You may want to get a start on reading some of the books and articles we will be using in our core course modules in 2016-17. Several of these provide important background information, and many aren't new texts. They are available at low-cost through used book sellers, including online book sellers.
Some texts below can be consulted (in part) on the open internet. Books will also be available at the LSE Library for 2-hour check-out (with limited numbers of copies) once you get here. Some key articles are also listed below. Articles and book chapters will be provided in your course e-packs, but you may want to take a look at some of the titles below before you get here. The list also introduces you to some of the faculty members you will meet in the International Development Department.
Consult the course guides for information on readings for each course.
Background texts that are widely available
D E Bloom J D Sachs, P Collier and C Udry Geography, Demography, and Economic Growth in Africa
C Boone Political Topographies of the African State (Cambridge, 2003)
C Boone Property and Political Order in Africa: land rights and the structure of politics (Cambridge, 2014)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, vol. 1988, n. 2 (1998):207-295.
F Cooper Africa Since 1940 (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
K Hart The Political Economy of West African Agriculture (Cambridge, 1983)
J Herbst States and Power in Africa (Princeton, 2000)
M Mamdani Citizen and Subject: Africa and the legacy of late colonialism (Princeton, 1996)
T Mkandawire Thinking about Developmental States in Africa (Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2001 pp. 289-313)
T Mkandawire and C Soludo Our Continent, Our Future: African perspectives on structural adjustment (1999 African World Publications)
F Ngaruko and J D Nkurunziza An economic interpretation of conflict in Burundi (Journal of African Economies 9(3): 370. (2000))
B J Ndulu et al The Political Economy of Economic Growth in Africa: 1960-2000 (Cambridge, 2008)
S Radelet Emerging Africa: how 17 countries are leading the way (Center for Global Development, 2010)
W Reno Warfare in Independent Africa (Cambridge, 2011)
United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Africa: atlas of our changing environment (UNEP, 2008)
Other readings, widely available through university libraries' or online databases
M Akech Constraining Government Power in Africa (Journal of Democracy, 22 (1): 96-106. 2011)
A Alao Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa: the tragedy of endowment (University of Rochester Press, 2007)
T Allen Ethnicity and Tribalism on the Sudan-Uganda Border, in Katsuyoshi Fukui and John Markakis, eds., Ethnicty and Conflict in the Horn of Africa (Ohio University Press).
C Boone and N Kriger Multiparty Elections and Land Patronage: Zimbabwe and Côte d'Ivoire, Commonwealth and comparative politics (Vol. 48, n. 173-202. (2010)
C Boone Property and Political Order in Africa (Cambridge, 2014)
X Diao, P Hazell and J Thurlow The Role of Agriculture in African Development (World Development, 38(10), pp. 1375-83, (2010))
D Feyissa Decentralization as Ethnic Closure, with special reference to a declining negotiated access to natural resources in Western Ethiopia, Africa Development/Afrique Dévelopement (31/2: 243-260. (2006)
E Green Patronage, District Creation, and Reform in Uganda (Studies in Comparative International Development, 2010)
T S Jayne et al Land Pressures, the evolution of farming systems, and development strategies in Africa: a synthesis (Food Policy 48 1-17, 2014)
M Jerven Poor Numbers: how we are misled by African development statistics and what we can do about it (Ithaca, NY: Cornell U. Press, 2011)
O Kennedy African Elections: two divergent trends (Journal of Democracy, 23(3): 80-93. 2012)
M Kpressa and D Beland Mapping social policy development in sub-Saharan Africa (Policy Studies. 34/3 p. 326-341.)
G Lynch and G Crawford Democratization in Africa, 1990-2010: an assessment (Democratization (18/2 2011), 275-310))
L Mann Wasta! The Long Term Implications of Education Expansion and Economic Liberalization on Politics in Sudan (Review of African Political Economy, (41(142).2014)
K Meagher Identity Economics, Social Networks and the Informal Economy in Africa (James Currey, 2010)
L. Ndikumana and J. K. Boyce Public debts and private assets: explaining capital flight from sub-Saharan African countries. (World Development 31(1): 107-130, 2003)
J Page Can Africa Industrialise? (Journal of African Economies, 21(suppl 2, pp. ii86-ii124. Oxford Journals, 2011)
I Taylor Africa Rising? BRICS – diversifying dependency (Oxford University Press, 2014)
M Thandika Patrimonialism and the Political Economy of Economic Performance in Africa: critical reflections (World Politics, May 2015: 1-50)