Stefan Dercon, Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School, and Ranil Dissanayake, currently studying for a DPhil in Public Policy at the School, co-authored a note on the recently announced merger between two departments of the UK government: the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for International Development (DFID).
Stefan is former DFID chief economist and Ranil has advised successive chief economists in the department.
In a Center for Global Development note – and related blog – the authors argue that the new departments has the potential to be a 'force for good' and offer some recommendations.
Recent research updates
New paper by Thomas Elston the impact of timing on the success of public sector collaborations
Published in Public Management Review, the article uses inter-municipal partnerships in Catalonia between 2009–19 as a case study to test whether the timing of inter-municipal cooperation, and its duration, affect financial performance.