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.

Political Economy Analysis in Action online training course


We are now accepting expressions of interest for our next training course!

The Policy Practice and Odi run highly rated Political Economy Analysis in Action online training courses for advisers and analysts working on international development. Course tutors include David Booth and Tim Kelsal (ODI) and Alex Duncan and Neil McCulloch (The Policy Practice)

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Thinking and Working Politically: Learning from Practice


In this Overview article to a Development Policy Review Special Issue on Thinking and Working Politically, Neil McCulloch and Laure-Hélène Piron identify lessons from practice and set our recommendations for funders and implementers.

The Political Economy of Energy Access and Power Sector Reform

(11/04/2019)  A new policy brief by Andrew Barnett and Neil McCulloch Download here.

Changes to the Directors


Alex Duncan, one of the Policy Practice Directors who founded the Company 15 years ago, is today stepping down as a Director. He will continue to work actively through the Company to focus on his research, advisory and training activities. Alex has been instrumental in building The Policy Practice into one of the leading niche providers of political economy research and consultancy in the UK. We thank him for his enormous contribution and look forward to his continuing intellectual leadership of the Policy Practice.

We are pleased to announce that Neil McCulloch and Laure-Hélène Piron who have for some years been Principals have agreed to become Executive Directors and will join Andrew Barnett and Gareth Williams in managing the Company. Our objective is to remain at the cutting edge of applied political economy analysis, helping development practitioners think and work politically to achieve better outcomes.

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.