Working/policy papers

What does the evidence tell us about “thinking and working politically” in development assistance?’ (with Niheer Dasandi, Ed Laws & Mark Robinson), UNU-WIDER Working Paper 2019/12, 2019, available at‘thinking-and-working-politically’-development

‘Thinking and working politically: Reviewing the evidence on the integration of politics into development practice over the past decade’ (with Ed Laws), TWP Community of Practice, 2018, available at

‘Inside the black box of political will: 10 years of findings from the Developmental Leadership Program’, February 2018 (with David Hudson, Claire Mcloughlin & Chris Roche), available at

‘Thinking and Working Politically: Lessons from FOSTER in Nigeria’ (with Elisa Lopez Lucia, Joanna Buckley & Neil McCulloch), DLP Research Paper, 48, 2017, available at

‘Thinking and Working Politically: From theory building to building an evidence base’ (with Niheer Dasandi & Mark Robinson), DLP Research Paper, 37, 2016, available at

‘Everyday Political Analysis’ (with David Hudson & Sam Waldock), DLP Research Paper, 2016, available at

‘Mind the Gaps: What’s missing in political economy analysis and why it matters’ (with David Hudson), in A Governance Practitioner’s Notebook: Alternative Ideas and Approaches, ed. Alan Whaites, Eduardo Gonzalez, Sara Fyson & Graham Teskey, Paris: OECD, 2015, available at

‘Elite Attitudes Towards Cash Transfers and the Poor in Malawi’ (with Chipiliro Kalebe-Nyamongo), DLP Research Paper 30, 2015, available at

‘Using Action Research and Learning for Politically Informed Programming’ (with Michael O’Keefe, John Sidel, Chris Roche, David Hudson & Niheer Dasandi), DLP Research Paper 29, 2014, available at

Political Science, Religion and Development: A Literature Review’ (with Gurupal Singh & Namawu Alolo Alhassan), RaD Working Paper 07, 2007.

‘The Interaction Between Traditional Systems and Local Government Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa’ (with Paul Jackson), UK Department for International Development (DfID), 2003, available at