Books and Book Chapters


The following books have been published by authors working on the Crisis States Programme:

Jo Beall (with O. Crankshaw and S. Parnell)
'Uniting a Divided City: governance and social exclusion in Johannesburg'
(Earthscan, 2002)
This book investigates pragmatic approaches to urban economic development, service delivery, spatial restructuring, environmental sustainability and institutional reform in Johannesburg. It explores the conditions and processes that are determining the city's transformation into a cosmopolitan metropole and a magnet for the continent.


(with S. Fox)
'Cities and Development'
(Routledge, 2009)
This book provides a critical exploration of the dynamic relationship between urbanism and development. Highlighting both the challenges and opportunities associated with rapid urban change, the book surveys the historical relationship between urbanisation and development and the role that cities play in fostering economic growth in a globalising world. The authors examine the unique characteristics of urban poverty and the complexities of managing urban environments, including issues of crime, violence, war and terrorism in contemporary cities. The book highlights the importance of urban planning, governance and politics in shaping urban futures and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of current policy and planning responses to the contemporary urban challenge.   Publisher's page


Giovanni Carbone
'No Party Democracy: Ugandan politics in comparative perspective
(Lynne Rienner publishers, 2008)
Publisher's page

Jonathan DiJohn
'From Windfall to Curse? Oil and industrialization in Venezuela, 1920 to the present'
(Penn State University Press, 2009)
This book examines the political economy of growth in Venezuela since the discovery of oil in 1920. Oil windfalls are often considered more of a curse than a blessing, the co-called 'resource curse', but the author challenges this idea. The book does much more than simply point out that oil abundance coincided with dramatic variations in Venezuelan economic performance; it also attempts to explain why the use of oil rents has been more and less growth- and productivity-enhancing over time. It offers an alternative political economy framework for explaining the dramatic variations in Venezuelan industrial growth in the past century and it argues that growth and decline in Venezuela is better explained by examining the extent to which development strategies and political settlements have been compatible. This study also explains why the Venezuelan case, far from being exceptional, is relevant for re-thinking the political economy of industrial policy and economic growth in Latin America and beyond.  Publisher's page


Andrew Fischer
'State Growth and Social Exclusion in Tibet: challenges of recent economic growth'
(NIAS press, 2005)
The most pressing economic challenges relate to the marginalization of most Tibetans from rapid state-led growth. The urban-rural divide plays an important role in this polarized dynamic but only partially explains differences with other Chinese regions, all of which generally exhibit strong spatial inequalities. This book focuses on several further factors that determine the ethnically exclusionary character of current peripheral growth in the Tibetan areas. These include urbanization, immigration, employment and education as key factors underlying structural economic change. The study draws from the analytical framework of social exclusion and is based on extensive use of official Chinese statistics, focusing on the Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai but with numerous comparisons to the other provinces.


Sean Fox
with J. Beall)
'Cities and Development'
 (Routledge, 2009)
(see summary under Beall)


Antonio Giustozzi
'Koran, Kalashnikov and Laptop: the neo-Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan 2002-2007'
(Columbia/Hurst, 2007)
The Centre's Afghan expert posesses over a decade of research experience in the country and his book on the Neo-Taliban was written to challenge the interpretation of the ongoing conflict being portrayed in the popular press. The author argues that the Neo-Taliban insurgency had put down strong roots in Afghanistan as early as 2003 and charts the events leading up to the renewed clashes of 2006. Publisher's page


'Empires of Mud: wars and warlords in Afghanistan'
(Columbia/Hurst, 2009)
The author analyses aspects of the Afghan environment that may have contributed to the fragmentation of central authority and the emergence of warlords. He goes on to provide an in-depth analysis of the systems of rule - political, economic, military - which developed under Afghanistan's two foremost warlords, Ismail Khan and Abdul Rashid Dostum, both of whom still wield considerable power even after the intervention of Allied forces in Afghanistan in 2001. Their two systems are compared, highlighting convergences and divergences, in order to explain how warlords administer the areas that they control within so-called 'failed states', in the process challenging much of the received wisdom in scholarly and policy circles about warlordism. The author also discusses Ahmad Shah Massoud, whose 'system' incorporated elements of rule not dissimilar from that of the warlords. Publisher's page


(ed) 'Decoding the New Taliban: insights from the Afghan field'
(Columbia/Hurst, 2009)
This edited volume seeks to answer many of the most commonly posed questions about the Taliban with chapters by a renowned cast of practitioners, journalists and academics, all of whom have long field experience of the latest phase of the New Taliban's insurgency in Afghanistan. The book includes a number of detailed studies of specific regions or provinces, which for different reasons are especially significant for the Taliban and for understanding their expansion. Alongside these regional studies, the volume includes thematic analyses of negotiating with the Taliban, the Taliban's propaganda effort and its strategic vision. Publisher's page


Francisco Gutierrez Sanin
(with Gerd Schonwalder)
'Economic Liberalization and Political Violence: Utopia or Dystopia?'
(Pluto Press, London and New York, 2010)
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'Lo Que el Viento se lleve?: los partidos politicos y democracia en Colombia'
(Editorial Norma, Bogota, 2007)
Colombians often ask themselves whether politics has really changed in Colombia and whether the political system is failing the country. This book addresses a central aspect of their concern: how has the Colombian political party system changed in recent decades? Based on a large body of evidence, taken from various sources including political archives, court rulings and electoral registers, the author examines the transformation of Colombia's traditional parties and their relationship to democracy, from the Frente Nacional through to what, in his view, is the breakdown of bipartisanship since 2002. The book re-examines the impact of the Frente Nacional on the country's political history and defines Uribe's policy as a "technologically superior" fusion of the politics of the more liberal barons of the 1980s with the rise of anti-politics that followed the 1991 constitutional revival. The book provides fresh ways to examine some of the most critical issues in Colombian political history. Publisher's page


David Keen
'Endless War: hidden functions of the war on terror'
(Pluto Press, 2006)
'Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone' (James Currey, 2005)


Jenny Kuper
'Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: law, policy and practice'
(Martinus & Nijhoff, 2005)
The author was a Visiting Fellow with the Crisis States programme and her book aims to address three main questions: what are the obligations of officers of national armed forces in relation to children, either civilians or combatants, whom they or those under their command may encounter whilst participating in situations of armed conflict? How realistic and achievable are these obligations? How can compliance with them be encouraged, monitored and enforced?


Hugh Roberts
'The Battlefield Algeria, 1988-2002: studies in a broken polity'
(Verso, 2003)


Dennis Rodgers
with G.A. Jones (eds)
'Youth Violence in Latin America: gangs and juvenile justice in perspective'
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)
Criminal violence has come dramatically to the forefront in contemporary Latin America, to the extent that it is widely considered the critical social concern of the present. Youth are among the principal victims but also the primary perpetrators of this new panorama of brutality. At the same time, the phenomenon remains profoundly misunderstood, as sensationalist myths and stereotypes abound, uncritically associated with issues such as poverty, underdevelopment, and psychological deviance. Through the juxtaposition of wide-ranging, cutting-edge studies focusing specifically on youth gangs and the dynamics of juvenile justice, this volume provides a balanced and systematic comparative overview of the reality of present-day Latin American youth violence.

(with Jose Luis Rocha)
'Broderes Descobijados y Vagos Alucinados: una decada con las pandillas nicaraguenses 1997-2007'
Managua, Editorial UCA, 2008)
(subsequently published online in English as 'Gangs of Nicaragua' by Impresiones Helios, Managua, 2008)


Ben Wisner
(with P. Blaikie, T. Cannon and I. Davis)
'At Risk: natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters'
(Routledge, 2003)
This book discusses disaster not as an aberration but as a signal failure of mainstream development, using two analytical models as tools for understanding the concept of vulnerability and why some households are more at risk than others. This fully revised second edition was developed whilst the author was a Visiting Fellow with the Crisis States programme.