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ESR 14 Neopatrimonialism, pockets of effectiveness and policy making for the poor

Reference No.:
ESR 14

Neopatrimonialism is normally understood as a governance arrangement whereby the instruments of the state are used to further the private or political interests of those in power. The core assumption of neopatrimonial theory is that policies are instruments to reward supporters of the incumbent power-holders. Therefore, their impact on economic growth and job creation is limited or outright negative. The literature on pockets of effectiveness has emphasised how and under which conditions initiatives aimed at providing collective goods may be implemented successfully. This ESR project will identify local initiatives in Sub-Saharan African neopatrimonial environments aimed at pro-poor policy making and job creation, and will investigate whether and to what extent such initiatives have been successful. The project will focus on a limited number of case studies to do more in-depth research on the features that make pockets of effectiveness work for the poor.

Recruiting University:
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Netherlands

Partner University:
Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Germany

Research Directors:
Prof. Dr. Wil Hout (International Institute of Social Studies, EUR)
Prof. Dr. Christof Hartmann (University Duisburg-Essen, Associated Member of the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, RUB)

The project involves a strong collaboration between the International Institute of Social Studies of EUR and the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy at RUB and therefore includes mandatory research stays of the ESR in Bochum for six months in total.
Further secondments are planned as field research periods (3 months each) in Africa, supervised by the University for Development Studies (Ghana) and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa).

Specific selection criteria for this ESR position:
The successful candidate has completed an internationally recognised Masters’ programme in Political Science or another relevant social science degree with an above-average GPA. The candidate has a strong background in (comparative) social science methods along with a demonstrated interest in governance, development and poverty (shown, for instance, in the Masters’ thesis), while experience in/with developing country contexts would be an advantage. Field work experience in sub-Saharan Africa would be an additional plus.

Please see also:

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Ruhr University Bochum
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D-44789 Bochum

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