Political Economy


Work Package 3: Analysis of Incentives, Stakeholders and Governance Regimes

Team: NADEL – Center for Development and Cooperation, ETH Zurich; Institute of Statistical, Social, and Economic Research, (ISSER), Ghana; National Institute of Economic Research (NIER), Laos

Goals: This research will aim to address research questions 2) and 3) What are the incentives, roles, responsibilities and capacities of the major stakeholders exerting a significant influence on IFFs, including international and national, state and non-state actors in both producer countries and trading hubs?

Methods/data collection: This research will follow an integrative policy analysis approach to encompass the complexity and changeability of the policy process related to IFFs. Main inquiry methods include a combination of regime theory analysis, institutional analysis and network analysis, supplemented by process tracing, qualitative interviews and focus group discussions.

Expected Outcomes:

  1. At the descriptive level, this research will provide a detailed understanding of the political economy dynamics driving policy efforts to curb IFFs at the international level, a detailed understanding of the current capacity, practice and incentives of implementing agencies at the level of producing countries;
  2. At the analytical level, this research will assesses the effectiveness of the current international regulatory setup;
  3. At the transformational level, this research will elaborate on policy options to curb IFFs;
  4. Academic publications

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