There is a wide and diverse literature on political economy, public administration, public financial management, procurement, and social accountability. This literature search is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive, but instead a rapid review that looks to identify literature that provides novel approaches or insights, as well as notable literature that provides a good overview or foundation on the issues.
Key websites consulted for this review include the GSDRC library, DFID’s Research for Development (R4D) and the University of Birmingham literature search facility ‘Findit@Bham’. In each section of the report, a selection of relevant GSDRC helpdesk reports are included because they highlight direct questions asked by the agencies that we serve. Literature included in this review has been published within the last 5 years, with the most recent literature presented first.