Professor Richard Batley

Emeritus Professor of Development Administration

International Development Department


Contact details

International Development Department
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham,
B15 2TT, United Kingdom


  • DPhil (Sociology)
  • MA (Politics)
  • BSocSci


Richard Batley is Emeritus Professor of Development Administration at the International Development Department, School of Government and Society, University of Birmingham. His research interests are in government, service delivery, non-state service provision, public-private partnership, regulation, urban policy, and aid management. He has experience in Britain, Latin America, Africa and South Asia. He has recently completed a research project on relations between government and non-government service providers in three South Asian countries, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (2006-09). He was lead adviser for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the development of a handbook on contracting out government funding and services in fragile states (2010). Current research is on the politics of service provision in conflict-affected and effective states.


Research interests

  • Governance
  • Regulation
  • Urban policy
  • Service delivery
  • Non-state service providers
  • Public-private partnership

Experience in Britain, Latin America, Africa and South Asia.

Current and recent projects


Mcloughlin, C with Batley R (2012) The effects of sector characteristics on accountability relationships in service delivery, ODI Working Papers 350, August,

Mcloughlin C and Batley R. (2012) The politics of what works in service delivery: an evidence based review, Working Paper 06 of the University of Manchester’s research programme on Effective States and Inclusive Development, February

Batley R, W. McCourt and C. Mcloughlin (2012) The Politics and Governance of Public Services in Developing Countries, Public Management Review, Vol 14, No 2, pp.131-144

Batley R. and Rose P. (2011) Analysing Collaboration between Non-Government Service Providers and Governments, Public Administration and Development, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp.230-239 (

Batley R. (2011) Structures and Strategies in Relations between Non-Government Service Providers and Government, Public Administration and Development, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp.306-319 (

Batley, R.A. and Rose, P (2010), ‘Collaboration in delivering education: relations between governments and NGOs in South Asia’, Development in Practice, Vol. 20, Nos. 4-5, pp.579-585 ( Also published in Rose, P. (editor), (2010), Achieving Education for All through public–private partnerships? Non-state provision of education in developing countries, Routledge

Batley, R.A. and Mcloughlin, C. (2010), ‘Engagement with non-state service providers in fragile states’, Development Policy Review, Vol. 28 N0.2, pp.131-154 (

Batley. R.A. and Shah, R. (2009) ‘Private Sector Investment in Infrastructure: Rationale and causality for pro-poor impacts’, Development Policy Review, Vol. 27 No. 4, pp. 397-417 (

Batley, R.A. (2006), ‘The Changing Role of the State in Development’ in M. Alam and A. Nickson (eds), Managing Change in Local Governance, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, pp. 11-24

Batley, R.A. (2006), Editorial for Special Issue on non-state provision of basic services, Public Administration and Development, Vol. 26 No. 3, August, pp. 193-196 (

Batley, R.A. (2006), ‘Engaged or Divorced? Cross-Service Findings on Government Relations with Non-State Service-Providers’, Public Administration and Development, Vol. 26 No. 3, August, pp. 241-251 (

Batley, R.A. (2005), ‘Capacity to deliver? Management, Institutions and Public Services in Developing Countries’, in Y. Bangura (ed), Public Sector Management Reform in Developing Countries, Palgrave Macmillan

Batley, R.A. (2005), ‘Mozambique: The Costs of ‘Owning’ Aid”, Public Administration and Development, Vol. 25, No. 5, pp. 415-424 (

Batley, R.A. and Larbi, G.A. (2004), The Changing Role of Government: The reform of public services in developing countries, Palgrave Macmillan

Batley, R.A. (2004), ‘The Politics of Service Delivery Reform’, Development and Change, Vol. 35 No. 1, pp.31-56 (

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