Professor E A (Teddy) Brett

Professor E A (Teddy) Brett

Emeritus Professor of International Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Political Economy, Institutional Reform, Reconstruction in Africa

About me

Professor Brett has been involved in research, teaching and practice in Development since the 1960s, first in South Africa at Witwatersrand University, then in Uganda at Makerere University in the 1960s and 1970s, and at Sussex University and the Institute of Development Studies from 1967 to 1992. He joined the Development Studies Institute, now Department of International Development at the LSE in 1993, and was a Visiting Fellow at Witwatersrand University from 2001 to 2005. He completed his PhD in Political Science at the LSE in 1966, and has published extensively on African Political Economy, with special reference to Uganda and Zimbabwe, on International Political Economy, Civic Institutions and Development Theory, and participated in research and consultancy projects sponsored by the World Bank, DFID, and DANIDA. 

Selected publications


  • Reconstructing Development Theory, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
  • Uganda: Landmarks in Rebuilding a Nation, Kampala, Fountain Press, 1996. (with John Munene, James Katorobo, and Petter Langseth)
  • Providing for the Rural Poor: Institutional Change and Transformation in Uganda, Brighton, Institute of Development Studies, 1992, Republished Kampala, Fountain Press, 1993
  • The World Economy Since the War, London, Macmillan, 1985 (Reprinted 1985, 1986, 1988)
  • International Money and Capitalist Crisis, London Heinemann, 1983, (Reprinted 1986)
  • Colonialism and Underdevelopment in East Africa, London, Heinemann, 1973 (Reprinted 1974, 1978, 1984, republished 1992)
  • African Attitudes, Johannesburg, South African Institute of Race Relations, 1963


  • ‘Representation and Exclusion in Partial Democracies: The Role of Civil Society Organisations’ Journal of Development Studies,
  • 'State failure and success in Zimbabwe and Uganda: The logic of political decay and reconstruction in Africa', Journal of Development Studies, 44(3) 339-367, 2008.
  • 'From corporatism to liberalisation in Zimbabwe: economic policy regimes and political crisis 1980-1997', International Political Science Review, 26(1) 93-106, 2005.

Commissioned Report/Paper

  • 'Managing an Aid Relationship Under Political Stress: Facilitating a Return to Good Governance and Growth in Zimbabwe', A Briefing Paper for the International Development Committee, House of Commons, UK, 2009. 

Expertise Details

The Political Economy of Development; Institutional and Organisational Reform; Problems of Crisis and Reconstruction in Africa; Uganda; Zimbabwe; South Africa