Everyday political analysis
This short note introduces a stripped-back political analysis framework designed to help frontline development practitioners make quick but politically-informed decisions. It aims to complement more in-depth political analysis by helping programming staff to develop the 'craft' of political thinking in a way that fits their everyday working practices.
Everyday Political Analysis involves two steps:
- Understanding interests: What makes people tick?
- Understanding change: What space and capacity do people have to effect change?
For each step five questions, accompanied by prompts, aim to help staff to conduct quick political analysis. The EPA framework can be used at any stage of the aid management cycle, and can help users to respond rapidly to unexpected change.
We are keen to hear back from people on their experience of using EPA to help us adapt the framework. Was it useful (or not)? Do people tend to use just one or both steps? Are there missing statements or prompts that would improve the analysis? Please email us at info [at] dlprog.org.
This project builds on work by David Hudson and Adrian Leftwich: From political economy to political analysis.
- What are governance advisers missing with ‘Political Economy Analysis’? How can they do better? (guest post by David Hudson and Heather Marquette, From Poverty to Power, Oct 2015)
- The post above introduces the chapter What's missing in political economy analysis and why it matters (PDF) in the OECD's Governance Practitioner's Notebook
- Bringing Political Economy Analysis in from the cold (blog post, Jonathan Fisher and Heather Marquette, May 2014).