Applied political economy analysis provides rapid assessment procedures to assess the political dimensions of policymaking in ways that enhance the quality of policy reform processes. This is also called applied political analysis.
Recent years have shown increasing interest and attention to applied political economy analysis (A-PEA) for public health, from international agencies, government officials, and academic researchers. Still, there are limited resource materials and few training courses on how to do A-PEA for public health. This webpage brings together some of my efforts to address these gaps, with links to a practical guide, software for A-PEA, a recent article with personal reflections, and then various articles related to A-PEA for public health.
A Guide to Applied Political Analysis for Health Reform, by Michael R. Reich and Paola Abril Campos. Working Paper No. #1, India health Systems Project, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, August 2020.
This guide helps reformers navigate the political processes involved in changing and implementing health policies that will improve societal health and well-being. Policy reform is a profoundly political process, and advocates need to manage the politics of change, through careful political analysis and innovative political strategies. This guide is aimed to assist in applied political analysis—not in advancing theory, but in supporting practitioners. The document provides guidance that will help in the art of policy reform, through step-by-step suggestions for analysis.
PolicyMaker 4.0: Computer-Assisted Political Analysis, by Michael R. Reich and David Cooper. Software, Brookline, MA: PoliMap, 2010.
This easy-to-use Windows-based software can help you manage the political dimensions of policy reform by analyzing the political landscape, understanding key political actors, and creating effective strategies to promote your point of view on any policy question or political issue. PolicyMaker software provides step-by-step guidance to help you conduct a stakeholder analysis and design political strategies to support your policy. PolicyMaker can be used in a group for strategic planning among key advisors, or as an instrument for seeking consensus or agreement among different players, or as a confidential policy advocacy or lobbying tool. PolicyMaker has been used around the world by government officials, advocacy groups, private companies, international agencies, and the faculty members of major universities.
Politics and Policies of Health Systems: “Reflections on 50 Years of Observing Protests, Leaders, and Political Analysis,” by Michael R. Reich. Health Systems & Reform 9:1, 2023.
This commentary presents my reflections on the politics and policies of health systems related to my work over the past 50 years. The article is based on a plenary lecture at the Seventh Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Bogotá, Colombia, in November 2022, examining a persistent challenge for people working to improve public health: How can the powerless influence policy? Using examples from my past writings, I discuss the role of social protest movements, the impact of political leadership, and the relevance of political analysis.
Articles with Methods for A-PEA for Public Health
Short Commentaries on A-PEA
Practical Examples of A-PEA
Case Studies using Political Economy Analysis