Heather Marquette

Heather Marquette

Heather Marquette is Professor in Development Politics in the International Development Department, University of Birmingham. A political scientist by training, she has extensive international experience in research, policy advice, consultancy and training on the politics of development, governance, corruption, political analysis, and aid policy.

Her research includes work on Afghanistan, Ghana, India, Kenya and Nigeria. Her work has been published in Third World QuarterlyPolitical Studies, and Public Administration & Development, among others, and she is the author ofCorruption, Politics and Development: The Role of the World Bank (Palgrave Macmillan). 


Welcome to DLP's blog

10th December 2013

Welcome to DLP's new blog on politics, power, policy and developmental leadership

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Do donors have realistic expectations of their staff when it comes to 'thinking and working politically'?

9th June 2014

Is learning to ‘think politically’ like learning a new language? 

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Bringing Political Economy Analysis in from the cold

6th May 2014

Once seen as a 'transformative' tool to change donor thinking, does much PEA now do little to help staff think and work politically?

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Corruption: do we target the servant or the paymaster?

5th November 2014

Corruption can only be fought effectively with a coherent strategy collectively supported by all actors. (Guest post for The Guardian on UK aid watchdog report)

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Fixing aid: we can't turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption

10th November 2014

Much 'petty' corruption is about the poor using what little power they have to stave off destitution. (Guest post for The Conversation)

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Corruption: unpacking the black box of political will

12th January 2015

New thinking on the reasons why individuals engage in corruption - including the pragmatic calculation that, right or wrong, corruption may be the only solution to pressing difficulties. 

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Communicating anti-corruption messages in development

9th March 2015

Guest post for the OECD

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Development cooperation and fighting corruption: thinking differently

24th June 2015

Everyone associates Brazil with football and the World Cup. Brazilians pouring out onto the street last summer to protest the competition being hosted in their country was last thing many of us expected to see.

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Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?

13th October 2015

Guest post in The Guardian

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How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

29th January 2016

Many well-intentioned development programmes founder in the face of resistance from entrenched elites who feel threatened by a potential loss of power and resources. Resources intended for the poor and disadvantaged benefit the rich and powerful. In response, development practitioners and academics have become keenly interested in the political factors that shape development outcomes over the past ten years.

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Beyond the limits: can we Think and Work Politically to achieve the SDGs?

4th February 2016

How international development agencies need to change to confound the sceptics. (Guest post for the OECD's Institutions and Stability blog)

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Corruption? The developing world has bigger problems

26th April 2016

More nuanced anti-corruption work should focus on results - and even put up with some corruption if things are working well. (Guest post for Prospect)

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Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

27th July 2017

How much do we really know about what 'thinking and working politically' can achieve – and where it might present dangers – in challenging political and sectoral contexts?

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