Welcome to my blog! My name is Brendan Halloran and I’m a scholar and practitioner interested in politics, particularly as it relates to the fields of democratic governance and international development. I believe that these three areas – politics, governance and development – are inherently linked, and that politics is at the heart governance and development challenges. This blog is a place to explore these ideas and their interplay.
In this blog I’ll be exploring current matters relevant to this field, reviewing books/articles/events/other publications, and discussing other related topics that arise. I hope for this to be an interactive format, so leave any questions or comments you may have and I’ll respond as soon as I’m able.
Finally, a little bit about me. I earned my Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization from Virginia Tech in 2013. My studies focused on democratic governance and development. My dissertation research explored the socio-political dimensions of urban development in Guatemala City. In total, I spent five years living, researching and working in Guatemala, including time as a Peace Corps Volunteer and a Democracy and Governance Advisor for USAID. I recently spent 2.5 years with the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, leading the program’s impact and learning stream. In this role I engage with diverse actors working in the transparency and accountability field and facilitate engagement and collective learning. I’m now focusing on fiscal governance as Senior Fellow for Impact and Learning at the International Budget Partnership. While I will certainly address issues related to my professional work in this blog, any opinions I express are my own.