New paper on political economy analysis in donor agencies
Has political economy analysis lost its way? Donors Doing Political Economy Analysis™: From Process to Product (and Back Again?) is a new DLP research paper by Dr Jonathan Fisher and Dr Heather Marquette.
The paper traces PEA's evolution from a transformative approach to policy-making to a discrete instrument applied to specific 'problems'.
It argues that, instead of a process meant to help donor officials think politically, PEA has become in many cases a bespoke set of off-the-shelf products designed by external consultants for ad hoc use by donor staff.
The paper critiques this type of 'PEA™', and suggests possible avenues towards a radically different approach.
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