Governance and Local Development Institute

“We aim to promote human welfare by conducting scientifically rigorous research across the globe. Our research focuses on answering a fundamental question: why are some communities able to provide secure environments, good education, adequate healthcare, and other factors that encourage human development, while others fail to do so? We engage with communities across the world, develop methodological tools, gather data, undertake analyses on major issues affecting societies today, and disseminate findings to academics, relevant policy-makers, and the communities in which we work.”

Latest Publications

Street-Level Rule of Law: Prosecutor Presence and the Fight against Corruption

Empowering autonomous prosecutor’s offices is increasingly seen as a promising strategy to fight corruption. Yet we lack systematic evidence about whether they are effective at reducing corruption and, if so, why [...]


Local Gender Quotas: Measures that Facilitate or Hinder Women's Political Advancement in India

Local gender quotas may not only boost women’s representation at the local level, but at higher levels of government as well. Women’s representation at the local level may demonstrate their competence, thus changing attitudes [...]

Fellow Interview with Christopher Carter

Christopher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics, and John L. Nau III Assistant Professor of the History and Principles of Democracy at the University of Virginia. He is also a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development at the University of California, Berkeley. In this interview, we spoke to Christopher about his research on Indigenous-state relations, what made him want to work in Latin America, and one of his most cherished fieldwork experiences from rural Cusco.

Governance Uncovered

Our monthly podcast invites scholars and professionals worldwide to discuss issues related to governance and local development with host Ellen Lust.

Governance Uncovered is supported by the Swedish Research Council.