Essential Development Studies Books

1950s:

The Colonizer and the Colonized (1957) – Memmi


1970s:

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:

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


1990s:

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

The Scramble for Africa (1992) – Pakenham

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

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

Polio: An American Story (2005) – Oshinsky

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

The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization (2005) - Goldman

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

Descent into Chaos (2008) – Rashid

Does Foreign Aid Really Work? (2008) – Riddell

World Poverty and Human Rights (2008) – Pogge

Famine Crimes (2009) – De Waal


2010s:

Dead Aid (2010) – Moyo

Partner to the Poor (2010) – Farmer

Poor Economics (2011) – Banerjee & Duflo

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

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

Capitalism vs The Climate (2014) - Klien

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

The World's Emergency Room (2016) – VanRooyen

The Self-help Myth (2016) – Kohl-Arenas

How Change Happens (2016) - Green

Global Inequality (2016) - Milanovic

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



Other interesting books to read:

People of the Plow (1995) - McCann

Envisioning Power (1999) - Wolf

World-systems Analysis (2004) - Wallerstein

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (2009) – Uvin

Adventures in Aidland (2011) - Mosse (Ed)

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis (2011) – Phillips

How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future (2011) - Goldin, Cameron and Balarajan

Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development (2012) - Devereux, Sabates-Wheeler and Longhurst

Re-defining Food Security for the 21st Century (2012) – Gibson

Q-Squared (2013) - Shaffer

Anatomy of Giving (2015) – Dwyer

Team of Teams (2015) - McChrystal

There is No Such Thing as a Free Gift (2015) – McGoey

Blinded by Humanity (2015) - Barber

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015) - Reich

Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (2016) - Cimadamore, Koehler and Pogge

Innovation and its Enemies (2016) - Juma

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