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Effective public service delivery, citizen participation, and fair and transparent systems of governance are the building blocks of social and economic development.

CEGA Work Sector - Institutions & Governance

Motivation

Our portfolio of research on Institutions and Governance aims to both improve the performance of governments, and expand citizen participation in public decision-making. Increasingly, both public sector and community-based institutions are experimenting with strategies for reform, creating exciting opportunities for researchers to document what works and what doesn’t. Our portfolio includes studies of reforms designed to reduce corruption, inform and engage voters, and hold politicians accountable for their commitments. Often these strategies leverage advances in information technology to monitor public sector performance and provide information to citizens. We also draw on techniques from behavioral science to design tools for recruiting and incentivizing public servants and politicians. Our studies generate insights from household surveys, administrative data, and new digital data streams, often working in countries where data are scarce, think tanks are overwhelmed, and public sector accountability is limited. Ultimately, we aim to provide stakeholders with the evidence needed to effect positive change, while contributing to a broader understanding of the role of governance and institutions in promoting human development.

Partners
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
  • Oxford Policy Management
  • Paris School of Economics
  • University of Namur, and Aide à la Décision Economique
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Institutions & Governance Research

Institutions & Governance

Institutional reform and de facto women's rights


Erica Field | Pakistan
Institutions & GovernanceWork & Education

Engaging Citizens to Address Company-Community Conflict in Mines


Graeme Blair | South Africa
Institutions & Governance

Politician Entry, Selection, and Performance in Sierra Leone


Katherine Casey | Sierra Leone
Institutions & Governance

Training Politicians to Better Serve


Siwan Anderson | India
Institutions & Governance

The Political Economy and Governance of Rural Electrification


Catherine Wolfram | Kenya
Institutions & Governance

Who's Bogus? Catching Fraudulent Firms in Delhi


Aprajit Mahajan | India
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Institutions & Governance Resources

TransparencyInstitutions & Governance

Combating Political Corruption with Policy Bundles


Working Paper   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Experimental Evidence on External Aid and Community Institutions in Sierra Leone


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

What Explains the African Vote? Using Exit Poll Data from Kenya to Explore Ethnicity and Government Performance in Vote Choice


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Civil War


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

The Institutionalization of Political Power in Africa


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
Global NetworksInstitutions & Governance

Designing Development: A Case Study in Failure and Corruption in Rural Africa


Research Publications   |   Institutions & Governance
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