Mkandawire, Thandika

Professor Thandika Mkandawire  


Position held

Professor of African Development


Non LSE positions held

Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm

Olof Palme Professor For Peace


Experience keywords:

development theory; development; economic policy; political economy of development in Africa; social policy in developing countries

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Professor Thandika Mkandawire is former Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development and the first person to take on the position of Chair in African Development at LSE. Prof Mkandawire was formerly Director of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen and has taught at the Universities of Stockholm and Zimbabwe.

His research interests are mostly in development theory, economic policy and development and social policy in developing countries and political economy of development in Africa.

Countries and regions to which research relates:



Chichewa [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Swedish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

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Mkandawire, Thandika (2015) Neopatrimonialism and the political economy of economic performance in Africa: critical reflections World Politics, 67 (03). 563-612. ISSN 0043-8871


Mkandawire, Thandika (2014) Can Africa turn from recovery to development Current History, 113 (763). 171-177. ISSN 0011-3530

Mkandawire, Thandika (2014) The spread of economic doctrines and policymaking in postcolonial Africa African Studies Review, 57 (01). 171-198. ISSN 0002-0206


Mkandawire, Thandika (2011) Welfare regimes and economic development: bridging the conceptual gap In: FitzGerald, Valpy and Thorp, Rosemary, (eds.) Overcoming the Persistence of Inequality and Poverty. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK. ISBN 9780230249707

Mkandawire, Thandika (2011) Rethinking Africa's re-industrialisation and regional co-operation: what is the best way forward? In: Mbeki, Moeletsi, (ed.) Advocates for Change: How to Overcome Africa's Challenges. Picador Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa. ISBN 9781770101203

Mkandawire, Thandika (2011) Rethinking pan-Africanism: national and the new regionalism In: Moyo, Sam and Yeros, Paris, (eds.) Reclaiming the Nation: the Return of the National Question in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Pluto Press, London, UK, 31-53. ISBN 9780745330822

Mkandawire, Thandika (2011) Running while others walk: knowledge and the challenge of Africa's development Africa Development, 36 (2). 1-36. ISSN 0850-3907

Mkandawire, Thandika (2011) Institutional monocroping and monotasking in Africa In: Stiglitz, Joseph, (ed.) Good Growth and Governance in Africa. Initiative for policy dialogue. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 80-113. ISBN 9780199698561


Mkandawire, Thandika (2010) From maladjusted states to democratic developmental states in Africa In: Edigheji, Omano, (ed.) Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges. HSRC Press, Cape Town, South Africa. ISBN 9780796923332

Mkandawire, Thandika (2010) Running while others walk: knowledge and the challenge of Africa’s development. In: LSE African Initiative inaugural lecture, 27 April 2010, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK

Mkandawire, Thandika (2010) On tax efforts and colonial heritage in Africa Journal of Development Studies, 46 (10). 1647-1669. ISSN 0022-0388

Mkandawire, Thandika (2010) How the new poverty agenda neglected social and employment policies in Africa Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 11 (1). 37-55. ISSN 1945-2829

Mkandawire, Thandika (2010) Aid, accountability and democracy in Africa Social Research, 77 (4). 1149-1182. ISSN 0037-783X


Mkandawire, Thandika (2009) Institutional monocropping and monotasking in Africa United Nations Research institute for Social Development, Geneva, Switzerland.

Mkandawire, Thandika (2009) Institutional monocropping and monotasking in Africa In: Noman, Akbar and Botchwey, Kwesi and Stein, Howard and Stiglitz, Joseph E., (eds.) Good Growth and Governance in Africa: Rethinking Development Strategies. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199698578

Mkandawire, Thandika (2009) From the national question to the social question Transformation: Critical Perspectives on South Africa, 69. 130-160. ISSN 2587-7696


Mkandawire, Thandika (2008) Social sciences and the next development agenda Forum for Development Studies, 35 (1). 101-117. ISSN 0803-9410


Mkandawire, Thandika (2007) ‘Good governance’: the itinerary of an idea Development in Practice, 17 (4-5). 679-681. ISSN 0961-4524

Mkandawire, Thandika (2007) Targeting and universalism in poverty reduction In: Antonio Ocampo, José and Jomo, K. S. , (eds.) Policy Matters: Economic and Social Policies to Sustain Equitable Development . Zed Books, Hyderabad, India. ISBN 9781842778364

Mkandawire, Thandika (2007) Transformative social policy and innovation in developing countries The European Journal of Development Research, 19 (1). 13-29. ISSN 0957-8811


Mkandawire, Thandika (2006) Social development policies: new challenges for the social sciences International Social Science Journal, 58 (189). 395-404. ISSN 0020-8701

Mkandawire, Thandika (2006) Global funds: lessons from a not-too-distant past? Africa Development, 31 (4). 1-21. ISSN 0850-3907

Mkandawire, Thandika (2006) The intellectual itinerary of Jeffrey Sachs Africa Review of Books, 21 (1). 4-5. ISSN 0851-7592


Mkandawire, Thandika (2005) Towards a development, democratic and socially inclusive Africa once again Codesria Bulletin, 3&4. ISSN 0850-0712

Mkandawire, Thandika (2005) Maladjusted African economies and globalisation Africa Development, 30 (1 & 2). 1-33. ISSN 0850-3907

Mkandawire, Thandika (2005) African intellectuals and nationalism In: African Intellectuals: Rethinking Politics, Language, Gender and Development . Africa in the new millennium . Zed Books in association with CODESRIA Books, London, UK, 10-55. ISBN 9781842776209

Mkandawire, Thandika, ed (2005) African intellectuals: rethinking politics, language, gender and development Africa in the new millennium. Zed Books, London, UK. ISBN 9781842776216


Mkandawire, Thandika (2004) Disempowering new democracies and the persistence of poverty In: Spoor, Max , (ed.) Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict. Kluwer, Netherlands, 117-145. ISBN 9781402028571

Mkandawire, Thandika, ed (2004) Social policy in a development context Social Policy in a Development Context. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK . ISBN 9781403936608


Mkandawire, Thandika (2003) Can African have developmental states? In: Bromley, Simon and Mackintosh, Maureen and Brown, William and Wuyts, Michael, (eds.) Making the International Economic Interdependence and Political Order. World of whose making?. Pluto Press in association with the Open University, London, UK. ISBN 9780745321356

Mkandawire, Thandika and Soludo , Charles C. , eds (2003) African voices on structural adjustment: a companion to 'Our continent, our future' Africa World Press, Trenton, N.J., USA. ISBN 0865437793


Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) African intellectuals, political culture and development Journal Für Entwicklungspolitik, XV (111:1). 31-47. ISSN 0258-2384

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) Economy: post-independence In: Dickson Eyoh ,, Eyoh and Tiyambe Zeleza , Paul, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History . Routledge, London, UK, 168-174. ISBN 9780415234795

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) Intellectuals: post-independence In: Dickson Eyoh ,, Eyoh and Tiyambe Zeleza , Paul, (eds.) Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century African History . Routledge, London, UK, 274-280. ISBN 9780415234795

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) Globalisation equity and social development African Sociological Review, 6 (1). 115-137. ISSN 1027-4332

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) Incentives, governance and capacity development: what role for technical assistance in Africa? In: Annan, Kofi and Lopes, Carlos and Malik, Halid and Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko, (eds.) Capacity for Development New Solutions to Old Problems. Earthscan Publications Ltd, London, UK, 147-168. ISBN 9781853839191

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) Financing of the new partnership for Africa's development (NEPAD) In: Anyang' Nyong'o, Peter and Ghirmazion, Aseghedech and Davinder , Lamba, (eds.) New Partnership for Africa's Development, Nepad : a New Path?. Heinrich Böll Foundation, Regional Office, East and Horn of Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, 105-118. ISBN 9966977201

Mkandawire, Thandika (2002) The terrible toll of post-colonial ‘rebel movements’ in Africa: towards an explanation of the violence against the peasantry The Journal of Modern African Studies, 40 (2). 181-215. ISSN 0022-278X


Mkandawire, Thandika (2001) Policy coherence: trends and policy implications for international development cooperation Parliamentary Commission on Swedish Policy for Global Development, Stockholm, Sweden.

Mkandawire, Thandika (2001) African intellectuals and nationalism in the changing global context Australasian Review of African Studies, xxiii (1). 11-31. ISSN 1447-8420

Mkandawire, Thandika (2001) Thinking about developmental states in Africa Cambridge Journal of Economics, 25 (3). 289-314. ISSN 0309-166X

Mkandawire, Thandika (2001) Social policy in a development context Social policy and development programme paper, 7. United Nations , Geneva, Switzerland.


Mkandawire, Thandika (2000) Agrarian capitalism: from colonial rule to structural adjustment. In: Agrarian Studies Colloquium Series, Spring 2000, 24 March, 2000, Yale University

Mkandawire, Thandika (2000) Non-organic intellectuals and "learning" in policy-making Africa In: Carlsson, Jerker and Wohlgemuth, Lennart, (eds.) Learning in Development Co-Operation. Expert Group on Development Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden, Sweden, 205-212.

Mkandawire, Thandika and Rodríguez, Virginia (2000) Globalization and social development after Copenhagen: premises, promises and policies Occasional paper, no. 10. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, Sweden.


Mkandawire, Thandika and Soludo , Charles C. (1999) Our continent, our future: African perspectives on structural adjustment Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal. ISBN 155250204X


Mkandawire, Thandika and Olukoshi, Adebayo, eds (1995) Between liberalisation and oppression: the politics of structural adjustment in Africa CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal. ISBN 9782869780538

Mkandawire, Thandika and Olukoshi, Adebayo (1995) Issues and perspectives in the politics of structural adjustment in Africa In: Mkandawire, Thandika and Olukoshi, Adebayo , (eds.) Between Liberalisation and Oppression: the Politics of Structural Adjustment in Africa. Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Dakar, Senegal, 1-18. ISBN 2869780540


De St Jorre, John and Cornia, Giovanni Andrea and van der Hoeven, Rolph and Mkandawire, Thandika, eds (1993) Africa’s recovery in the 1990s: from stagnation and adjustment to human development Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780312086312


Mkandawire, Thandika (1989) Structural adjustment and agrarian crisis in Africa: a research agenda Working paper, no. 2. CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal.


Mamdani, Mahmood and Mkandawire, Thandika and Wamba dia Wamba, Ernest (1988) Social movements, social transformation and the struggle for democracy in Africa CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal.


Mkandawire, Thandika and Bourenane, N., eds (1987) The state and agriculture in Africa CODESRIA, Dakar, Senegal. ISBN 9781870784016

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Honorary Doctorate, University of Helsinki (2011)

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