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What we are reading

International Development means different things to different people. We understand it as the idea of good change, and our programme seek to understand who decides what constitutes good change, what good change is, and how to get there. We take a multidisciplinary approach and our readings reflects this, with topics from theories on development, history of poverty and underdevelopment, to international and national politics, etc. The Edinburgh University Library is incredibly well-stocked, and also holds a rich variety of relevant electronic journals. The list below gives you a flavour of the kinds of readings that we suggest in preparation of the course.

  • Rist, G., The History of Development: From Western Origins to Global Faith, Zed Books, 2008
  • Sen A.K., Development As Freedom, Knopf, Harvard, 1999
  • Collier P. The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Oxford University Press, 2008
  • Kothari U. (eds), A Radical History of Development Studies: Individuals, Institutions and Ideologies, Zed Books, 2005.
  • Easterly W., The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill And So Little Good, Penguin Group, 2007
  • Ferguson J., The Anti-politics Machine, Routledge, 1994
  • Lewis D. & Mosse D. (eds) The Aid Effect. Ethnographies of Development and Neo-lib, MacMillan, 2005
  • Rajak, Dinah. In Good Company: An Anatomy of Corporate Social Responsibility, Stanford University Press, 2011
  • Banerjee, A.V. and Duflo, E., Poor economics: A radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty. Public Affairs. 2011.
  • Deaton, A., The great escape: health, wealth, and the origins of inequality. Princeton University Press. 2013.

The University of Edinburgh and the Centre of African Studies in particular, are committed to include more non-Western authors to the reading list, thereby contributing de-colonise academia and enable more, and more difference, voices to be heard in the debate. We will tell you more about this initiative during our courses.

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