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

If donors are allowed to be open about the possibility of corruption, monitoring mechanisms and proportional responses can be planned - and may improve results. Guest post for the OECD.

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Development cooperation and fighting corruption: thinking differently

24th June 2015

Corruption is an emotive word and covers a huge range of behaviours - yet anti-corruption efforts still follow a one-size-fits-all pattern.  

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What are governance advisers missing with 'Political Economy Analysis'?

8th October 2015

DLP's contribution to a new-style field guide for development practitioners. Guest post in FP2P

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Is fighting corruption like fighting zombies?

13th October 2015

Corruption - a scary word. And our childish, simplistic view of it is hampering efforts to fight it. Guest post in The Guardian

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How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

29th January 2016

A new 'thinking and working politically' community of practice aims to develop practical guidance for development practitioners based on evidence of what works in politically smart programming.

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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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