PB9 Political settlements: old wine in new bottles?

Development Policy Centre Policy Brief No. 9

By Björn Dressel and Sinclair Dinnen

February 2014

The concept of political settlements has gained considerable traction in development circles in recent years, albeit more as a subject of debate among scholars and development practitioners than as something that routinely informs donor interventions. This policy brief explains the concept of political settlements and examines its potential for development policy and practice.

Dressel, B. & Dinnen, S. 2014, ‘Political settlements: old wine in new bottles?’, Policy Brief No. 9, Development Policy Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, Canberra.

Ashlee Betteridge

Ashlee Betteridge was the Manager of the Development Policy Centre until April 2021. She was previously a Research Officer at the centre from 2013-2017. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She now has her own consultancy, Better Things Consulting, and works across several large projects with managing contractors.