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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


What We Are Reading


The Africa and International Development programmes takes a multidisciplinary approach and our readings reflect this, with topics from theories on development, history of poverty and inequality in Africa, to governance institutions, the roles of civil society, global development partnerships, conflict, livelihoods, health, sustainability, rights-based approaches, contemporary policy case studies and African politics. 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 some of the kinds of readings that we cover in the courses:

Politics and Theories of International Development:

Cornwall, A., Nyamu-Musembi, C. 2004. Putting the Rights-Based Approach to Development into Perspective. Third World Quarterly 25(8): 1415-1437.

Gore, C. 2000. The Rise and Fall of the Washington Consensus as a Paradigm for Developing Countries. World Development 28(5): 789-804.

Mitlin, D., Hickey, S., Bebbington, A., 2007. Reclaiming Development? NGOs and the Challenge of Alternatives. World Development 35, 1699-1720.

Sachs, J.D., McArthur, J.W. 2005.The Millennium Project: A Plan for Meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The Lancet 365: 347-53.

Sumner, A. 2007. Meaning Versus Measurement: Why do Economic Indicators of Poverty Still Predominate? Development in Practice 17(1): 4-13.

Roots of African Poverty and Development:

Bush, R. 2007. Commissioning Africa for Globalization: Blaire and the G8s Project for the World's Poor in Poverty and Neoliberalism: Persistence and Reproduction in the Global South, pp. 25-48, Pluto Press.

Cooper, F. 2002. "Development and Disappointment: Social and Economic Change in an Unequal World 1945-2000" in Africa since 1940: The Past of the Present, pp. 91-132, Cambridge University Press.

Duffy, R. 2007. Gemstone Mining in Madagascar: Transnational Networks, Criminalisation and Global Integration. Journal of Modern African Studies 45(2) 185-206.

Le Billon, P., Levin, E. 2009. Building Peace with Conflict Diamonds? Merging Security and Development in Sierra Leone. Development and Change 40(4): 693-715.

Nugent, P. 2004. Invasion of the Acronyms: SAPS, AIDS and the NGO Takeover in Africa Since Independence: A Comparative History, pp. 326-367, Palgrave MacMillan.

Analysing Development:

Anders, G. 2008. The Normativity of Numbers: World Bank and IMF Conditionality. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 31:2, 187-202.

Doyle, C., Patel, P. 2008. Civil Society Organisations and Global Health Initiatives: Problems of Legitimacy. Social Science and Medicine 66(9): 1928-1938. 

Harrison, G. 2001. Post-Conditionality Politics and Administrative Reform: Reflections on the Cases of Uganda and Tanzania. Development and Change 32: 657-679.

Panayiotopoulis, P. 2002. Anthropology Consultancy in the UK and Community Development in the Third World: a Difïcult Dialogue. Development in Practice 12, 45-58.

Quartey, P. 2005. Innovative Ways of Making Aid Effective in Ghana: Tied Aid Versus Direct Budgetary Support. Journal of International Development 17, 1077-1092.

Winters, M. 2010. Accountability, Participation and Foreign Aid Effectiveness. International Studies Review 12 (2), 218-43.

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