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Cluster

Governance

Our work seeks to ensure citizens are represented and governed fairly in a world of changing state authorities.  Through international partnerships and networks, we will seek to influence donors, research organisations, governments and civil society to promote social justice and good governance through the equitable co-production of inclusive and interdisciplinary evidence. Our activities centre on four core themes:

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

Recent work

Opinion

Doing a master’s in Governance, Development and Public Policy at IDS

Felipe Guth studied the MA in Governance, Development and Public Policy at IDS. Here he tells us what it was like. Watch a short video excerpt of Felipe's interview or read the full transcript below. https://youtu.be/Vn8s7Qa50yg Why did you choose this degree? Before I came to IDS, I spent...

7 May 2020

Past Event

Covid-19 and the informal economy: Responses, relief, and research

As the world grapples with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, vulnerable workers in the informal sector in the global south have been hit hard. As vendors working in close quarters and or as frontline care-workers in households, many are particularly vulnerable to contracting the...

16 April 2020

Working Paper

The Customer is King: Evidence on VAT Compliance in Tanzania

World Development 128

Value Added Tax (VAT) has emerged as one of the main modes of raising tax revenue worldwide, but has significantly underperformed as a revenue source in African countries. To improve compliance, Tanzania has introduced Electronic Fiscal Devices (EFDs), which automatically transmit information...

1 April 2020