Research into Policy

This page draws together events, publications and resources particularly aimed at the policy community and highlights key findings and outputs from the Centre's ten year research programme.  Other outputs can be found on the Publications pages.


'Meeting the Challenges of Crisis States' (J. Putzel and J DiJohn, 2012)
A detailed overview of the full 10 year programme, with policy recommendations.


 Key findings:
A series of individual  integrative papers also draw together key findings from the 10 year programme. These were initially presented at a conference in September 2010 in draft form.

Measuring Poor State Performance: problems, perspectives and paths ahead (F. Gutierrez,  D. Buitrago, A. Gonzalez, C. Lozano, Feb 2011)

The Peacemaking Effectiveness of Regional Organisations
(L.Nathan, Oct 2010)
Working Paper 81.2

Taxation, Resource Mobilisation and State Performance (J. DiJohn, Nov 2010)
Working Paper 84.2

Cities, Conflict and State Fragility  (J. Beall, T. Goodfellow, D. Rodgers, Jan 2011)
Working Paper 85.2

Double-edged Swords:  armies, elite bargaining and state-building 
(A. Giustozzi, Feb 2011)
Working Paper 86.2

Patterns of Resource Mobilisation and the Underlying Elite Bargain: drivers of state stability or state fragility (G. Hesselbein, July 2011)
Working Paper 88.2


Policy Directions series:
This series of 4-page publications highlights the Centre's headline messages. Click on each link for access to the PDF.

 May 2010
Towards a New Era in International Mediation (Laurie Nathan, 2010)
Cycles of War and Cycles of Peace in Afghanistan: Understanding the political economy of conflict (Antonio Giustozzi, 2010)

 June 2010
Cities and Conflict (Jo Beall, Tom Goodfellow and Dennis Rodgers, 2010)
Cities and Fragile States (Jo Beall, Sean Fox and Haris Gazdar, 2010)

 September 2010
Measuring Poor State Performance (Francisco Gutierrez, Andrea Gonzalez, Diana Buitrago, Camila Lozano)
Economic Resource Mobilisation (Gabi Hesselbein)
Why Development Actors need a Better Definition of 'State Fragility' (James Putzel)
Taxation, Resource Mobilisation, and State Performance  (Jonathan DiJohn)


Special Reports:
Members of the Crisis States Research Centre have authored, or contributed to, a wide range of special reports and policy papers which are listed here.


Policy Events in 2010:

September 13th - 15th 2010
The Centre held a final conference at LSE for invited policymakers and fellow academics to discuss the research undertaken over the past five years. First drafts of a series of integrative papers were presented at the conference and final versions can be downloaded above. 

June 21st - 22nd, 2010
As part of DFID's remit to disseminate the main policy and operational implications emerging from the research it has funded into governance and fragile states, a conference for invited policymakers was convened to discuss the key results of the four development research centres funded between 2000 and 2010 . A major report was launched at the conference entitled: 'The Politics of Poverty: Elites, Citizens and States'  which includes much of the work undertaken by the CSRC.

 May20th-21st , 2010
The Centre presented the findings of its major research on the development of improved indices of state fragility at a workshop for invited participants from DFID, the World Bank, SIDA, UNDP and the African Development Bank, as well as academics and researchers from international think tanks.  This work has been led by Dr Francisco Gutierrez, a leading political scientist from Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogota, who is a partner in the Crisis States programme.

Dr Gutierrez and his team highlighted the serious definitional and measurement flaws of current aggregate indices of state fragility and presented the cutting edge mathematical and econometric methods that his team has developed in order to overcome some of these flaws and to produce better tools to guide policy discussion and interventions. Through the work of Dr Gutierrez and his team, the CSRC has developed a new cross-country database and new methods for assessing conditions of state fragility. This new method has been applied to research on the long-term impact of military interventions on democratisation and development, and to research on the interaction between state fragility and development.  

6th May, 2010
Centre Director, Prof James Putzel, was the lead author for the OECD publication "Do No Harm: international support for state-building'. At an LSE public debate Prof Putzel discussed how the interventions of OECD countries may risk undermining positive statebuilding efforts, highlighting the issues for policymakers around the creation of a 'dual public sector'.  Podcast