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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.

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Anne Marie Goetz

Emeritus Fellow

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Anuradha Joshi

Research Fellow

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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...

Project

Pathways to Accountability Bargains (part of the A4EA research programme)

This research theme, under the Action for Empowerment and Accountability (A4EA) Research Programme, is concerned with the following question: how can stable and inclusive political settlements (among elites) and a just social contract (between elites and different social groups) emerge that are...

Recent work

Working Paper

The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania

World Development;128

Like governments in many other African countries, the Government of Tanzania has been striving to improve the effectiveness of its value added tax (VAT) regime by reducing tax evasion through a combination of measures, including improved tax legislation and more effective administrative...

1 April 2020

Report

Adaptive Management in SDC: Challenges and Opportunities

Adaptive management (AM) is a programme management approach that helps international development organisations to become more learning-oriented and more effective in addressing complex development challenges. AM practices have been applied for decades within other sectors as varied as...

1 January 2020

Working Paper

Democratisation in Tanzania: No Elections Without Exemptions

ICTD Research in Brief;49

A demand-supply framework has been developed and applied to Tanzania to explore the link between democratisation, economic liberalisation and the use of tax exemptions to fund political parties’ electoral campaigns. In Tanzania, the demand for this type of money has increased since one-party...

Ole Therkildsen
Ane Karoline Bak

16 December 2019