue Collection and State Capacity for the Centre for the Future State. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the political management of natural resource revenues in the Andean region.

The project examines what factors enable governments to commit to national nutrition strategies and deliver appropriate nutrition policies in the long run.

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A new partnership between the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and IDS has been formed with the aim of supporting SDC’s ‘Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network’ (DLGN) between 2012 and 2014. IDS’ contribution will seek to improve DLGN’s effectiveness and impact of policy strategies and operations.

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Non-IDS publication

Extractive Industries, Revenue Allocation and Local Politics

The success of a developmental strategy based on the extraction of non-renewable resources is largely dependent on the share of revenues captured by the state from the extractive sector and the modalities that governments adopt to use and distribute those revenues More details

IDS publications on international development research

Innovative Thinking and Practice in Local Governance

A synthesis of research papers produced for the Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DLGN). Face to Face (F2F) Meeting, Aswan, Egypt, May 2013. More details

This is the cover for the Discussion Paper, 'Democratic Accountability and Service Delivery'.

Democratic Accountability and Service Delivery

This paper seeks to identify and document how different modalities of democratic accountability are linked to improved service delivery in developing democracies. More details

IDS publications on international development research

How do the poor resolve disputes? Formal and informal Dispute Resolution in South Asia

Seminar with speakers Dr Andres Mejia Acosta and Dr Shandana Mohmand More details

IDS publications on international development research

Fighting Maternal and Child Malnutrition: Analysing the political and institutional determinants of delivering a national multisectoral response in six countries

This report proposes a framework to understand how good nutrition governance can contribute to positive changes directly related to nutrition outcomes. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Accelerating Reductions in Undernutrition What can nutrition governance tell us?

In order to accelerate progress on undernutrition reduction we need to understand how the governance of nutrition programmes leads to successful outcomes. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Supporting Decentralisation in Macedonia: An Assessment of SDC’s Support to Decentralisation in Macedonia

Decentralization in Macedonia presents a rather unique case. Most interviews with stakeholders across a wide spectrum of sectors start with the fact that the decentralization reforms that came out of the Ohrid Framework Agreement of 2001 were a response to an important need — the resolution of ethnic conflict and continuing ethnic tensions. More details

IDS publications on international development research

A synthesis of lessons - Government experiences of scale-up of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM)

This report is a synthesis from lessons of government experiences of scale up of community-based management of acute malnutrition (CMAM). More details

IDS Working Paper

Analysing Success in the Fight against Malnutrition in Peru

The prevalence of underweight children worldwide fell from 31per cent in 1990 to 26 per cent in 2008 (UNICEF 2009). More details

IDS publications on international development research

Policymaking in Multiparty Presidential Regimes: A Comparison between Brazil and Ecuador

This paper explores why two countries with similar electoral, partisan, and presidential institutions, have produced significantly different policy outcomes in Latin America. Brazil and Ecuador are conventionally known as having highly fragmented party systems, where legislators have great incentives to cultivate a personal vote. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Informal Coalitions and Policymaking in Latin America: Ecuador in Comparative Perspective

his book explains how presidents achieve market-oriented reforms in a contentious political environment. Using an impressive amount of quantitative and qualitative empirical evidence, most of which is reported for the first time, Mejía Acosta argues that presidents in Ecuador adopted significant reforms by crafting informal yet functional coalitions with opposition parties in congress. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Political Economy of the Budget Process: The Case of Ecuador

This study describes the main actors (formal and informal) involved in the budget-making process in Ecuador, and presents evidence regarding the main political and economic determinants of fiscal performance. More details

IDS Research Summary

Aid, Rents and the Politics of the Budget Process

This Research Summary analyses the impact of political institutions and budgetary procedures on budget governance in aid and resource-dependent countries. More details

IDS publications on international development research

Por el ojo de una aguja: la formación de políticas públicas en el Ecuador

El trabajo aquí presentado es el resultado de un amplio proceso de investigación multidisciplinaria que se inició en el año 2003. El proyecto está inspirado en un enfoque de nueva economía política diseñado para comprender cómo, las diferentes instituciones políticas afectan los costos de transacción necesarios para la aprobación de políticas. More details

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