Development studies top summer reading recommendations

Published on 5 August 2021

For student’s looking to start their postgraduate degree in international development this autumn and for anyone with an interest in development studies, we have put together a selection of recently published titles from IDS that reflect a wide range of themes.

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Imposing Standards: The North-South Dimension to Global Tax Politics
Martin Hearson
In Imposing Standards, Martin Hearson shifts the focus of political rhetoric regarding international tax rules from tax havens and the Global North to the damaging impact of this regime on the Global South. Even when not exploited by tax dodgers, international tax standards place severe limits on the ability of developing countries to tax businesses, denying the Global South access to much-needed revenue.

Youth and the Rural Economy in Africa: Hard Work and Hazard
James Sumberg
This book unites recent findings from quantitative and qualitative research from across Africa to illuminate how young men and women engage with the rural economy and imagine their futures, and how development policies and interventions can find traction with these realities. Through framing, overview and evidence-based chapters, this book provides a critical perspective on current discourse, research and development interventions around youth and rural development.

The Politics of Uncertainty
Ian Scoones
Why is uncertainty so important to politics today? To explore the underlying reasons, issues and challenges, this book’s chapters address finance and banking, insurance, technology regulation and critical infrastructures, as well as climate change, infectious disease responses, natural disasters, migration, crime and security and spirituality and religion.

The Routledge International Handbook of Financialization
Philip Mader, Daniel Mertens and Natascha van der Zwan
Financialization has become the go-to term for scholars grappling with the growth of finance. This Handbook offers the first comprehensive survey of the scholarship on financialization, connecting finance with changes in politics, technology, culture, society and the economy.

IDS Bulletin

Building Back a Better World – the Crisis and Opportunity of Covid-19
Edited by Peter Taylor and Mary McCarthy
The current global pandemic of Covid-19 is a health crisis of massive proportions that has also accelerated a series of other crises, threatening livelihoods, economies, and societies. Many of the responses and reactions to the pandemic are exposing, and potentially deepening, foundational cracks in society, heightening fragilities and vulnerabilities in systems of all kinds.

Collective Action for Accountability on Sexual Harassment: Global Perspectives
Edited by: Mariz Tadros and Jenny Edwards
This IDS Bulletin presents the genealogy of collective action around countering sexual harassment and looks at the power dynamics that have informed the representation of that collective action. It seeks to pluralise voices, experiences, and insights that offer opportunities for learning, and to show the pathways for mobilising for accountability.

IDS Report

Navigating Civic Space in a Time of Covid: Synthesis Report
Colin Anderson, Rosemary McGee, John Gaventa, Salvador Forquilha, Ayesha Khan, Alex Shankland, Zikora Ibeh, Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri, Asiya Jawed and Crescêncio Pereira
Since long before the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in 2020, civic space has been changing all over the globe, generally becoming more restricted and hazardous.

Digital Rights in Closing Civic Space: Lessons from Ten African Countries
Tony Roberts, Abrar Mohamed Ali, George Karekwaivanane, Natasha Msonza, Sam Phiri, Zorro, Juliet Nanfuka, Tanja Bosch, Oyewole Oladapo, Ayo Ojebode, Nanjala Nyabola, Iginio Gagliardone, Atnafu Brhane, Mohamed Farahat and Kathleen Ndongmo
This report introduces findings from ten digital rights landscape country reports on Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda, Sudan, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, and Cameroon. The country reports analyse how the openings and closings of online civic space affect citizens’ digital rights.

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