The paper considers: What is 'historical institutionalism'?; Why does historical institutionalism matter for the IPPG?; Historical institutionalist perspectives on the origins, reproduction and change of institutions; Historical institutionalist perspectives on states and development; Perspectives on states and pro-poor growth; Institutional analysis of 'the typical developing country'; Local and regional 'political topographies' and the prospects for PPG; Research questions (State-business relationships; Comparative research on neo-patrimonial regimes; When and why does bureaucracy function well enough?; Comparative research on states/regions with high poverty elasticities of growth); and a set of pegs for IPPG research (Institutions and making markets work more effectively; Institutions and allocating resources more effectively; Institutions and governing more effectively).
IPPG Discussion Paper Series Number One, DFID, London, UK, 15 pp.