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

James Copestake, Richard Williams

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBath, UK
PublisherCentre for Development Studies, University of Bath
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012

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NameBath Papers in International Development and Wellbeing

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Working paper BPD 18


  • Governance and policy design


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