The Policy Practice undertakes policy work in developing countries, and advises and trains governments, development agencies, civil society organisations and companies.  We provide practical, innovative solutions based on realistic assessments of the challenges and opportunities facing developing countries.  Our multi- disciplinary approach uses the political economy perspective to understand the processes of socio-economic change and their effect on the implementation of development programmes. Learn more about us.

Online course: Political Economy Analysis in Action – expression of interest for 2019


Our current Political Economy Analysis in Action course is runnning from 10 September to 11 December 2018. We welcome enquiries about our next course which will take place in 2019. Please contact The course tutors will again be David Booth (ODI) and Alex Duncan (The Policy Practice). Please see here for more detail and here for an application form.

Literature review of the Political Economy of Energy Access, Andrew Barnett, Neil McCulloch and Davida Wood. DRAFT FOR PEER REVIEW, June 2018, 55 pages


This is a review of literature to illustrate how issues of energy access and power sector reform have been addressed in the political economy literature and to identify lessons on how to reach energy access goals more effectively.

People who would like to review this draft should request a copy from the lead author,, giving their name, institution and email address.

Political Economy Analysis of the Business Environment

(12/05/2018)  Reforming the business environment needs to be understood not only as a technical challenge but, as importantly, as a challenge to the political economy. This Policy Brief, based on an analysis by The Policy Practice for the UK's cross-government Prosperity Fund, reviews experience in 11 middle income countries and identifies key issues, common themes and unanswered questions. Download here

Political economy analysis 10 years on

(22/05/2017)  Reflecting on the major shifts in the development context over the last decade, this latest policy brief discusses how the agenda has changed since The Policy Practice wrote its original briefs on the political economy of development. Download our latest policy brief here.

Political Economy of Africa’s Power Sector

(2/06/2016)  This policy brief examines what we mean by political economy, how it influences performance in the African power sector, and what guidance political economy analysis can give in the design of interventions aimed at improving that performance.Download here.