4. Noteworthy Case Studies
There is an increasing number of political economy studies as they become a more common feature of development assistance, but most are not publicly available. Below is a selection of publicly available political economy studies for a variety of different sectors and topics in a range of countries.
For country level political economy studies, many of DFID’s original Drivers of Change studies from the early 2000s can be found on the GSDRC website. They offer useful overviews, including of longer term, structural factors that shape power relations and how pro-poor reforms might be feasible.
Below are two more recent examples of political economy analysis for Tunisia and Tanzania.
We have selected recent studies on the politics of agricultural sectors in Tanzania and Kenya, and on local economic governance in Medillín, Colombia.
Two studies examine the politics of electricity reform in Lebanon and Ethiopia.
ECDPM, which has issued guidance on regional political economy analysis, has prepared this case study of regional economic integration in East Africa.
The first briefing provides a summary of using a political economy approach in health and education programmes.
The other case studies cover maternal health, universal health coverage and health systems resilience in a large number of countries, as well as country-wide reform in Nigeria - examining how the World Bank adopted an adaptive approach in its Saving One Million Lives programme for result.
The first briefing provides a summary of using a political economy approach to health and education programmes.
The second case study covers education in Afghanistan.
Three cases studies cover the politics of food, information and analysis in emergencies and reform of the humanitarian system.
This guide to assessing the political economy of domestic climate change offers concrete examples.
We have selected case studies illustrating two approaches to tackling corruption: a social norms approach in Nigeria and research from SOAS on implementation strategies.
Two case studies of adaptive management of innovative inclusive and accountable governance programmes in Africa cover:
- the Institutions for Inclusive Development in Tanzania, which was an issues-based programme operating under a constrained political context
- the State Accountability and Voice programme in Nigeria (see also the next section for related governance reform programmes in Nigeria).
There are more case studies of the politics of public sector reform.
Chapter 7 of the review of twenty years of UK governance programming in Nigeria illustrates how three generations of programmes aimed to think and working politically, including the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capacity (SPARC) and the State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI) which can be found under the previous section.
Additional case studies cover institutional reforms in Malawi and migration policy in Morocco.