The Governance research cluster identifies the following sub-themes of research to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities.
Understanding how taxation affects the quality of governance has implications for social justice, inequality, sustainability and security at both global, national and sub-national levels. The International Centre for Tax and Development is globally the leading organisation in its field.
Politics of Public Policy
Our research focuses on how state-society interactions influence state structures, as well as the shaping and implementation of public policy. Concepts that our work engages with and pushes further include: political settlements, political commitment, capacity of state and non-state actors in policy formulation and implementation, and the role of states in enabling collective action and accountability.
Non-State Actors, Criminality, Hybrid Governance
Increasingly, state actors are only one part of a diversity of actors exercising public authority, particularly in locations where state institutions are weak and where there is insufficient control over territory. Our research will discover how non-state actors, competitors to the state for governance, actually gain legitimacy and are able to exercise and retain authority.
Decentralization and Local Governance
Despite waves of decentralization in many parts of the world we do not yet understand the conditions under which local and decentralized governance can deliver on its promises of effective and locally accountable public authority. While the theme is an old one, we will expand our work in this area particularly in relation to conflict and insecurity as well as local politics.
Innovative Ways in Supporting Decentralised and Democratic Local Governance
The aim of this cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation is to strengthen their Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network's understanding, learning, and policy engagement in decentralised and democratic local governance. More details
Balancing unpaid care work and paid work
The 'Balancing unpaid care work and paid work: successes, challenges and lessons for women's economic empowerment programmes and policies' project aims to create knowledge about how women's economic empowerment (WEE) policy and programming can generate paid work that empowers women and provides more support for their unpaid care work responsibilities. More details
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America (ELLA)
Evidence and Lessons from Latin America' (ELLA) is a knowledge sharing and learning programme, that seeks to improve knowledge of Latin America's development among African and Asian policymakers, practitioners and researchers - on selected economic, environmental and governance issues. More details
Experimental research on tax compliance in Rwanda
This project conducted a set of large-scale field experiments in Rwanda aiming to understand the determinants of tax compliance. More details
The Governance of Service Delivery
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. More details
The Political Economy Determinants of Policy Implementation: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in India
The IDS led strand of the project will address the role of state capacity and elite commitment in explaining NREGS implementation through qualitative methods at two different levels of analysis. More details
Home Grown School Feeding Mali
This study aims to evaluate the impact of school feeding programmes sourced from small-holder farmers on small-holder food security, as well as on school children's education, health and nutrition in Mali. More details
Democratisation, Decentralisation, Local Governance: IDS-SDC Collaboration
The aim of this third phase of cooperation between IDS and SDC is to share learning and collaborate on policy engagement in priority areas of decentralised and democratic local governance. More details
High time for cooperation to protect tax bases08 Jan 2018
By Mick Moore
Seven challenges for accountability 2.028 Sep 2017
By Anuradha Joshi
Women’s votes matter: unpacking gender politics in Pakistan20 Jul 2017
By Ali Cheema, Asad Liaqat, Shandana Khan Mohmand
Maduro’s new Constitution: more authoritarianism for Venezuela24 May 2017
By Maria Aguado Álvarez de Sotomayor, Lizbeth Navas-Aleman
Recognise informal waste pickers to avoid future disasters like Koshe10 Apr 2017
By Kassa Teshager Alemu
Why are there differences within public education in Uganda?30 Mar 2017
By Emilly Comfort Maractho
An ebbing tide? Keeping democracy in Latin America01 Mar 2017
By Andrés Mejía Acosta
An alternative approach to taxing multinational companies28 Feb 2017
By Alex Cobham