IDS’ governance research focuses on how the relationship between politics, institutions and collective action shapes governance outcomes through policies that promote economic development, poverty reduction and democracy.
This applies at the national level where our research focuses on the prospects of successful development in a wide range of state contexts, including fragile states, and at the international level where our research considers how global regulatory institutions affect state performance and forms of collective action.
IDS' governance work also focuses on the following areas:
Collective Action and Public Policy
IDS’ work explores the nature and role of collective action in pressuring for greater inclusiveness, accountability and transparency in public policy. IDS research brings together work on the co-production of public services by state and non-state actors; collective action and public services in Mexico, Brazil and India; anti-corruption movements in India; civil society and public policy in Africa; participatory budgeting in Brazil and comparative research on civil society budget analysis and advocacy initiatives.
IDS research on state capacity focuses on the changing role and capacity of the state in the face of globalisation, democratisation and liberalisation. IDS research includes:
- the role of the state in mobilising tax revenues and managing budgets
- fostering productivity and innovation in state organisations
- creating favourable conditions for private investment
- co-production of public services by state and non-state actors
- maintaining policy coherence in the face of donor proliferation
Most of IDS’ work on state is capacity is currently being undertaken by the International Centre for Tax and Development and was previously is conducted through the Development Research Centre for the Future State (CFS).
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