Donors doing Political Economy Analysis: from process to product

Political economy analysis (PEA) was once seen as a transformative process meant to help donor officials to think and work politically. But this study finds that 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. It argues that this type of ‘PEA™’ is no longer fit for purpose: to move forward with the ‘thinking politically’ agenda, a radical change in approach is needed.

The study draws on semi-structured interviews with donor staff at a number of agencies, and with consultants and academics working on PEA; on participant observation of PEA debate and training; and on textual analysis.

 

Researchers: Jonathan Fisher and Heather Marquette 

 

 

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