Political Economy Analysis

Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis – From Process to Product (and Back Again?)
Fisher, Jonathan and Marquette, Heather (2014)
‘Thinking politically’ is important to successful development interventions. Most donor agencies have used a political economy analysis (PEA) approach, yet in most instances this has been largely ineffective. PEA advocates consistently argue that success in future development programmes require a wholesale rethinking of the relationship between politics and international development. However, this report argues that PEA has today become a tool ‘sold’ to donors and ‘done’ externally, and it is no longer fir for purpose. This paper attempts to explain this failure refocusing the current debate on PEA.

The Political Economy of Decentralization in Sub-Saharan Africa : A New Implementation Model in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal.
Dafflon, Bernard; Madiès, Thierry / World Bank (2013)
This publication offers a new policy-oriented implementation model, applied systematically in parallel in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal. The book studies the individual countries and compares similar issues based on the same blueprint. The analysis is not intended to assess whether the chosen decentralization model is the right one, which does not exist. Rather, it examines decentralization achievements in specific national settings and compares those achievements with the announced objectives. The divergences revealed enable decision makers to choose appropriate directions for country reform.

Using Political Economy Analysis to Improve EU Development Effectiveness (Working draft)
DEVCO (2011)

Political Economy of Decentralization Reforms: Implications for Aid Effectiveness
Kent Eaton, Kai Kaiser, Paul Smoke (2010)
This volume presents a preliminary framework designed to help international development partners consider the relevance of political economy issues for their programmatic support to decentralization and local government reform.

The Political Economy of Decentralization in Ghana
Barak D. Hoffman and  Katherine M. Metzroth” (2010)

L’économie politique de la décentralisation dans quatre pays d’Afrique subsaharienne: Burkina Faso, Sénégal, Ghana et Kenya
Bernard Dafflon and Thieery Madiès (2010)

Political Economy and Governance Analyses of Decentralization
Per Tidemand November (2010)
The objective of this paper is to review international literature on analysis of politics of reform and synthesis findings relevant to support decentralisation reforms. The paper is developed for the/Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The rationale for the paper is the increasing acknowledgement of the importance of politics and governance in development work generally and in public sector reforms more specifically. The paper was developed parallel to the World Bank document ( “The Political Economy of Dcentralization Reforms: Implications for Aid Effectiveness” by Kent Eaton, Kai Kaiser, Paul Smoke 2010) and contains a brief review and critique of that paper in addition to analyses of wider approached to political economy approaches.

Problem-Driven Governance and Political Economy Analysis: Good Practice Framework
Verena Fritz, Kai Kaiser, Brian Levy (2009)

EU Policies to address Fragility in Sub-Saharan Africa
ecdpm (2009)

Is Political Analysis Changing Donor Behaviour?
Sue Unsworth (2008)
Political analysis shows that political context and process is central to shaping the incentives of politicians and policymakers for or against progressive change. This directly challenges conventional donor approaches that assume the problems are primarily financial and technical, and that the political behaviour of their ‘partners’ can be influenced by ‘dialogue’ and conditionality.