Essential Development Studies Books

1950s:

The Colonizer and the Colonized (1957) Memmi


1960s:

The Wretched of the Earth (1961) Fanon

False Start in Africa (1962) Dumont


1970s:

Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970) Sen

Rules for Radicals (1971) Alinsky

A Theory of Justice (1971) Rawls

The Social Consequences of Resettlement (1971) Colson

Unequal Development (1976) Amin

Peasants into Frenchmen (1976) Weber

Orientalism (1978) Said

The Rational Peasant (1979) Popkin


1980s:

Markets and States in Tropical Africa (1981) Bates

Imagined Communities (1983) Anderson

Rural Development (1983) Chambers

Silent Violence: Food, Famine & Peasantry in Northern Nigeria (1983) Watts

Surplus People (1985) Platzky & Walker

Sweetness and Power (1985) Mintz

Weapons of the Weak (1985) Scott

Decolonizing the Mind (1986) Ngugi

The Violence of the Green Revolution (1989) Shiva


1990s:

Anti-Politics Machine (1990) (Practicing & Framing) Ferguson

Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance (1990) North

The Scramble for Africa (1992) Pakenham

The Black Man's Burden (1992) Davidson

Encountering Development (1994) Escobar

The Two Faces of Civil Society: NGOs and Politics in Africa (1996) Ndegwa

Whose Reality Counts? Putting the First Last (1997) Chambers

Aiding Violence: The Development Enterprise in Rwanda (1998) Uvin

Seeing like a State (1998) Scott

Infections and Inequalities (1999) Farmer

Moral History of the 20th Century (1999) Glover

King Leopold's Ghost (1999) Hochschild

Decolonizing Methodologies (1999) Smith

Development as Freedom (1999) Sen


2000s:

The Mystery of Capital (2000) de Soto

Civil Society and Development (2001) Howell & Pearce

The Road to Hell (2002) Maren

Kicking Away the Ladder (2002) Chang

Letting them Die (2003) Campbell

War and Democracy in the Age of Empire (2004) Hardt & Negri

Reclaiming Development (2004) Chang

Cultivating Development (2004) Mosse

Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (2005) Farmer

Bury the Chains (2006) Hochschild

Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy (2006) Acemoglu & Robinson

The Will to Improve (2007) Li

The Origin of Wealth (2007) Beinhocker

The White Man's Burden (2007) Easterly

Does Foreign Aid Really Work? (2008) Riddell

World Poverty and Human Rights (2008) Pogge

Famine Crimes (2009) De Waal

Civil Resistance and Power Politics (2009) Roberts & Ash


2010s:

Dead Aid (2010) Moyo

Partner to the Poor (2010) Farmer

Poor Economics (2011) Banerjee & Duflo

Can Intervention Work? (2011) Stewart & Knaus

Origins of Political Order (2011) Fukuyama

The Idea of Justice (2011) Sen

One Illness Away (2011) Krishna

Creating Capabilities (2011) Nussbaum

Social Life of Disease (2011) Willrich

U.S. Development as Foreign Policy in Ethiopia (2012) McVety

Why Nations Fail (2012) Acemoglu & Robinson

Getting Better (2012) Kenny

From Poverty to Power (2012) Green

The Quest for Prosperity (2012) Lin

The Price of Inequality (2012) Stiglitz

Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (2013) Abu-Lughod

The State of Africa (2013) Meredith

The Almost Revolution (2013) Carothers and Gramont

Poor Numbers (2013) Jerven

Social Movements and Market Transformations (2013) Kapstein and Busby

The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development (2013) Andrews

Foreign Intervention in Africa (2013) Schmidt

The Making of a Better World (2014) Eyben

Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (2014) Li

Capital (2014) Piketty

Navigating Complexity in International Development (2015) Burns & Worsley

Give a Man a Fish (2015) Ferguson

The Politics of Evidence and Results in International Development (2015) Eyben et al (Eds)

The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa (2015) de Waal

The Great Surge (2015) Radelet

How Change Happens (2016) Green

Global Inequality (2016) Milanovic

How China Escaped the Poverty Trap (2016) Ang

Encountering Poverty (2016) Roy, Negron-Gonzales, Opoku-Agyemang, Talwalker

Doughnut Economics (2017) Raworth

Why We Lie About Aid (2018) Yanguas


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