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Cluster

Governance

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.

Taxation

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.

People

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Anne Marie Goetz

Emeritus Fellow

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Anuradha Joshi

Cluster Leader

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Becky Carter

Research Officer

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Camilla Lindstrom

DPhil Student

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David Leonard

Visiting Fellow

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Deepta Chopra

Research Fellow

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Emilie Wilson

Communications Officer

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Fabrizio Santoro

Research Officer

Projects

Project

SPHEIR, PedaL: Pedagogical Leadership in Africa

PedaL is a formal partnership of eight institutions that aims to embed and catalyse systemic change in teaching and learning in African universities. This will be achieved through the design and delivery of a PedaL training programme. PedaL will enhance the capacities of teaching staff to...

Recent work

Working Paper

Acceptability of e-Filing of Taxes by Micro-Entrepreneurs in Northwestern Nigeria

ICTD Research in Brief 39

E-filing for some kinds of tax payments was introduced at the federal level in Nigeria in 2013, yet it has not been made available by state government for the collection of Personal Income Tax from micro-entrepreneurs – a major source of revenue. This research was designed to investigate the...

8 May 2019

Brief

Toilets Not Taxes: Gender Inequity in Dar es Salaam’s City Markets

ICTD Research in Brief 31

In this paper we examine market taxation in Dar es Salaam from a gender perspective. We do not find any evidence of gender bias in the way market traders are taxed, but we do find a major gender issue that we did not expect – toilet fees. Female traders pay up to 18 times more for their daily...

16 March 2019

News

Cash transfers and gender equality

IDS researchers attending this year's Commission for the Status of Women highlight limitations of cash transfers in achieving women's empowerment if they are not coupled with access to adequate public services and infrastructure.

11 March 2019