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Richard Crook

Emeritus Fellow

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.



Power and Politics in Africa

This large research programme seeks to identify systems for exercising power, conducting politics and building states in sub-Saharan Africa that will offer better outcomes in terms of poverty reduction than the current arrangements.


South-North Non-governmental Networks

This research project looked at non-governmental public actors and how they engage with multi-level policy processes which bridge Southern and Northern contexts. It also investigated the impacts and outcomes of these engagements.



The State and Accessible Justice in Africa: is Ghana Unique?

Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) Policy Brief;3

The provision of legitimate and accessible justice for its citizens is one of the fundamental duties of a well-governed state. But throughout Africa the institutions of state justice are struggling to overcome problems of overload and delay, perceptions of corruption and popular...

1 November 2011

Journal Article

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...

2 February 2011