Theorising Politics Behind Policy Coherence for Development (PCD)

Siitonen, Lauri
January 2016
European Journal of Development Research;Jan2016, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
Despite its relatively short history, policy coherence for development (PCD) has become a major theme on the global development agenda, notably in connection with the post-2015 development agenda. There is an emerging literature on PCD, which, however, has not yet examined PCD as an element of transformative development, or changes in power relations and structures that sustain poverty and inequality. This introduction proposes a normative approach to PCD, informing the articles in this special issue. The approach calls for the examination of institutional and ideational power structures with the aim to contribute to PCD as an element of transformative development. The introduction is structured along the following themes: What is policy coherence, which policy coherence, and how to theorise policy coherence. Finally, a short history of PCD will be given.


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