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Williams G.,The Policy Practice | Duncan A.,The Policy Practice | Landell-Mills P.,The Policy Practice | Unsworth S.,The Policy Practice
Development Policy Review | Year: 2011

Theories of growth have made progress in understanding the mechanisms of growth in economic terms. However, there is less understanding of the political processes that enable or obstruct these mechanisms. This article provides a four-stage framework to clarify and analyse the connections between politics and growth: (i) discussing the basic conditions essential for growth; (ii) suggesting that whether or not these conditions emerge depends on specific forms of public-private interaction; (iii) linking these relationships to the incentives facing those in political power and investors; and (iv) considering the factors at country level that may help to push incentives in a pro-growth direction. © The Authors 2011. Development Policy Review © 2011 Overseas Development Institute.


Duncan A.,The Policy Practice | Williams G.,The Policy Practice
Development Policy Review | Year: 2012

Politics often explains where development assistance has been effective and where it has not. Yet, until the 2000s there has been little focus by development agencies on political issues. This has recently begun to change with political-economy analysis (PEA) now being more systematically used by development agencies to understand the real world. Nigeria and Bangladesh are two positive examples. Much remains to be done in these countries and more widely, to ensure stronger uptake of PEA. On the supply side this includes getting the 'product' right, and better communicating the message. On the demand side, there is a need to take more account of the incentives facing development agencies and to gather more systematic evidence on the operational impact of PEA to date. © The Authors 2012. Development Policy Review © 2012 Overseas Development Institute.

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