Accountability and Political Economy

Turning to broader issues around political institutions, they might not provide the incentives necessary for optimal delivery of public services. For instance, improved understanding of the processes of local decision making is needed if the promise of decentralization as an avenue to increase the accountability and efficiency of the state is to be fulfilled. The IGC’s goal is to support work that examines existing institutional structures, as well as evidence-based policy guidance for new institutional designs for the public sector. In particular, the IGC would like to sponsor research that sheds light on the source of political failure, including issues related to political accountability (elections, political competition, information provision) and aggregation of societal preferences (socio-economic or ethnic conflict).