EADI Book Series

The EADI Global Development Book Series seeks to broaden our understanding of the processes that advance or impede human development, whether from a political, economic, sociological or anthropological perspective.

Development Studies is a multi- and inter-disciplinary field of study, reflecting the multi-disciplinary character of EADI membership. The book series aims to better understand the interplay between social, economic, political, technological, ecological, cultural and gendered aspects of societal change at the local, national, regional and global levels. It focusses on the link between theory, policy and practice.

New formats within the series are also being considered. The first format “From past to present - and vice versa” reminds us that development processes are not ahistorical, gathering papers that draw on historical and contemporary events focussed on a particular region or topic. The second format “From theory to practice - and vice versa” provides a forum for dialogue between academics, policymakers and practitioners. The third “Development roundtable” format serves as a forum where major contributors engage in debate about a specific topic. Original and thought-provoking perspectives based on evidence are encouraged.

The series editors invite manuscripts across all disciplines which address these questions. Proposals or inquiries at bookproposals@eadi.org

EADI Book Series:
⇩ 2007–2011 (AUP) · ⇩ 1990–2005 (Routledge/Frank Cass) · ⇩ 1983–1989

The Power of the Chinese Dragon.
Implications for African Development and Economic Growth

Editors: Spencer Henson and Fiona Yap

This reader brings together published articles from EADI's European Journal of Development Research (EJDR) on the development between China and Africa as well as emerging national economies in the BRICs group. Topics include trade relations, investment in sub-Saharan Africa, global politics of development and more.

Author: Stokke, Olav


This book provides a comprehensive search for the basic political drivers of international development cooperation, based on the policy and performance of the OECD countries from the early 1960s to the present. The author focuses on the stated and implemented policies of the four so-called frontrunners and the Western hegemon, scrutinizing the changing trends in the justifications, objectives and guidelines set for the policy and their evolving performance vis-à-vis the international ODA target. Through extensive research, the work examines predominant world-views, societal value systems and foreign policy traditions, in order to find the policy drivers that vary nation to nation and how development assistance has evolved globally.

Editors: Baud, I., Basile, E., Kontinen, T., von Itter, S.

(January 2019)

This book brings together multiple critical assessments of the current state and future visions of global development studies. It examines how the field engages with new paradigms and narratives, methodologies and scientific impact, and perspectives from the Global South. The authors focus on social and democratic transformation, inclusive development and global environmental issues, and implications for research practices. Leading academics provide an excellent overview of recent insights for post-graduate students and scholars in these research areas.

Local Governance, Economic Development and Institutions

Editors: Georgina M. Gómez and Peter Knorringa
(February 2016)

This edited collection examines the interconnections between local governance, economic development and institutions, by focusing on what initiatives work and under what conditions they do so. Using a variety of theories and empirical data, the contributors present evidence from current experiences around the world.

Social Research and Policy in the Development Arena.
Critical Encounters

Editor: Martin Doornbos
(October 2015)

The author analyzes the research-policy nexus in development studies, highlighting reciprocal orientations and interactions between the domains of social research and of policy and politics. The study deals with instances where these domains are complementary and geared towards common objectives, but also with others marked by opposing premises. The underlying idea is not to arrive at any 'one best formula', as the interests and objectives of research and researchers on the one hand, and those of politics and policy-makers on the other, are often vastly different and based on contrasting rationales. Instead, Martin Doornbos aims at illustrating potential sources of tension between these respective spheres, tracing the silent battles waged between them while also recognizing instances where research has played a meaningful role vis-à-vis policy  - for instance, in bridging informational gaps towards policy deliberation or in assessing policy outcomes. This book therefore seeks to provide a better understanding of the conditions determining conflict and cooperation between policy and social research.

Mapping India’s Capitalism.
Old and New Regions

Editors: Elisabetta Basile, Barbara Harriss-White and Christine Lutringer
(September 2015)

India's capitalist transformation has been spatially uneven. This multi-disciplinary edited collection introduces a new agenda involving interrelated processes at multiple scales. Combining several analytical approaches, the contributors identify socio-spatial regularities – some contiguous with state boundaries, some transcending states and some contained within them - while providing evidence about the spatial unevenness of India's capitalist development. The contributions develop wide-ranging themes and concepts: agrarian structures and agro-ecological regions, labour and markets, caste and gender, consumption, urban governance and access to urban space, the dynamics of knowledge production and of political mobilization. By doing so, the authors generate a new 'geography', making a major contribution to debates on capitalist development in contemporary India.

Development Cooperation of the ‘New' EU Member States.
Beyond Europeanization

Editors: Ondrej Horký-Hluchán and Simon Lightfoot
(August 2015)

This edited collection provides a comprehensive analysis of the international development policies of the ten Central and Eastern European countries that joined the EU between 2004 and 2007. The contributors evaluate the decade undergone by the 'new' member states since the accession to the EU offering to readers a thorough overview of the 'new' EU member states' development cooperation programmes, placing them in a larger political and societal context. Utilizing the framework of Europeanization allows for a comparative approach that will help readers to understand the emergence and evolution of the EU-12 development cooperation through the lens of their similarities and differences. Finally, the book opens the door to critical approaches within development and European studies that question the very meaning of emulating aid policies of the EU-15 experienced donors as well as the relevance of the 'emerging' or 're-emerging' donors in the international development arena.

The City in Urban Poverty

Editors: Charlotte Lemanski and Colin Marx
(May 2015)

The authors respond to the absence of critical debate surrounding the spaces of the city in urban poverty research and policy. While existing research interprets the urban as a static container or empty backdrop for urban poverty processes, the chapters in this book critically explore the active role played by the spaces of the city in shaping and perpetuating urban poverty. Scholars and policymakers from a range of disciplinary perspectives use historic and contemporary examples from Asia, Africa and Latin America to demonstrate the ways in which urban poverty does not just exist in the spaces of the city, but that the city itself is also in urban poverty. So the city is both in and of urban poverty (and vice versa). Attending to the way that spaces of cities are part of the processes that reproduce and perpetuate exploitation and inequality sheds additional light on the dynamics of poverty for researchers and policy makers.

Private Development Aid in Europe: Foreign Aid between the Public and the Private Domain

Editors: Paul Hoebink and Lau Schulpen
(November 2014)

This is the first book which makes a detailed analysis of private aid organizations in Europe, their historical background and current position in six European countries - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain. The authors investigate the relation between governments and private aid organizations in terms of how both partners look at each other, what kind of agreements they have and how these have developed over the years. They analyze the subsidy arrangements between governments and private aid organizations, looking at evaluation systems (or the absence of evaluation) and the way subsidy arrangements try to promote or organize systematical evaluation.

Learning, Capability Building and Innovation for Development

Editors: Gabriela Dutrénit, Keun Lee, Richard Nelson, Luc Soete and Alexandre Vera-Cruz
(August 2013)

Today, a large number of scholars studying development understand this process as involving learning and capability building. Capability building is an active, not a passive, process. It requires a purposeful effort from the learner's side, with support and commitment on allocation of time and resources toward learning activities. This process implies the possibility of failure as well as success, as we also learn from failures. A global cast of academics and policy makers examines economic development as a process of learning and technological accumulation, showing how economic development is a process involving creative destruction. While markets and market competition play major roles in structuring the development process, non-market institutions and government policies matter.

Global Value Chains

Editors: Meine Pieter van Dijk and Jacques Trienekens
(December 2011)

This important volume presents seven case studies of global value chains alongside two theoretical chapters concerning these chains. The contributors explore a wide range of issues relevant to value chains: the impact of global value chains on local upgrading strategies, the role of governance structures shaping global value chains, the role of buyers in creating, monitoring and enforcing commodity specifications and of international standards in shaping the patterns of chain governance. They also consider the role of donors, governmental organisations, and civil society in influencing value chains and the importance of partnerships as mechanisms for value chain upgrading. This carefully researched work is essential reading to scholars and students of the rapidly changing global economic order.

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Multinational Corporations and Local Firms in Emerging Economies

Editors: Eric Rugraff & Michael W. Hansen
(July 2011)

Multinational Corporations and Local Firms in Emerging Economies aims at contributing to the emerging literature on multinational corporation (MNC)local firm interfaces by providing a number of country studies from emerging economies of the spillover and linkage effects of multinational corporations on local firms. Moreover, the book takes the issue to the policy level by sharing and evaluating policy experiences from a number of countries on efforts to promote closer interaction between MNCs and local firms. The country studies are placed within a framework for analysing MNC-local firm interfaces that integrates insights from the spillover and linkage literature.

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European Development Cooperation - In Between the Local and the Global

Editor: Paul Hoebink
(July 2010)


"The Lisbon Treaty puts European international and development cooperation at a cross-road. Will the Union be able to keep up its strong joint record? Hoebink et al provide a well-chosen, inviting mix of insights in some of the multiple challenges emerging."

Paul Engel, Director, European Centre for Development Policy Management – ECDPM

"Paul Hoebink and his co-authors make two important contributions in this volume. First, they bring clear-headed analysis to bear on the important question of Europe’s contribution to global poverty reduction. And, second, they help build a community of scholars and practitioners whose collective effort will translate analysis into action."

Simon Maxwell, Senior Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute, London

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The New Presence of China in Africa

Editor: Meine Pieter van Dijk
(August 2009)

This book describes China's growing range of activities in Africa, especially in the sub-Saharan region. The three most important instruments China has at its disposal in Africa are development aid, investments and trade policy. The Chinese government, which believes the Western development aid model has failed, is looking for new forms of aid and development in Africa. China's economic success can partly be ascribed to the huge availability of cheap labour, which is primarily employed in export-oriented industries. China is looking for the required raw materials in Africa, and for new marketplaces. Investments are being made on a large scale in Africa by Chinese state-controlled firms and private companies, particularly in the oil-producing countries (Angola, Nigeria and Sudan) and countries rich in minerals (Zambia). Third, the trade policy China is conducting is analysed in China and compared with that of Europe and the United States.


This is one of the best books on Chinese-African relations from an economic-managerial perspective. It provides a great insight on Chinese FDI, Foreign Aid and Trade with Africa and therefore a must for policy-makers, researchers and students dealing with the influence of China in Africa.

Diederik de Boer, Director of the Sustainable Development Centre, Maastricht School of Management

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Decentralisation in Africa

Editors: by Gordon Crawford and Christof Hartmann
(May 2008)

This volume tackles head-on two crucial issues concerning the relationship between decentralisation and development. In an uncompromising assessment of controversial claims, it provides comprehensive evidence-based analysis and critique of this key policy prescription for Africa.

Professor Nancy Thede, Department of Political Science, Quebec University, Montreal

"This is a major contribution to the study of decentralisation in Africa as it does not stop at describing intentions, but deals with implementation successes and shortcomings. The balance sheet of intended and unintended effects of a major reform on both poverty and conflict is convincingly established on the basis of a limited number of case studies, comparative analysis and theoretical considerations. Essential reading for both academics and decision-makers in this field. "

Andreas Mehler, Institute of African Affairs, Hamburg

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EU Development Policy in a Changing World: Challenges for the 21st Century

Editor: Andrew Mold
(July 2007)

"This excellent book, covering the history, present and future of Europe’s relations with developing countries, explores the challenges and problems that determine EU development policy."

Professor Frances Stewart, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford

"This volume of collected papers provides many interesting insights into the European development strategy, and suggests a major rethink in a number of areas, particularly with regards to allowing developing country more policy space to devise their own policies. The book advances strong arguments that deserve serious attention."

Ha-Joon Chang, Reader in the Political Economy of Development, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge

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25. Perspectives on European Development Cooperation.
Policy and Performance of Individual Donor Countries and the EU

Editors: Olav Stokke, Paul Hoebink
(March 2005)

24. Food Aid and Human Security

Editors: Edward Clay, Olav Stokke
(June 2000)

23. Regions and Development

Editor: Sheila Page
(January 2000)

22. Policy Coherence in Development Co-operation

Editors: Jacques Forster, Olav Stokke
(September 1999)

21. Latin America and East European Economies in Transition.
A Comparative View

Editor: Claude Auroi
(December 1997)

20. Enterprise Clusters and Networks in Developing Countries

Editors: Meine Pieter van Dijk, Roberta Rabellotti
(February 1997)

19. Multilateralism Versus Regionalism.
Trade Issues after the Uruguay Road

Editors: Meine Pieter van Dijk, Sandro Sideri
(June 1996)

18. Foreign Aid Towards the Year 2000

Editor: Olav Stokke
(May 1996)

17. The Institutional Approach to Labour and Development

Editors: Klárá Fóti, Laurids Lauridsen, Gerry Rodgers
(January 1996)

16. Aid and Political Conditionality

Editor: Olav Stokke
(March 1995)

15. The Role of the State in Development Processes

Editor: Claude Auroi
(November 1992)

14. Evaluating Development Assistance.
Approaches and Methods

Editors: Lodewijk Berlage, Olav Stokke
(July 1992)

13. The 1992 Single European Market and the Third World

Editors: Jati Sengupta, Sandro Sideri
(May 1992)

12. Evaluation Development Assistance:
Policies and Performance (out of print)

Editor: Olav Stokke

11. Food Aid Reconsidered:
Assessing the Impact on Third World Countries

Editors: Edward Clay, Olav Stokke
(December 1991)

10. Industrialization in the Third World:
The Need for Alternative Strategies (out of print)

Editors: Meine Pieter van Dijk, Henrik Secher Marcussen

EADI Book Series – Out of Print (1983–1989)

9. Regional Development Policies in Areas in Decline

Editor: Jaime del Castillo

8. Politics and Economics of East-South Relations

Editor: István Dobozi

7. Trade and Development.
Experiences and Challenges

Editor: Olav Stokke

6. Women in Development Cooperation.
Europe’s Unfinished Business

Editors: Cecilia Andersen and Isa Baud

5. Endogenous Development: a Myth or a Path?
Problems of Economic Self-Reliance in the European Periphery

Editor: Stefan Musto

4. European Development Assistance.
Volume II: Third World Perspectives on Policies and Performance

Editor: Olav Stokke

3. Towards Income Distribution Policies.
From Income Distribution Research
to Income Distribution Policy in LDC’s

Editor: Hans-Peter Nissen

2. Femmes et Développement
ou Les Métamorphoses d’un Developpement au Masculin

Editor: Maria Eliou

1. Emerging Development Patterns:
European Contributions

Editors: István Dobozi, Péter Mándi