Richard Crook is a Professorial Fellow with the Governance Team, IDS.

Richard Crook - Visiting Fellow



Thematic Expertise:
Governance; Politics and Power; Rights.

Geographic Expertise:
Central and South Asia; Sub Saharan Africa.

Professor Richard Crook holds a PhD from London University (LSE) and is the coauthor of Democracy and Decentralisation in South Asia and West Africa (1998) and The law, legal institutions and the protection of land rights in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire (2007).

He previously taught at the University of Birmingham (Centre of West African Studies), Glasgow University and was the Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (University of London). His areas of specialisation include: governance and administration (particularly decentralisation); state-civil society relations, public service reform and access to justice and land rights particularly in West Africa and South Asia.

This is the cover for IDS Bulletin 42.2.

Working with the Grain? Rethinking African Governance

At the heart of current policy thinking about Africa there is a significant knowledge gap concerning governance and development. This IDS Bulletin is concerned with what can be done about that, drawing on the initial experience of a new research venture, the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP). More details

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State Courts and the Regulation of Land Disputes in Ghana: the Litigants Perspective?

The majority of land in Ghana is still held under a diversity of customary tenures, embedded in family, community and chiefly institutions; but land disputes may be adjudicated in a variety of institutions: informal arbitrations and family tribunals, chiefs' courts, quasi-legal state agencies and the formal state courts. More details

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Strengthening Democratic Governance in Conflict Torn Societies: Civic Organisations, Democratic Effectiveness and Political Conflict

What is the role of civil society organisations in helping to build more effective democracy in societies which have recently emerged from violent civil conflict? To some extent, the answers depend on how the terms 'civil society' and 'democracy' are defined. More details

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Decentralisation and Poverty-Alleviation in Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis or, is West Bengal Unique?

Advocates of decentralisation in developing countries argue that bringing government closer to the people will make it more responsive and hence more likely to develop policies and outputs which meet the needs of ordinary citizens - the majority of whom are 'the poor'. More details

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