Political economy analysis, aid effectiveness and the art of development management


Copestake, J. and Williams, R., 2012. Political economy analysis, aid effectiveness and the art of development management. Working Paper. Bath, UK: Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath. (Bath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing; 18)

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    Recognising that aid effectiveness critically depends upon the quality of host country institutions and policies, international aid agencies have sought to inform their activities through more systematic political economy analysis (PEA). Three analytical frameworks for PEA are compared, contrasted and critically appraised in the light reflections of PEA practitioners and recent theoretical debate about development management. We conclude that the potential of PEA to improve development effectiveness depends on how far it addresses the micro as well as macro politics of aid, and permits a finer grained engagement between analysis and action. This requires more reflexivity on the part of those who commission and produce PEA, and further movement from intervention to interaction modalities for aid delivery.


    Item Type Reports/Papers (Working Paper)
    CreatorsCopestake, J.and Williams, R.
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    Uncontrolled Keywordsgovernance and policy design
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresInstitute for Policy Research
    Centre for Development Studies
    ID Code31641
    Additional InformationWorking paper BPD 18


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