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Routledge Explorations in Development Studies


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The series features innovative and original research at the regional and global scale. Its scope extends to scholarly works that take an interdisciplinary and comparative approach.

In terms of theory and method, rather than basing itself on any one orthodoxy, the series draws broadly on the tool kit of the social sciences in general, emphasizing comparison, the analysis of the structure and processes, and the application of qualitative and quantitative methods.

The series welcomes submissions from established authors in the field as well as from junior authors. To submit proposals, please contact the Development Studies Editor, Helena Hurd ([email protected]).

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The Global Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks A System of Debt or Development?

The Global Architecture of Multilateral Development Banks: A System of Debt or Development?

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Adrian Robert Bazbauers, Susan Engel
February 28, 2021

This book explores the evolution of the 30 functioning multilateral development banks (MDBs). MBDs have their roots in the growing system of international finance and multilateral cooperation, with the first recognisable MDB being proposed by Latin America in financial cooperation with the US in ...

Political Participation and Democratic Capability in Authoritarian States

Political Participation and Democratic Capability in Authoritarian States

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Lien Pham, Ance Kaleja
February 23, 2021

This book provides an innovative theoretical and empirical exploration of the political participation and democratic capability of people living in authoritarian states. Merging perspectives from sociology and political science, the book demonstrates that despite autocratic restrictions on ...

Critical Reflections on Public Private Partnerships

Critical Reflections on Public Private Partnerships

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Jasmine Gideon, Elaine Unterhalter
December 22, 2020

This book argues that despite the hype within many policy circles, there is actually very little evidence to support the presumed benefits of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in reducing poverty and addressing inequalities in the provision of and access to public services. Taking a ...

Economic Neoliberalism and International Development

Economic Neoliberalism and International Development

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Michael Tribe
November 23, 2020

This book provides a robust theoretical and empirical exploration of the interrelationship between economic neoliberalism and international development. Putting the experiences of developing and transitional economies centre stage, the book investigates how their economic policies compare with the...

Media Power and Hegemony in South Africa The Myth of Independence

Media Power and Hegemony in South Africa: The Myth of Independence

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Blessed Ngwenya
November 16, 2020

This book critically explores how meanings of ‘independence’ are constructed and reconfigured by public service broadcasters in the global south, with a particular focus on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Blessed Ngwenya questions the institutional, political economy and world ...

Barriers to Effective Civil Society Organisations Political, Social and Financial Shifts

Barriers to Effective Civil Society Organisations: Political, Social and Financial Shifts

1st Edition

Ibrahim Natil, Vanessa Malila, Youcef Sai
September 01, 2020

This book provides an insight into the historical changes and present-day circumstances that have influenced, and continue to influence, the development and future of civil society. Civil society organisations (CSOs) play a crucial role in international development, however their impact on policy ...

Engendering Transformative Change in International Development

Engendering Transformative Change in International Development

1st Edition

Gillian Fletcher
August 06, 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals were launched in 2015 with grand ambitions for ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity for all, with ‘no one left behind’. However, these goals will be impossible to achieve without addressing inequity, inequality, marginalisation, and ...

The Informal Economy Revisited Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future

The Informal Economy Revisited: Examining the Past, Envisioning the Future

1st Edition

Martha Chen, Françoise Carré
July 14, 2020

This landmark volume brings together leading scholars in the field to investigate recent conceptual shifts, research findings and policy debates on the informal economy as well as future challenges and directions for research and policy. Well over half of the global workforce and the vast majority ...

Rethinking Multilateralism in Foreign Aid Beyond the Neoliberal Hegemony

Rethinking Multilateralism in Foreign Aid: Beyond the Neoliberal Hegemony

1st Edition

Viktor Jakupec, Max Kelly, Jonathan Makuwira
May 14, 2020

This edited book provides a contemporary, critical and thought-provoking analysis of the internal and external threats to Western multilateral development finance in the twenty-first century. It draws on the expertise of scholars with a range of backgrounds providing a critical exploration of the ...

Security, Development, and Violence in Afghanistan Everyday Stories of Intervention

Security, Development, and Violence in Afghanistan: Everyday Stories of Intervention

1st Edition

Althea-Maria Rivas
April 22, 2020

Security, Development, and Violence in Afghanistan provides a unique insight into the lived realities of the international intervention in Afghanistan and highlights the diversity, relationships, and interdependence of various groups including both external actors and Afghan communities. Analysis ...

Dilemmas of Regional and Local Development

Dilemmas of Regional and Local Development

1st Edition

Jerzy Bański
February 28, 2020

Dilemmas of Regional and Local Development aims to identify, diagnose and evaluate various approaches towards regional and local socio-economic development. Over the course of the book, authors from 12 countries and four continents come together to review experiences and solutions related to ...

Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia A Comparative Analysis

Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

Samuel K. Andoh, Bernice J. deGannes Scott, Grace Ofori-Abebrese
February 12, 2020

Economic Development in Ghana and Malaysia investigates why two countries that appeared to be at more or less the same stage of economic development at one point in time have diverged so substantially. At the time of their independence from the UK in 1957, both Ghana and Malaysia were at roughly ...

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